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Questions for Written Answer for 29 June 2020

Tabled on 25 June 2020 and due for answer by 9 July 2020.

Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that those contacted by the NHS COVID-19 test, track and trace scheme fully cooperate with it, following the pilot tracing scheme in Sheffield where two-thirds of COVID-19 contacts failed to comply.  HL6144
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to provide to local councils to deal with any future COVID-19 outbreaks.  HL6145
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that over 20 per cent of those traced by the NHS COVID-19 test, track and trace system could not be reached, what plans they have to adjust the system to take into account the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies' advice that the threshold for effectiveness per index case is 80 per cent.  HL6146
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the advice by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies that delays over 72 hours in contacting individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will have a detrimental effect on the 'R' value for COVID-19, what steps they are taking to ensure that all such individua… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what information on local support systems is provided to individuals traced through the NHS COVID-19 test, track and trace system to help them to isolate.  HL6148
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies' advice that there is a lack of information on the modes of COVID-19 transmission in the UK, what steps they are taking to close that knowledge gap.  HL6149
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Lord Caine to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 23 April (HL Deb, col 82), what further discussions they have held with the Music Venue Trust; and what additional support is being provided for small music venues in (1) London, and (2) other parts of the UK.  HL6150
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Local Government Association reports Resident satisfaction with councils' response to COVID-19, published in May, and Polling on resident satisfaction with councils: Round 26, published in June, and in particular, the findings on levels of trust in councils.  HL6151
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to competitively tender for future technology products and services that were commissioned during the first stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6152
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult key stakeholders and external experts on future Data Protection Impact Assessments for the management, storage and handling of NHS controlled data.  HL6153
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Data Protection Impact Assessment of Palantir’s role in combining NHS data had no analysis of data analytics as contained in their G-Cloud 11 call-Off contract (version 4); and whether they intend to publish an additional report to cover this.  HL6154
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a Data Protection Impact Assessment of Faculty AI’s work on data dashboards and modelling for NHSX.  HL6155
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to carry out a Data Protection Impact Assessment on the rights and freedoms of the people whose health data is collected by the NHS; and whether any such data is protected against access by intelligence services.  HL6156
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to increase (1) access to data controlled by the NHS, and (2) associated opportunities to innovate, for UK start-ups and SMEs (a) during, and (b) after, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6157
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make children and their rights a priority of the UK’s recovery plan from the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6158
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the acceptance of applications for settled status after the deadline of 30 June 2021, what are the proposed criteria for accepting those applications; what plans there are to consult with stakeholders on those criteria; and when those criteria will be published.  HL6159
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is sufficient civil society consultation and involvement in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL6160
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how civil society views will be taken into account in the outcome of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL6161
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that gender equality is taken into account in the outputs and policies of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL6162
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government why covered arenas in riding schools have been included in the same category as indoor gyms and sports halls when prohibiting their reopening following their closure as part of the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6163
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will lift the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on the use of covered arenas in riding schools.  HL6164
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the ongoing restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on the use of covered arenas in riding schools; and (2) the risk that riding schools will be at risk of closure if those restrictions remain in place over the summer months.  HL6165
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government which Women’s Centres for women who have offended, or who are at risk of offending, are currently functioning; where those centres are located; who provides funds to those centres; and what assessment they have made of the success of such centres in preventing (1) offending, and (2) re-offending.  HL6166
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the government of Israel reports of cases of married couples, or parents and children, not being permitted to live under the same roof, because of residency or other requirements, particularly in and near Jerusalem; what was the outcome of those discussions; and what plans they have to continue to raise such… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have in place to ensure that, following the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, there is designated ministerial representation at the National Security Council specifically to deal with international development matters and to speak for them.  HL6168
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have in place (1) to safeguard, and (2) to maintain, the experience and expertise in international development of staff from the Department for International Development with their own dedicated administrative structure within the new merged department of the Department for International Development and the Foreign a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have in place to ensure that UK aid remains party to the Development Assistance committee rules of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on minimum international standards of aid spending.  HL6170
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what was (1) the total number of principal residences sold last year, and (2) the aggregate capital value of any such sales.  HL6171
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 February (HLWS118), when they will give their response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s report on Westminster, published on 25 February.  HL6172
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Baroness Murphy to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the 14-day quarantine period required to be undertaken upon arrival by all new care home residents on the mental health of residents, in particular those with dementia.  HL6173
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Baroness Murphy to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to testing care and nursing home residents for COVID-19 (1) before, (2) upon, and (3) three days after, admission so as to allow for a seven day quarantine period; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any such testing programme on the mental health and well-being of residents in such… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government for which languages there are interpreters available for asylum seekers’ interviews.  HL6175
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what travel expenses, if any, are paid to asylum seekers required to report to Home Office centres.  HL6176
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government to which countries in the Middle East they sell arms.  HL6177
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes for the reported increase in asylum decisions being overturned in the higher courts, from 17 per cent in 2005 to 52 per cent in 2019.  HL6178
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will provide details about how local authorities and charities can access the £105 million funding announced for addressing homelessness.  HL6179
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many local authority planning applications have been called in by the Planning Inspectorate; (2) how many of these were overturned by the Planning Inspectorate; and (3) how many Planning Inspectorate decisions were overturned by Ministers in (a) 2016/17, (b) 2017/18, and (c) 2018/19.  HL6180
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of takeaway businesses and restaurants with low food hygiene ratings which do not display those ratings.  HL6181
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to make the display of food hygiene ratings compulsory.  HL6182
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government when driving tests will be permitted to restart; and whether the maximum period between passing the theory test and taking the driving test will be extended for those whose test was due when tests were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6183
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to finance new nuclear generation through (1) the use of long-term borrowing, and (2) partnering with the private sector, in order to achieve their net-zero target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  HL6184
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the COVID-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group have been asked to sign personal confidentiality agreements by the Department for Education.  HL6185
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have put in place to facilitate permanently home-schooled children being awarded the grades required to allow the take up of college and university places in the 2020/21 academic year.  HL6186
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they (1) have, and (2) plan to, put in place to ensure that students studying vocational and other equivalent qualifications are able to complete their qualifications in the same way as those studying for GCSEs and A-Levels.  HL6187
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the appeals system for grades awarded this year for GCSE, AS Level and A Level exams will operate to a timetable that will ensure that students do not have to defer the next stage of their education by a full year.  HL6188
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Sevenoaks School following reports that teaching staff are routinely asked to increase predicted grades on UCAS applications for students who may be in danger of missing out on their preferred degree course.  HL6189
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