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Questions for Written Answer for 16 March 2020

Tabled on 13 March 2020 and due for answer by 27 March 2020.

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Mexico following reports by the Legatum Institute that 12 journalists were murdered in Mexico between October 2018 and October 2019.  HL2573
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the statement in the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 9 March (HL1991) that "the UK does not currently provide humanitarian assistance in the middle belt states" and further to violence in Plateau, Benue, Taraba, southern Kaduna and Bauchi since 2015, what plans they have to provide humanitarian assistance in Nigeria’s Midd… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to protect civilians displaced by conflict in Nigeria’s Middle Belt states.  HL2575
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a Cabinet-level minister has been appointed to coordinate cross-Government policy to strengthen families; and if so, (1) who is that minister, and (2) what support that minister will receive.  HL2576
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Budget statement on 11 March, (1) how, and (2) by which Department, the £2.5 million for research and developing best practice around the integration of services for families will be administered; and to what criteria those applying for such funds will be subject.  HL2577
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Lord Farmer The Farmer Review: The Importance of Strengthening Prisoners' Family Ties to Prevent Reoffending and Reduce Intergenerational Crime, published in August 2017, what consideration they have given to the recommendation that prisons should ensure that virtual visits, using video calling technology, are a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance has been given to prison governors about visits from family and significant others during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2579
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many offers to receive vulnerable unaccompanied children who are currently in Europe have been received in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020, by the Home Office from (a) local authorities, (b) care and fostering agencies, and (c) private individuals.  HL2580
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what offer the Home Office received from TACT Care, a fostering charity, to place vulnerable unaccompanied children from Europe in appropriate homes in the UK.  HL2581
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Home for Good charity to receive the vulnerable unaccompanied children that it identified as having already been processed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Europe.  HL2582
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by Compassion in Politics reported in The Guardian on 29 December 2019 about delays in accepting vulnerable unaccompanied children from Europe, particularly from Greece, for care in the UK.  HL2583
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the recent equity market falls have surpassed stress test levels used to determine the capital adequacy of central clearing houses supervised by the Financial Conduct Authority.  HL2584
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to (1) unit trust, and (2) open-ended investment company, managers to limit fund redemptions instead of obliging fund managers to be forced sellers of shares and bonds.  HL2585
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure extra dollar swap arrangements to support trade and financial settlements.  HL2586
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 9 March (HL2003) and the remarks by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 13 February (HL Deb, col 2339), what assessment, if any, they have made of Imam Qari Asim’s views on freedom of speech, as reported in The Times on 9 February; and of any impact such vi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the freight capacity of the East–West railway from Oxford to Cambridge.  HL2588
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the maintenance of sanitary and phytosanitary standards for imported (1) agrifood, and (2) animal, products after the transition period.  HL2589
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with international counterparts on the administration of trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.  HL2590
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken (1) to suspend reassessments for sickness and disability benefit, and (2) to ensure that the entitlements to existing awards are maintained, throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2591
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to renew automatically all blue badges during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they have taken to ensure the continued provision of such badges.  HL2592
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to ensure that those who are unable to work during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of underlying health conditions can apply for (1) Employment and Support Allowance, (2) Personal Independence Payment, and (3) Universal Credit, even if they are unable to leave their homes.  HL2593
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