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Questions for Written Answer for 25 May 2021

Tabled on 24 May and due for answer by 8 June.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the assessment of the EU foreign service, reported on 17 May, that the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia's Tigray region “is worse than ever since the conflict began last November”; that 5.2 million people are in need of “emergency food assistance” to avoid starvation; and that “blocking hum… 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 plans they have, if any, to table a resolution at the UN Security Council on 19 June about the use of systematic rape and sexual violence against the women and girls of Tigray and demanding that those responsible are brought to justice.  HL460
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the commitment made in May 2021 by the Commonwealth Women's Ministers Action Group to put women's issues at the top of the agenda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to be held in Rwanda.  HL461
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had, if any, with (1) the government of the United States, and (2) other NATO allies, on how to develop an enduring partnership with Afghanistan in light of the withdrawal of UK troops this year.  HL462
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to continue to counter (1) the terrorist threat, and (2) the trafficking of narcotics, in Afghanistan, whilst also protecting the vital progress made on human rights in that country since 2001.  HL463
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) programme to the NHS since its inception.  HL464 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion of, people serving a life sentence have an up-to-date Offender Assessment System assessment.  HL465 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what the average tariff length imposed for murder was in each year since 2000.  HL466
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 in each UK prison since March 2020.  HL467
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 in each month since March 2020.  HL468
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that the Fair Access Protocol under the School Admissions Code includes all children escaping domestic abuse, not only those in refuges.  HL469
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the outcome of the review of the School Admissions Code.  HL470
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to HMS Queen Elizabeth's first operational deployment, what is the number of personnel on (1) HMS Queen Elizabeth, (2) the six accompanying Royal Navy ships, and (3) the Royal Navy submarine in the Carrier Strike Group.  HL471
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what US satellite networks UK Reaper drones use.  HL472
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what countries UK Reaper drones have launched strikes in, without parliamentary approval, since 2015.  HL473
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the objectives of the Carrier Strike Group deployment; and how achievement of these objectives will be measured.  HL474
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of New Zealand on the Carrier Strike Group deployment.  HL475
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the (1) qualifications, and (2) experience, required for interpreters to be listed on the Ministry of Justice register to the same levels as interpreters joining the National Register of Public Service Interpreters.  HL476
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how many interpreters registered with the Ministry of Justice have been (1) removed from the register, or (2) otherwise sanctioned, as a result of the spot checks and in-person assessments carried out from 1 January 2019 by the quality assurance provider The Language Shop.  HL477
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 18 May (HL Deb, col 558) that interpreters "will be removed from the register if they fail to reach the required standard", what are the detailed components of "the required standard".  HL478
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what results have so far been achieved through the seven partnerships between UK and French places launched by the British Embassy in Paris in 2019.  HL479
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the competition to identify partnerships between UK and French places launched by the British Embassy in Paris in 2019, what plans they have to encourage such partnerships between places in the UK and places in the other member states of the Council of Europe.  HL480
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any research on the effects of continuous mask-wearing over long periods; and if so what are the findings of that research.  HL481
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Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of metal theft were recorded on the Police National Database in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.  HL482
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Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many scrap metal dealers have been (1) prosecuted, and (2) convicted, for failing to hold a (a) site, or (b) mobile collector’s, licence since 2013.  HL483
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Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many scrap metal dealers have been (1) prosecuted, and (2) convicted, for paying cash for scrap metal since 2013.  HL484
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to allow amateur choral societies to practice and perform indoors within COVID-19 guidelines.  HL485
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have established a timetable for negotiations on reducing barriers to touring with key live music markets in the EU; and if so, what is that timetable.  HL486
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken towards establishing a transitional support fund for UK musicians seeking to tour the EU.  HL487
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to a Government-backed indemnity for live events after the Stage 4 lifting of restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL488
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the (1) results of, (2) guidance arising from, the Events Research Programme.  HL489
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the publication of impact assessments in relation to (1) primary legislation, and (2) secondary legislation.  HL490
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government which bills they intend to subject to pre-legislative scrutiny in the present Session of Parliament.  HL491
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 April (HL15288), what assessment they have made of the risks faced by journalists reporting on human rights violations in China.  HL492
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 April (HL15288), what assessment they have made of the possibility of moving the 2022 Winter Olympic Games from China to another host nation with a better human rights record; and what representations have they made to governments of other nations on moving the 2022 Wint… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 April (HL15291), what are their priorities for discussion at the G7 summit regarding human rights; and what plans they have to raise the human rights situation of Uighur Muslims in China at that summit.  HL494
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 April (HL15289), what assessment they have made of the risks faced by British (1) journalists, and (2) athletes, attending the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing; and what plans they have to mitigate any such risks.  HL495
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 April (HL15287), what assessment they have made of reports of mosques being destroyed in Xinjiang province; and what representations have they made to the government of China on the destruction of mosques.  HL496
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord True on 21 April (HL Deb, col 1833), what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the trial of a cell broadcast emergency alert system in Reading in March.  HL497
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Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that those seeking support for managing pain are offered a choice of options through the NHS including mindfulness-based therapies, to reduce the proportion of treatments that rely on medication and the risk of overprescribing.  HL498
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers specialising in citizenship education completed their training in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, (5) 2020, and (6) 2021.  HL499
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government how many teachers self-identified as citizenship education teachers in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, (5) 2020, and (6) 2021.  HL500
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have the power to issue deep sea mining licences in UK Overseas Territories’ waters; and if so, whether they plan to issue any such licences.  HL501
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprentices were in training in (1) 2015–16, and (2) 2020–21.  HL502
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many current apprentices are (1) female, and (2) male.  HL503
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of female apprentices in the manufacturing sector.  HL504
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what annual financial allowances they provide to apprentices in the manufacturing sector.  HL505
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the effectiveness of careers advice in secondary schools.  HL506
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) A400M, and (2) C17, aircraft are currently in service in the Royal Air Force.  HL507
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to assist with the extension of the Defamation Act 2013 to Northern Ireland.  HL508
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 13 February 2020 (HL1489), when they expect to publish their literature review of the factors driving the use of food banks.  HL509
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the All Party Parliamentary Writers Group Supporting Writers through the COVID-19 Crisis, published on 11 May, what plans they have to engage with writers’ organisations to discuss the recommendations relating to maintaining diversity of talent in the creative industries following the COVID-19… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regularly engage with representatives of the creative workforce to discuss the best route to recovery for the creative sector.  HL511
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 1 February (HL12508), what assessment they have made of the recommendation of the Irish Joint Committee on Health for people in that country to take a daily dose of Vitamin D at least two times higher than the dose recommended by Public Health England; and what steps the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an individual who is convicted of (1) rape, or (2) sexual assault, is recorded in crime statistics under their (a) gender identity, or (b) biological sex.  HL513
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government which documents set out the triage policy in relation to a pandemic for (1) hospitals, and (2) care homes, as of January 2020.  HL514
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government which 10 councils have the highest number of solar panels installed on council properties.  HL515
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government which 10 UK hospitals have the highest financial deficit, including debts carried over from previous years.  HL516
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual budget for reception centres for Hong Kong residents seeking to live in the UK; where they plan to locate any such reception centres; and how many, if any, are currently operational.  HL517
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to establishing housing allocation numbers for local authorities, what is the current assumed net immigration for each of the next 15 years.  HL518
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the impact of their policy towards immigration from Hong Kong has been incorporated into housing allocation (1) calculations, and (2) provision.  HL519
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how the participant requirements for the COV-BOOST trial were decided; and why the exclusion criteria for the COV-BOOST trial includes immunosuppressed people.  HL520
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to study the effect of COVID-19 booster vaccines on immunocompromised groups.  HL521
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to protect groups for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is less effective, and (2) to communicate their remaining risk to the general public.  HL522
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with employers regarding the safety of immunocompromised clinically extremely vulnerable groups in relation to their return to work.  HL523
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government when treatments for immunocompromised groups, including monoclonal antibody therapies, will be available as an alternative to COVID-19 vaccines; and which groups will be able to access those treatments.  HL524
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to order monoclonal antibody therapies as an alternative to COVID-19 vaccines; and if so, whether they plan to do so before AstraZeneca reports the findings of its PROVENT study.  HL525
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Lord Pannick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to re-introduce to parliament the provisions of the Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill 2017–19.  HL526
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 29 April (HL15257), when they expect the Financial Conduct Authority to provide a response about the (1) value, and (2) service, provided by UK pension providers to holders of UK Self-Invested Personal Pensions.  HL527
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 29 April (HL15336), what assessment they have made of the supply of diamorphine; what steps they are taking to ensure that any shortage in the availability of diamorphine to NHS patients is addressed; and when they expect any such shortage to end.  HL528
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Mitigating the Climate Forcing of Aircraft Contrails by Small-Scale Diversions and Technology Adoption, published on 12 February 2020, which found a beneficial impact of altering the altitudes of some aircraft to reduce the impact of cont… 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 assessment they have made of the diversion of the Ryanair flight FR4978 on 23 May which resulted in the arrest of the journalist Roman Protasevich.  HL530
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano on 22 May, what assessment they have made of the impact on the (1) inhabitants, and (2) environment, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  HL531
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how the legal powers of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services differ in relation to Northern Ireland compared to Great Britain.  HL532
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the powers of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.  HL533
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis there is a limit on non-professional singers of six people singing indoors in the context of restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic; and why this limit is more restrictive than the one that was in place in autumn 2020.  HL534
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reductions in the Overseas Development Assistance Budget on donations to organisations bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza.  HL535
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what policy priority they place on (1) defence of the Realm, (2) defending UK citizens from terrorist rocket attacks, and (3) neutralising the threat of terrorist rocket attacks on UK citizens.  HL536
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that elderly workers are not disproportionately impacted by the ending of the furlough scheme.  HL537
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist small businesses staff retention rates.  HL538
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to expand Universal Credit accessibility for those who are ineligible due to (1) their partner's earnings, (2) savings, or (3) migration status.  HL539
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a recent report by The Sutton Trust, 'Fairness First: Social Mobility, Covid and Education Recovery' published in May; and what plans they have to increase the funds for the early years pupil premium.  HL540
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government how with the future development of Celtic Sea wind power they will ensure that power lines to shore are shared to prevent excess damage to the seabed and minimise costs.  HL541
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Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) evidential, and (2) statutory, basis for the recent guidance that amateur choirs should be restricted to six socially-distanced singers indoors.  HL542
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are planning any legislation to ensure that laws relating to cyber-insecure products are aligned with product safety laws; and what steps they are taking to (1) warn customers about cyber-insecure products, or (2) remove cyber-insecure products from circulation.  HL543
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate that the number of Royal Navy frigates will drop below 10 this decade.  HL544
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to conduct a review to ensure adequate monitoring and protection of the UK’s exclusive economic zone, territorial seas and coastline.  HL545
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the significance of BBC Monitoring to (1) UK, and (2) global, security will be a factor when they make decisions about the future funding level of the licence fee at the next spending review.  HL546
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Lord Woolley of Woodford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support schools which seek to create (1) equal, (2) racially diverse, and (3) inclusive, environments for their pupils.  HL547
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