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Questions for Written Answer for 11 June 2020

Tabled on 10 June 2020 and due for answer by 17 June 2020.

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to commission an independent public inquiry into the handling by the Post Office of its disputes with sub-postmasters wrongly accused of fraud arising from the functioning of the Horizon IT System.  HL5502
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by the Chief Executive of NHS Providers on 6 June about the Government’s introduction of new measures to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, and in particular that NHS Trust leaders (1) felt “completely in the dark” about "significant and complex" changes; (2) are asked to make operational changes… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of international examples of sector-specific support for (1) the live music sector, and (2) the music sector, particularly examples of good practice.  HL5504
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the £160 million Arts Council England COVID-19 support for the arts has been allocated to programs that (1) commercial musicians, and (2) music businesses, with no previous record of engagement with Arts Council England, can access.  HL5505
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what metrics they are using to assess whether (1) the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, (2) the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, (3) the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, and (4) the Government’s fiscal response more generally, are protecting jobs and businesses in (a) sectors covered by the Department for… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of their employment and business support measures for (1) workers, and (2) businesses, in the music sector.  HL5507
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the UK music sector remains internationally competitive (1) during, and (2) after, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5508
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether some sectors will be harmed more than others by the COVID-19 pandemic; and what associated measures they have taken to support public health in those sectors.  HL5509
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to attend the World Press Freedom Conference hosted by the Netherlands and UNESCO.  HL5510
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the International Federation of Journalists’ draft UN International Convention on the safety and independence of journalists and other media professionals; and what plans they have to support its implementation.  HL5511
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the role of professional and semi-professional football and other sporting clubs in the community life and economy of small and medium-sized towns, and (2) the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial position and future of such clubs; and whether they have plans to provide support to such c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the required service and quality standards for rolling stock for local commuter and medium-distance services; what is the extent to which Class 150 diesel multiple units meet those standards; and what is the estimated continued lifespan of such units.  HL5513
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy and detailed programme on badger culling and other means of controlling tuberculosis in badgers over the next five years.  HL5514
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether parish councils are allowed to use the names and addresses as they appear on the electoral register to contact those living in the parish.  HL5515
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether parish councils can access the names and addresses of parishioners held by unitary and council councils, other than those already on the electoral register, so that parish councils can contact parishioners not on the electoral register.  HL5516
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of international examples of sector-specific support for (1) the live music sector, and (2) the music sector, particularly examples of good practice.  HL5517
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures, if any, they are taking following the excessive use of force by authorities in the United States; and what plans they have to suspend exports of tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields to that country.  HL5518
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are planning to celebrate Windrush Day on 22 June; how the Immigration Bill will assist in dismantling the ‘hostile environment’ towards immigrants; and whether the Bill is designed to restore the UK’s reputation as a welcoming and friendly international nation.  HL5519
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what indirect public health challenges they anticipate after the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they are taking to alleviate them.  HL5520
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what investigations they are undertaking to ensure that the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic is not disproportionately borne by minority communities.  HL5521
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to launch a campaign to address nicotine addiction to deliver a better outcome for COVID-19 patients.  HL5522
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many antibodies have been identified which have had a neutralising effect on the COVID-19 virus.  HL5523
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of low dose radiation in the treatment of COVID-19.  HL5524
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 10 June (HL3869), whether R is the rate of infection, as referred to in the answer, or the reproductive ratio.  HL5525
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of providing the current free school meals voucher scheme during the upcoming summer holidays. [T]  HL5526
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 May (HL4183), what proportion of the increase of 26p a day in asylum support is attributable to the additional costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as those arising from increased hygiene needs.  HL5527
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of new claims for Universal Credit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have been unsuccessful; and of those, what proportion were unsuccessful because of the income and capital rules; and what proportion of (1) successful, and (2) unsuccessful, claimants for Universal Credit in this period were elig… 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 steps they are taking to ensure that a temporary reduction in earnings due to the COVID-19 pandemic does not affect entitlement to a family visa for a spouse or partner.  HL5529
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 10 June (HL3794), why they will not provide figures for the percentage of the population who have died from COVID-19 in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales and (4) Northern Ireland in order to facilitate a strategic assessment of comparative regional efficiencies.  HL5530
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Lord Mann to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what discussions have taken place about the option of on-site testing for COVID-19 for those entering the Palace of Westminster in relation to the work of the House of Lords.  HL5531
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the England and Wales Cricket Board about preparations for any future socially distanced spectators at cricket matches.  HL5532
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had about the changes required to allow a limited number of socially distanced spectators to attend outdoor sporting events.  HL5533
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Hungary about the health impact and outcomes of Hungarian football allowing spectators to attend Hungarian football matches.  HL5534
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions are being placed on international air passengers transiting through UK airports.  HL5535
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the Metropolitan Police Service about actions they are taking to protect the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square from (1) vandalism, (2) criminal damage, or (3) public disorder.  HL5536
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what requirements have to be fulfilled before a person who has been granted political asylum in the UK can (1) be granted UK citizenship and (2) be issued with a British passport; and what is the shortest period in which this process can be completed.  HL5537
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Baroness Morgan of Cotes to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce a decision on the continuation of the Primary PE and Sport Premium for the next academic year.  HL5538
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what help they have arranged for school-aged young carers who cannot attend schools because they are self-isolating with parents who have vulnerable conditions.  HL5539
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) vulnerable, and (2) disadvantaged, pupils are not currently attending school.  HL5540
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet the needs of (1) vulnerable, and (2) disadvantaged, children during the summer holidays.  HL5541
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund catch-up educational provision, especially for disadvantaged pupils, following the COVID-19 pandemic; and which team within the Department for Education will be working on this.  HL5542
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allocate extra funding for (1) mentors, (2) graduate tutors offering one-to-one tuition, and (3) other educational resources, following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5543
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to provide summer schemes for children, especially in areas with high levels of youth crime.  HL5544
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Lord Pickles to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the District Councils' Network on the safe opening of leisure facilities following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5545
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to amend the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 to allow local councils in England to return to physical meetings while maintaining social distancing; and whether any proposed… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK trade partners on maintaining environmental protection standards in trade agreements.  HL5547
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with UK trading partners about inserting human rights clauses into the text of future trade agreements.  HL5548
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent progress has been made on negotiating a trade agreement with the United States.  HL5549
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government why they are not providing funding for the continued upkeep of the site of the memorial at Ver-sur-Mer to those under British command who lost their lives at the D-Day landings and in the Battle of Normandy.  HL5550
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion of, submissions to the consultation A new legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland, which closed on 19 December 2019, came from (a) individuals who identified themselves as a person with a disability, (b) disability charities, (c) organisations led and managed by disabled people, a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings (1) the Northern Ireland Office, or (2) any other Government body, had with representatives of (a) abortion providers, (b) disability charities and organisations, (c) organisations led and managed by disabled people, and (d) parents of disabled people, on the Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020.  HL55… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what they currently estimate the percentage of (1) false negative, and (2) false positive, tests for COVID-19 to be.  HL5553
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many tests for COVID-19 have been completed per 100,000 people in each local authority area in England to date.  HL5554
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Ministry of Defence’s proposal to fly Protector drones within UK airspace, which government body is responsible for addressing safety concerns regarding this proposal; and how are those safety considerations being assessed.  HL5555
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of Protector drone flights on the British public, particularly in and around the area covered by the airspace change proposal initiated by the Ministry of Defence in Enabling Remotely Piloted Air System Operations Out of RAF Waddington.  HL5556
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government when local people likely to be affected by the airspace change proposal initiated by the Ministry of Defence in Enabling Remotely Piloted Air System Operations Out of RAF Waddington, including those in (1) Nottingham, (2) Mansfield, (3) Scunthorpe, (4) Grimsby, (5) Grantham, and (6) Boston, will have an opportunity to engage in a cons… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether forthcoming Protector drones operating out of RAF Waddington or other RAF military bases will undertake any live fire exercises within UK territory.  HL5558
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government who will give the final authorisation on whether Protector drones are permitted to fly within UK domestic airspace.  HL5559
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their provision of laptops for disadvantaged children includes the provision of a laptop for each child in care.  HL5560
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have for outdoor schooling during the summer.  HL5561
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of data from the Office for National Statistics which shows that there has been a 52.2 per cent increase in excess deaths of people dying of dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5562
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to support women at work who have been affected by employment and risk concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5563
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government, what plans, if any, they have to include dementia on the list of illnesses for which someone should shield themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5564
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what recovery plans they have put in place to help routine immunisation programmes to return to normal coverage (1) during, and (2) after, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5565
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect that all vaccinations which were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be completed.  HL5566
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the main challenges in restarting routine vaccination programmes (1) during, and (2) after, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5567
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support the British curry industry.  HL5568
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the Bangladesh Caterers Association on how best to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on the Bangladesh catering sector in the UK (1) while restrictions are in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) afterwards.  HL5569
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support the restaurant and hospitality sector as the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.  HL5570
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that protective measures are in place for (1) staff, and (2) customers, in the retail and hospitality sectors; and how compliance with these measures will be monitored.  HL5571
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to meet members of Bangladeshi communities in order (1) to address the community's concerns around the impact of COVID-19 on the British Bangladeshi population, and (2) to create greater awareness of Government safety measures in response to the  COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5572
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what account Sir Mark Rowley’s review of the adequacy of hate crime legislation will take of the incidents recorded by GateHerts against members of the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities.  HL5573
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received the report of the United Nations Secretary-General to the United Nations General Assembly on the implementation of its resolution calling on the United Kingdom to return the Chagos Islands to Mauritius by 22 November 2019; and if not, when they expect to receive it.  HL5574
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