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Questions for Written Answer for 8 June 2020

Tabled on 4 June 2020 and due for answer by 11 June 2020.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the time it takes for charities to access government support provided in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5267
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of encouraging exercise to improve national resistance against the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5268
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make a range of physical activities, including dance and sport, available for all age groups in society.  HL5269
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage access to outdoor recreational space through (1) improved accessibility and (2) better public transport links.  HL5270
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they are providing to schools to teach LGBT-inclusive Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education.  HL5271
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what role Ofsted will play in ensuring that LGBT-inclusive statutory Relationships Education or Relationships and Sex Education is taught in all schools from September.  HL5272
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 5 May (HL3330), what is meant by schools developing Relationships Education or Relationships and Sex Education “that is sensitive to the ... backgrounds of their pupils”.  HL5273
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what resources have been requested by (1) teachers, (2) schools, and (3) teaching unions, to teach statutory Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education from September.  HL5274
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) Football Association, (2) Premier League, and (3) English Football League, to ensure the provision of a police presence at venues where closed football matches are due to take place to discourage the congregation of fans and to enforce social distancing outside such venues.  HL5275
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to developing a post-COVID-19 recovery strategy for (1) elite, and (2) grass roots, level sports.  HL5276
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been (1) tracked, and (2) traced, for each day since the launch of the current scheme; and how many people have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days as a result. [T]  HL5277
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what quantity of (1) tear gas, (2) rubber bullets, and (3) riot shields, have been exported in the past three years from the UK to the United States; whether they plan to suspend exports of such products to the United States in view of the use to which they are being put by police in response to the protests followin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 20 May (HL4160), whether a (1) breakfast of one slice of white bread with a small serving of butter and jam, and (2) dinner of chips, a slice of pizza without vegetables and a small serving of lettuce and half a tomato, reportedly served at Urban Hous… 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 what assessment they have made of the availability of meals for those with specific diet requirements, in particular for those who (1) are pregnant, (2) have diabetes, and (3) have coeliac disease, at Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield; and what discussions they intend to have with that Centre abou… 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 what plans they have to undertake a programme to educate people about (1) the risks posed by, and (2) ways in which to prevent, wildfires, particularly those associated with barbecues.  HL5281
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that commercial loans are covered in COVID-19-related debt-relief schemes for the 75 lowest-income nations.  HL5282
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they (1) have undertaken, and (2) plan to undertake, in regard to the Victims Payments Scheme in Northern Ireland with (a) political parties that are not represented in the Northern Ireland Executive, and (b) civil society representatives in Northern Ireland.  HL5283
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any extension of the Central London Congestion Charge to Sundays on (1) the ability of people to attend places of worship in the zone, and (2) the financial sustainability of Churches in the zone.  HL5284 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide an update on plans to support HIV testing initiatives across England; and if so, when.  HL5285 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have been made of the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of people living with HIV across the UK; and what support is being provided to those individuals.  HL5286 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Building Safety Fund applies only to buildings over 18 metres in height but not to those which are six stories high.  HL5287
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Lord Cashman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 December 2016 (HL Deb, col 1021) that Her Majesty's Government was committed to addressing historical wrongs experienced by homosexual and bisexual men who were convicted of actions that are no longer crimes, what plans they have to use the power contained in section 166 of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will move to a grants-based system for funding legal services as recommended by the Low Commission report following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5289
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to using unspent funds from the legal aid budget for this financial year to fund law centres and other legal aid providers based on what they would have received in any six month period to ensure their viability.  HL5290
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the lack of COVID-19 information and advice in relevant languages on the death rate among BAME communities.  HL5291
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Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases have been adjourned in (1) family courts, (2) civil courts, (3) magistrates courts, (4) crown courts, and (5) tribunals, in each of the last three months.  HL5292
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Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 4,066 hearings in England and Wales as of 27 April were adjourned to be determined at a future date.  HL5293
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to make the provision of secure video calls in prisons subject to a competitive procurement following the current pilot.  HL5294
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require prisoners or their families to pay for secure video calls; and if so, (1) from when, and (2) what the charge for a call will be.  HL5295
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the statistics for deaths from COVID-19 in local authority areas are based on the home addresses of the people who have died or the location in which they die.  HL5296
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future prospects for (1) Chester Zoo, (2) other major zoos and (3) small zoos; and what plans they have to secure the future of zoos and their animals.  HL5297
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of local authority Public Health Directors and Departments in the COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolating system in (1) drawing up plans, (2) data sharing of positive cases, and (3) tracing contacts (a) in Lancashire, and (b) generally.  HL5298
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what the role is in the COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolating system of local authority Environmental Health Departments and their staff who are ordinarily engaged in such work, particularly in District Councils in two-tier areas.  HL5299
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what is their policy on the negotiation of reciprocal healthcare agreements with (a) the European Union and (b) each member country of the European Union, and (2) what progress has been made in each case.  HL5300
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current (1) numbers, and (2) distribution, of lapwings in the United Kingdom, and what plans they have to support an increase in their numbers.  HL5301
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the effect of an increase in temperature on the (1) environmental endurance, and (2) transmission, of COVID-19.  HL5302
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the possibility of the UK population achieving herd immunity to COVID-19.  HL5303
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 1 June (HL4699), in what format the information on the number of people reporting to accident and emergency departments with serious non-COVID-19 related conditions is held.  HL5304
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British journalists and camera crews covering the recent protests in the United States have been affected by the United States security forces’ use of force; and (1) whether, (2) when, and (3) to whom in the United States authorities, they have made it clear that the use of force, including tear gas, rubber bullets a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for setting the COVID-19 alert level.  HL5306
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the fourth factsheet of the UK COVID-19 news and information project published by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism on 1 June, what assessment they have made of the results of the survey fielded from 21–27 May which reported that trust in Her Majesty's Government as a source of information about COVID-… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the formation of an international alliance to coordinate a joint response to the China-Hong Kong crisis, in order to protect the freedoms guaranteed by the Basic Law and the commitment to the one country, two systems principle.  HL5308
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the statement made by that government’s Defence Minister on 1 June, that he had ordered Israel’s military to prepare for the annexation of parts of the West Bank in accordance with the peace plan announced by the President of the United States on 28 Jan… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what further information they have on the current political situation in Sri Lanka in view of fears of a constitutional crisis, further to the government of Sri Lanka’s announcement of its intention to rule without parliamentary oversight.  HL5310
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update guidance on their websites to refer individuals who have received suspicious emails to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service, which currently refer only to Action Fraud.  HL5311
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average age of the population of the United Kingdom in (1) 1990, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, (4) what is the current 2020 figure, and (5) the projected figure for 2050.  HL5312
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the proportion of the UK population over state pension age in 1990; and what is the projected figure for 2050.  HL5313
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the relevant legislation in order to limit rights of representation at the UK Intellectual Property Office for new UK trade mark and design applications and existing UK trade mark and design rights, to persons with a UK or Channel Islands address for service, following the end of the transition pe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Overseas Territories' marine protected areas are part of the Blue Belt; if not (1) why not, and (2) what plans they have to include those areas in future.  HL5315 [I]
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consulted the (1) Northern Irish, (2) Scottish, and (2) Welsh, governments about their proposals to cap the number of English students who can be admitted to universities elsewhere in the UK; if not, why not; on what date the relevant ministers of those governments were informed of Her Majesty's Government's proposals… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the measures to be taken in order to ensure that Nissan retains its Sunderland plant following the end of the Brexit transition period.  HL5317
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met the Director of the Confederation of British Industry to discuss the impact on businesses of changes to export and import arrangements which will be required following the end of the transition period in December.  HL5318
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are prioritising transport workers for COVID-19 testing; and whether those tests are currently available in such workers’ workplaces.  HL5319
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety Roads Policing and its contribution to road safety, published on 4 June; and what consideration they have given to the reasons why road deaths in the UK have not declined since 2010.  HL5320
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term support they plan to offer to community transport providers to help them adapt vehicles to improve safety for passengers while COVID-19 remains a threat.  HL5321
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have fully to implement Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 to enable councils to manage traffic offences including the obstruction of cycle routes.  HL5322
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with hotels and guest houses about the accommodation of asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5323
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government which hotels have accommodated asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how many asylum seekers are in each such hotel.  HL5324
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration has been given to implementing arrangements for Members of the House of Lords to vote in person in divisions in line with the method used by the House of Commons on 2 June.  HL5325
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review trading arrangements with the EU.  HL5326
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The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that financial support to fossil fuel-intensive and high carbon producing industries is in line with (1) their Paris Agreement obligations, (2) their target for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050; and (3) their commitment to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2035.  HL53… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on academic performance in those countries who have banned contract cheating services; and what plans they have, if any, to adopt similar policies.  HL5328
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current requirements for commercial radio stations to be awarded a radio broadcast licence.  HL5329
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS England or NHSX is liaising with the Intellectual Property Office and, if so, whether those discussions will result in publication of patent applications which flow from access to the COVID-19 datastore under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.  HL5330
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of each occasion on which a temporary closure direction was issued under the Coronavirus Act 2020, schedule 16, paragraph 1, whether they will list (1) the persons to whom it was issued; (2) when it was published; (3) when it came into effect; (4) where it was published; (5) the specified period for the directi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of each occasion on which a temporary closure direction was issued under Coronavirus Act 2020, schedule 16, paragraph 4, whether they will list (1) the terms and conditions of the authorisation, and (2) the persons to whom the authorisation was issued.  HL5332
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of each occasion on which a temporary closure direction was issued under the Coronavirus Act 2020, schedule 17, paragraph 1, whether they will list (1) the persons to whom the direction was issued; (2) when it was published; (3) when it came into effect; (4) where it was published; (5) the specified period for… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of each occasion on which a temporary closure direction was issued under Coronavirus Act 2020, schedule 17, paragraph 3, whether they will list (1) the terms and conditions of the authorisation, and (2) the persons to whom the authorisation was issued.  HL5334
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government which safeguards to protect children were (1) altered, and (2) removed, by the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.  HL5335
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