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Questions for Written Answer for 12 March 2020

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

Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures, if any, have been put in place to ensure that the Government Equalities Office has regular input into policy proposals to be put forward by (1) the Home Office, (2) the Ministry of Defence, (3) the Department for International Development, and (4) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with particular regard… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to implement the provisions of UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/74/16 Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 2019.  HL2484 [I]
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government how many publicly appointed members of public bodies regulating (1) social work, and (2) education, identify as BAME; and what is the recorded ethnicity of each of those members, disaggregated by public body.  HL2485
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address any potential staff shortages in (1) the road haulage, and (2) the bus transportation sectors, resulting from immigration removals.  HL2486
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British military casualties have been incurred in Syria since Parliament authorised the extension of the campaign against Daesh to Syria on 2 December 2015; and how many of those casualties were caused by Daesh.  HL2487
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the objective of British forces being present in Southern Syria.  HL2488
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the resolution of the House of Commons on 2 December 2015 (HC Deb, col 499) approving military action against Daesh in Syria, what assessment they have made of the presence of British ground troops and their incurring casualties in Syria.  HL2489
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether British forces have participated with, or assisted, armed groups in Syria since December 2015 in attacks against Syrian government forces or allied militias.  HL2490
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether universities in England and Wales (1) have breached the public sector equality duty, and (2) are compliant with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism, by permitting Israeli Apartheid Week activities to take place on their campuses.  HL2491
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Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of injuries caused by pavement parking.  HL2492
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 26 February (HL1925), (1) whether they will provide a breakdown of how the £360 million invested in antimicrobial resistance research since 2014 was spent, (2) what assessment they have made of the outcomes from the investment in antimicrobial resistance to date, and (3) what is their stra… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government whether granting hereditary British citizenship to Hong Kong British National (Overseas) Status holders would contravene the provisions of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.  HL2494
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued for decisions about prosecuting individuals in relation to female genital mutilation offences.  HL2495
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of instances of taking children into care under safeguarding law in relation to female genital mutilation (FGM) (1) before, during and after a prosecution for FGM, irrespective of the outcome of the investigation and prosecution, and (2) in cases when family members are willing and able to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of instances of taking children into care under safeguarding law in relation to female genital mutilation (FGM) only on the basis of risk factors, such as the fact that the child’s mother had been subject to FGM, without direct evidence that the child is going to be subjected to FGM.  HL24… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, following reports that the voluntary target to reduce the use of peat in horticulture will not be met, what plans they have to legislate for a ban on the use of such peat.  HL2498
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change have been chaired by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since his appointment as president of the COP26 climate change conference.  HL2499
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how Parliament will be informed of progress towards preparing for COP26.  HL2500
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how Parliament will be informed of progress made in their negotiations with the EU on fishing rights.  HL2501
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 26 February (HL1592), whether they intend to publish the details of any proposed resolution within (1) one month, (2) three months, (3) six months, or (4) one year.  HL2502
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 February (HL Deb, col 148) that they will publish an equality impact assessment for all Government bills, whether they have produced such an impact assessment for the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill; and if so, where it has… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether participants in the Innovation in Democracy Project who are in receipt of Universal Credit, or other means-tested support, are eligible to receive payment.  HL2504
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask the Leader of the House what plans they have to arrange a debate on the report into the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme, following its publication on 13 March.  HL2505
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government who authorised the payment to a civil servant as a result of offence allegedly caused by a royal portrait on display in the Northern Ireland Office; from which Department's budget that money came; whether that civil servant remains employed by the Northern Ireland Office; and if so, in what role.  HL2506
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the immunities given to heads of states from crimes committed in the UK.  HL2507
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate 2019 rape inspection, published in December 2019, in how many rape cases the defence given by the defendant was that the complainant consented to sexual activity; in how many such cases the defendant was acquitted; and in how many rape cases a defendant who g… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement by H20 Asset Management on 10 March that clients face "surprisingly large losses", what plans they have to investigate that company's risk control strategies and executive leadership.  HL2509
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of European Reference Networks in relation to access to medical health expertise, following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.  HL2510
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce value added tax on services supplied to tourists.  HL2511
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet the ministers with responsibility for welfare reform and benefit administration from the devolved nations.  HL2512
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of section 26 of the Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker's Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Claims and Payments) Regulations 2013.  HL2513
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the net additional spending available for revenue and capital expenditure to the Northern Ireland Executive, excluding the money from the Confidence and Supply Arrangement of June 2017, following the Chancellor of Exchequer’s Budget statement on Wednesday 11 March.  HL2514
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have not attended school for two or more years.  HL2515
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the amount of tax paid by Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or Google.  HL2516
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review Huawei's planned involvement in the UK's 5G network.  HL2517
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use virtual reality technology in NHS hospitals to train staff to identify signs of COVID-19.  HL2518
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of Google DeepMind's predictions on the future development of COVID-19's protein structure.  HL2519
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government, how many recently retired doctors, nurses and other qualified staff have been re-employed by the NHS.  HL2521
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of checking passengers temperatures at airports to counter the spread of COVID-19.  HL2522
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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 an Israeli policeman fired shots at Palestinian children in a school playground through the bars of the school gate.  HL2520
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Lord Truscott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to ban visitors to the House of Lords.  HL2523
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to close Parliament and advise peers to work from home.  HL2524
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) staff, and (2) ministers, at the Department of Health and Social Care have been tested for COVID-19.  HL2525
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff in Number 10 Downing Street have been tested for COVID-19.  HL2526
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Government ministers have been tested for COVID-19.  HL2527
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about the reported detention without trial of (1) Nabi Tardust, (2) Ramtin Movaseghi, (3) Ashkan Valizadeh, and (4) Milad Ghorban Nezhad.  HL2528
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Irish Traveller and Gypsy and Roma children being looked after in care rising from 50 in total in 2009 to 540 in total in 2019; and what data they hold about (1) the reasons for referrals of such children, (2) the agencies making such referrals, and (3) whether such children have had… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consistency with which the term “freedom of religion or belief” is used in their publications instead of “religious freedom”; and what steps they will take to ensure that only the term “freedom of religion or belief” is used.  HL2530
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Traveller Movement Barriers in education—young Travellers in London, in particular of its findings that (1) 40 per cent of Traveller students experienced bullying by other pupils, and (2) 67 per cent of such students experienced bullying by teachers.  HL2531
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