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Questions for Written Answer for 2 September 2020

Tabled on 29 July 2020 and due for answer by 5 August 2020.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the funding through UK Sport of UK athletes who were due to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and who have lost their funding due to restrictions on activity resulting from the COVID-19 emergency.  HL7496
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ask UK Sport to provide financial support for rugby sevens teams ahead of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after their RFU funding expires in August.  HL7497
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the professional playing opportunities available to women’s rugby sevens teams; and what plans they have to ask UK Sport to provide financial support for the Great Britain Women’s Olympic Rugby Sevens programme.  HL7498
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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 prosecution of those responsible for (1) killings of, and (2) violent attacks against, Christians in Nigeria; how many Fulani people have been prosecuted for any such attacks; and what steps they are taking, through UK aid programmes, to assist with (a) u… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask the Leader of the House, further to her answer on 22 July (HL Deb cols 2227–8), what plans she has to initiate a discussion in the House of Lords Commission on the establishment of a select committee with backbench representation to (1) consider, and (2) report to the House on, the allowance system.  HL7500
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing a scheme for prescriptions to be supplied by pharmacists in England similar to Pharmacy First Scotland.  HL7501
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include (1) citizen, and (2) business, particularly small independent business, representation on the independent advisory body referred to in the UK Internal Market White Paper published in July, to report to Parliament on the functioning of that Internal Market.  HL7502
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report National Food Strategy Part One, published in July, what assessment they have made of the remarks by Henry Dimbleby that the packaging of Marks and Spencer Percy Pigs makes "wilfully misleading" health claims.  HL7503
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 July (HL6830), whether in their response to this question they will now provide figures for the amount of funding by way of loans or guarantees they have provided under COVID-19 assistance schemes (1) to international airline operators, (2) to international rail operator… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) KPMG, and (2) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, are involved in any of their work dealing with international accounting standards and dividends payments; and if so, what assessment they have made of whether such involvement is appropriate in the light of reports that the Official… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consistency of the use of current market values in company accounts with the preparation of accounts on a going concern basis; and what assessment they have made of the adequacy of international accounting standards on current market values, following the collapse of companies such… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the probity of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation following the case of ZAO Askeri-ACCA v International Accounting Standards Committee Foundations ([2004] EWHC 2939 (Ch)); and what plans they have to conclude such an assessment before committing any tax… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct an investigation into (1) past inconsistencies in the registered addresses and the address for legal service of documents of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, and (2) alleged conflicts of interest in the award of the International Financial Reporting Standards F… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Programme FAO–WFP early warning analysis of acute food insecurity hotspots, published on 17 July, and in particular of the recommendation to preserve and scale up critical humanitarian food, nutrition and liveli… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Programme on (1) the availability of food, (2) agricultural production, (3) food supply chains, and (4) governments’ capacities to protect vulnerable populations; and what are the expected outcomes of any such discussions. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss the requirement for export declarations on goods moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain as part of negotiations on the future UK–EU relationship.  HL7511
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government how the provisions of the Revised Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement relating to EU regulations and goods manufactured in Northern Ireland will be incorporated into law in Northern Ireland; and who will bring forward this legislation.  HL7512
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund research into antimicrobial resistance following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; how such funds will be allocated; and who will allocate these funds.  HL7513
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish details (1) of all consultations relating to, and (2) in regard to the operation of, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  HL7514
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations of the report by the National Neurosciences Advisory Group on their June 2019 Mental Health and Neurosciences Leaders Away Day, published on 24 July.  HL7515
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government whether clinical commissioning groups should follow (1) the National framework for NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care guidance, or (2) the Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements guidance, when assessing people with a new or enhanced care and support package; and if the latter, whether funding… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the availability of National Health Service dental treatment for patients of all ages.  HL7517
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to bring presently unused office spaces into use to provide housing for those who are unable to find safe places to live during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7518
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for providing access to unused holiday lets accommodation in London to homeless people.  HL7519
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate the Female Offender Strategy will be fully implemented.  HL7520
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with councillors and officers (1) of Lancashire County Council, (2) of Blackpool Borough Council, (3) of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, and (4) of Lancashire District Councils since 1 January, on matters relating to proposals for (a) a combined authority, (b) an elected mayor, and (c) reorganisati… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have given to local authorities in counties which have both a county council and county districts on (1) the desirability, (2) the criteria, and (3) the preferred timescale, for reorganisation of local government in those areas.  HL7522
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of the Boundary Commission reviews of the boundaries of UK parliamentary constituencies since 2011.  HL7523
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the rights of EU Citizens resident in the UK who have not yet been granted settled or pre-settled status (1) between now and 31 December, and (2) between 1 January and 30 June 2021.  HL7524
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether those arriving into England from the United States must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival; and if not, why not.  HL7525
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what COVID-19 testing is carried out (1) at airports, and (2) at other points of entry into England.  HL7526
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what countries and territories are currently under consideration for removal from their list of travel corridor exemptions in England.  HL7527
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how those entering England who are required to self-isolate are permitted to travel from their port of entry to their places of residence; and what measures are being taken to ensure that they do not infect others whilst travelling.  HL7528
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how self-isolation is enforced in England; and what checks are carried out to ensure that those who are required to self-isolate do so.  HL7529
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that there have been no reports under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 for COVID-19 from community pharmacies.  HL7530
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of compliance by community pharmacies with health and safety rules and regulations, in particular since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7531
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of COVID-19 likely to have been contracted in the workplace have been reported to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic for people working in (1) retail and supermarkets, (2) manufacturing,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what rights to enter the UK will be accorded to Hong Kong residents who were British Overseas Territories citizens until 1997.  HL7533
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation in the National Food Strategy Part One report, published on 20 July, that free school meals should be extended to all children in families receiving Universal Credit.  HL7534
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the fact that abortion remains a devolved issue in Northern Ireland, why they were required to bring the Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 to Parliament.  HL7535
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement of a public consultation on whether to make permanent the current COVID-19 measure allowing for home use of early medical abortion pills up to 10 weeks’ gestation for all eligible women on 6 July (HC Deb, col 717), what plans they have to hold an inquiry into the British Pregnan… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the British Medical Association about the capacity to deliver seasonal flu jabs to all people aged over 50 in the autumn. [T]  HL7537
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of changes to the requirements for labelling (1) wine, (2) sparkling wine, and (3) spirits, imported into the UK that will come into force at the end of the transition period.  HL7538
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what requirements for bottles of wine detailing UK (1) bottlers, (2) vendors, (3) producers, or (4) import addresses, on EU wine products destined for the UK will apply after the end of the transition period.  HL7539
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to apply tariffs on imported wines and spirits after the end of the transition period.  HL7540
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accept EU organic certification on imported wines after the end of the transition period; and what assessment they have made of whether such acceptance is likely to be reciprocated by the EU.  HL7541
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue best practice guidance on (1) business travel as part of the wine trade, and (2) the carrying of EU wine samples across borders, after the end of the transition period.  HL7542
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of the trials of County Cricket games; and when they estimate they will evaluate (1) how, and (2) when, to allow spectators to be physically present at live cricket games.  HL7543
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what contributions they have made to support the implementation of the UK-SACU Economic Partnership Agreement as required under Article 12 of that Agreement.  HL7544
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the parties to the UK-SACU Economic Partnership Agreement have ratified that Agreement.  HL7545
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government how many parties to the UK-SACU Economic Partnership Agreement they expect to have ratified that Agreement by 1 December.  HL7546
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow provisional application of the UK-SACU Economic Partnership Agreement if the parties to that Agreement have not ratified it in time for it to come into force on 1 January 2021.  HL7547
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government how much, in total, they have committed to the development of a green hydrogen economy over the next five years.  HL7548
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 12 June of an additional £50 million being made available for customs agent recruitment, training and IT, what that money is intended to cover; and what assessment they have made of the statement by the Road Haulage Association that the amount of money allocated is insufficient.  HL7549
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Baroness Berridge on 17 June (HL Deb, col 2180), when they intend to respond to the proposal to ask supermarkets involved in the free school meals scheme (1) to contribute to the cost of the scheme, and (2) to provide additional benefits to those using the vouchers; and what discussions they have had with sup… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the freedom of the press in South Sudan, and (2) the case of Peter Biar Ajak.  HL7551
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they have given to the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7552
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of intercommunal violence in South Sudan.  HL7553
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have allocated for mental health programmes in South Sudan.  HL7554
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the detention of Rania Elias and Suhail Khoury; and what plans they have to raise those detentions with international partners.  HL7555
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allowing amateur musical groups the same outdoor and indoor rehearsal opportunities as professional musical groups.  HL7556
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Robert Mueller Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election, published in March 2019, in particular the conclusions on Russian interference; whether they plan to conduct a similar inquiry in relation to the conduct of the EU referendum in 2016… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of other states in national referendums in the UK in the last 10 years; if they have not made any such assessment, whether they plan to do so; if not, why not; whether they have (1) investigated, and (2) sought evidence on, the incidence of interference in the EU referendum by any hostile s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to support young BAME journalists.  HL7559
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with UK newsrooms about addressing racism.  HL7560
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study by Number Cruncher Politics, published on 16 July, which stated that 55 per cent of ethnic minorities said that racism has stayed the same or has got worse during their lifetimes.  HL7561
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to increase the diversity of students taking STEM subjects, in particular engineering.  HL7562
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to announce the range of measures that make up the Green Homes Grant Scheme; and how that Scheme will operate.  HL7563
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether they have recruited a sufficient number of assessors to launch the Green Homes Grant Scheme in September as previously announced.  HL7564
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a list of approved contractors to operate the Green Homes Grant Scheme.  HL7565
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with the Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review; with whom they have consulted about that Review; and when they estimate that Review to be completed.  HL7566
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Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will (1) measure, and (2) report on, the success of the policies outlined in their strategy Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, published on 27 July.  HL7567
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Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be (1) the process, and (2) the timeline, for the expansion of weight management services available through the NHS announced in their strategy Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, published on 27 July; and whether this will include expansion of (a) tier 3, and (b) tier 4, weight manag… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty's Government which government departments will be accountable for the implementation of their strategy Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, published on 27 July.  HL7569
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Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to involve people with relevant lived experiences in (1) the campaign, and (2) the implementation of policies, associated with their strategy Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, published on 27 July.  HL7570
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the demand likely to be placed upon children’s social care services in the autumn.  HL7571
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many early years settings are registered in England; and of those, what proportion were open in the week beginning 13 July.  HL7572
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the re-opening of all registered early years settings in September.  HL7573
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the potential cost in financial year 2021–2 of (1) maintaining the current uplift to Universal Credit, Working Tax Credits and Housing Benefit, and (2) introducing a similar uplift to income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and Income… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take in response to the report by Aging Clinical Experimental Research The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection and mortality, published on 6 May.  HL7574
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