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Questions for Written Answer for 8 July 2020

Tabled on 7 July 2020 and due for answer by 21 July 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 July (HL6103), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they have made of reports that the decline in birth-rates among the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s ethnic minority communities may indicate the promotion of a coercive birth… 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 impact of the government of China’s proposed draft data security law on UK companies with operations based in China in particular regard to the potential requirement for such companies to disclose information to the government of China about network security in their operations in other c… 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 (1) the potential for the government of China's national security law to prevent the departure of citizens from Hong Kong, and (2) the implications of that law for UK citizens and holders of British National (Overseas) passports.  HL6549
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in the report Visit to Iraq: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, published on 13 May, what discussions they intend to have with the government of Iraq about supporting "ethnic and religious minorities in achieving… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in the report Visit to Iraq: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, published on 13 May, what discussions they intend to have with the government of Iraq about promoting "lasting social cohesion and reconciliation in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in the report Visit to Iraq: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, published on 13 May, what discussions they intend to have with the government of Iraq about (1) adopting "a comprehensive legal and policy framework… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce designated bathing waters in UK rivers.  HL6553
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund energy efficiency improvements for (1) rental, (2) council, and (3) other social, housing.  HL6554
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on paid for sponsored advertising in (1) the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, (2) the Times, (3) the Telegraph, (4) the Express, and (5) in total, since 23 March; what is their planned future spend for such advertising; and which department is responsible for overseeing such advertising and its… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to inform and educate the public about their rights of access to land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 in order to improve access to green spaces without overcrowding under COVID-19 distancing rules.  HL6556
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether payments for the COVID Summer Food Fund are to continue for Year 11 and 13 pupils after 26 June.  HL6557
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the findings of the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration Annual Inspection of 'Adults at Risk in Immigration Detention' (2018–19), published in April; and what actions they will make as a result of its findings.  HL6558
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the End of Custody Temporary Release scheme in prisons in England and Wales, in particular to allow for the release of elderly prisoners.  HL6559
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish (1) a Green Paper or (2) a White Paper, on crime prevention.  HL6560
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with representatives of the British Society of Friends to discuss post COVID-19 pandemic recovery plans.  HL6561
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they use the term "aggravated activism" in government documents relating to policing and public order; and if so, what is their definition of that term.  HL6562
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to governments of other countries on the subject of drug hoarding by countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6563
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a backlog of applications for driving licences at the DVLA; if so, what is the size of that backlog; and when they expect any backlog to be cleared.  HL6564
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a backlog of applications for passports; if so, what is the size of the backlog; and when they expect this backlog to be cleared.  HL6565
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require Network Rail to ensure the provision of toilet facilities for the exclusive use of biologically female staff members as well as toilet facilities which can be used by all women.  HL6566
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed ban on same sex attraction therapy will include a prohibition on talking therapy.  HL6567
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Berridge on 4 June (HL4788, HL4789 and HL4790), whether parents will have the right to withdraw primary school children from all sex education from September; and if so, how they may do so.  HL6568
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what work has been done by Highways England (1) to assess, (2) to quantify, and (3) to monetise, the environmental impacts of the proposed new dual carriageway between Lewes and Polegate; and what plans they have to publish all available information produced as a result of this work.  HL6569
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish any evidence they have received about the economic impact of the proposed dual carriageway between Lewes and Polegate on (1) Eastbourne, and (2) Polegate.  HL6570
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Israel about the planned annexation of parts of the West Bank.  HL6571
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Iran about the release of (1) Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe, (2) Anoosheh Ashoori, and (3) British-Iranian nationals held in that country.  HL6572
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with international partners about securing a permanent ceasefire in Yemen.  HL6573
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which poor air quality may disproportionately affect BAME communities.  HL6574
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the potential merits of amending the Environment Bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6575
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the penalties for animal welfare offences.  HL6576
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Ministers and officials in the Northern Ireland Executive about providing emergency support funding for Translink.  HL6577
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with airlines about restoring flights to and from George Best Belfast City Airport.  HL6578
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many CARE badges have been distributed to social care workers following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 15 April that these would give recipients the same "recognitions and benefits" as NHS staff.  HL6579
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of the 3 Commando Brigade of the Royal Marines.  HL6580
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Lord Singh of Wimbledon to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their paper on group-based child sexual exploitation due to be published this year will include consideration of any (1) racial, and (2) religious, characteristics of group offenders.  HL6581
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Lord Singh of Wimbledon to ask Her Majesty's Government who will be the members of the Home Office's External Reference Group of experts which will review the research on group-based child sexual exploitation prior to its publication.  HL6582
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to commission an independent review of the BBC’s funding needs to ensure that it receives the resources needed to meet the responsibilities set out in its Charter.  HL6583
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the prevalence of the deliberate sharing of material capable of causing an epileptic seizure on social media platforms, and (2) the case for including measures against such behaviour in their forthcoming online harms legislation.  HL6584
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the issue of children missing from school rolls.  HL6585
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of schools cutting subjects from the curriculum on the need to protect arts subjects.  HL6586
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with Universities UK about combating racism in medical schools.  HL6587
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they have made, if any, of University College London's ongoing Covid-19 Social Study that suggests that levels of depression and anxiety have been higher amongst BAME communities during lockdown.  HL6588
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how many legal challenges they have pursued in relation to the deportation of girls at risk of female genital mutilation in the Family Court in each of the last five years.  HL6589
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what health and safety regulations are in place to protect workers' rights in clothing factories; and what assessment they have made of the adherence to those regulations of clothing factories in Leicester.  HL6590
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 March (HL2071), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, 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 s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to monitor and assess the effectiveness of the Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation duty, which came into force on 31 October 2015.  HL6592
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for withdrawing support for 5G telecoms networks in favour of further research into 6G technology.  HL6593
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance, if any, they provide to members of the public about the security of Huawei products.  HL6594
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to support innovation in zero emissions in primary industries and manufacturing, and (2) to de-risk investment in demonstration and deployment projects, via (a) government procurement policies, (b) loan guarantees, and (c) tax exemptions.  HL6595
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support innovation in zero emissions in primary industries and manufacturing, including (1) metal recycling and production, (2) ceramics and brick kilns, and (3) fertiliser and chemical production processes.  HL6596
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential to electrify short-haul flights and short-distance marine travel as part of a roadmap to reach net zero emissions; and to publish any such assessment.  HL6597
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to electrify railways as part of a roadmap to reach net zero emissions; and when they will publish any such plans, including any anticipated timetable.  HL6598
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential to install overhead cabling on highways for heavy goods vehicles as part of a roadmap to reach net zero emissions; and what plans they have to publish any such assessment.  HL6599
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for increasing the proportion of electric cars sold by introducing a trading obligation on manufacturers; and what plans they have to publish any such assessment.  HL6600
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