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Questions for Written Answer for 10 June 2020

Tabled on 9 June 2020 and due for answer by 23 June 2020.

Lord Adonis to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to conduct a public consultation on the removal of the statue of Oliver Cromwell from outside the Palace of Westminster.  HL5445
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many military personnel are involved in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA); how many of MINUSMA military personnel are from the UK; where in Mali MINUSMA is deployed; what is the total cost of MINUSMA; and how the effectiveness and success of MINUSMA will be assessed.  H… 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 remarks made to the International Relations and Defence Committee by General Sir Richard Barrons on 12 March that the UK's role with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission was "not in support of a strategy of any kind other than "We should do a bit more UN pe… 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 antihelmintic drug, Niclosamide, as a potential treatment for mild to moderate cases of COVID-19; and what assessment they have made of trials undertaken in South Korea on the use of Niclosamide to treat COVID-19.  HL5448
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to answer the Topical Question for Written Answer tabled on 28 April (HL 3582), namely, what scientific advice was sought from Public Health England before the football match between Liverpool and Atlético Madrid on 11 March was permitted to take place; what assessment was made of permitting people to come to… 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 humanitarian situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea following reports by the United Nations of food shortages and malnutrition; what steps they are taking to provide humanitarian assistance which reaches those in urgent need; and what discussions they have had with the gov… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Astor to ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the impact of one minute speaking time limits during debates in the House on (1) the reputation of the House, and (2) effective scrutiny of Her Majesty's Government.  HL5451
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards they have in place to ensure that predicted grades replacing A-level exams this year are awarded fairly; and whether they plan to introduce an appeals system.  HL5452
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote nutritional and healthy living advice during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; and how will they ensure that any advice is (1) positive, and (2) accessible.  HL5453
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to liaise with Manchester Police and the mayor of Greater Manchester to ensure that all possible action has been taken in the investigation of the death of Shukri Abdi.  HL5454
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reintroduce a 'play strategy' for England to help to tackle the (1) mental, and (2) physical, impact of COVID-19 on children.  HL5455
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of a possible reduction in the number of international students attending universities in England in the next academic year; and what plans they have to encourage more home students into universities in England in the light of any such reduction.  HL5456
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether RAF Reaper drones have been operated outside Operation Shader; if so, why; and whether such operations took place under independent UK control.  HL5457
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to removing restrictions on Sunday trading in England and Wales; what assessment they have made of the impact of the removal of such restrictions on the (1) (a) physical, and (b) mental, health of retail workers, and (2) quality of the (a) environment, and (b) air.  HL5458
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed their advice that people use their cars and avoid public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic to be (1) compatible with their target for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and (2), if not, whether they would withdraw the advice.  HL5459
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their response to the Oakervee Review of HS2.  HL5460
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 February (HL1714) and 9 March (HL1715), whether the HS2-related works at Euston Station that are required irrespective of any design changes, include ground anchors to sustain the wall and structures at Park Village East and other works necessary to accommodate a three-… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish for each of the last five years the number of black and minority ethnic (BAME) people who were killed either by murder or manslaughter by people who were (1) white British, and (2) BAME, British or otherwise.  HL5462
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what arms and equipment the UK exports for use by police services in the United States; and what restrictions, if any, are placed on such exports.  HL5463
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to review the sales of arms to police services in the United States; and, if so, how.  HL5464
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a tax credit system after the COVID-19 pandemic similar to the post-war credits that were introduced after the Second World War.  HL5465
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their modelling relating to controls on numbers of students domiciled in England attending Welsh universities; and whether such modelling recognised the risk of a disproportionate financial impact on Welsh universities as a result of such controls.  HL5466
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their intention that employers are reimbursed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employees who are under notice of redundancy.  HL5467
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by the Minister of State for the Northern Ireland Office on 4 June (HC Deb, cols 1018–20), on what basis they were required to bring the Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 to Parliament following the Northern Ireland Assembly’s vote against such regulations.  HL5468
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria will be used to assess whether a business seeking funding under the Covid Corporate Financing Facility qualifies as making "a material contribution to the UK economy".  HL5469
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have authorised the broadcasting by loudspeaker of the Muslim call to prayer; and what assessment have they made of the effect of such broadcasts on community cohesion.  HL5470
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide support to people who have fallen behind on their credit card and bill payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5471
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic has had on university cities and towns; and what financial assistance, if any, they intend to provide.  HL5472
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase access by the public to face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5473
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the personal protective equipment they have procured during the COVID-19 pandemic has been manufactured by UK businesses.  HL5474
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) development of the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing application, and (2) trial of that application on the Isle of Wight.  HL5475
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) effectiveness, and (2) value for money, of Government contracts with private companies to provide public services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5476
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to remove any potential conflicts of interest when awarding Government contracts relating to their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5477
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to expedite the import of essential medical products during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5478
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they are making to provide all rough sleepers with face masks so that they can comply with the requirements to use such masks on public transport.  HL5479
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to provide homeless people with free access to public transport to enable them to travel greater distances to access support services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5480
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to extend their contracts with hotels and bed and breakfasts to offer temporary accommodation for those who require it until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5481
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all refuge centres for the homeless have sufficient funds to continue their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5482
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what public funds are available to those who have no recourse to ordinary benefits.  HL5483
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) other forms of, support are available to asylum seekers awaiting decisions on their status.  HL5484
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider increasing their annual grant to the National Heritage Memorial Fund as a tribute to those who have lost their lives in the UK to COVID-19.  HL5485
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether RAF Reaper drones have been used for operations outside of Operation Shader over the past 12 months; and if so, for what purpose they were used and where.  HL5486
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government how many personnel have qualified as (1) Reaper drone pilots, and (2) Reaper drone sensor operators, in each of the past five years.  HL5487
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK troops being deployed as part of the UK’s long-range reconnaissance force alongside the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali will be supported by (1) British Army Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, and (2) Royal Air Force Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems.  HL5488
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government what types of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems will be used to support the UK troops being deployed alongside the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.  HL5489
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on (1) the 'Mosquito' project, (2) the 'Many Drones Make Light Work' programme, and (3) other work to network-enabled or ‘swarm' drones; and when they anticipate such network-enabled drone capability to be operational.  HL5490
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether RAF Reaper drones have (1) conducted strikes, or (2) provided reconnaissance support, as part of Operation Kipion.  HL5491
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Liverpool City Council's decision for Year 6 pupils not to return to school on 1 June; and whether this means that local authorities can make their own decisions about when school pupils can return to school.  HL5492
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a regulatory framework for facial recognition technology.  HL5493
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to regulate the use of facial recognition technology to ensure that it is not discriminatory towards people from BAME communities.  HL5494
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that commercial facial recognition technology is (1) registered, (2) accurate, and (3) not discriminatory towards people from BAME communities.  HL5495
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to find homeless people in England long-term housing after the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5496
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Greenhalgh on 8 June (HL Deb, col 1542), whether they are considering any further measures to take planning powers from local councils such as the creation of development corporations.  HL5497 [I]
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 May (HL3564) and Lord True on 1 June (HL4540), whether there is a record of total government spending on preparations to counter the risk of a pandemic.  HL5498
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Goldie on 18 May (HL4067) and 20 May (HL4194), what plans they have to release the response to the request made on 3 May 1943 by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen to Flag Officer in Command Greenock to supply a further list of recovered bodies, following the sinking of the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the risk of the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a significant loss of income for legal aid firms, what assessment they have made of the impact of the Legal Aid Agency’s practice of (1) permitting only two claims a year for ongoing cases, and (2) only paying 75 per cent of such clai… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on legal aid firms of (1) the stay on possession proceedings for tenants until the end of August, and (2) any subsequent substantial loss of income; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such firms are paid for their work in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Procurement Policy… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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