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Questions for Written Answer for 17 June 2020

Tabled on 16 June 2020 and due for answer by 23 June 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks made by the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP on 12 June that “whilst the impact of such discharges meant the NHS was never short of beds or ventilators, it seems extraordinary that no one appeared to consider the clinical risk to care homes despite widespread knowledge that the virus could b… 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 many COVID-19 (1) cases, and (2) deaths, there have been in the UK since 23 March; what steps they have taken to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in prisons; what measures are in place to mitigate the risks of suicide, particularly among young offenders; whether those measures include extending the amount of time prisoner… 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 report by the Resolution Foundation Class of 2020: Education leavers in the current crisis, published in May, in particular its (1) finding that youth unemployment in Britain could reach one million over the coming year, and (2) recommendation that policies should be pursued to assist you… 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 findings in the report by McKinsey & Company COVID-19 in the United Kingdom: Assessing jobs at risk and the impact on people and places that (1) “UK Gross Domestic Product in 2020 is expected to shrink by 9 per cent”, (2) “7.6 million jobs are at risk”, (3) “people and places with the low… 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 (1) of widespread starvation in Eritrea, in particular in Southern and Northern Red Sea regions, and (2) that COVID-19 has been used by the Eritrean regime to target Red Sea Afar people.  HL5743
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Amnesty International Tear Gas: an investigation, published in June, which details examples of tear gas misuse in 22 countries including the territory of Hong Kong; what assessment they have made of the effects of tear gas (1) when fired directly at people in large volumes, (2)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to replace the Joint Nature Conservation Committee's UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework: Revised Implementation Plan before that plan expires.  HL5745
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the ZOE ‘COVID-19 Symptom Study’ which suggests that one in 10 people experience COVID-19 symptoms lasting longer than three weeks.  HL5746
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise public awareness about the long-term effects of COVID-19 experienced by some people who had only mild symptoms of the disease.  HL5747
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support those suffering long-term effects from COVID-19.  HL5748
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will end the Immigration Health Surcharge; whether workers who have paid the fee since the announcement on 21 May will be reimbursed and, if so, when reimbursements will be made.  HL5749
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of UK Visa and Immigration services to process applications, following the suspension of the priority service and the closure of Sopra Steria and some VFS global visa application centres; what consideration they have given to the need to process applications from NHS sta… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include in the terms of reference for their commission on race and ethnic disparities the replacement of the references to the British Empire in the honours system with honours that recognise the UK’s multi-racial society.  HL5751
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Ministerial Statement by the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets on 10 June (HCWS280) announcing an Independent Review into the Post Office Horizon IT System and Trials, whether that Review (1) will take account of the “significant failings within Post Office Ltd over nearly two decades” identi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bowness to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the Palace of Westminster will be deep cleaned prior to the return of the House in September.  HL5753
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in negotiations with the EU or bilaterally with individual member states on continued mutual recognition of (1) drivers licences, (2) EHIC cards, and (3) disabled blue parking badges.  HL5754
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications under World Trade Organisation rules of goods entering from outside the EU if (1) there is no free trade agreement by 31 December, and (2) the UK permits the import of the same goods from the EU without the imposition of any tariffs.  HL5755
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Baroness Brady to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that consumers’ future ability to access credit is not adversely impacted by any payment holidays taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5756
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Baroness Brady to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to carry out an equality impact assessment of women who are on maternity leave and using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  HL5757
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Lord Dobbs to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what has been the cost to date of setting up a virtual House of Lords; and what are the ongoing monthly costs of the hybrid House.  HL5758
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the COVID-19 pandemic, (1) what measures are in place to restart outpatient clinics while ensuring that those who visit do not contract the virus, and (2) how these measures are being communicated to patients.  HL5759
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services have provided telephone and video appointments in place of face-to-face appointments between the start of the COVID-19 lockdown on 23 March and 15 June.  HL5760
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that people with Parkinson's disease will have continued access to psychological therapies until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5761
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that mental health services will be able to meet any excess demand from people with Parkinson's disease who have not been able to access psychological services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5762
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that people with Parkinson's disease who are digitally excluded and have symptoms of the motor speech disorder dysarthria can access psychological therapies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5763
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to support the carers and family members of those people with Parkinson's disease who have experienced distressing hallucinations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5764
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the bidding process for third sector bodies to provide probation services will be conducted on a national or a regional basis.  HL5765
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what role Clinks will play in the Dynamic Framework for the provision of probation services.  HL5766
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what specialist rehabilitation services they plan to make available to third sector organisations.  HL5767
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Keen of Elie on 16 June (HL Deb, col 2029), whether they will lay before the House a copy of the dynamic framework for specialist rehabilitative services.  HL5768
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government which Environmental Land Management tests and trials have included access provisions or schemes.  HL5769
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce measures to control the use of barbecues outside private property and, in particular, the use of mobile and disposable barbecues in open countryside and moorlands.  HL5770
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to implement the provisions of the Ivory Act 2018.  HL5771
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of ivory products commercially traded within the UK each year since 2015.  HL5772
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish a response to their Non-elephant ivory trade: call for evidence, published on 30 May 2019.  HL5773
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish an updated version of Tables 2 and 3 of their Non-elephant ivory trade: call for evidence, published on 30 May 2019, setting out data on the import and export of non-elephant ivory products in the UK in 2018.  HL5774
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Lord Hague of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the provisions of section 37 of the Ivory Act 2018 to introduce secondary legislation extending the provisions of that Act to the common hippopotamus.  HL5775
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what systems are being considered to replace the two-week quarantine period for those arriving in the UK; whether any such systems are on trial elsewhere; and what discussions they have had with other Governments about related quarantine trials undertaken by airport operators.  HL5776
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) when the Immigration Health Surcharge for health and care workers and their families will be removed, (2) whether those who have already paid the surcharge in the current year will receive a refund, and (3) whether any such refund will be backdated to the day on which the Prime Minister made the announcement that the sur… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether future health and social care workers and their families will be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.  HL5778
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of English regional theatre following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5779
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support local and regional newspapers following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5780
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the England and Wales Cricket Board to enable spectators to watch First Class and National Counties cricket safely this summer.  HL5781
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of data theft in the UK.  HL5782
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps UK Research and Innovation is taking to ensure that appropriate quality controls are placed on rapid-response COVID-19 research.  HL5783
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that BAME people are adequately represented in COVID-19 clinical trials.  HL5784
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, following reports that hydroxychloroquine is ineffective in treating COVID-19, what plans they have to review their methods for assessing scientific evidence.  HL5785
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to respond to concerns raised by the UK Statistics Authority about how the Department for Health and Social Care reports COVID-19 testing data.  HL5786
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of Universal Credit recipients are subject to the (1) two-child benefit limit, and (2) benefit cap, broken down by ethnic group.  HL5787
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) average, (2) longest, and (3) shortest, clearance time for a (a) claim, (b) mandatory reconsideration, and (c) successful appeal outcome to be implemented, in relation to Personal Independence Payment in each of the last 13 months.  HL5788
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) average, (2) longest, and (3) shortest, clearance time for a (a) mandatory reconsideration, and (b) successful appeal outcome to be implemented, in relation to Employment and Support Allowance in each of the last 13 months.  HL5789
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) average, (2) longest, and (3) shortest, clearance time for a (a) mandatory reconsideration, and (b) successful appeal outcome to be implemented, in relation to Universal Credit in each of the last 13 months.  HL5790
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of businesses using pre-pack administration processes to buy back subsidiaries at a discounted rate while failing to repay creditors.  HL5791
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of pre-pack administrations by businesses that have previously extracted large dividends through subsidiaries based in tax havens.  HL5792
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of pre-pack administrations on SME creditors.  HL5793
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the Pre Pack Pool Oversight Group’s suggestion that the Pre Pack Pool is “unsustainable” unless referrals of pre-pack sales to the Pool are made mandatory.  HL5794
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make it mandatory for large businesses to notify the Pre Pack Pool of proposed pre-pack administration deals.  HL5795
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effectiveness of the Pre Pack Pool, and (2) the proportion of eligible cases being referred for review dropping to 10 per cent, according to the Pre Pack Pool’s latest Annual Report.  HL5796
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of penalties in deterring the trapping, poisoning or shooting of protected species of birds in England and Wales.  HL5797
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with tourism and travel industry representatives about the UK's participation in the Re-open EU application and website; and what assessment they have made of the impact of their decision not to participate on those sectors. [T]  HL5798
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the renewable energy sector in exporting products and services.  HL5799
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Brazil about ensuring that UK–Brazil trade does not affect the preservation of the Amazon rainforest.  HL5800
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in rolling over UK trading arrangements with countries that have an agreement with the EU.  HL5801
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the World Trade Organisation about invoking Article 24 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in the event that an agreement is not reached with the EU before the end of the transition period; and what progress they have made in establishing UK independent World Trade Organis… 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 assessment they have made of the most recent inward investment statistics.  HL5803
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of preferential trade agreements on (1) labour standards, and (2) human rights.  HL5804
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) personal confidentiality agreements, and (2) non-disclosure agreements the Department for International Trade has signed with (a) businesses, (b) individuals, and (c) third parties advising, the department on its response to COVID 19.  HL5805
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the reported award of a £108 million contract for personal protective equipment to PestFix, where and when the contract was advertised for tender; whether the contract was awarded under Regulation 32(2)c of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/102) which covers Direct Award due to reasons of extreme urgency; if… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use powers conferred by the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (1) to operate the COVID-19 track and trace system, (2) to monitor or enforce lockdown restrictions, and (3) to monitor or enforce quarantine requirements on individuals.  HL5807
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the terms of reference of the new commission on race and ethnic disparities; and on what areas it will focus.  HL5808
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that they take action to address racism and inequality as the new commission on race and ethnic disparities is conducting its investigations rather than waiting for the inquiry to end.  HL5809
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the research by the Bar Council published on 27 April that without further support 74 per cent of self-employed barristers will be unable to continue to practice.  HL5810
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they taking, if any, to support young barristers.  HL5811
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government which disability organisations and charities are helping to develop the National Strategy for Disabled People.  HL5812
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to protect sites owned by Palestinians which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites from being damaged by Israeli (1) settlers, or (2) forces.  HL5813
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take, if any, to protect any Palestinian villages within the areas designated for annexation by the government of Israel which are at risk of (1) forced removal, or (2) destruction.  HL5814
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure that Israeli settlers living illegally on Palestinian land do not receive preferential treatment in the requirements for travel to the UK.  HL5815
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Palestinian-owned property in Al-Walaja is under threat of demolition to make way for construction of a park exclusively for Israelis; and what support, if any, are they giving to the owners of any such property.  HL5816
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that BAME history and colonisation are taught and integrated across the curriculum in (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools.  HL5817
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