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Questions for Written Answer for 16 June 2020

Tabled on 15 June 2020 and due for answer by 22 June 2020.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) drivers, (2) passengers, and (3) pedestrians, were (a) killed, and (b) seriously injured, in road accidents in each of the last ten years.  HL5628
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people died from (1) influenza, and (2) pneumonia, in each of the last ten years; and of those, how many were aged (a) 60–69, (b) 70–79, (c) 80–89, and (d) 90–99,  HL5629
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people died from a stroke in each of the last ten years; and of those, how many were aged (a) 60–69, (b) 70–79, (c) 80–89, and (d) 90–99.  HL5630
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the arrest of Rami Aman in Gaza in April for engaging in online dialogue with Israelis; and whether they have called for his release.  HL5631
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their social housing White Paper.  HL5632
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton (HL3110), what plans they have to (1) publish a schedule of HS2 work in the Euston area that will be required regardless of design changes that may arise from the Oakervee Review, and (2) ensure that public consultation takes place on this schedule.  HL5633
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton (HL3110), what discussions they have had with HS2 Ltd about halting the installation of ground anchors from Parkway to the DB Cargo Shed area until a comprehensive and independent risk analysis has been completed and published; and whether or not these works are considered to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with HS2 Ltd about (1) delaying work on the Adelaide Road Vent Shaft until it is necessary for construction purposes, and (2) conducting a full biodiversity and tree survey in that area.  HL5635
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the data obtained so far from the Test and Trace programme and, in particular, what it shows about how people are contracting COVID-19.  HL5636
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what role the Cabinet Secretary plays in relation to supervising Special Advisors; and what guidance they have issued on the application of the Nolan Principles to Special Advisors.  HL5637
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the education system adequately reflects the challenges presented by climate change in terms of (1) the curriculum, (2) teacher training, and (3) the energy efficiency of educational facilities.  HL5638
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposals set out in Teach the Future’s Green Recovery for Education initiative; and whether retrofitting educational buildings will be included as a priority in (1) the national infrastructure strategy, and (2) the COVID-19 recovery strategy.  HL5639
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for all new state-funded educational buildings to be net-zero from 2022 and all existing state-funded educational buildings to be retrofitted to net-zero by 2030.  HL5640
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) the economy, and (2) carbon emissions, of retrofitting all publicly funded and owned buildings to achieve net zero emissions.  HL5641
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of specialist roads policing officers employed in each of the last ten years.  HL5642
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of people (1) killed, and (2) seriously injured, in road accidents in each of the last ten years.  HL5643
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of time specialist roads policing officers spend investigating accidents, compared to time spent on enforcement aimed at accident prevention.  HL5644
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many arrests have been made by road policing units in each of the last five years; and what proportion of arrests for serious crime were made by road policing units in each of the last five years.  HL5645
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what impact their plans to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers will have on resources available for road policing.  HL5646
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many items of equipment related to the prevention or reductions of road accidents are currently awaiting type approval; and how long each such item has been awaiting approval.  HL5647
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of generic medications whose costs have increased due to shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5648
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implementation of the Northern Ireland Troubles-related incident victims payments scheme.  HL5649
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help small- and medium-sized businesses access extended credit terms.  HL5650
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure flights between Northern Ireland and Great Britain continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5651
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses moved their headquarters out of the UK for tax purposes in each of the last three years.  HL5652
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) Northern Irish, (2) Scottish, and (3) Welsh, Governments about re-opening the hospitality sector in their nations.  HL5653
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Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 10 June (HL4948), what assessment they have made of extending the use of Sentinel beyond 2021; and whether this will be included in this year's Strategic Defence and Security Review.  HL5654
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they were consulted, or advised, by the government of the Republic of Ireland on that country's policy that passengers travelling from Great Britain to the Republic of Ireland would be subject to quarantine restrictions in Ireland.  HL5655
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government when the report on the impact and effectiveness of the regulatory framework provided for in Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 will be published.  HL5656
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 7 February (HL Deb, col 2001), what steps they are taking to ensure the Future Homes Standard will apply to (1) houses under construction in 2025, and (2) sites where planning permission has been granted but construction has not yet started.  HL5657
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to encourage those who have lost work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to develop new skills through part-time higher education.  HL5658
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce further details of the two-year post-study work visa.  HL5659
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of providing greater financial support for learners on shorter higher education courses.  HL5660
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to include people with Parkinson's disease on the list of those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.  HL5661
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government when a decision will be made on whether the current suspension of face-to-face assessments for welfare benefits will be extended, and how this will be communicated.  HL5662
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the suspension of new Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigations on the mental health of (1) informal carers, and (2) people accessing social care.  HL5663
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many ‘use of force incidents’ have occurred on the prison estate in each month of the last 12-month period for which data are available.  HL5664
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times PAVA spray has been used (1) in total, and (2) against BAME prisoners, on the prison estate since it’s rollout; what proportion of the total prison population are BAME; and what analysis they have undertaken to ensure proportionate use of that spray.  HL5665
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure against the inappropriate use of PAVA spray.  HL5666
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to send ministerial level representation to the EU–UN Brussels Conference on 30 June; and, if not, what steps they plan to take (1) to reach a political solution to the situation in Syria, and (2) to support the people living there.  HL5667
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure meaningful women's participation in forthcoming political negotiations on Syria; and what steps they will take include a commitment to women's participation in (1) their verbal intervention in, and (2) the official outcome documents of, the EU–UN Brussels Conference.  HL5668
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to build consensus among United Nations Security Council members on renewing UNSC Resolution 2504 on Syria; and whether they are ensuring that this is guiding any decision-making about the development of the resolution.  HL5669
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) Regulations 2020, (1) why are people who travel to and from England regularly for work purposes, usually weekly, exempt, and people who travel fortnightly, or frequently but irregularly, not exempt, and (2) why the quarantine measures apply to most travel… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target for the number of (1) claims settled in full, and (2) interim awards made, in respect of the Windrush Compensation Scheme within (a) 18 months, and (b) one year, of the commencement of that Scheme.  HL5671
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any additional guidance has been issued to Home Office immigration detention case workers on completing IS91RA risk assessments as a result of COVID-19.  HL5672
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current policy on classifying those with COVID-19 comorbidities under the Adults at Risk in Immigration Detention policy; and how that policy has been disseminated to (1) detainees, (2) stakeholders, (3) providers, and (4) caseworkers.  HL5673
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a person at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to an underlying health condition will be automatically assessed as Level 3 under the Adults at Risk in Immigration Detention policy.  HL5674
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any additional guidance has been issued to Home Office immigration detention case workers on making assessments under the Adults at Risk in Immigration Detention policy as a result of COVID-19.  HL5675
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 17 March (HL2334), when they first became aware of a request from a relative of the donor to return the money in the National Fund to the family; and whether they intend to make any change to the Attorney General's application to release the funds as a result.  HL… 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 how many care home residents who were admitted to hospital on, or after, 1 April with suspected, or confirmed, COVID-19, died in hospital.  HL5677
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work of Recycling Lives, in particular in regard to the steps it has taken in relation to (1) training and employment for ex-offenders, and (2) food poverty; and what plans they have to extend such schemes to more prisons.  HL5678
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the degree and effectiveness of international scientific collaboration on pandemics such as SARS and COVID-19; and what proposals they have for enhancing collaboration in regard to causation and responses, particularly, testing and vaccines.  HL5679
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to sponsor virtual meetings of international foreign and health ministers to coordinate responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5680
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the appeal by the Libyan National Centre for Disease Control for ventilators and other medical supplies to counter COVID-19.  HL5681
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to call for the release of Musa Farisogullari, and other political prisoners, following the release of Leyla G?ven in Turkey.  HL5682
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about reports that Turkish forces and associates in Afrin Canton of Syria set fire to farm and woodland, destroying 3000 olive trees.  HL5683
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance on whether people previously furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and now back in work full-time can be moved onto flexible furlough.  HL5684
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to add the history of the slave trade to the school curriculum.  HL5685
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the COVID-19 emergency funding that Arts Council England made available was accessible to (1) commercial musicians, and (2) music businesses who had not previously engaged with that organisation.  HL5686
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to measure whether COVID-19 related Government support, and in particular the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, is protecting jobs and businesses in the music industry.  HL5687
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government how (1) access, and (2) other needs, of blind and partially sighted people will be guaranteed in the future operation of any restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular reference to the difficulties in distinguishing floor markings and judging distance.  HL5688
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the efficacy of the healthcare system in diagnosing silent strokes.  HL5689
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the commitments to improve stroke rehabilitation set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.  HL5690
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 4 June (HL4841), whether those who are not already in receipt of an ‘exempt benefit’ but who are in the process of claiming one will be subject to the benefit cap.  HL5691
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £63 million announced for local authority welfare assistance schemes will be ring-fenced; and what guidance they plan to publish as to how it should be spent including with regard to cash versus in-kind help.  HL5692
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government why there is a lower age limit of 18 on members of the public allowed to ask a question at the daily coronavirus briefing.  HL5693
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People to ensure that the two-thirds of blind and partially sighted people identified as feeling that they have lost their independence during lockdown are able to access services as the restrictions in place to address COVID-19… 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 tailored guidance they have made available to (1) businesses, and (2) service providers, on how to make social distancing accessible for people with sight loss.  HL5695
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support will be made available to people required to self-isolate under the COVID-19 contact test and trace system who are unable to work from home; and what consideration they have given to including such people as eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. [T]  HL5696
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to contribute to the peaceful resolution of the dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over the rate of filling the new Renaissance dam in Ethiopia from the waters of the River Nile.  HL5697
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have provided to sponsored workers currently not in the UK and unable to return due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have to take account of COVID-19 travel restrictions when calculating the number of days that a Tier 2 visa applicant has been outside of the UK.  HL5698
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what the application process and fees, including a possible NHS health surcharge, will be for British National (Overseas) status holders from Hong Kong and their dependants if they wish to apply for an extension of their leave for a further 12 months.  HL5699
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government whether British National (Overseas) status holders and their dependants are required to make any additional applications after their arrival before they will be allowed to apply to work or study in the UK; and whether such people will be subject to restrictions including (1) shortage of occupation professions, (2) minimum salary r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the new scheme proposed for a possible pathway to citizenship for British National (Overseas) (BNO) status holders and their dependants, whether there will be a dedicated route to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR); and if so, how many years it is proposed that BNO status holders and their dependants will have to be c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government how any changes to British National (Overseas) (BNO) status will affect or be applied to BNO status holders and their dependants who are already present in the UK either lawfully or having overstayed.  HL5702
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Transport for London about (1) cleanliness, and (2) hygiene, on the services that organisation operates.  HL5703
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Lord Pickles to ask Her Majesty's Government when the recommendations of their review, which promised to make council tax collection fairer and more efficient, launched on 10 April 2019, will be published.  HL5704
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Lord Pickles to ask Her Majesty's Government when the new guidance to local authorities on the collection of unpaid Council Tax to end aggressive enforcement tactics, announced on 10 April 2019, will be issued.  HL5705
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Lord Pickles to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) organisations, (2) charities, (3) debt advice services, and (4) local authorities were consulted as part of their review on unpaid Council Tax arrears, announced on 10 April 2019.  HL5706
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all arms and equipment licensed for export from the UK meet the consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria.  HL5707
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that civil servants in public-facing roles are able to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5708
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk to BAME (1) civil servants, and (2) contracted workers in Government departments, of (a) contracting, and (b) spreading, COVID-19.  HL5709
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the annual canvass produces an (1) comprehensive, and (2) accurate, record of the electorate in England.  HL5710
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential merits of extending voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds in England.  HL5711
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's exit from the EU on the ports of Holyhead and Fishguard.  HL5712
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that there is sufficient insulin available when the UK leaves the EU.  HL5713
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with companies in Denmark and Germany about setting up manufacturing bases for insulin in the UK.  HL5714
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made about whether any drugs or medicines will be in short supply after the UK leaves the EU.  HL5715
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that no one resident in the UK will suffer hardship with which they cannot cope in the next year.  HL5716
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reconsider their decision not to extend the Brexit transition period.  HL5717
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that priests in China have been forced to preach Chinese nationalism in return for the opening of religious spaces.  HL5718
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government who has the authority to authorise the imposition of any COVID-19 related restriction of movement in a district of a local authority area; and under which powers they have would such authority.  HL5719
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific analysis has been undertaken of the potential travel distance of aerosol or droplets during singing; and on what evidence they will base any decisions on social distancing restrictions for members of a choir.  HL5720
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants in the Department for International Trade are dedicated to trade negotiations with (1) the United States, (2) Japan, and (3) Australia. [T]  HL5721
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of reported flaws in the study by the World Health Organisation about the risks posed by reducing social distancing to one metre.  HL5722
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research by the Doctors' Association UK which found that six in 10 doctors have not had access to scrubs.  HL5723
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to improve homeschooling curriculums for publicly-funded schools.  HL5724
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the Children's Commissioner's Office preliminary research on homeschooling which found that 27.8 per cent of children age 12 and under are spending one to two hours on schoolwork each day.  HL5725
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact of existing Israeli (1) settlements, and (2) infrastructure, in the West Bank on the viability of a future Palestinian state.  HL5726
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) government of the United States, and (2) the government of Israel, about the new boundaries of the Palestinian Territories after any proposed annexation.  HL5727
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they have made to the budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in (1) 2017, (2) 2018, (3) 2019, and (4) 2020.  HL5728
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to encourage new technological enterprises in Gaza.  HL5729
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, if any, to ensure that health services in Palestine have sufficient medical facilities and expertise in (1) the West Bank, and (2) Gaza, to enable those services to care for those with serious medical problems without the need to enter Israeli territory for treatment.  HL5730
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that their trade agreements will not be made with businesses which (1) exist within, or (2) support, any Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law.  HL5731
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government when Armed Forces personnel will receive their annual pay rise. [T]  HL5732
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Viscount Trenchard to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to apply for COVID-19 to be considered an exceptional circumstance under Article 107(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and what assessment they have made of how that could alter the support provided to businesses in the UK.  HL5733
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the process for ensuring that all Departments’ policies comply with the overall aim of carbon reduction and monitoring their implementation.  HL5734
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they now plan to ratify the Aarhus Convention.  HL5735
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the support expressed by the Prime Minister for the Black Lives Matter campaign in his message of 8 June, what steps they are taking to ensure that the ethos of that campaign is fully incorporated into their decision-making regarding the treatment of citizens of the British Indian Ocean Territory and the right of return… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to open a confidential telephone hotline to encourage whistleblowing on furlough fraud.  HL5737
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enshrine protection for furlough fraud whistleblowers in law through the Finance Bill.  HL5738
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