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Questions for Written Answer for 9 June 2020

Tabled on 8 June 2020 and due for answer by 15 June 2020.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct a public consultation on removing the statue of Robert Clive on King Charles Street in Westminster.  HL5336
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that women have received incorrect State Pension payments based on their husband’s record, what assessment they have made of the numbers of women who did not receive automatic uplifts to their State Pension under the post-2008 rules; and what has been their assessment of why the automatic uplifts were not paid.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Public Health England report stating that the largest number of people in critical care due to COVID-19 are aged between 50 and 70, whether they consider this age group to be particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.  HL5338
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the vulnerability of people aged between 70 and 80 without underlying health conditions to the impact of COVID-19; and how this compares to the vulnerability of someone aged 40 with underlying health problems including (1) diabetes, (2) heart disease, or lung disease.  HL5339
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value for money of aid sent to the Palestinian Authority, following reports that it spends seven per cent of its budget, and up to 40 per cent of its foreign aid receipts, on payments to terrorists and their families.  HL5340
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the classification of (1) all people aged over 70, and (2) all pregnant women, as ‘clinically vulnerable’ to COVID-19, whether (a) employers are entitled to deny such people the same chance to work as others, regardless of their health, and (b) voluntary organisations are entitled to ban such people from volunteering duri… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are using their Defend Media Freedom campaign to raise and address the curtailing of media freedom and attacks on journalists in China and Hong Kong; and what plans they have to introduce Magnitsky-like sanctions against those responsible for abuse of journalists in China and Hong Kong.  HL5342
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis published by the Local Government Association on 4 June that adult social care providers may face £6.6 billion in extra costs by the end of September as a result of COVID-19; and how they expect those costs to be met.  HL5343
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Age UK that (1) some residents of care homes are being asked to pay more than £100 a week in extra fees to cover the costs of COVID-19, and (2) the inability of residents to meet these costs could precipitate closures of care homes leaving residents homeless.  HL5344
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they took in response to the information published by Public Health England in February advising that (1) people should not be discharged from hospitals into care homes if there was risk of COVID-19 transmission, (2) it was not safe to discharge untested individuals to care homes from hospitals where there was betw… 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 to publish their response to the letters sent by the National Care Forum on (1) 26 March, and (2) 10 April which (a) stated that care homes were “being pressured into taking hospital discharge patients who had not been tested for the virus, even though they were exhibiting symptoms”, and (b) called for di… 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 assessment they have made of the letter sent to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care by Cathy Gardner questioning the legality of discharging patients with COVID-19 into care homes, including the one in which her father died on 3 April, and calling for a retraction of the statement that a “protective ring ha… 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 assessment they have made of reports that people with COVID-19 have died alone and been left for up to two weeks before being discovered; and what steps they are taking to ensure that isolated people without family or other support systems can be better (1) safeguarded, and (2) supported, during the COVID-19 pandemic. [T… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 tests have been dispatched for each day since postal distribution began.  HL5349
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many postal COVID-19 tests have been returned to laboratories for each day since the scheme began; and (1) how many, and (2) what percentage of, the tests administered by post have been discounted because swabbed material was not effectively collected.  HL5350
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the (1) provision, and (2) use, of facemasks in (a) prisons, and (b) juvenile detention facilities, by (i) staff, and (ii) prisoners and detainees.  HL5351
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 4 June (HL Deb, col 1442), what is their policy on weight shaming; and what plans they have to (1) follow scientific advice, and (2) endorse effective strategies, for eradicating any form of weight stigma; and what assessment they have made of various evidence showing that such stigma (a) leads… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 3 June (HL Deb, col 1360), on what basis they consider that a touring visa is not "legally possible".  HL5353
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of sanctions on Syria on the pharmaceutical industry in that country and any subsequent impact on that country’s ability to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5354
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have contributed to the World Health Organisation's COVID-19 Response Fund.  HL5355
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 June (HL4567), whether EU or UK restrictions prohibit the delivery of supplies required to deal with COVID-19 through (1) the ports of Latakia and Tartous, and (2) Damascus Airport, in Syria.  HL5356
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assume responsibility for administering the Northern Ireland Troubles-related incident victims payments scheme, following the missed deadline to open the scheme to applications on 29 May.  HL5357
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 4 June (HL4822), what legally binding targets they have set for (1) renewable energy as a whole, and (2) for each type of renewable energy; and in each case, why any such targets were set.  HL5358
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Baroness Barran on 3 June (HL Deb, col 1360), why they believe that a reciprocal two-year EU-wide multi-entry touring visa for musicians and others is not legally possible.  HL5359
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government which work streams were identified for the upcoming Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy before it was paused.  HL5360
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on 19 June.  HL5361
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reschedule the International Conference on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict that was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5362
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.  HL5363
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there was a different COVID-19 testing strategy for care homes for (1) the elderly, and (2) working age adults with learning disabilities; and if so, why.  HL5364
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths have been reported within learning disability services since 5 March, broken down by (1) race, (2) age, and (3) gender, compared with the equivalent period last year. [T]  HL5365
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group participated in the purchasing of Personal Protective Equipment as part of the initiative co-ordinated by the Lancashire Resilience Forum; and if not, why not.  HL5366
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government how often staff working at (1) Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, and (2) Preston Hospital, are tested for COVID-19.  HL5367
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government why the pathology laboratory at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital is not being used for COVID-19 testing.  HL5368
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government how often (1) residents, and (2) staff, in care homes in Lancashire are tested for COVID-19.  HL5369
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to achieve anonymisation where necessary of personal data provided to Palantir Technologies UK for COVID-19 analysis, in the light of research suggesting that health data cannot be effectively anonymised.  HL5370
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase COVID-19 testing specifically for frontline NHS staff; and what is their assessment of the survey finding that 83.6 per cent of doctors surveyed had not been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.  HL5371
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 4 June (HL4779), what assessment they have made of reports that NHS representatives estimated during Exercise Cygnus that staff absenteeism could be as high as 40 per cent and that the Department for Work and Pensions based its exercise response on a figure of 50 per cent; and w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are satisfied that the process being adopted by Ofqual for exceptional arrangements for awarding calculated grades in GCSEs, AS and A Levels takes sufficient account of recent improvement trends in the educational establishment the student is from.  HL5373
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to (1) end visa-free entry to the UK for Israeli citizens, and (2) consider other sanctions, in response to the annexation of new areas of land by Israel.  HL5374
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to suspend the provision of export licences to the United States for tear gas and plastic or rubber bullets.  HL5375
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis the decision was taken to temporarily close Cheltenham General Hospital's Accident and Emergency department; and when this temporary closure will be reviewed.  HL5376
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 3 June (HL4782), what assessment they have made of the research referenced in the original question; and what assessment they have made of the impact a cycle of a 50-day lock down followed by a 30-day relaxation would have on (1) the UK’s COVID-19 infection rate, and (2) the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the UN to update World Map 4170 to show the Chagos Archipelago as Mauritian territory; and what plans they have to comply with UN General Assembly resolution 73/295 on the withdrawal of the UK administration of the Chagos Archipelago.  HL5378
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 June (HL4833), what assessment they have made of the cost of removing the requirement to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge for all workers from overseas and their families.  HL5379
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the response to COVID-19 in (1) Somalia, (2) Sudan, and (3) Yemen, is conflict sensitive.  HL5380
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to ensure that at least 50 per cent of their overseas aid budget remains committed to fragile and conflict afflicted states; and what proportion of that budget is earmarked for conflict resolution and peace building.  HL5381
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Lord Kerslake to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change planning law to give control of decisions to Government-owned development corporations instead of local councils; whether they have established a panel to consider such plans and other changes to planning law; and if so, what is that panel's (1) terms of reference, and (2) membership. [T]  HL5382
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Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deceased persons are currently being held by coroners in England awaiting registration of death.  HL5383
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Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current average waiting time between the arrival of a person whose death was unexplained with a coroner and issuing a death certificate.  HL5384
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to issue formal guidance on the safe resumption of choral singing following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5385
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the attainment of Cadet Expansion Programme targets.  HL5386
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the cadet forces to resume their normal activities as the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted.  HL5387
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the publication of guidance on the COVID-19 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund on 1 April, whether its reference to qualifying properties 'wholly or mainly being used as a hospitality, retail, or leisure venue’ refers to the rateable area of the business being used for such purposes or to its turnover.  HL5388
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances individual applications for asylum are referred to ministers; what proportion of Home Office decisions on asylum applications are notified to ministers’ private offices (1) before, and (2) after, those decisions are communicated to the applicant for asylum; and how many such decisions have been so notified durin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 14 April (HL2960), how many people have tested positive for COVID-19 to date; and how many of those who were hospitalised in the UK have died.  HL5390
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many grants of asylum were granted in (1) 2017, (2) 2018, and (3) 2019; and what was the breakdown of nationality of those granted asylum in each of those years.  HL5391
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many out-of-competition tests UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has undertaken since the decision to reduce the UKAD testing programme as a result of COVID-19 was announced on 17 March.  HL5392
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many tests have been carried out by Doping Control Personnel in athletes' homes since 17 March; and how many athletes declared in advance of these tests that they were living with people who are (1) at higher risk from, or (2) clinically extremely vulnerable to, COVID-19.  HL5393
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of UK registered athletes are adhering to requirements to provide Whereabouts information in the Anti-Doping Administration Management System.  HL5394
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK registered athletes are currently selected for inclusion in UK Anti-Doping out-of-competition testing.  HL5395
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Anti-Doping Rule Violations hearings have taken place since 17 March.  HL5396
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what risk assumptions they will use in the pricing of reinsurance offered to trade credit insurers; and what commitments they have obtained from these insurers to maintain cover.  HL5397
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering adjusting the mandate of the Bank of England to make (1) full employment or (2) nominal GDP an equal or higher priority than inflation.  HL5398
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce details of the apprenticeship guarantee announced by the Prime Minister on 2 June; and what arrangements have been made with employers to ensure every young person in Britain will be guaranteed an apprenticeship.  HL5399
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of major furniture retailers reopening stores before 15 June on independent furniture retailers.  HL5400
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the implementation of the forthcoming VAT reverse charge for construction services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5401
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to facilitate the return to the UK of those British citizens stranded abroad due to the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic. [T]  HL5402
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government when, and for what reason, they decided to merge the North East region and the Yorkshire and Humberside region in their statistics on the incidence of COVID-19 and that virus's reinfection rates. [T]  HL5403
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing from England to Cape Cod.  HL5404
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their Border Operating Model which was originally scheduled for publication in March.  HL5405
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government where they plan to locate inspection zones for vehicles travelling into the UK via the port of Dover.  HL5406
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with representatives of the Road Haulage Association, following its petition for an extension to the transition period.  HL5407
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with business representative bodies about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5408
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with employer bodies about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5409
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of small- and medium-sized enterprises about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5410
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the sale of arms to the United States of America.  HL5411
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what types of arms are currently sold to the United States.  HL5412
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of arms sold to the United States in (1) 1990; (2) 2000; (3) 2010; and (4) 2018.  HL5413
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government to which countries the UK exports arms.  HL5414
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Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty's Government how long on average it takes for an applicant to receive a grant of probate.  HL5415
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, as part of their preparations for exiting the transition period, of the economic viability of UK venues booking acts from EU member states for live music events and studio performances.  HL5416
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the impact of COVID-19 on live music events, what plans they have to consult with music industry representatives on how that sector can be supported through amendments to the Immigration Rules.  HL5417
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of their ongoing negotiations with the EU, they have considered arrangements for short-term business visits; and whether musicians and their crews will be included in any such scheme.  HL5418
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of any restrictions introduced on EU musicians touring in the UK following the completion of the transition period being reciprocated for UK musicians touring in the EU.  HL5419
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the commercial and cultural cases for facilitating continued ease of movement for musicians between the UK and EU; and what steps they are taking to ensure that this is reflected in the Immigration Rules.  HL5420
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what involvement, if any, the Metro Mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region had in decisions relating to the easing of lockdown measures for COVID-19; and when they were informed of these decisions.  HL5421
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government when legal safeguards for vulnerable children removed during the COVID-19 outbreak will be reinstated.  HL5422
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure that primary school children in England are taught about racism.  HL5423
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of recent research by University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital on the transmission of virus DNA within the hospital setting for their COVID-19 response.  HL5424
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support BAME women during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5425
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to promote diversity in football.  HL5426
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their advice to vulnerable people to avoid the use of public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic, when driving tests and assessments will be permitted to resume. [T]  HL5427
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they make any distinction between (1) social housing, and (2) affordable housing, when collating statistics on the number of homes built exclusively for rental.  HL5428
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government how many homes were built for social rent in England (1) in each of the last five years for which figures are available, and (2) in 2010.  HL5429
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of COVID-19 becoming endemic in the UK in the long term.  HL5430
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government what formal statistical confidence limit is represented by the very likely upper and lower bounds on the estimated COVID-19 reproduction rate, R, as published on the government website.  HL5431
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of the (1) killing of Iyad Khairi Hallaq, (2) raiding of his parents' home, and (3) physical assault of his sisters, by Israeli forces.  HL5432
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that water tanks belonging to Palestinians living in Kafr Qadum were shot by Israeli soldiers.  HL5433
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that that government plans to renew legislation which prohibits Palestinians living outside of the 1967 ceasefire border from living with their spouses in Israel.  HL5434
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what training British police officers have received from the Israeli police force in (1) the UK, or (2) Israel, in the last 12 months.  HL5435
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of the demolition of Palestinian homes within parts of the West Bank which that government plans to annex.  HL5436
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their commitments outlined in the UK Biological Security Strategy, published in July 2018, what options they have explored for a cross-Government data platform to improve data sharing between sectors.  HL5437
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the cross-Government governance board, referenced in their UK Biological Security Strategy, published in July 2018, met in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.  HL5438
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government who were the members of the cross-Government governance board referenced in their UK Biological Security Strategy, published in July 2018, in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.  HL5439
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials from the Ministry of Defence were members of the Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.  HL5440
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many drone strikes British Armed Forces have carried out against Isil this year in (1) January, (2) February, (3) March, (4) April, and (5) May.  HL5441
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how much annual funding the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory received in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020. [T]  HL5442
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Lord Truscott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is his roadmap for restoring the (1) procedures, and (2) sitting patterns, in place in the House of Lords before COVID-19.  HL5443
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how much annual funding the International Biological Security Programme received in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020. [T]  HL5444
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