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Questions for Written Answer for 5 January 2021

Tabled on 30 December 2020 and due for answer by 14 January.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether humanitarian corridors are being established in Tigray as part of the UN operation in that region; whether any such corridors will conform to the principles of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; whether such corridors will be supervised by the government of Ethiopia in a way that does not comp… 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 is their assessment of the use of 'quiet' diplomacy to resolve the conflict in Tigray; and what plans they have to withhold aid to Ethiopia until the impact of the conflict on human rights can be assessed.  HL11627
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports from UN refugee camps in Tigray region that Eritrean refugees are being forcibly returned to Eritrea; whether they have raised concerns with the government of Eritrea about such reports; and what steps they are taking to uphold the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' mandate to protect… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the government of Ethiopia to accept the role of the African Union’s former presidents in mediating an end to the conflict in Tigray; and if so, what response they have received.  HL11629
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 December (HL11518), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what steps they have taken in response to the statement by the government of Ethiopia that (1) its military shot at a UN convoy, and (2) it wants the UN to travel in armed convoy.  HL11630
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 December (HL11518), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what steps they have taken in response to reports that Tigrayans have been removed from their jobs at the UN; and to reports that the government of Ethiopia is preventing aid reaching Ethio… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 are applicable to vehicles operated by the Ministry of Defence; and if not, (1) why not, and (2) what technical reasons there are for not including such vehicles.  HL11632 [I]
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 are applicable to vehicles that were originally built to be heavy goods vehicles but have been converted to meet the test of being a living van; and if not, why not.  HL11633 [I]
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the exemption for vehicles defined as historic under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 are applicable to such vehicles if they are operated with a load at a significant proportion of their gross (1) vehicle, or (2) train, weight; and if not, why not.  HL11634 [I]
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide pre-settled status for EU citizens who can demonstrate their intention to settle in the UK before 31 December but were prevented from doing so by restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including (1) those who are currently resident in Australia and New Zeal… 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, further to reports about the finances of Eurostar International Ltd, what steps they are taking to support that company; what discussions they have had with the governments of France and Belgium about any such support; and whether any such support will be benchmarked against support given to airlines.  HL11636
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 23 December (HL11338), what suggestions the International Union of Railways have made "to enhance the take up of rail travel to Glasgow from Europe".  HL11637
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 23 December (HL13338), whether the draft of their multifaceted travel plan will be available for public consultation.  HL11638
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the numbers of displaced people escaping conflict in Tigray (a) internally, and (b) externally into Sudan, and (2) the implications of that conflict for food security in that region.  HL11639
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of carpet bombing by Eritrean and Ethiopian forces on villages in Tigray; and what steps they intend to take (1) themselves, (2) with the African Union, (3) with EU member states, (4) with the government of the United States, and (5) with other interested parties, to safeguard the civilian popul… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) conflict in Tigray, (2) the actions of combatants in that region against historic places of Christian and Muslim worship, (3) reports of the arrest of leading clerics including the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and (4) reports of the disappearance of Bishop Mehdi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reports that the government of Ethiopia has denied unfettered access to aid agencies and development workers to regions where humanitarian aid is needed; and what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about the impact of any such actions on (1) citizens in areas affe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many direct contracts they have with SolarWinds; and of any such contracts, (1) which (a) departments, or (b) agencies, they are with, and (2) which contracts specify the use of the Orion Platform.  HL11643
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) departments, or (2) agencies, have suppliers who have been affected by the SolarWinds cyberattack, first reported on 13 December.  HL11644
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of the SolarWinds cyberattack, first reported on 13 December 2020, on their (1) departments, and (2) agencies.  HL11645
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Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of service provided by armed forces personnel on Christmas Eve in undertaking mass COVID-19 testing of lorry drivers in Kent to enable those drivers to cross the English Channel; and what plans they have to thank formally those personnel for that service.  HL11646
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health Improving asthma outcomes in the UK, published on 23 November, what steps they taking to improve the clarity of guidelines relating to asthma.  HL11647
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve asthma outcomes.  HL11648
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of asthma on the lives of (1) those with the disease, and (2) their families.  HL11649
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the incidence of asthma in the UK.  HL11650
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what key (1) economic, and (2) health, indicators they plan to use to inform their planned assessment of how best to support low-income families; and whether such any such assessment will include determining whether to make the £20 uplift to Universal Credit permanent.  HL11651
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timeline for their assessment of (1) how best to support low-income families, and (2) whether to make the £20 uplift to Universal Credit permanent.  HL11652
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England Poverty in the pandemic: An update on the impact of coronavirus on low-income families and children, published on 14 December, what new measures they are putting in place to respond to the needs of low-income families, and in particular, the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England Poverty in the pandemic: An update on the impact of coronavirus on low-income families and children, published on 14 December, what assessment they have made of the mental health issues of (1) parents, and (2) children, of low-income families… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 28 October (HL9181), what plans they have to ensure that councils in England can meet remotely after the expiry of the relevant powers under the Coronavirus Act 2020.  HL11655
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise COVID-19 vaccinations for clinically extremely vulnerable groups irrespective of age.  HL11656
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated projected output of (1) cereals, (2) fruit and vegetables, (3) potatoes, (4) meat, (5) poultry meat, (6) dairy and eggs, and (7) fish, in the UK between 2030 and 2050.  HL11657
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been registered as having special educational needs each year since 1991; and what assessment they have made of those numbers.  HL11658
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Self Harm and Suicide in Adults, published in July, what steps they are taking to address any shortcomings in the way suicide risk assessments are conducted.  HL11659
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the outcome of the pilot for family members to be tested regularly to enable safer care home visits in Cornwall, Hampshire and Devon, carried out in November.  HL11660
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government when each NHS Nightingale Hospital opened; how many patients have been accommodated in each such hospital in each week since they opened; whether any such hospitals have been permanently closed; and, if any such hospitals have closed, when.  HL11661
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, for each NHS Nightingale Hospital, what was the cost of (1) acquiring, building and converting the space to be used as a hospital, (2) running the hospital since its creation, and (3) keeping the hospital on standby but unused.  HL11662
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the England Peat Strategy.  HL11663
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their agreement with the government of France to address migrant activity in the English Channel, agreed on 28 November, how many French officers will be patrolling the relevant beaches; how many prosecutions there were for people smuggling in 2020; of such prosecutions, how many were for people using small boats; and wha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide recipients of COVID-19 vaccinations with a certificate that is recognised both nationally and internationally.  HL11665
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial relief to those in the UK who have no recourse to public funds but cannot return to their countries of origin during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11666
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government which states were fellow signatories to the General Framework for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995; whether those states have a duty to assess whether that agreement is still appropriate to the needs of that country; whether they have made any such assessment; and if so, what steps they intend to take in response.  HL11667
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on 22 December that Selahattin Demirtas must be released from prison, what representations they intend to make to the government of Turkey about his release.  HL11668
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what interest has been paid by the Republic of Ireland for loans made under the Loans to Ireland Act 2010; and when any such loans are expected to be repaid.  HL11669
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of existing transparency requirements of public company directors regarding takeover approaches; and what plans they have, if any, to require such directors to disclose to shareholders any such approaches at the earliest appropriate time.  HL11670
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) the income of businesses working in, and (2) jobs related to, the night-time economy; and what steps they are taking to address any such impact.  HL11671 [I]
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been tested for COVID-19 in Nottinghamshire since the announcement of mass COVID-19 testing in that county.  HL11672
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been employed to assist in the roll out of mass COVID-19 testing in Nottinghamshire since lateral flow tests became available in the UK.  HL11673
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the daily figures of COVID-19 vaccinations that have been administered; and if so, where those figures will be published.  HL11674
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence’s single-source 20-year support contract for E-7 Wedgetail AWACS system meets the revised conditions on wider public value as set out in HM Treasury's Green Book 2020, last updated on 3 December; and if so, how.  HL11675
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many E-7 Wedgetail AWACS systems they plan to procure; and what is the anticipated delivery timescale of each such system.  HL11676
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration is given to the welfare of (1) women, and (2) children, when developing policy on surrogacy.  HL11677
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice of supplying puberty blockers to those aged under 16; and what plans they have, if any, to prevent this practice in England and Wales.  HL11678
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the FlyZero initiative, announced on 20 July, has made of the research by D S Lee et al The contribution of global aviation to anthropogenic climate forcing for 2000 to 2018, published in volume 244 of Atmospheric Environment, which found that non-CO2 effects contribute approximately two-thirds of aviation-induced warming;… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether in compiling their report Group based child sexual exploitation characteristics of offending, published on 15 December, they or the External Reference Group received evidence on the use of Islamic teachings for the justification of sexual exploitation; and if any such evidence was received, what that evidence was.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of fires since 2012 in buildings over (1) 18 metres or six storeys high, and (2) 11 metres or four storeys high, have had (a) non-combustible insulation, (b) combustible cavity insulation, and (c) no cavity insulation.  HL11681 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of COVID-19 patients in hospitals are diagnosed with the virus (1) before being admitted, or on (2) day 1, (3) day 2, (4) day 3, (5) day 4, (6) day 5, (7) day 6, (8) day 7, (9) day 8, (10) day 9, (11) day 10, (12) day 11, (13) day 12, (14) day 13, (15) day 14, (16) day 15, of being admitted.  HL11682 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 7 December (HL10633), what assessment they have made of the impact of school exclusion on those children who are prevented from attending school due to COVID-19 infection in their support bubble.  HL11683 [I]
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any damage caused by the construction of Phase 1 of HS2 on chalk aquifers; and what estimate they have made of the costs related to any such damage.  HL11684
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to extend the deadline for submitting personal tax returns beyond 31 January 2021.  HL11685
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any impact of the construction of Phase 1 of HS2 on the cost of public water supply.  HL11686
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of the United States about any future trading relationship.  HL11687
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with trade partners about the insertion of clauses on safeguarding human rights in future trade agreements.  HL11688
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with business representative organisations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11689
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards preparing for COP26.  HL11690
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with (1) employers, and (2) trade unions, on the use of so-called ‘dismissal and re-engagement' strategies in negotiations with employees.  HL11691
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional (1) toilet, (2) refreshment, and (3) rest, arrangements they have made for individuals, including bus passengers, in preparation for any increased traffic (a) to, and (b) from, ports in the UK.  HL11692
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any dispensation of relevant planning regulations has been (1) required, or (2) sought, for the proposed establishment of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers near Barton Stacey.  HL11693
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) toilet, (2) refreshment, and (3) other arrangements they have made for lorry drivers delayed by the closure of English Channel ports.  HL11694
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that security guards confiscated a Christmas meal donated by volunteers to the Penally asylum camp in Pembrokeshire.  HL11695
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the income requirement of £25,600 for immigrants on staffing levels in care homes; and what plans they have to ensure that care homes experience no staff shortages because of that requirement.  HL11696
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the communique from the Primates of the Anglican Communion on 12 November about equitable COVID-19 vaccine access, what measures they have put in place to ensure that people living in the least economically developed countries have access to any such vaccine.  HL11697
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the communique from the Primates of the Anglican Communion on 12 November about equitable COVID-19 vaccine access, what plans they have to use faith communities globally to encourage the distribution and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.  HL11698
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that humanitarian agencies are being denied access to people in need of support in Tigray by the government of Ethiopia.  HL11699
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about any difficulties humanitarian agencies have had in accessing Tigray.  HL11700
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of the new variant of COVID-19 were recorded in (1) York, and (2) North Yorkshire, between, and inclusive of, 1 December and 30 December.  HL11701
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of COVID-19, not including those of the new variant of that virus, were recorded in (1) York, and (2) North Yorkshire, between, and inclusive of, 1 December and 30 December.  HL11702
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the special needs of people with hearing loss in NHS hospitals when they are (1) acutely ill, and (2) at risk of death.  HL11703
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement to clarify the definition of a 'lawyer' to include patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys to ensure that an attorney whose title is acquired in the UK is not disadvantaged in relation to an attorney whose title is acquired in the EU.  HL11704 [I]
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to put all of the NHS Nightingale hospitals into operation so that patients with COVID-19 can be admitted.  HL11705
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan (1) to re-equip, and (2) to open, the NHS Nightingale hospital in London so that patients with COVID-19 can be admitted.  HL11706
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any link between poor air quality in city centres and any increase in (1) COVID-19, and (2) respiratory diseases, in urban areas.  HL11707
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate plans (1) to improve air quality, and (2) to reduce pollution, in city centres.  HL11708
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate the decarbonisation of city centres, including banning diesel and petrol vehicles from heavily built-up areas.  HL11709
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate (1) the adoption of electric and other low- or non-carbon emitting cars in the UK, and (2) any necessary infrastructure required for such cars.  HL11710
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 20 November (HL10315), what provisions that reduce digital exclusion have been implemented as a result of their continual assessment of varying approaches to promoting digital inclusion; and how the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport defines "vulnerable con… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 20 November (HL10315), what steps they have taken to put in place measures that specifically benefit young people leaving the care system in overcoming digital exclusion.  HL11712
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the barriers facing care leavers in being approved for contracts with broadband providers.  HL11713
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The Lord Archbishop of York to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in Tigray; and what steps they are taking in response to any such assessment.  HL11714
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