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Questions for Written Answer for 14 July 2020

Tabled on 13 July 2020 and due for answer by 20 July 2020.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to local authorities on the pedestrianisation of streets to facilitate greater space for restaurants and bars to trade while practicing appropriate social distancing.  HL6743
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which an inability to pay rents has contributed to the number of failing retail businesses in 2020.  HL6744
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sector to high street retailers.  HL6745
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review (1) the apprenticeship system, and (2) the apprenticeship levy.  HL6746
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to issue a call for evidence as part of the fundamental review of business rates, announced on 11 March; and when they anticipate that review to complete.  HL6747
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to encourage mortgage lenders to reduce the proof of income burden on applicants who are self-employed.  HL6748
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 10 June (HL6272) and following the UK Deputy Ambassador to Eritrea’s statement on 22 June that health and safety conditions on roadbuilding projects in that country would deteriorate if the UK and EU withdraws support, what assessment they have made of the working conditions… 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 mass protests in Nertiti in Central Darfur, Sudan, and (2) the calls of protestors to the government of Sudan to put in place protective measures against attacks by raiding militia.  HL6750
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the International Criminal Court in bringing to trial Omar al-Bashir on charges of genocide; and what assistance they have provided to the government of Sudan in facilitating that trial.  HL6751
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Eritrea about Dawit Isaak, jailed in Eritrea without trial since 2001; and what information they have sought about his well-being.  HL6752
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that up to 10,000 people could be victims of modern slavery in textile factories in Leicester, (2) claims by Andrew Bridgen MP that “a conspiracy of silence” has prevented action from being taken on such victims' behalf, (3) the report by the Centre for Social Justice It Still Hap… 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 statements made by Dr. Li-Meng Yan about (1) the origins of COVID-19, and (2) the response of the World Health Organisation. [T]  HL6754
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 30 June (HL5740), what comparative estimate they have made of the number of COVID-19 (1) cases, and (2) deaths, of (a) prisoners, and (b) the general population, in England and Wales.  HL6755
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the overall funding gap, and (2) the shortfall in income from apprenticeships and other vocational courses, for further education colleges in (a) 2020/21, and (b) 2021/22.  HL6756
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide companies operating international rail services that are affected by travel restrictions with comparable financial support to that provided to businesses operating international air services.  HL6757
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to set out further details of their planned review of The Green Book; and what steps they are taking to ensure (1) that they effectively consider their target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 in undertaking that review, and (2) that all Government departments treat reaching that target as a priority.  HL6758
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a response to the questions set out in the reported letter from the Secretary of State for International Trade to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 8 July about the new UK border regime to be introduced from 2021.  HL6759
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 10 July 2020 (HL6210), for what reasons they rejected the view of the majority of respondents to the East Midlands Rail franchise consultation who opposed splitting the Liverpool–Norwich service at Nottingham.  HL6760
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to convene a meeting with the Members of Parliament who represent the constituencies with the highest levels of child obesity to consider the Government's proposals for reducing obesity.  HL6761
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to use Pool Re’s model of terrorism (re)insurance to provide cover for other systemic events that could impact the economy.  HL6762
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 4 June (HL4757), what plans they have to ensure that there is sufficient provision of business interruption cover for businesses in event of any future pandemic, given that such cover can no longer be purchased in the commercial market.  HL6763
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 10 July (HL Deb, col 1347), whether they will now answer the question put, namely whether Parliament will be given access to the methodology referred to in the Written Ministerial Statement made by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 7 July (HLWS336).  HL6764
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their relief package for the culture and heritage sector, announced on 5 July, will include support for visual artists.  HL6765
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend and adapt the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme to take into account the specific needs of visual artists.  HL6766
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to continue the Artists Resale Rights regime as part of the future trade relationship with the EU.  HL6767
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or plan to make, to the government of Colombia about the prevention of sexual violence reportedly perpetrated by members of that country’s armed forces.  HL6768
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia in respect of cases of sexual violence in conflict.  HL6769
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 6 July (HL6060), what representations they have made to the United Nations Security Council about utilising peacekeeping forces to counter violent extremist organisation activity in (1) the North East, and (2) central-belt states, of Nigeria.  HL6770
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Review of the methodology for FGHRS in SAP Final Report, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 9 June, what plans they have to mandate a minimum domestic hot water seasonal efficiency of at least 100 per cent when measured against EN 13203 Gas fired domestic appliances produci… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the debate on Port Examination Codes of Practice and National Security Determinations Guidance Regulations 2020 on 10 July (HL Deb, cols 1327–46), whether they plan for those regulations to apply to the proposed Free Ports which are intended to be established from 2021.  HL6772
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the debate on Port Examination Codes of Practice and National Security Determinations Guidance Regulations 2020 on 10 July (HL Deb, cols 1327–46) (1) what assessment they have made of the report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons, UK Border Force short-term holding facilities, published on 24 June, and (2) what disc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the Rugby League authorities about its policies on equality, and in particular homophobia, following the re-signing of Israel Folau by a Super League club.  HL6774
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of vessels in British ports or territorial waters whose crews have been on board for more than eleven months; and what steps they are taking to ensure the repatriation of such crew members.  HL6775
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 31 July 2019 (HL15681), when they estimate that the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will publish the data collated as part of its study into early pubertal suppression in a group of adolescents with a clinical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.  HL6776
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that schools and local education authorities have available to them best-practice guides on (1) race issues, and (2) the Black Lives Matter campaign, so that they do not have to rely on advice from third parties; and what assessment they have made of reports of pressure groups with divisive philosophie… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 10 March (HL1877), when the next evaluation of the Independent Child Trafficking Guardians will be published.  HL6778
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 March (HL1941), how much money has been allocated to fund Independent Child Trafficking Guardians for this (1) financial year, and (2) the next two financial years.  HL6779
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been referred to Independent Child Trafficking Guardians since 1 February 2019.  HL6780
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 March (HL1946), whether they will now answer the question put, namely how many (1) non-EEA, and (2) non-UK national victims of trafficking with a positive conclusive grounds decision have received support following a recovery needs assessment.  HL6781
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to update the guidance on the recovery needs assessments, and (2) to publish an evaluation of the first nine months of the recovery needs assessment.  HL6782
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of victims of human trafficking that have lost Government support and assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6783
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total sum they have spent buying places on Common Purpose courses during each of the last 20 years; and to detail exactly (1) how, and (2) where, such expenditure is recorded.  HL6784
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government which solicitors were (1) fined, (2) struck off, and (3) received other disciplinary action from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, for charging coalminers out of the compensation scheme for (a) vibration white finger, and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [T]  HL6785
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they paid in fees to BBH Legal Services Limited for work relating to the compensation schemes for health problems caused by mining.  HL6786
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the acute shortage of intravenous immunoglobulin since 2018, (2) the impact of COVID-19 on the supply of that medicine, and (3) the impact of that shortage on treatment.  HL6787
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to promote alternative treatments to intravenous immunoglobulin for patients suffering from rare and genetic diseases.  HL6788
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to improve the prioritisation of inpatient services for neurological conditions, and (2) to promote the delivery of treatment in outpatient settings where that is clinically preferable.  HL6789
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 2 May of £76 million extra funding to support survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and vulnerable children and their families and victims of modern slavery, when that funding will be fully rolled out to those in need.  HL6790
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Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to launch (1) a whistleblowing hotline for prison staff, and (2) a campaign for such staff to raise awareness of their rights.  HL6791
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-Government planning is taking place in preparation for a potential second wave of COVID-19.  HL6792
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-Government discussions they have had about implementing the recommendations of Exercise Cygnus.  HL6793
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about preparation for any further local lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6794
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of (1) supplier performance, and (2) value for money achieved, for their contracts established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6795
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure transparency regarding any conflicts of interest in matters relating to public procurement.  HL6796
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-Departmental discussions they have had about ensuring the transparency of their contracts during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6797
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The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the green homes grant on 8 July (HC Deb, col 976), whether (1) clergy housing, and (2) buildings open to the public and run by charities, such as churches, are eligible for that grant. [T]  HL6798
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the prospect for intra-Palestinian reconciliation, and (2) the likelihood of elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council.  HL6799
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to work towards a lasting agreement based on a two-state solution.  HL6800
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic engagement they have had with the Middle East Quartet since 31 January.  HL6801
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of reports that police in England and Wales deal with 23 missing children incidents per day.  HL6802
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in England were admitted to hospital with malnutrition in the first six months of 2020.  HL6803
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the call by Ofsted’s Chief Inspectors to introduce legislation to deal with illegal unregistered schools.  HL6804
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government will publish (1) the specific purposes of the contracted services, (2) a cost-benefit analysis of the contracted services, and (3) the Data Protection Impact Assessment, for its contract with Faculty for data science services.  HL6805
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish an ethics board to oversee the National COVID-19 Chest Imaging Database.  HL6806
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients’ consent will be required before their data can be collected for the National COVID-19 Chest Imaging Database.  HL6807
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list the contracts awarded in 2020 for the supply of (1) personal protective equipment, and (2) other COVID-19 related products or services, with companies that had no previous experience of supplying those products or services; and in each case identify (a) how the supplier was selected, (b) what due diligence was… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether at any time in 2020 they had a preferred list of suppliers of COVID-19 related products and services; and, if so, what checks were carried out to ensure that no conflicts of interest existed between those companies and ministers or special advisers.  HL6809
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 27 May (HL4211), what assessment they have made of the additional number of retrofit coordinators needed to deliver the £2 billion home energy retrofit programme announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 8 July; and what is their assessment of the number of retrofit coordinators who (… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of their home energy retrofit programme on (1) employment in each region of England, and (2) the annual carbon emission tonnage reduction when the programme is completed.  HL6811
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to continue the home energy retrofit programme to upgrade the 20 million existing homes remaining unimproved at the conclusion of the current scheme on 31 March 2021.  HL6812
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, to support pregnant BAME women during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6813
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with (1) Sport England, and (2) UK Sport, about ethnic diversity within elite sports governance.  HL6814
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of Denmark and Greenland about a fisheries agreement with Greenland; and whether they intend to conclude any such agreement.  HL6815
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the decision by a court in Jerusalem to reject the request by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to cancel the sale of three properties to Ateret Cohanim, what assessment they have made of the impact of that decision on religious freedom in Jerusalem.  HL6816
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about reports of the destruction of agricultural sites in Gaza by the Israeli military.  HL6817
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to place sanctions on members of the government of Israel who have been accused of war crimes.  HL6818
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about the ongoing imprisonment without trial of Ramy Shaath.  HL6819
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the case for establishing an independent investigation (1) into the death of Ibrahim Mustafa Abu-Yaaqouband, and (2) reports of an increasing number of attacks against Palestinians by the Israeli military.  HL6820
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that (1) Palestinians are unable to obtain building permits for their property, and (2) the lack of such permits is being used as a reason to demolish those properties; and what steps they are taking to protect such properties.  HL6821
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