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Questions for Written Answer for 12 January 2021

Tabled on 11 January and due for answer by 25 January.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the obligation contained in the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide to enact legislation that gives effect to that Convention and to provide effective penalties for persons guilty of genocide; what legislative measures, if any, they have taken to meet that… 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 action they are taking to end the forced repatriation of refugees to Eritrea from refugee camps in Tigray; and what assessment they have made of (1) reports of armed attacks on those refugee camps; and (2) of the humanitarian needs of the refugees in those camps.  HL11957
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the process of approving the use of neonicotinoid pesticides for sugar beet seed included assessments of the (1) general human health, (2) obesity, and (3) dietary, impacts of the crop on which they were proposed to be used; and, if so, what were the conclusions of these assessments.  HL11958
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision to approve a neonicotinoid pesticide for use on sugar beet seed on (1) the population numbers and population health of bees and other pollinators, (2) soil health and loss, (3) other insects, (4) fish and other water-dwelling species, and (5) other species… 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 whether the Building Safety Fund imposes restrictions on recipients communicating with journalists about repairs without prior written approval; and, if so, why.  HL11960
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when the task group, announced on 15 June 2019, intended to improve the consistency of council enforcement to tackle fraud and misuse, and to improve awareness of which groups are eligible for Blue Badges was set up; who are the members of that group; when they estimate it will report; and what plans they have to publish its findings. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Police Chiefs' Council has any legal authority to issue guidance on the interpretation of the law.  HL11962
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on public compliance with the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic of the guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs’ Council relating to the enforcement of those restrictions.  HL11963
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the number of COVID-19 (1) cases, and (2) deaths, since April 2020 of the "engaging, explaining, encouraging and enforcing" strategy introduced by police forces in England and Wales in relation to the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11964
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Office discussed the guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs' Council in relation to the "engaging, explaining, encouraging and enforcing" strategy prior to that guidance being issued.  HL11965
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Secretary has raised any concerns with police forces about the targeting of individuals to enforce the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic instead of large groups, including raves and demonstrations.  HL11966
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what production capacity is available for the (1) manufacture, and (2) supply, of sub-60 degrees freezers in the UK.  HL11967
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) estimate they made, and (2) audit they undertook, of the potential (a) demand, and (b) availability, of sub-60 degree freezer capacity in the UK prior to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rollout in 2020.  HL11968
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pharmacies (1) are currently available, or (2) can be made available, to distribute COVID-19 vaccines in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, and (d) Northern Ireland.  HL11969
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government how many freezer units capable of sub-60 degree storage of COVID-19 vaccines are available for use by the NHS in (1) England, (2) Northern Ireland, (3) Scotland, and (4) Wales; and where such units are located.  HL11970
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) discussions they have had, or (2) approaches were made to, or by, Warren Medical Limited about the provision of services and supplies related to COVID-19.  HL11971
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to ask British embassies to designate an official with special responsibility for modern slavery, focussing on supply chains for exports to the UK and the operations of UK companies overseas.  HL11972
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they regularly (1) collect, and (2) assess, data from all relevant local authorities relating to the placement of children and young people in unregulated accommodation.  HL11973
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards ensuring the secure supply of (1) vaccines, and (2) personal protective equipment.  HL11974
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all mortgage repayments and interest payments for leasehold flats with unsafe cladding purchased under the Help to Buy Scheme have been reset to zero for those properties now valued at zero; and whether all such repayments since the Grenfell Tower fire have been reimbursed.  HL11975
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further (1) to the report by the Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Gambling Harm—Time for Action, published on 2 July 2020 (HL Paper 79), and (2) to the letter to that Committee from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage on 21 December, whether (a) se… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish an Energy Bill or a draft Energy Bill this year.  HL11977
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial levers or incentives they are considering, if any, to persuade people to insulate their homes to Energy Performance Certificate band C levels.  HL11978
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the Reshaping Government Communication Service programme; from whom they have received such representations; and what have been their responses.  HL11979
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the establishment of the Civil Society Forum, as provided for in the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  HL11980
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Germany about the future of the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in particular the replacement of Valentin Inzko.  HL11981
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) France, (2) Italy, and (3) the United States, about the future of the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in particular the replacement of Valentin Inzko.  HL11982
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the governments of Germany and Russia have bilaterally agreed to replace the current High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2021 with a German candidate.  HL11983
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the (1) number, and (2) proportion, of women accessing NHS maternity care in England who had COVID-19 at the time they receive care, (a) at the most recent point for which information is available, and (b) overall since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11984
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to instruct the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to publish research showing the age distribution of those children treated with puberty-blocking drugs since 2011.  HL11985
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to instruct the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to publish data on the number, or proportion, of young people referred to the Gender Identity Development Service since 2011 who had a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder.  HL11986
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to instruct the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to publish data on the number of young people, if any, who had been assessed to be suitable for treatment using puberty-blocking drugs but who were not prescribed such treatment because they were not considered Gillick competent.  HL11987
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to instruct the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to publish data showing the proportion of those who were treated with puberty-blocking drugs who remained within the Gender Identity Development Service and later received cross-sex hormones.  HL11988
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which Care Quality Commission inspections of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in each of the last five years investigated the ability of young people treated by the Gender Identity Development Service (1) to have sufficient understanding, and (2) to be able to ass… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any prisoners in HMP Dartmoor who have tested positive for COVID-19 are confined to cells for 24-hours per day without access to showers; if so, (1) how many prisoners are being so confined, (2) how long they expect that confinement to continue, and (3) what assessment they have made of the impact of any such confinement on the m… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that transfers between prisons will resume, in particular transfers from closed to open prison conditions.  HL11991
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisons, other than HMP Dartmoor, have used 24-hour lock-ups to address the transmission of COVID-19; and what measures are in place, or planned, to improve access to education and training throughout the prison estate.  HL11992
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further (1) to the objections of the Wildlife Trust, and (2) to the statements from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization, about the reported harmful effects of the pesticide neonicotinoid thiamethoxam, what plans they have reverse their decision to allow the use of products containing t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish in full the details of the reported offer made by the EU that would have allowed the UK's creative artists freedom of movement throughout the EU for up to 90 days; and their reasons for rejecting the EU's offer.  HL11994
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government who will be responsible for border checks at points of entry to Gibraltar.  HL11995
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in planning Festival UK 2022; and whether events related to that Festival will be held in all countries of the UK.  HL11996
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the response by different faith groups in England and Wales to historic cases of child abuse.  HL11997
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of new religious teachers across different faith groups in England and Wales being assessed and trained through internal monitoring; and whether they consider this self-regulation adequate.  HL11998
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of flood prevention and mitigation measures in Somerset in 2020.  HL11999
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what, under the current regulations, is the maximum distance that a person in England may travel (1) to shop and (2) to exercise.  HL12000
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the operation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and its impact on commercial and retail businesses since 1 January.  HL12001
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total number of commercial vehicles which have entered Northern Ireland via its sea ports from Great Britain since 1 January; how many of these vehicles have been subject to inspection under the terms of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and what has been the average time taken for each inspe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the impact of reported stock shortages at food and other retail outlets in Northern Ireland, following the end of the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU and the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL12003
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial viability of wildlife trusts and nature reserves.  HL12004
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to reduce air pollution in addition to the measures in the Environment Bill.  HL12005
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Sri Lanka about the 21 waste containers that were returned from that country to the UK in September 2020.  HL12006
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance, published in March 2011, has been updated since its publication; if not, whether any equivalent guidance has replaced it; and if so, what plans they have to place a copy of any such (1) updated, or (2) new, guidance in the Library of the House.  HL12007
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement issued by the government of Bahrain on 27 December labelling reports relating to concerns raised over the Home Secretary’s visit to Muharraq Governorate Police in Bahrain as “misinformation… targeted at impacting the reputation and achievements of Bahrain’s human rights record”.  HL12008
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that (1) torture, and (2) cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, has occurred in the Muharraq Security Complex in Bahrain; and whether they received any such reports (a) through the Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance, published in March 2011, or (b) through public representations or rec… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government what are (1) the terms of reference, and (2) timelines, for the judge-led review into how allegations of wrongdoing by military personnel are raised and investigated, announced in October 2020; and what opportunities will be provided for parliamentarians, experts, and civil society to feed into the review.  HL12010
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 6 January (HL9878, HL9881, HL9883, HL9957), what reasonable worst-case planning scenario estimates were applied to the forecast modelling used to inform the decision to place England under national restrictions in (1) March 2020, (2) November 2020 and (3) January 2021; and t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by ClearView Research Ltd Youth Employment 2030: Employment and prospects for young people in England post-COVID19, published on 17 December 2020; and what steps they are taking to support unemployed young people who are black, Asian or minority ethnic.  HL12012
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that small businesses can access COVID-19 financial support schemes.  HL12013
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the reduced Value Added Tax rate for the hospitality industry.  HL12014
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of workers who are not eligible for any COVID-19 financial support; and what steps they are taking to reduce that number.  HL12015
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Amnesty International on 6 January that "the Israeli government must stop ignoring its international obligations as an occupying power and immediately act to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are equally and fairly provided to Palestinians living under its occupation in the West Bank and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conviction of Issa Amro by a military court in Israel.  HL12017
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by B'Tselem on 1 January 2020 that "in 2019, Israeli security forces killed 133 Palestinians, including 28 minors"; and what steps they have taken in response to that statement.  HL12018
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Israel Defence Force fire machine guns in the border areas of the Gaza Strip when there is low visibility due to fog in order to deter any attempt by those wishing to infiltrate the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  HL12019
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that material is being included in textbooks for school children in Israel which incites hatred and violence towards Palestinians.  HL12020
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases relating to sexual assault have faced trial in military courts in each year since 2010; and how many of these cases have resulted in (1) guilty and (2) not guilty verdicts.  HL12021
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British soldiers (1) have been injured and (2) have died in operations in Mali since the UK's deployment of troops as part of the UN's peacekeeping mission.  HL12022
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what support, if any, the Royal Air Force provides to British soldiers assigned to operations in Mali.  HL12023
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents involving civilian deaths in Mali have included the involvement of British soldiers.  HL12024
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 11 January (HCWS695), whether leaseholders will retain the right to extend their leases by 90 years.  HL12025
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the affordability of leaseholders extending their leases by 990 years.  HL12026
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the extension of leases by 990 years by all leaseholders in a block of flats would have on the viability of commonhold.  HL12027
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that proposals to extend leases to a minimum of 990 years could have on the interests of freeholders.  HL12028
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of their proposed leasehold reforms on the break-up of large freehold estates in major cities like London.  HL12029
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of leaseholders who will be able to afford extending their leaseholds by 990 years.  HL12030
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to formulate a strategy for trade in services with the EU at a (1) bilateral, and (2) multilateral, level.  HL12031
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the administrative burden on trade with the EU; and what options there could be to reduce that burden through a 'one-in, two-out' rule.  HL12032
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate safe travel through UK airports, including through testing and use of other technology.  HL12033
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on the Integrated Review of Foreign, Defence, Security and Development policy on 19 November (HC Deb, col 495), how many F-35B combat aircraft could be embarked in a national emergency on each of the two new carriers by 2023.  HL12034
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to form a (1) third, and (2) fourth, F35B combat aircraft squadron.  HL12035
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether 48 F35B combat aircraft would meet the requirement for 35 embarked aircraft that were originally considered essential for initial war-entry Carrier Strike operations.  HL12036
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether personnel in squadrons of F35B combat aircraft embarked in the carriers will be working to the same harmony rules.  HL12037
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the government of France about their new planned nuclear strike carrier.  HL12038
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what witnesses with maritime warfare expertise they provided to the Public Accounts Committee's oral evidence session on delivering Carrier Strike on 28 September 2020.  HL12039
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