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Questions for Written Answer for 18 June 2020

Tabled on 17 June 2020 and due for answer by 24 June 2020.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they estimate they have spent on paying auto-enrolment pension contributions for furloughed workers during the COVID-19 pandemic; how many workers are having auto-enrolment pension contributions made for them by the Government as a result of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme; and what estimate they have made of the ongoi… 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 APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide, published on 15 June.  HL5819
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with the government of Nigeria about the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan to help reduce the conflict involving farmers and herders in Nigeria.  HL5820
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial, technical and capacity building support they intend to offer to the government of Nigeria to implement the recommendations of the report by the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide, published on 15 June.  HL5821
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about violence in the Nigerian Middle-Belt involving farmers and herders.  HL5822
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Nigeria about the investigation of cases of reported military complicity in violence against Christians and other human rights abuses.  HL5823
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce mandatory training for Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff in Nigeria on (1) identifying patterns of discrimination and conflict with religious characteristics, and (2) the interaction of religion and religious actors with specific societal and conflict contexts.  HL5824
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 15 June (HL3889), (1) how many, and (2) what percentage, of postal COVID-19 tests up to 8 May were returned with a valid sample.  HL5825
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government on average what percentage of COVID-19 postal tests are retuned within (1) seven days, (2) five days, and (3) 48 hours.  HL5826
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a table setting out, since rollout of COVID-19 tests, (1) how many COVID-19 postal tests have been dispatched each day, (2) how many COVID-19 tests have been returned each day, and (3) how many COVID-19 tests have been returned with a testable sample each day.  HL5827
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of time it takes (1) for COVID-19 test samples to be processed, (2) for the results to be sent to the person sampled, and (3) for the results to be forwarded to NHS Test and Trace personnel.  HL5828
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 tests that have been sent through the post were (1) analysed in UK laboratories, and (2) sent overseas for analysis, in May.  HL5829
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what their current target is for testing people in the UK for COVID-19; and how long they intend to maintain this capacity to address possible resurgences of the pandemic.  HL5830
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 June (HL4913), what is their guidance on the social distancing of passengers on board aircraft.  HL5831
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a White Paper in response to the Health is everyone’s business: proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss consultation,which closed on 7 October 2019; and what plans they have to include in any such White Paper proposals to reduce the costs of ill health and absence from work for (1) individuals, and (2)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish an international contact group to ensure that the government of China respects their (1) legal, and (2) moral, obligations towards Hong Kong; and which countries, if any, have been approached to form any such international contact group.  HL5833
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Member States of the UN about (1) resolving (a) conflict, and (b) persecution, across the Sahel region, and (2) addressing jihadist ideology underpinning continuing attacks.  HL5834
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing for Nigerian citizens who have been displaced by jihadist violence in conflicts involving herders and farmers.  HL5835
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to identify NGOs who are running effective programmes to deter attacks on (1) farming communities, and (2) religious minorities, in Nigeria; and what plans they have to improve the ability of these NGOs to scale up their programmes.  HL5836
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce mandatory training for (1) Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and (2) Department for International Development, staff, in Nigeria on (a) patterns of discrimination and conflict with religious characteristics, and (b) how religion and religious actors interact with the societal context.  HL5837
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the government of Nigeria on the abduction of Leah Sharibu; and what response they received.  HL5838
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the European Commission that the government of China has run “targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns" about COVID-19; and whether they are aware of any other attempts by that government to spread false views in order to damage democracy in the West.  HL5839
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how women are affected by the loss of their Civil Service 'survivor' pension, following cohabitation with a new partner.  HL5840
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Civil Service (1) widows, and (2) widowers, in (a) England and Wales, and (b) Scotland, have had their pension revoked as a result of remarriage or cohabitation.  HL5841
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of paying all 'survivor' pensions to Civil Service (1) widows, and (2) widowers, regardless of remarriage or cohabitation and when it occurred.  HL5842
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on Civil Service (1) widows, and (2) widowers, of the loss of their 'survivor' pension due to remarriage.  HL5843
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Lord Dobbs to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many (1) members of the House of Lords, and (2) House of Lords staff, have died from COVID-19 as a (a) primary, and (b) secondary, cause of death.  HL5844
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the call by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Save the Children to increase the child component of Universal Credit and Child Tax Credits by £20 a week, following their research showing that 7 in 10 families with children in receipt of Universal Credit are cutting back on essentials as a r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Local Government Association, Local green jobs—accelerating a sustainable economy recovery, published on 11 June, showing that at least 1.18 million low-carbon jobs need to be created in England by 2050 to meet the Government’s net zero commitment.  HL5846
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government why there is no representation from local government on the COVID-19 taskforce on Recreation and Leisure.  HL5847
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support is in place for the carers and family members of those people with Parkinson's disease dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies who may be experiencing greater levels of distress following the COVID-19 lockdown.  HL5848
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will continue the provision of food vouchers for children in need beyond the summer period.  HL5849
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to GPs to routinely prescribe dexamethasone to patients who have underlying lung and heart conditions; and when they intend to issue any such guidance.  HL5850
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to assess the efficacy of their employment and business support measures for (1) workers, and (2) businesses, in the music sector.  HL5851
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that the UK music sector remains internationally competitive during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5852
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give immediate priority to the development of hydrogen as a potential source of energy.  HL5853
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish comparative statistics of death rates from diseases including (1) tuberculosis, (2) heart disease, (3) influenza, (4) diabetes, and (5) similar diseases, to contextualise death rates from COVID-19 and improve public understanding.  HL5854
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of extension beyond 30 June of the halt on the eviction of (1) asylum-seekers, and (2) newly-granted refugees, whose claims have been decided.  HL5855
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Local Government Association's call on 12 June to suspend the No Recourse to Public Funds status for immigrants for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5856
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the results of the consultation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on a mandatory approach to ethnicity pay reporting.  HL5857
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so, when, they intend to introduce mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting.  HL5858
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis the decision to permit the development of private property within British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus was made; and what assessment they have made of the validity of the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, in relation to this decision.  HL5859
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government who keeps records of exit interviews of those leaving the Armed Forces; and how often the Ministry of Defence evaluates those records.  HL5860
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have registered for the COVID-19 track and trace application on the Isle of Wight; and how many individuals affected by COVID-19 have been traced to date using that application.  HL5861
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who were traced under the NHS Test and Trace system were so traced due to a (1) their own, and (2) another person’s, positive COVID-19 test.  HL5862
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have had an antibody test to test for previous COVID-19 infection; and of those, how many had antibodies.  HL5863
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have donated blood in England containing COVID-19 antibodies.  HL5864
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in England remain in intensive care for COVID-19-related illness.  HL5865
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address any variation in the number of emergency admissions to hospital for asthma and severe asthma across Clinical Commissioning Groups.  HL5866
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Health and Social Care is taking to address the rate of emergency adult admissions to hospital for asthma and severe asthma at NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group.  HL5867
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Health and Social Care is taking to address the rate of asthma-related deaths at NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group.  HL5868
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the variation in asthma-related deaths across Clinical Commissioning Groups in England; and what plans they have to address any such variation.  HL5869
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the commitment made in the NHS Long Term Plan to “improve patient pathways to ensure timely assessment and treatment that reduces the risk of death and disability” for severe asthma attacks.  HL5870
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Social Market Foundation's proposal in Investing in Britain's future: Financing and funding infrastructure after the Coronavirus crisis, published on 15 June, to create pension superfunds to invest in infrastructure and support economic recovery; and when they expect to report on progress made in pen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of any fall in the value of retail properties on the finances of local authorities which have borrowed money from the Treasury and government agencies to acquire investment properties outside the geographical limits of the relevant authorities; and what assessment they have made of whether los… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 February (HL1289), what assessment they have made of the government of Israel's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.  HL5873
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been given GnHR or any other gender re-assignment treatment by the NHS; over what period of time such treatments have been available on the NHS; and how much compensation has been paid to patients who received such treatments but who were subsequently deemed to have been misdiagnosed.  HL5874
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of (1) rape or attempted rape, and (2) sexual misconduct, by individuals whose sex at birth was male but subsequently identified as female have been reported in (a) women's prisons, and (b) women-only spaces outside of prisons such as changing rooms; and how many of those reports led to prosecutions.  HL5875
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 7 June that the targets for testing patients for COVID-19 in care homes and supplying staff with personal protective equipment in such homes have been met, what plans they have to supply such equipment to close family members of residents of those homes; an… 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 steps they have taken to tackle disproportionate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on BAME communities.  HL5877
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Football Association about the number of black football managers.  HL5878
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take in response to the report by the World Wide Fund for Nature COVID-19: urgent call to protect people and nature, published on 17 June, in particular regard to addressing the environmental drivers of pandemics.  HL5879
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent traffic congestion and air pollution from rising above pre-COVID-19 levels.  HL5880
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that police in England and Wales have been found to be six times more likely to fine BAME people in the COVID-19 lockdown.  HL5881
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how much compensation they have paid out in racial discrimination cases brought against the Ministry of Defence in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL5882
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of BAME personnel hold senior leadership or managerial roles in (1) the Royal Air Force, (2) the Army, and (3) the Royal Navy.  HL5883
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Commonwealth military veterans, and (2) military veterans from Fiji, have been deported from the UK for failing to gain the correct immigration status.  HL5884
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Wigston Report on inappropriate behaviours in the Armed Forces, published on 15 July 2019, how they investigated causes of overrepresentation of minority groups in the Armed Forces complaints process.  HL5885
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