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Questions for Written Answer for 12 October 2021

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the estimated number of people killed in Mali over the past year, and (2) the role (a) Jihadists, and (b) Jihadism, have played in these killings.  HL2889
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the role of the Wagner mercenaries in Mali, (2) how many troops are part of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), and (3) what assessment they have made of the future of MINUSMA and the role of French and British forces in Mali.  HL2890
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the number of people who live in danger of landmines and unexploded ordinance, and (2) how much funding they have provided for landmine clearance in each of the last five years.  HL2891
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) which countries, if any, will no longer receive funding for the clearance of land mines and unexploded ordinance, and (2) whether these cuts are compatible with the UK’s commitment to the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.  HL2892
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports of (1) fighting in Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state between members of the al Qaeda affiliate Ansaru and other armed factions, and (2) the prevalence in central Nigeria of diverse armed non-state actors espousing religious extremism.  HL2893
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of removing London weighting from civil service salaries in the event that employees do not work in their London offices for at least three days a week.  HL2894
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, funding (1) they, or (2) the EU, have (a) provided to, or (b) earmarked for, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group in connection with its work on developing plans for a new shipping vessel.  HL2895
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing for the development of the maritime sector in respect of ship building or repair in Cornwall to service offshore or transport requirements.  HL2896
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 22 September regarding Treasury civil servants working remotely (HL2572), what plans they have to investigate the possibility of cost savings by employing non-British staff working from homes overseas.  HL2897
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what percentage of, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) staff are working from home; and how many are able to give full service to DVSA customers from home.  HL2898
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make more rest stop facilities, such as toilets and wash facilities, available for lorry drivers on the principal UK transport routes.  HL2899
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that 50 per cent of civil servants at the DVLA are refusing to come back into the workplace, what steps they will take to outsource DVLA work to companies based in the UK and overseas.  HL2900
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate reports that an NHS trust has been labelling patients who wish to be placed on single sex wards as 'transphobes', 'offenders' and 'perpetrators'; and whether they will name the trust involved.  HL2901
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what statistics are available on the number of male patients identifying as female who have been placed on female-only NHS hospital wards, including in mental health facilities, and (2) how many assaults on female patients there have been by male patients identifying as female.  HL2902
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many tutoring opportunities for children in England are currently available at (1) primary schools, (2) secondary schools, and (3) schools catering for special educational needs.  HL2903
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of apprenticeship levy that has not been spent in the current financial year to date; and what assessment they have made, if any, of the likely overall apprenticeship levy underspend in financial year 2021–22.  HL2904
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 7 October (HL2777), what advice they have given to primary care providers seeking financial support to give initial or booster vaccines in areas which have a high proportion of the population with English as a second language where (1) translation services, and (2) longer vaccination app… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to engage with small UK development charities to assist (1) with departmental submissions to the Comprehensive Spending Review, and (2) in the production of their new International Development Strategy.  HL2906
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 June (HL1509), whether they are now in a position to publish the research commissioned into potential interest in flexible rail season tickets; and what assessment they have made of long-term elasticities of demand for such tickets based on (1) the commissioned research,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Local Transport Authorities committed to establishing Enhanced Partnerships across their entire areas under the Bus Services Act 2017 by the end of June.  HL2908
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Lord Bruce of Bennachie to ask Her Majesty's Government why the law officers did not refer the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 to Supreme Court within four weeks of the bill being passed by the Scottish Parliament.  HL2909
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Lord Bruce of Bennachie to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the circumstances in which they would refer a bill passed by one of the devolved legislatures to the Supreme Court.  HL2910
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the responses to the consultation on proposed reforms to modern language GCSEs.  HL2911
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value to language learning in secondary schools of foreign language classroom assistants.  HL2912
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) language learning in UK schools, and (2) the teaching of English in schools overseas, of the removal from the tiered visa regime for unpaid student internships.  HL2913
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to speed up the process of visa applications for classroom language assistants.  HL2914
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the impact on incoming school group visits to the UK from the EU of the requirement from 1 October that such groups will need to ensure that each individual child holds a full international passport, and (2) what plans they have to allow children on school trips to the UK from the EU to enter w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the submission to the consultation on reforms to modern language GCSEs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages will be recorded as one response, or reflect its endorsement by almost 100 organisations and 1,000 individuals.  HL2916
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Baroness Deech to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker to explain the justification for the exemption from registration of EU pensions to which are attached conditions that a reasonable member of the public might regard as likely to influence their conduct as parliamentarians, as set out in paragraph 68 of the 10th edition of the Guide to the Code of Conduct for Members of the House of L… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government which EU countries allow entry to UK nationals based on double vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine.  HL2918
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the proposed new Rwandan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Busingye Johnston, upholds international law; whether they intend to accept his diplomatic credentials; and what discussions they will have with the government of Rwanda about upholding international law. … 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 what steps they are taking to support countries that are vulnerable to disruption caused by climate change; what discussions they have had with the government of Burundi about the impact of rising water levels of Lake Tanganyika on the displacement of people; and what support, if any, they intend to provide to that country… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government why the use of Ronapreve has been restricted only to people who are currently hospitalised with COVID-19; what assessment they have made of the numbers of patients expected to be treated with Ronapreve in the next 12 months; and what, if any assessment, they have made of the benefits of providing it as prophylaxis for hig… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government where Ministerial responsibility lies in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office for inclusive societies; and which Minister is responsible for ensuring that the work of the Department takes account of the rights and needs of (1) older people, and (2) people with disabilities.  HL2922
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government who has replaced Chloe Smith MP as the Minister in the Cabinet Office responsible for the Constitution and Devolution; and in particular, for the work on Common Frameworks.  HL2923
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have blocked planning permission for new oil drilling extraction sites in the UK over the past five years; and if so, (1) how many permissions they have refused, (2) when these were refused, and (3) where the application sites were located.  HL2924
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government how many oil drilling extraction sites there are in England.  HL2925
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new oil drilling extraction sites have been approved in England in the last two years; and where any such sites (1) are, or (2) are proposed to be, located.  HL2926
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government how many driving licence test centres have closed in the last two years; and where any such closures have taken place.  HL2927
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government how many test centres for driving theory examinations have closed in the last two years; and where any such closures have taken place.  HL2928
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government how many driving licence test examiners based in Surrey there were in (1) 2019, (2) 2020, and (3) 2021.  HL2929
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposals by the Medical Technologies Directorate for mandatory adoption of innovative medical devices; and what proportion of all submissions to the Directorate are forecast to benefit from mandatory adoption.  HL2930
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how much they have spent on mathematical sciences at higher education institutions in the UK, and (2) how this compares to the international average.  HL2931
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by the Medical Technologies Directorate to adopt evidence assessment processes used in relation to pharmaceutical products to assess innovative medical devices.  HL2932
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will request that the Medical Technologies Directorate publish a definition of “innovative medical devices”.  HL2933
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of (1) actual, and (2) planned, expenditure of their £300 million investment in the mathematical sciences.  HL2934
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have invested in mathematical sciences in each higher education institution in the UK for (1) teaching, and (2) research.  HL2935
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Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the independence of Azerbaijan on 18 October, and (2) to mark the anniversary by strengthening bilateral cooperation with the government of Azerbaijan.  HL2936
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the experience of (a) the United States, and (b) other countries, in repatriating their nationals from detention camps in Syria, (2) whether they are considering individual cases, in particular of (a) widows, and (b) fatherless children, and (3) if so, how many individual cases are currently being co… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the provision of social care for (1) the elderly, and (2) physically and mentally impaired people, at a (a) local, (b) regional, and (c) national, level.  HL2938
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what advice they have given to the NHS about priorities for preventing disease, and (2) what percentage of total health expenditure is devoted to disease prevention.  HL2939
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, (1) to encourage countries with surplus vaccines to make these available to COVAX, and (2) to seek improved cooperation between health and finance ministers in other countries in relation to (a) the COVID-19 pandemic, and (b) future pandemics.  HL2940
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative importance of (1) improving health and education, and (2) increasing GDP per capita, in reducing poverty in countries in receipt of UK development aid.  HL2941
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative importance of (1) improving health and education, and (2) increasing GDP per capita, in reducing poverty in the UK.  HL2942
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement a national policy and pathway for pregnant women in prison.  HL2943
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of grade 3 prison officers being put in charge of pregnant women's healthcare.  HL2944
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that all women's prisons have (1) paediatric, and (2) neonatal, emergency equipment; and how they intend to ensure that all healthcare staff are trained in paediatric and neonatal resuscitation.  HL2945
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will start operating the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme; whether they will establish a working group for its implementation; and if so, whether it will include the civil society organisations funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to develop the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace… 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 tackle the backlog in health and social care assessments for disabled children and young people.  HL2947
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to fund dedicated COVID-19 recovery policies for disabled children and young people and their families.  HL2948
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Disabled Children’s Partnership Then There Was Silence, published on 10 September, which found that nearly three quarters of disabled children had seen their progress managing their condition regress during the pandemic.  HL2949
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) number, and (2) proportion, of asylum claims made before August had been awaiting an interview for more than (a) 6 months, (b) a year, and (c) two years.  HL2950
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued on whether people should return to work after having had COVID-19 but without having taken a PCR test.  HL2951
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take in response to reports that unaccompanied minors with family links to the UK were recently evacuated from Afghanistan and are currently in temporary accommodation in Qatar.  HL2952
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relevance of section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 due to changes in business practice since that date.  HL2953
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the tables published by different UK organisations ranking universities, and (2) the availability of independent oversight or verification of the accuracy of such tables.  HL2954
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how they define the term “levelling up” when used in policy statements, (2) when they will publish their objectives for levelling up, and (3) whether they plan to set measurable targets for each objective.  HL2955
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many HGV drivers have been recruited under the new visa scheme announced at the end of September; and how many of those recruited are fuel tank drivers.  HL2956
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security of tenants in the private rented sector, in particular those affected by (1) the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and (2) the reduction in Universal Credit payments.  HL2957
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish interest free, government-guaranteed hardship loans to support housing tenants with debts incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2958
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish a national eye health and hearing study for the UK.  HL2959
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) steps they have taken, and (2) further plans they have, to ensure that children are protected from harm caused by toys sold in online marketplaces which are not compliant with UK safety regulations.  HL2960
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take following the closure of the UK product safety review: call for evidence on 17 June; and what are the timelines for those steps.  HL2961
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the ability of Trading Standards to pursue sellers of toys not in compliance with UK safety regulations.  HL2962
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last assessed the merits of daylight saving time.  HL2963
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Regulation of BetIndex Limited, published on 13 September, what steps they are taking, beyond additional funding, to ensure that the Gambling Commission is better able to monitor and intervene in the case of novel gambling products.  HL2964
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to encourage other governments to adopt the UN resolution of 19 June calling for nations to halt arms sales to Myanmar and the ruling military junta.  HL2965
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to research by Femicide Census which found that 16 former or serving police officers had committed femicide since 2009, what assessment they have made as to whether male former or serving police officers commit violence against women, including femicide, at a higher rate compared to the general adult male popula… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the violence used by Israeli forces against protestors at Sheikh Jarrah.  HL2967
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding (1) the denial of access to Palestinians for worship in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, and (2) the prevention of the call to prayer, since 1 September.  HL2968
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the killing of Dr. Hazem Joulani by Israeli forces in East Jerusalem, and the reports that he was denied medical attention before his death.  HL2969
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding to schools to improve ventilation systems.  HL2970
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage schools to boost diversity among teachers.  HL2971
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to resolve the short-term issues to UK goods supply chains.  HL2972
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to lift the No Recourse to Public Funds rule for one year to support migrants who were put in accommodation under the Everyone In scheme and are no longer eligible.  HL2973
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are satisfied with the law which authorises statutory authorities to obstruct the highway for the purposes of repair and maintenance.  HL2974
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many personnel who are part of the UK's carrier strike group have tested positive for COVID-19.  HL2975
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government with what countries to date the carrier strike group has had (1) engagements, or (2) military exercises; and what were these engagements and military exercises.  HL2976
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date HMS Vanguard is expected to rejoin the fleet of Trident submarines.  HL2977
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date infantry reorganisation plans will be published.  HL2978
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many military personnel are currently deployed to help support the NHS.  HL2979
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many military personnel are currently deployed as HGV drivers.  HL2980
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Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 September (HL2635), what period the agreed full cost support for local authorities to implement the voter ID provisions in the Elections Bill will cover.  HL2981
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the 'Crowsnest' Airborne Early Warning helicopter programme is on schedule to meet its intended operational date; and what assessment they have made of challenges associated with the F-35B fighter jet programme, in particular regarding personnel.  HL2982
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the transfer of two Type 23 Frigates to the Hellenic Navy for (1) overall frigate numbers, and (2) the minimum level of frigates committed to be held by the Royal Navy.  HL2983
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Baroness Wilcox of Newport to ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools do not have a qualified teacher in a subject they offer.  HL2984
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Baroness Wilcox of Newport to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children on school rolls have not returned to school since the beginning of the current school year; and how many of these are (1) asylum seekers, (2) refugees, or (3) in the care system.  HL2985
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Baroness Wilcox of Newport to ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools have met the threshold specified in the Department for Education document Contingency framework: education and childcare settings for further steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within schools since the beginning of the academic year; and whether they will publish regular updates on this.  HL2986
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Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that qualified guide dogs, assistance dogs, and their disabled owners are not discriminated against when travelling to the EU by the (1) cost, and (2) bureaucracy, of obtaining an animal health certificate.  HL2987
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