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Questions for Written Answer for 19 January 2021

Tabled on 18 January and due for answer by 1 February.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Chiltern Society Area of Neighbourly Behaviour? HS2 in the Chilterns since Notice to Proceed, published on 14 January; what plans they have to follow up the concerns raised in that report that HS2 has failed to comply with assurances given to petitioners during the Hybrid Bill process… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government when the final report of the NHS People Plan will be published.  HL12190
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with Eurotunnel and Eurostar about using surplus capacity and rolling stock for the conveyance of freight by rail.  HL12191
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Baroness Brady to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that teachers are prioritised to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  HL12192
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Baroness Brady to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of independent pharmacies that are able to offer COVID-19 vaccination on-site; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such pharmacies (1) receive delivery of, and (2) can administer, COVID-19 vaccinations, promptly.  HL12193
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Lord Butler of Brockwell to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to the Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care on 18 October 2019, what plans they have to amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to enab… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the report of the Newton Rigg Strategic Review undertaken by the Further Education Commissioner Team and which concluded in December 2020.  HL12195
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Further Education Commissioner Team that undertook the (1) Newton Rigg Strategic Review, and (2) Newton Rigg Review, about publishing any financial planning proposals by Askham Bryan College relating to the viability and future of Newton Rigg college in Penrith.  HL12196
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they give to air pollution levels when making ministerial decisions on whether to call-in a planning application.  HL12197
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Canterbury urban extension on air pollution levels; and what affect the categorisation of Canterbury as an air quality management area has had on their decision on whether to call-in the planning application of the Canterbury urban extension.  HL12198
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of air pollution resulting from the Canterbury urban extension on morbidity rates.  HL12199
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the International Relations and Defence Committee The UK and Afghanistan, published on 13 January (HL Paper 208), and the recommendation that "all Afghan interpreters who worked for the UK military, including those now resident in third countries, [should be]...able to access the provisions of the ex-grati… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage (1) trade with China, and (2) investment in the Chinese economy.  HL12201
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to celebrate the centenary of the formation of Northern Ireland in (1) England, (2) Wales, and (3) Scotland.  HL12202
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to designate the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group.  HL12203
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the governments of China, the European Union, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States should be renegotiated in the light of (1) mission development, (2) sunset clauses, and (3) breaches by Iran of limits on enrich… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the practice of British judges sitting on Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal confers legitimacy on processes otherwise undermined by the actions of the government of China.  HL12205
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners aged 80 years old and over received the COVID-19 vaccination by, and including, 15 January.  HL12206
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Greater London Authority about the potential impact on business of proposals to extend the congestion charging zone; and what has been the outcome of any such discussions.  HL12207
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people from Hong Kong have applied for residence in the UK in each of the last six months.  HL12208
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people from Hong Kong they estimate will apply for residence in the UK in each of the next five years.  HL12209
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the government of the United States’ decision to designate the Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organisation on humanitarian (1) operations, and (2) access, in Yemen.  HL12210
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) the government of the United States’ decision to designate the Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organisation, and (2) the COVID-19 pandemic, on (a) hunger, and (b) poverty, in Yemen.  HL12211
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the government of the United States’ decision to designate the Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organisation on Yemen’s (1) economy, and (2) food imports.  HL12212
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any UK-funded development projects in Eritrea have been (1) cancelled, or (2) had their funding reduced, following the announcement of the cut to the UK aid budget.  HL12213
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to exclude roadbuilding from future UK-funded development projects in Eritrea.  HL12214
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount allocated for UK-funded development projects in Eritrea in the 2020/21 financial year; and what spending is planned for such projects in 2021/22.  HL12215
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British National (Overseas) passport applications were received in each month of 2020.  HL12216
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop an internet service provider children protection policy; and what plans they have to require British telecommunications companies to demonstrate that they are taking steps to block child pornography wherever they operate or invest.  HL12217
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the decision to stop allowing claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for furloughed employees serving statutory and contractual notice periods from 1 December 2020, what support is available to employers who have been forced to close and are now obliged to give employees notice for redundancy.  HL12218
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether employers can pro-rate company premiums for private medical cover for short-term employees; if so, by how much; and whether employers can pro-rate other benefits such as holiday pay.  HL12219
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have published for employers and employees seeking assistance from ACAS in relation to employment contracts and tribunals.  HL12220
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether employers can insist that employees have a COVID-19 vaccine; what actions an employer can take in respect of (1) employees who refuse to have a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) employees who refuse to work with employees who have refused the vaccine other than on medical grounds; and, in such circumstances, what are employe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) political, and (2) campaigning, organisations have been (a) monitored, and (b) infiltrated, by police, or at the direction of police, since 1991.  HL12222
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) political, and (2) campaigning, organisations have been (a) monitored, and (b) infiltrated, by police, or at the direction of police, since 1991.  HL12223
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ban the sale of real fur in the UK.  HL12224
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to the hunger strikes and other protests undertaken by some of the residents of asylum seeker accommodation at Napier Barracks in Folkestone; what steps they are taking (1) to investigate, and (2) to address, the cause of such protests; what education and leisure facilities they (a) have provided, and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from Baroness Williams of Trafford to all peers on 22 October 2020 on issues raised during the Report stage of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, whether the Department for Education’s review of how immigration status and restrictions interact with free school… 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 steps they are taking to support and advise NHS Trusts on ‘ready to use’ medicines which (1) improve patient safety through reduced drug administration errors, (2) save nursing time, and (3) relieve pressure on pharmacy teams.  HL12227
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide an at-home COVID-19 vaccination service for (1) people with severe mobility issues, and (2) other people who cannot access their local vaccination site.  HL12228
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the work of the Heritage Lottery Fund in administering grants under the Culture Recovery Fund, and (2) whether that organisation has sufficient staffing capacity to ensure timely decisions for grant applicants.  HL12229
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government how many listed historic houses and gardens have been supported with grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund for recovery and business continuity purposes.  HL12230
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU on ports, how many customs officers are employed at each such port in the UK; how many vacancies there are for such posts; what assessment they have made of the number of such officers required to address such an impact; and what steps they are taking to meet any shortfa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that deliveries of takeaway food to homes adhere to sufficient hygiene measures for the (1) preparation, and (2) delivery, of such food during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12232
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that elderly recipients of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine do not have to travel excessive distances to receive such a vaccine.  HL12233
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide employers with guidance on how they can support victims of domestic abuse; and whether any such guidance will include recommending access to paid leave.  HL12234
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of providing support and advice for employers and employees about domestic abuse on the protection of victims of such abuse at work.  HL12235
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have cut funding entirely for the smart ticketing project from Transport for the North's budget for the next financial year; and what plans they have to reinstate funding for this project in future years.  HL12236
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have cut Transport for the North’s core budget for the next financial year by 40 per cent; and what assessment they have made of the impact of this cut on their levelling-up agenda.  HL12237
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to announce funding to support bus services during the COVID-19 pandemic after current funding runs out at the end of March; and what plans they have to announce funding that will cover the full 2021/22 financial year.  HL12238
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of providing one funding package for bus and tram services on an area rather than a modal basis.  HL12239
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the collapse of the German Property Group for UK investors in that company, and the prospect of compensation payments.  HL12240
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they made to the government of the United States about (1) the designation of the Houthi movement as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation by that government, and (2) the humanitarian implications of such a designation.  HL12241
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the proposed settlement at Givat Hamatos.  HL12242
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for their presidency of the UN Security Council in February.  HL12243
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what engagement they have had with President-elect Biden's transition team on UK–US joint priorities.  HL12244
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consular support they provide to UK citizens subject (1) to arbitrary detention, and (2) to torture; whether they provide guidance to their embassies on the nature of such support; and if so, (a) what such guidance says, and (b) what limitations on consular support such guidance advises.  HL12245
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the nomination process for the elections due to be held in May is not adversely affected by COVID-19 restrictions; and in particular, whether they intend (1) to change the number of signatures required per nominee, and (2) to allow such signatures to be sent electronically.  HL12246
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mitigate any economic impact resulting from Stena Line’s cancellation of Irish Sea sailings.  HL12247
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the UNOCHA Ethiopia—Tigray Region Humanitarian Update Situation Report, published on 6 January, what assessment they have made of reports of (1) food shortages, (2) looting, (3) sexual violence, and (3) damage to cultural heritage, in Tigray.  HL12248
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further (1) to the report by the UNOCHA Ethiopia—Tigray Region Humanitarian Update Situation Report, published on 6 January, and (2) to reports that there have been difficulties in delivering humanitarian aid to that region, what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about ensuring that (a) aid is… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the implications of the emergence of variants of COVID-19, and (2) the potential for future mutations of that virus; and what plans they have made for the rapid acquisition of any re-purposed vaccine that may be needed.  HL12250
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to provide for the education of children excluded from school during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12251
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been (1) budgeted, and (2) spent, on HS2 (a) in the London area within the M25, and (b) outside the London area.  HL12252
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce (1) a taxable grant for directors of limited companies, and (2) a scheme to reimburse small businesses for lost revenue, as part of a COVID-19 support package.  HL12253
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide financial support to directors of small private companies who pay themselves in dividends.  HL12254
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage more businesses to provide mental health support to all employees.  HL12255
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help universities provide digital technology to financially disadvantaged students.  HL12256
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of  the (1) physical, and (2) economic, risks to (a) farmers, and (b) fishermen, in Gaza of the extent of the buffer zones in Gaza being changed by the government of Israel.  HL12257
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that farmers and fishermen working within the borders of Gaza designated by the government of Israel have been targeted by the Israel Defense Forces; and what steps they plan to take in response to such reports.  HL12258
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by B'Tselem A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: this is apartheid, published on 12 January.  HL12259
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statistics compiled by the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Camping coalition which suggest that over 8,400 olive trees have been uprooted or burned by the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli settlers in the West Bank in 2020.  HL12260
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all Palestinians are able to vote freely in (1) the elections for the legislature on 22 May, and (2) the presidential election on 31 July.  HL12261
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on East Jerusalem of reports that the government of Israel intends to displace the Palestinian community in that area and replace it with Israelis.  HL12262
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK residents claimed non-domiciled status in returns to HMRC in the most recent tax year for which figures are available.  HL12263
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK residents claimed non-domiciled status in returns to HMRC over the past five to 10 years; and whether the number of UK residents claiming non-domiciled status increased or decreased during this period.  HL12264
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries have agreed to contribute in (1) naval, or (2) logistical support, terms to the UK’s planned deployment of a Royal Navy carrier strike group to the Indo-Pacific region in 2021.  HL12265
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Russia about its plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty.  HL12266
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ascertain whether businesses are insisting that staff attend the workplace when they could reasonably be expected to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12267
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions they will impose on businesses which insist that staff attend the workplace when they could work effectively from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12268
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the cost of transporting dogs from Northern Ireland to Great Britain since 31 December 2020.  HL12269
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The Lord Archbishop of York to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of human rights abuses in Tigray; and what support they are providing (1) to the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, (2) to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and (3) to the African Union, to (a) investigate, and (b) document, such abuses.  HL12270
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The Lord Archbishop of York to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of refugees going from Ethiopia to Sudan; and what support they are providing to the government of Sudan to respond to the humanitarian needs of these refugees.  HL12271
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The Lord Archbishop of York to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia (1) to provide unfettered humanitarian access to Tigray, and (2) to uphold the rule of law and respect for human rights in Tigray.  HL12272
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