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Questions for Written Answer for 29 July 2020

Tabled on 28 July 2020 and due for answer by 11 August 2020.

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they will make available to education establishments to invest in virtual learning environments.  HL7413
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to simplify tender processes for education establishments to procure cloud-based virtual learning environments.  HL7414
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take into account the multi-channel nature of retail sales when (1) undertaking their fundamental review of business rates, and (2) considering the introduction of any form of online sales tax.  HL7415
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on the number of international students wishing to study at UK universities; and what steps they will take to counter the effects of a long-term reduction in international student numbers.  HL7416
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they remain committed to the UK’s continued membership of Horizon Europe; and what plans they have made if an agreement with the EU is not reached.  HL7417
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the UK to meet the OECD average for gross domestic expenditure on research and development.  HL7418
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made toward establishing a government hub in York; which minister has overall responsibility for the project; and how they intend to update Parliament on further developments.  HL7419
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many government hubs they are proposing to establish outside of London and the South East; and when they expect each of these to be fully operational.  HL7420
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the decision to convert the Hagia Sofia into a mosque, and (2) the impact of that decision on marginalised religious minorities in Turkey and the Middle East; and what steps they are planning to take to ensure that the rights of religious minorities in the region are safeguarded.  HL7421
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will extend the Mandate Refugee Resettlement Scheme to include having siblings in the UK as a key factor for resettlement in cases where separation has occurred because of persecution caused by religion or belief; and if not, why not.  HL7422
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the killing of ten people, (2) the injury of others, and (3) the destruction of homes, during an attack by armed assailants on Zikpak, Nigeria, on 24 July; and how (1) UK aid, and (2) diplomatic influence, is being used (a) to protect vulnerable minorities, and (b) to address any escalati… 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 reports (1) that at least 80 people have been killed in July in southern Kaduna, and (2) that 620 Christians have been killed in the region in the last 18 months; and what they consider to be the major reason for these attacks.  HL7424
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the statement by the Rt Rev Abiodun Ogunyemi, the Anglican Bishop of Zaria, on 24 July, that the campaign against Christians in Nigeria is a “genocide”, and (2) the responsibilities of (a) the government of Kaduna State, (b) the government of Nigeria, and (c) the international community,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  further to the report by the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament Russia, published on 21 July, what plans the Conduct Committee has to respond to the recommendations of that report.  HL7426
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place (1) the external consultant review report, and (2) the Infrastructure and Projects Authority review report, on the Wendover Short-Mined Tunnel proposal, in the Library of the House.  HL7427
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority Annual Report on Major Projects 2019–20, published on 9 July, which categorised the HS2 project as a red risk, what recent assessment they have made of (1) the construction, and (2) the whole life costs, of the consented HS2 Phase One scheme at Wendover.  HL7428
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their plans for meeting their Net Zero target for carbon emissions by 2050.  HL7429
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made with regard to the applications for World Heritage Status for (1) Chatham Dockyard and its Defences, (2) Creswell Crags, (3) Darwin’s Landscape Laboratory, (4) Flow Country, (5) Great Spas of Europe, (6) Island of St Helena, (7) Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof: the Zenith of Iron Age Shetland, (8) Slate I… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a definition of “junk food” for the purposes of policy making; and if so, what that definition is.  HL7431
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they maintain records of how many people employed by NHS England are assessed as obese; what percentage of the total staff complement of NHS England this constitutes; and what steps, if any, they plan to take to encourage NHS England staff to lose weight.  HL7432
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the majority of those returning from Spain do not intend to adhere to quarantine when they return; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that such people do adhere to quarantine rules.  HL7433
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Baroness Brinton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of alcohol-related ambulance service callouts in each of the last four years in England.  HL7434
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 22 July regarding Official Development Assistance, (1) what analysis and evaluation techniques will be deployed in prioritising the various streams of development projects across the Sustainable Development Goals spectrum, and (2) what measures wi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the diversion of 30 per cent of Official Development Assistance budget to departments other than the Department for International Development on (1) support for the poorest people, (2) the maintenance of transparency and effectiveness procedures, and (3) maintaining focus on poverty reduct… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of international standing and influence of (1) the Canadian International Development Agency, following its merger with the Canadian Department of International Affairs and Trade, and (2) Australian Aid, following its merger into the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  HL7437
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Department for International Development’s involvement in Haiti, given reports by the community and international agencies of the continuing levels of poverty, unrest, sexual exploitation and abuse.  HL7438
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with BT regarding the planned timescales for closing the Public Switched Telephone Network in 2025; and what assessment they have made of the feasibility of this plan following the recent decision to request BT remove Huawei equipment from its network.  HL7439
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to communicate the planned switch off of the Public Switched Telephone Network to residential and business consumers in the UK.  HL7440
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to funding a nationwide communications campaign to raise awareness of the planned switch off of the Public Switched Telephone Network.  HL7441
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide regular updates to Parliament on the progress of the planned switch off of the Public Switched Telephone Network.  HL7442
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the telecoms sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7443
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to respond to the recommendations of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales report, Responsibility of States under International Law to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China, published 22 July.  HL7444
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to support independent, impartial and international mechanisms to investigate any violation by the government of China of its obligations and responsibilities under international law.  HL7445
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of International Development, they plan to fund projects to help combat sexual violence in Colombia on a longer-term basis than the annual funding cycle has permitted to date.  HL7446
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include greater involvement of survivors of sexual violence in the programme design of funded projects in Colombia.  HL7447
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of efforts by Hezbollah and the government of Lebanon to impede the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon from carrying out its mandate; and what steps they have taken to raise this at the UN Security Council.  HL7448
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of increased tensions along the Israel–Lebanon border and the readiness of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon to mediate effectively between the governments of Israel and Lebanon as well as to diffuse any increase in hostilities.  HL7449
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the data subject rights of UK citizens under the General Data Protection Regulation after the end of the Brexit transition period.  HL7450
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to instruct the Competition and Markets Authority to undertake an anti-trust investigation into the practices of companies providing consumer Internet of Things devices, following reports of restrictive practices regarding data access and interoperability that may be designed to distort competition.  HL7451
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enforce the right of data portability and other interoperability requirements to ensure that individuals with existing devices and tools such as smart meters can exercise this right.  HL7452
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their obesity strategy which recommends the use of digital technologies for the monitoring of weight loss and lifestyle improvements, what steps they will take to protect personal data collected by fitness trackers and apps.  HL7453
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the ability of consumers to exercise their right to data portability under Article 20 of the General Data Protection Regulation when switching between energy suppliers using smart meters, and (2) whether such switches are being hindered by a lack of compliance by energy companies with this right.  HL745… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances a person who possesses pre-settled status who re-applies for settled status at the end of their period of pre-settled status can be granted a further period of pre-settled status.  HL7455
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the withdrawal by Aurora Energy Resources of their planning application for fracking at Altcar Moss, Lancashire; and what advice they will give to companies about future fracking projects in the light of this withdrawal.  HL7456
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether people riding electric and unpowered scooters on the highway are required to display front and rear lights on the same basis as cyclists; and if not, what consideration they are giving to introducing such a requirement.  HL7457
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Housing Associations will be able to access the Remedial Fund for Cladding without having to use charitable resources ring fenced for charitable purposes and without having to charge leaseholders.  HL7458
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken a review to ascertain whether leaseholders of Housing Associations properties might be unfairly discriminated against in relation to leaseholders of private landlords in the allocation of the Remedial Fund for Cladding.  HL7459
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a Green Paper for public consultation on the energy options available for the UK prior to publishing an energy White Paper.  HL7460
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether China General Nuclear Cooperation’s 20 per cent holding in NNB Generation Company (SZC) Ltd entitles that Cooperation to a nuclear site licence for Sizewell C; and what assessment they have made of the suitability of that cooperation as a nuclear power operator if they subsequently acquired a controlling interest in NNB Gener… 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 is the total bed capacity available to the NHS from private sector providers; and whether they will publish the most updated occupancy data for those beds.  HL7462
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to utilise the private health sector as COVID-secure hospitals to help deal with the backlog of operations created by COVID-19.  HL7463
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent conversations they have had with private healthcare providers around future provision of NHS treatment.  HL7464
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will next publish data on (1) NHS waiting lists, and (2) cancelled surgeries; and in what form.  HL7465
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the Nightingale Hospitals for patients with COVID-19 in the event of a second wave of the disease in order to take the pressure off other hospitals.  HL7466
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord True on 14 July (HL Deb, cols 1542–6), whether any feasibility study or costings have been undertaken by the Cabinet Office on moving the House of Lords to York; and, if so, which minister authorised the study.  HL7467
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Ragwort Control Act 2003 in preventing and controlling the spread of ragwort on (1) privately owned property, and (2) publicly owned land, such as roadside verges.  HL7468
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the findings of the review by the UCL Institute of Health Equity into COVID-19 related deaths of bus workers in London, published 27 July, whether they intend to issue new guidance to bus companies to protect drivers and other front-line staff.  HL7469
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the research published on 19 May by NHS England which found that higher blood glucose levels and obesity increased the risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19 for people with diabetes, what steps they are taking to ensure that the care of people with diabetes is prioritised to address these modifiable risk factors.  HL7470
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the NHS to identify people with diabetes (1) whose care has been disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic, (2) who have refrained from seeking clinical support, and (3) who require improvements in their diabetes control.  HL7471
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people with diabetes can continue to access the care and treatment they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7472
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve secondary prevention of health complications associated with diabetes in the light of the impact of COVID-19.  HL7473
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 27 July (HL6983), whether any military training establishments, specifically (1) Britannia Royal Naval School Dartmouth, (2) Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and (3) Royal Air Force College Cranwell, have confined all trainees to barracks due to concerns about COVID-19.  HL7474
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prescriptions have been issued for (1) antidepressants, (2) anxiolytics, (3) sedatives and hypnotics, and (4) antipsychotics, in each month from April to June 2020; and how these figures compare with the same month last year.  HL7475
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bethell on 15 July (HL Deb, col 2028) that they intend to keep measures, and regulations introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic under constant review, what plans they have to review the (1) physical, and (2) psychological, impact of the temporary introduction of at-home use of early medical abortion p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 30 June (HL5815), whether (1) Arab, and (2) Jewish, citizens of Israel are treated in the same way when visiting the UK.  HL7477
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 30 June (HL5815), whether citizens of Israel living in the occupied territories of Palestine receive the same treatment on entry to the UK as those who live in Israel.  HL7478
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of the construction of (1) a new settlement near Asira a-Shamaliya on land owned by Palestinians, and (2) earthworks by Israeli armed forces preventing Palestinians from reaching their farmland.  HL7479
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the Supreme Court of Israel's ruling that prisoners in Gilboa prison have no right to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7480
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 July (HL6592), how many cases of honour based abuse were reported in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020.  HL7481
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the reduction in actual Official Development Assistance, what plans they have to re-focus money given to the Commonwealth Development Corporation on poverty, including education and universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.  HL7482
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will invite the public to submit evidence to their Review of Police and Crime Commissioners; and, if so, what will be the deadline for submissions.  HL7483
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to invite (1) the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, (2) the National Police Chiefs Council, (3) the College of Policing, and (4) Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, to submit evidence to their Review of Police and Crime Commissioners.  HL7484
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government who will lead their Review of Police and Crime Commissioners.  HL7485
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to hire independent consultants to assist with their Review of Police and Crime Commissioners.  HL7486
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect that the review of children’s social care, set out in the Conservative Party's 2019 General Election manifesto, to commence.  HL7487
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when the review of special educational needs and disability, announced on 6 September 2019, will be published.  HL7488
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take in response (1) to the report by OFSTED Inspection profiles of the largest private and voluntary providers of children's homes and independent fostering agencies March 2020, published on 23 July, and (2) the reported comment by OFSTED’s director of social care that the domination of the fost… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government to list the additional data requirements on local authorities relating to children’s social care since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.  HL7490
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have collected on the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on vulnerable children; and how many new referrals have been made to local authority children’s social care services by (1) self-referral, (2) the police, and (3) the NHS, since the start of that lockdown.  HL7491
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish a new cross-departmental National Space Strategy.  HL7492
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how governance of the UK’s equity investment in OneWeb will be structured to maintain the competitive market and level playing field for all UK satellite operators.  HL7493
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current generation of OneWeb satellites are solely for communications services; and what plans they have for a second generation of satellites capable of providing secure positioning data.  HL7494
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about (1) the detention of Mubarak Bala, and (2) reports that the detention has included no contact with the detainee's (a) family, or (b) legal representatives.  HL7495
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