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Questions for Written Answer for 25 June 2020

Tabled on 24 June 2020 and due for answer by 8 July 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the decline in birth-rates among the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s ethnic minority communities may indicate the promotion of a coercive birth-prevention strategy targeted at ethnoreligious minority groups; and whether any such targeted coercive policy would require the UK G… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of forced sterilisation, mass incarceration, indoctrination, extrajudicial detention, invasive surveillance, forced labour, and the destruction of Uyghur cultural sites, including cemeteries, what plans they have to table a resolution at the UN General Assembly to seek the establishment of an independent i… 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 measures they are taking to ensure that companies found to have lied on their public declarations, made under the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, about the use of Uyghur slave labour in the manufacture of products or within supply chains, are (1) identified, and (2) held to account.  HL6105
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the claims of the Chinese human rights lawyer, Wang Quanzhang, that he was tortured during a four-year prison sentence, kept under 24-hour surveillance by two armed police officers within his prison cell, and was forced into making a false confession; what representations they have made to th… 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 plans they have to support the letter sent to the government of China’s State Councillor and Minister for Foreign Affairs by the UN Special Rapporteurs on 19 June on (1) the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, (2) extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, (3… 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 “serious concern” expressed by several UN Special Rapporteurs that the proposed changes to the Hong Kong special administrative region’s legal system and enforcement mechanisms proposed in the Decision of the National People’s Congress, do not include assurances that the measures will be… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the risk of starvation to the people of the Afar region of Eritrea due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) whether that risk has been exacerbated by the actions of the government of Eritrea.  HL6109
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that Government-funded international development and aid programmes do not involve forced labour in Eritrea, with particular regard to indefinite military conscription.  HL6110
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to implementing the recommendations of the report by the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select Committee The Future for Allotments (HC 560–I, Session 1997–98); and, in particular. the proposal that decisions over commercial use of allotment gardens relating to site shop… 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 consideration they have given to increasing support for local food webs to improve food security.  HL6112
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the increased intake of artificial sweeteners by infants and children, and (2) levels of intake of fruit and vegetables by infants and children.  HL6113
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of increases of 20 per cent in alcohol consumption by drinkers and increases in related harms during the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic, what consideration they have given to restricting alcohol advertising.  HL6114
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proposals by community groups for the creation of a national nature service, what plans they have to fund the creation of such a service.  HL6115
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to answer the Written Question (HL4751) tabled by Lord Bradley on 20 May.  HL6116
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the date on which all rules that currently apply to the actions of members of the Lake District National Park Authority were approved by a Secretary of State.  HL6117
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of identity theft; and what plans they have to introduce a specific offence in this respect, separate from fraud or conspiracy.  HL6118
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have held, or plan to hold, following the close of their Call for Evidence on Digital Identity.  HL6119
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments have official Facebook accounts.  HL6120
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Government departments with official Facebook accounts intend to maintain those accounts, in the light of Facebook's continued refusal to ban political advertising.  HL6121
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Lord Dobbs to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what the annual budget for the House of Lords was for each of the last five years; and what is the estimated budget for the House of Lords for each of the next two years.  HL6122
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the UK's performance in collecting data on antimicrobial resistance, and (2) how the UK's outcome indicators compare with other European countries.  HL6123
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 16 June (HL4962), what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact on carbon dioxide emissions of fitting all (1) new social housing developments, (2) replacement boilers in social housing, (3) new houses, and (4) replacement boilers in all houses, with stored passive flue g… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the backlog of student visa applications for Northern Ireland universities from applicants from China and India.  HL6125
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to include developments to (1) the single-track line between Gannow Junction and Colne to allow more than one train on that section at a time, (2) create a double-track line on the Bolton to Blackburn route, and (3) reinstate the railway line between Colne and Skipton, in the Integrated Rail Plan for t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise schemes to re-open routes closed in the Beeching cuts to promote the levelling up agenda of English regions.  HL6127
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Lord Haskel to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the transmission of COVID-19 by reducing the use of paper in supply chains; and whether the regulations on (1) e-signatures, and (2) e-transactions, apply to every aspect of a supply chain.  HL6128
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable colleges to reopen safely; and what assessment they have made of the remarks by the Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges that colleges face a £2 billion income loss next year and some will go bankrupt unless they receive emergency help.  HL6129
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government why colleges were not included in the £1 billion student catch-up programme.  HL6130
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all those who lost their homes in the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 are now rehoused in permanent accommodation.  HL6131 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible reasons for the excess deaths in the UK since 1 March in which the cause of death was not recorded as COVID-19.  HL6132
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reschedule any NHS operations postponed in England following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6133
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government when was the last firearms amnesty in the UK.  HL6134
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government when was the last knife amnesty in the UK.  HL6135
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to hold an amnesty of acids and other dangerous substances in the UK.  HL6136
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Lord Lucas to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  further to the official Twitter account for the House of Lords celebrating Pride month, what plans there are to celebrate other protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 on the same account.  HL6137
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why British Wool was not considered to be appropriately established as an organisation to qualify for support under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme; what assessment they have made of the impact of this decision on sheep farmers generally; and what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about the impa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mirror the provision by the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Executive of business rates relief for one year during the COVID-19 pandemic to airports; and why airports in England and Wales have not yet been included in that scheme.  HL6139
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have enquired about the availability of higher speed broadband under the Universal Service Obligation launched on 20 March.  HL6140
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost quoted to individuals who have sought a better broadband connection under the Universal Service Obligation launched on 20 March.  HL6141
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what involvement they have in Community Fibre Partnerships; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that scheme on the cost to consumers of better broadband connections.  HL6142
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any subsidies provided to incentivise the burning of woodchip on reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  HL6143
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