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Questions for Written Answer for 23 June 2020

Tabled on 22 June 2020 and due for answer by 29 June 2020.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their decision to extend the ban on tenant evictions by a further two months, what plans they have to support private landlords with tenants who had already built up rent arrears before the restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic were introduced and who are receiving no income from their property.  HL5962
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that courts deal more speedily with landlord and tenant cases concerning anti-social behaviour and domestic violence, once possession cases related to rented housing recommence.  HL5963
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many possession orders had been made by the courts following a claim by (1) private, and (2) social landlords, and were outstanding prior to eviction proceedings being suspended from 27 March.  HL5964
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their response to the consultation Considering the case for a Housing Court, which closed in January 2019; and what are their reasons for not publishing it to date.  HL5965
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their decision to extend the ban on tenant evictions by a further two months, what provisions are or will be in place to ensure that private landlords, who obtained a legal possession order prior to the suspension of evictions in March, are able to reclaim possession of their properties without further delay.  HL5966
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to assess, and (2) to address, the risk of terror groups using the COVID-19 pandemic to recruit new members. [T]  HL5967
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan about tackling forced conversions and marriages of religious minority girls and women in Pakistan; and what plans they have to raise forced conversion, forced marriages, abductions and abuse of religious minority women and girls at the next Universal Periodic Revi… 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 representations they have made to the government of China about reports that Bishop Augustine Cui Tai was arbitrarily arrested on 19 June; what is known about his health and whereabouts; and what priority they assign to human rights violations on grounds of religion or belief in the context of UK–China trade deals.  HL59… 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 steps they are taking to address the challenges and barriers experienced by the UK in relation to measures to prevent female genital mutilation, including the use of protection orders to minimize the risk of exposure of women and girls at risk of mutilation when travelling outside the UK.  HL5970
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about freedom of religion or belief in view of reports that that government's State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs has voiced support for an anti-Ahmadiyya twitter campaign by calling for Ahmadis to be punished by death.  HL5971
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Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom to ask Her Majesty's Government who has held the post of Accounting Officer with responsibility for the Post Office since 1 January 2000, and what were their dates of service in that role.  HL5972
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Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the responsibilities of the Accounting Officer with responsibility for the Post Office.  HL5973
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Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any significant initiatives, policies, programmes or projects of the Post Office were overseen by the Government since 1 January 2000; and if so, what they were and how were they managed.  HL5974
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Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Accounting Officer with responsibility for the Post Office has played any role in advising ministers on the Government’s policy in relation to (1) the faults in Horizon software; (2) the treatment by the Post Office of sub-postmasters in relation to allegations of alleged criminal behaviour by sub-postmasters; (3)… 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 extend the suspension of new reviews and reassessments of all benefits beyond 24 June. [T]  HL5976
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times alternative dispute resolution has been used to seek settlements with HS2 landowners.  HL5977
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a strategy for the development of hydrogen as a means of reducing atmospheric pollution and reaching net zero targets; and if so, when.  HL5978
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on the economy of using hydrogen to power transport.  HL5979
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on the economy of using hydrogen as an energy source.  HL5980
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of the development of a hydrogen strategy on employment in the UK.  HL5981
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of private capital that might be available to support a hydrogen-based economy.  HL5982
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the plans of other countries to develop hydrogen strategies of their own.  HL5983
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the cross-Government director-level governance board referred to in the UK Biological Security Strategy met between July 2018 and July 2019.  HL5984
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Threats, Hazards, Resilience and Contingencies sub-committee of the National Security Council has met to consider a report from the cross-Government director-level governance board referred to in the UK Biological Security Strategy; and if so, when.  HL5985
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord True on 4 June (HL Deb, col 1436) and subsequent correspondence, whether a committee of ministers has assumed responsibility for receiving reports from the cross-departmental governance board referred to in the UK Biological Security Strategy.  HL5986
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the (1) Threats, Hazards, Resilience and Contingencies, (2) Nuclear Deterrence and Security, (3) Implementation of the Strategic Defence and Security Review and National Security Strategy, and (4) Cross-Government Funds, sub-committees of the National Security Council still exist; and which Secretary of State or minist… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Butler of Brockwell to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the terrorist attack in Reading on 20 June, when the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament will be appointed. [T]  HL5988
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local training is available to enable communities to benefit from the low-carbon jobs the Local Government Association report Local green jobs - accelerating a sustainable economic recovery, published on 11 June, estimates will be supported by England’s net zero transition by 2030 and 2050.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term plans they have to support the viability of the bus industry.  HL5990
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow local authorities to borrow against future Community Infrastructure Levy receipts to invest in infrastructure to help unlock housing growth.  HL5991
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on NHS services which must be available on a 24 hour basis and which are dependent on a small number of specialist staff, including those working in transfusion services, of the requirement to quarantine for a 14 day period under the COVID-19 track and trace policy; and what st… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government how many grants and loans have been (1) applied for by, and (2) paid to, new and existing recipients from (a) the £750 million targeted support fund announced on 20 April for the most R&D intensive SMEs, and (b) the £40 million Fast Start investment scheme announced on 20 May; and what is the total value of these grants and loans.  HL5993
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 22 June (HL5670), what assessment they have made of the likelihood of people travelling to the UK on a weekly basis being infected with COVID-19 compared to those travelling to the UK (1) fortnightly, or (2) frequently but irregularly; what assessment they have made o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it was within the Chief Dental Officer for England's remit to instruct all dental practices to cease face to face consultations when the restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic were introduced.  HL5995
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the Chief Dental Officer for England made of the adequacy of personal protective equipment supplies for dental practitioners before dental practices were closed due to COVID-19.  HL5996
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government when the first urgent dental care centre in England was established.  HL5997
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government why dental practices in England were only given six working day's notice to resume face to face care on 8 June.  HL5998
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Standard operating procedure: transition to recovery guidance document was only published on 4 June, one working day before dental practices in England were required to resume face to face care.  HL5999
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 26 March (HL2548), whether they have published the revised impact assessment agreed by the Regulatory Policy Committee; if so, (1) where it is published, and (2) whether they clearly identified the differences between the original and the revised version.  HL6000
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact of the introduction of a plastic bag charge for small and medium-sized retailers; and when they intend to publicise their plans for the introduction of that charge.  HL6001
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Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the request by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 15 June for organisations and individuals to submit their own responses to the questions asked by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the economic recovery roundtables, how many responses they received… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the number of permits granted to Christians from Gaza to visit holy sites in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, or to visit family in the West Bank during Easter and Christmas holidays; and what responses, if any, they have received.  HL6003
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the reported persecution of Christians in Cyprus.  HL6004
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the music and entertainment sectors in comparison to other sectors.  HL6005
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the BBC to ensure the continuation of regional TV programmes, and in particular political and current affairs programmes.  HL6006
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make bells or hooters mandatory on all bicycles and scooters being ridden on public highways.  HL6007
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to reduce the noise made by police and ambulance helicopters circling over London during the weekends.  HL6008
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Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice the Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides to UK travellers on the potential risks posed by eating anti-pathogen washed chicken or hormone fed beef in the United States.  HL6009
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Carers UK and the Universities of Sheffield and Birmingham Caring and COVID-19: hunger and mental well-being, published on 17 June, in particular the finding that unpaid carers are twice as likely to have used foodbanks as the general population during the pandemic; and in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether working parents are now permitted to use paid childcare providers but are not permitted to ask family members or friends to provide childcare while they are at work.  HL6011
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether local authorities that no longer operate a welfare assistance scheme will receive a share of the funding uplift announced on 11 June; what plans they have to monitor (1) the allocation by, and (2) the number of applications to, and grants made by, local authorities in regard to those funds; and what plans they h… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 22 June (HL5695), what financial support will be made available to people who do not have COVID-19 but are 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 includ… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what data exploitative technologies they are aware are in use in the UK; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such technologies cannot be exploited by anti-abortion activists.  HL6014
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the remit and powers of the Competition and Markets Authority further to the statements made in the Chairman’s resignation announcement.  HL6015
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate the time it took for the Financial Conduct Authority to take action to prohibit the regulated entities from promoting the sale of “mini bonds”.  HL6016
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will investigate conflicts of interest in the promotion of trade finance bonds in association with Greensill.  HL6017
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the delays to, and (2) the costs of, the South Somerset District Council and Opium Power Limited energy storage plant project.  HL6018
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Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty's Government when camping sites with shared facilities will be permitted to open to the public.  HL6019
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Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty's Government whether rules on shared facilities that have been in operation throughout the lockdown for sites such as service stations will be different for camping sites with shared facilities once those sites reopen.  HL6020
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Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty's Government on what evidence they base any decision to allow any site with shared facilities to reopen; how they differentiate between sectors when deciding which businesses may reopen; and whether they have found any scientific reason which means that the reopening of camping sites with shared facilities should be treated in a separate manner to… 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, and with whom, about the lack of recommendations in the report by Public Health England’s Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19, published in June, on how to tackle racial and health inequalities that have been amplified by COVID-19.  HL6022
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about the steps the Race Disparity Unit is taking to help tackle racial injustices in society.  HL6023
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of including Black British history in the national curriculum in England.  HL6024
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community; what analysis they have carried out regarding such crimes; whether they have identified any trends; and if so, what they are.  HL6025
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled people.  HL6026
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential gaps in provision of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for people shielding from COVID-19.  HL6027
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 2 July 2019 (HL Deb, cols 1344–6), and in the light of the pledge made by the Betting and Gambling Council’s five largest members this week, whether the announcement made in the July 2019 statement is now null and void; and if not, where the money has been distributed;… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to facilitate the publication of the redacted report of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, Russia, sent to the Prime Minister on 17 October 2019. [T]  HL6029
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the data published by the Office for National Statistics which demonstrates that 19 local authorities in England have recorded excess death rates in 2020 that are more than twice the UK average excess death rates.  HL6030
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what regions have (1) the highest, and (2) the lowest, use of self-injectable contraceptives in the UK.  HL6031
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 16 June about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (HC Deb, cols 666–8), what changes they plan to make to the operation of UK Official Development Assistance.  HL6032
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 16 June about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (HC Deb, cols 666–8), what plans they have to ensure that UK Official Development Assistance focuses on the eradication of poverty.  HL6033
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 16 June about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (HC Deb, cols 666–8), what plans they have to ensure that universal access to sexual and reproductive health remains a focus of their foreign policy.  HL6034
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 16 June about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (HC Deb, cols 666–8), what plans they have to change the current budget for the Department for International Development.  HL6035
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 16 June about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (HC Deb, cols 666–8), what plans they have to ensure that family planning is a priority in the use of Overseas Development Assistance.  HL6036
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of which countries in the EU (1) do, or (2) do not, adequately protect the interests of UK citizens resident in those countries.  HL6037
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