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Questions for Written Answer for 1 July 2020

Tabled on 30 June 2020 and due for answer by 7 July 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health and safety standards on roadbuilding projects funded by the EU Trust Fund for Africa.  HL6272
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government which UK Government funded projects in Sudan, if any, have been cancelled as a result of prioritising COVID-19 related programmes.  HL6273
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 February (HL1258), why they described those National Service workers employed by Segen engineering as “civilian”; whether those workers were recruited through national military conscription in Eritrea; and how they categories which workers are (1) civilians, and… 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 the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 24 June (HL5743), how they have verified reports that the government of Eritrea is targeting the Red Sea Afar people during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6275
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 24 June (HL5743), what response they have received from the government of Eritrea following their raising of “concerns about human rights in Eritrea with the Government at every opportunity”.  HL6276
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 30 June (HL3582), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, who gave the advice on behalf of Public Health England about permitting the football match between Liverpool and Atlético Madrid on 11 March; and which Ministers were involved in assessing that advice.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that HS2 Ltd’s Noise Model is verified for accuracy against other domestic and international High-Speed Rail services.  HL6278
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Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed HS2 Phase One viaducts at Wendover on (1) traffic flow, and (2) the future development of the A413.  HL6279
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Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the conclusions of the British Tunnelling Society in their 2019 article for Tunnels & Tunnelling International entitled ‘Tunnelling costs and production rates benchmarked’, which concluded that tunnelling costs decrease per unit length with increasing overall tunnelling length, and (2) the implica… 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 criteria they have used (1) to permit hairdressers to open, and (2) to decide that the providers of other close contact businesses, including (a) massage, and (b) wellbeing and holistic, services should not open, from 4 July. [T]  HL6281
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of warning labels on sugary drinks including on (1) carbonated soft drinks, (2) fruit-flavoured drinks and, (3) energy drinks.  HL6282
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to limit (1) the size of servings of obesogenic drinks such as carbonated soft drinks, fruit juice, fruit-flavoured drinks and energy drinks, and (2) promotions encouraging customers to "size-up" servings at low cost.  HL6283
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require restaurants and takeaways to include on their menus (1) calorific information about each dish or item, and (2) information about the number of servings of fruits and vegetables contained in each dish or item, including when this figure is zero.  HL6284
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the need for children to be taken into care or classified as "in need" of child support.  HL6285
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce UK consumption emissions in line with the report by the Committee on Climate Change Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report to Parliament, published on 25 June.  HL6286
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the conclusion of the report by the Committee on Climate Change Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report to Parliament, published on 25 June, that "Energy Performance Certificate ratings have had issues with inconsistent or inaccurate estimations and measurements, leading to the likelihood that homes t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HS2 Ltd used the same methodology to estimate costs on the (1) Area South, (2) Area Central, and (3) Area North, sections of the HS2 Phase One line of route.  HL6288
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology they use to estimate the costs of high-speed rail projects in the UK.  HL6289
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 23 June (HL5752), in what ways, if at all, the Horizon judgments considered the extent to which individuals were responsible for the failings of the Post Office  HL6290
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the development of a cross-Government strategy to tackle inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.  HL6291
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to retrofitting existing buildings to make them more energy efficient.  HL6292
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 June (HL6045), whether residents in buildings that have failed cladding tests in relation to aluminium composite material cladding are notified of that failure.  HL6293
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to protect those residents in buildings with unsafe aluminium composite material cladding; and how such residents are notified of those measures.  HL6294
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 June (HL6045), when the corporate entities that have indicated that they are taking on the responsibility for the remediation of unsafe aluminium composite material cladding but where at least one of their buildings does not yet have a plan in place, named in the list… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the continued viability of City Deals in Northern Ireland as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6296
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of trade negotiations with the government of the United States.  HL6297
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government in what discussions, if any, they are currently involved to explore ways of reducing airport job losses in the UK.  HL6298
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces veterans are presently in receipt of funds from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.  HL6299
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of mental health problems among former armed forces personnel; and how much funding they have allocated to assist with mental health provision for such people.  HL6300
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Lord Butler of Brockwell to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 29 June (HL5988), what are the current circumstances delaying the reappointment of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.  HL6301
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 June (HL5657), whether the Future Homes Standard consultation meets the requirements of section J of the Cabinet Office's Consultation Principles, as updated on 19 March 2018.  HL6302
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 29 June (HL Deb, col 464), when they expect to publish their White Paper on community justice and sentencing.  HL6303
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will begin to promote public transport and a reduction in private vehicle use as part of the post-COVID-19 recovery; and what steps they will take to achieve this.  HL6304
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require all schools to ensure that children know the Countryside Code and the need to adhere to it.  HL6305
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by ukactive and Community Leisure UK that nearly half of all public leisure centres could close permanently between now and the end of the year due to an estimated shortfall of over £800 million; and what steps they will take to prevent this from happening.  HL6306
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the importance of public swimming pools for the promotion of recreation, health and public safety, (2) the extent of the threat to many of them due to COVID-19 and funding shortfalls, and (3) the need for Government intervention to prevent their closure.  HL6307
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for testing rough sleepers for COVID-19 when they come in off the streets; and what funds they will provide for such work.  HL6308
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government when the next Strategic Migration Dialogue between the UK and Greece will take place; whether they will publish the agenda of that meeting in advance; and whether the agenda will include (1) the “best interests” of unaccompanied migrant children, and (2) speeding up the transfer of children and adults from the Aegean Islands to the mainl… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with the government of Turkey (1) the implications for prisoners awaiting trial of Articles 2 and 10 of the Turkish Constitution, and Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and (2) the release of Mr Deniz Yildirim.  HL6310
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the warning from the director-general of the World Health Organisation that the “worst” of the COVID-19 pandemic “is yet to come”, and what steps they are taking to follow the World Health Organisation’s advice to test, trace, isolate and quarantine those with COVID-19.  HL6311
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made to recognise the state of Palestine.  HL6312
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Minsterial Forum set up to include the devolved administrations in trade policy and trade agreements last met; how often it has met since it was established; and what is the composition and remit of the Forum.  HL6313
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the (1) remit, and (2) composition, of the proposed Trade and Agriculture Commission; and whether the Commission's recommendations to the Government will be binding.  HL6314
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in agreeing common frameworks with the devolved administrations, in particular in regard to (1) trade, (2) agriculture, and (3) fisheries, policies.  HL6315
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have not responded to their request for information about rough sleepers and those in need of emergency accommodation to inform their decisions about additional funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6316
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reconsider when leisure centres are able to re-open; and what additional funding they will provide to leisure centres to ensure that they remain financially viable and able to retain staff while they are prevented from opening.  HL6317
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that asylum seekers who have no recourse to public funds can obtain soap and other essentials; and what plans they have, if any, to provide such people with mobile telephones whilst they are in the process of applying for asylum.  HL6318
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Report on short scrutiny visits to Immigration removal centres by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, published on 12 May, why nine detainees were released from the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre without a confirmed address to go to during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6319
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the handling of the case of Isa Muazu who was deported to Nigeria in December 2013.  HL6320
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deportations (1) were halted in 2018, (2) were halted in 2019, and (3) have been halted to date in 2020; and what was the reason in each case.  HL6321
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for settled or pre-settled status in the UK are yet to be concluded.  HL6322
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about the possibility of devolving immigration issues to the devolved administrations.  HL6323
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what the average life expectancy in England (1) is currently, and (2) was in 2010.  HL6324
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research conducted by the University of Southampton into foodborne pathogens and the effect of chlorine washing of salad products and meat, in particular the study Viable but nonculturable Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica Thompson induced by chlorine stress remain infectious, published on 1… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of local authority food hygiene inspections that have been carried out over the last (1) 12 months, (2) five years, and (3) 10 years.  HL6326
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government in what format data on the number of patients who have been admitted to the NHS Nightingale Hospitals is held.  HL6327
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government in what format data on bed occupancy in NHS Nightingale Hospitals is held.  HL6328
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to deal with the shortfall of people coming forward to be foster parents.  HL6329
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks by Lord Bethell on 15 June (HL Deb, col 2028), when these reviews took place; what opportunities there were for external input into these reviews; and what conclusions they reached regarding the need to maintain the approval of women’s homes as a class of place where pills can be taken for early medical abortion. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what investigation they have made, if any, of reports of misadministration of the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol from a telemedicine appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the death of an unborn child at 28 weeks; and how many other cases of such misadministration they are aware of.  HL6331
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government how many sets of pills for early medical abortions at home have been distributed; and what assessment they have made of the number of early medical abortions that have been carried out at home.  HL6332
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact on the mental health of women performing an early medical abortion on their own at home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.  HL6333
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take following reports that many black-owned businesses struggle to find investors.  HL6334
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the BAME community in Leicester during the localised lockdown.  HL6335
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Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK to stand and vote in local elections before the local government elections in England and Wales in 2021.  HL6336
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances, if any, they will give to whistleblowers who raise concerns that they are being forced to work while money is being claimed on their behalf under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that their employers, and not the whistleblowers, will be liable for fraud and the recovery of any money obtained illegally.  HL6337
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