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Questions for Written Answer for 3 September 2020

Tabled on 2 September 2020 and due for answer by 16 September 2020.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many retirement properties have been empty while awaiting sale for more than (1) six months, and (2) two years, in (a) England, and (b) Wales.  HL7575
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance is available to bereaved relatives who are being required to pay council tax at full or double rate after being unable to sell an inherited retirement property that has been on the market while potential purchasers have been unable to view or move during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7576
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the problems facing owners of retirement properties who are unable to sell such property; and whether councils are able to rent such properties to house older eligible individuals in need of housing.  HL7577
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate have missed cancer treatment since March in (1) England and Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland; and what estimate they have made of the impact of this on future cancer mortality statistics.  HL7578
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people likely to die during 2020 as a result of interruption to normal medical services, in particular (1) the failure to carry out cancer assessments or treatment, (2) individuals suffering stroke but not receiving timely treatment, and (3) individuals not receiving treatment for heart… 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 reports that £50 million of UK funding was provided for the construction of classrooms in areas of Pakistan after being warned that it was an earthquake zone, and that the classrooms were subsequently abandoned; what education provision is now available to the children who were to be taught 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 assessment they have made of whether the UK-Nigeria security and defence partnership signed in August 2018 has achieved its objectives.  HL7581
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the commitment given by the government of Nigeria in the 2018 UK-Nigeria security and defence partnership to deliver a £13 million programme to educate 100,000 children living in that country’s conflict zone has been met.  HL7582
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the commitment given in the 2018 UK-Nigeria security and defence partnership that Nigeria would implement a new crisis response mechanism, similar to the UK’s COBR system, has been implemented.  HL7583
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the aim set out in the 2018 UK-Nigeria security and defence partnership that Nigeria would “cut the number of new recruits joining Boko Haram by tackling the lies and false information spread by the group to attract new members – including by working with communities to push out counter-narratives and drawing on the U… 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 2018 UK-Nigeria security and defence partnership in addressing (1) insecurity, (2) violence, and (3) extremism, in Nigeria.  HL7585
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that medical professionals received guidance on how (1) to differentiate between, and (2) to treat, patients with varying severity levels of COVID-19 infections.  HL7586
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish their plans and preparations for any peak in COVID-19 infections during the winter period, including for any reasonable worst-case scenario.  HL7587
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of potential additional deaths during any reasonable worst case scenario of a peak in COVID-19 infections during the winter period resulting from continued disruption of routine treatment for non-COVID-19 patients.  HL7588
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to give the same, or higher priority, to deaths resulting from cancer as those related to COVID-19.  HL7589
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they undertook prior to the decision that patients may not order prescriptions by telephone from 1 September; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that decision on (1) individuals, and (2) general practitioners.  HL7590
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what appointment or recruitment process, if any, was applied to the appointment of the chair of the National Institute of Health Protection.  HL7591
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning to take to avoid a substantial number of tenants of private housing being evicted when the stay on house possession proceedings is lifted.  HL7592
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that private tenants who have fallen into rent arrears as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be liable for eviction.  HL7593
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the level of mortality in private care homes due to COVID-19, what steps they intend to take (1) to facilitate the provision of such care by local authorities, and (2) to improve conditions in private care homes.  HL7594
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage landlords and developers of high rise blocks to address the fire risks associated with (1) dangerous cladding, and (2) other sources of risk.  HL7595
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the impact of aminopyralid contamination in compost on gardeners and market gardeners, and (2) the adequacy of the Health and Safety Executive's Chemicals Regulation Directorate enforcement of restrictions on the use of herbicide products containing aminopyralid.  HL7596
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the environmental, (2) the health, and (3) the visual, impacts of chewing gum being deposited in urban environments; and what steps they are taking to ensure that companies benefiting from its sale are contributing to the cleaning of such gum.  HL7597
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the impact of spreading human sewage on farmland, and (2) the adequacy of current regulation and enforcement of the use of such sewage.  HL7598
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their six-monthly report on Hong Kong, covering January to June 2020.  HL7599
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their process of assessing (1) the carbon emissions, and (2) the economic benefits, resulting from new roadbuilding schemes; and what consideration they have given to assessing those impacts against the same criteria.  HL7600
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have put in place to ensure that there will be sufficient influenza vaccine available from the start of the influenza season to vaccinate the entire population.  HL7601
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response on 13 July to the Freedom of Information request to HS2 Ltd (FOI-19-3289), whether they (1) informed the committees in both Houses of Parliament which considered the petitions in relation to the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017 to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill, and (2) have i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, how many (1) road accidents, (2) injuries, and (3) fatalities, of (a) pedestrians, (b) cyclists, and (c) vehicle occupants, were attributed to vehicle drivers using their mobile telephones in the last year for which figures are available.  HL7603
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suspension of most transport services to, from, and within, the Isles of Scilly during the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent partial reintroduction of services, what action they are taking to ensure the survival of such services and the Islands’ economy into the autumn and beyond the winter period; and whether any suc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Department for Transport plans to update the data on (1) public experiences of, and attitudes towards, air travel, (2) public attitudes to climate change and the impact of transport, and (3) aviation statistics information; and when each of these were last updated.  HL7605
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much HS2 Limited has paid to police forces along the HS2 route; and for what services any such payments were made.  HL7606
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) HS2 Limited has signed, or has incorporated into contracts with, (1) consultancy firms, (2) senior staff of HS2 Limited leaving the organisation, (3) landowners negotiating compulsory purchase orders, and (4) police forces; how many contracts between HS2 Limited and those groups did not include… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the condition of public footpaths in England and Wales; and in particular whether (1) signposts, waymarks, bridges and stiles are effectively maintained on public rights of way, and (2) crops are being planted on fields without marking the route of public rights of way.  HL7608
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 1 September (HL6347), what plans they have to publish guidance on how to deal most safely with the possible COVID-19 contamination of parcels delivered to the home, or of packaged goods bought in retail outlets; and whether any precautionary measures should take into account the differences… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what information schools have received about (1) their eligibility to access the COVID-19 related funding announced on 19 June and 20 July, (2) the amount of such funding they are likely to be entitled to, and (3) the timeframe for receiving such funding.  HL7610
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with universities regarding accommodating the demand for places on courses following the withdrawal of A-level results based on algorithms; and what additional resources are being made available to universities as a result of the change of policy.  HL7611
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with devolved authorities about co-ordinating the approach to the awarding of A-levels and equivalent qualifications in the summer of 2020; and what plans they have to publish details of those discussions.  HL7612
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to protect airline passengers from losses due to the cancellation of flights once EU Regulation 261/2004 no longer applies; and how any such steps will protect (1) passengers on flights to the EU from the UK, (2) passengers on flights from the EU to the UK, and (3) UK passengers flying on EU airlines outside… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 29 June (HL5754), with which EU Member States they have held bilateral discussions about the mutual recognition of drivers’ licences and disabled blue parking badges; and what the outcomes of those discussions were.  HL7614
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government how many satellites OneWeb currently has in operation; how many it will launch next year; and whether those satellites will be launched by the Russian Federation Space Agency, Roscosmos.  HL7615
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) participating states about the participating states’ failure to reach agreement on the extension or renewal of the mandates of the OSCE Secretary General and of the heads of the OSCE's other executive structures.  HL7616
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the establishment of the National Institute for Health Protection, which public body will be responsible for the delivery of prevention and early intervention programmes (1) to tackle obesity, (2) to encourage smoking cessation, and (3) to address health inequalities.  HL7617
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to support health charities following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7618
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when considering the use of e-scooters, they plan to look at the experience of other countries where wider use has been permitted; and what plans they have to review the safety implications for other road users, in particular disabled people.  HL7619
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU about allowing UK citizens to visit EU countries for a continuous visa-free 180-day period from 1 January 2021.  HL7620
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what the maximum length of continuous visa-free stay for EU citizens in the UK will be from 1 January 2021; how soon after the end of any such visa-free stay period EU citizens who have stayed for the maximum period will be able to return to the UK to begin another visa-free stay; and what will be the legal basis for an agreeme… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government why the counter proliferation programme has been suspended until further notice.  HL7622
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Afghan interpreters, and (2) family members of Afghan interpreters, have been cleared for relocation to the UK but are awaiting transfer; how long on average they have been waiting; and when they anticipate relocations to take place.  HL7623
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reverse their decision to cap the funding of the National FGM Centre.  HL7624
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 July (HL6213), (1) when, and (2) how, they intend to transfer existing EU sanctions relating to Syria into UK law; and whether Parliament will be given time to discuss that transfer.  HL7625
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the ruling of Lahore High Court on 4 August, which decided in favour of a man accused of kidnapping Maira Shahbaz, fabricating a marriage certificate, and forcing her to convert to Islam.  HL7626
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that militants from the Islamic State's West Africa Province abducted residents from Kukawa, Borno State, who had only recently returned home from refugee camps after local government officials claimed their town was safe; and what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria abou… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Igbo Councillors and MPs in the UK group Report on Fulani Herdsmen killing Igbos and Christians in South East Nigeria, published in July, which cites evidence of attacks against Christians and Igbo people in Nigeria’s south-eastern states and claims that 350 Igbo villages are occupied… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to assist law-enforcement mechanisms and courts in Nigeria with capacity-building to ensure that they investigate and prosecute perpetrators of Islamist attacks effectively.  HL7629
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the request by the Libyan Investment Authority to the UN to access frozen assets, including assets frozen in London; and what steps they will take to ensure that such assets are not released without an agreement to compensate the victims of IRA terrorist acts.  HL7630
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the request by the Libyan Investment Authority to the UN to allow the Libyan Investment Authority to invest frozen assets; and what steps they plan to take in response.  HL7631
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for (1) the NHSX COVID-19 contact tracing application, and (2) the new contact tracing application currently under development that uses the Google and Apple exposure notification application programming interface.  HL7632
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of smartphones currently in circulation in the UK which are fully functional with (1) the NHSX COVID-19 contact tracing application, and (2) the new contact tracing application currently under development that uses the Google and Apple exposure notification application programming interface.  HL7633
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government how many truckloads of (1) sheep, and (2) calves, were exported for slaughter or fattening from the port of Ramsgate between 1 January 2019 and the latest date for which figures are available; and how many were subject to supervised loading by the Animal and Plant Health Agency.  HL7634
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government how many infringement notices in relation to breaches of animal welfare regulations were issued by the Animal and Plant Health Agency between 1 January 2019 and the latest date for which figures are available.  HL7635
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 4 August (HL7349), who attended the most recent meetings of each of the 17 Expert Trade Advisory Groups (ETAGs) listed; whether the communication of the outcome of the review of the ETAGs will include the publication of (1) their membership during the meetings listed… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist (HL2159), when they expect to publish the outcome of their consultation Energy Performance Certificates in Buildings, which closed on 26 July 2018.  HL7637
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of small rural communities that do not meet the “designated rural areas” definition in section 157 of the 1985 Housing Act used in the consultation Changes to the current planning system, published on 6 August.  HL7638
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Zimbabwe about pension arrears owed to former Crown servants; and what was the outcome of those discussions.  HL7639
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether those local authorities which are now tracing positive COVID-19 cases on behalf of the national test and trace system will be given further authority to trace contacts resulting from those cases locally rather than having to pass them back to the national system.  HL7640 [I]
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they received any bid to the Restoring Your Railway Fund for enhancements, including a passing loop, on the eleven-mile long single-track siding that forms the portion of the East Lancashire line between Gannow Junction and Colne.  HL7641
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make another funding round for schemes for the funding of pocket parks.  HL7642 [I]
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for an extension of the 2026 cut-off date for registration of historic rights of way in view of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7643 [I]
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the future transport needs along the north-east/south-west axis in England in relation to future air, rail and road infrastructure and inter-city and regional services, and (2) the contribution this axis could make to levelling up economies within England.  HL7644
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to increase the proportion of freight traffic within Great Britain that is carried by the railways.  HL7645
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 5 August (HL7139), why they do not publish the results of their assessments of how many people they expect to take up the bespoke immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) and their dependants; and what the result of their most recent assessment was.  HL7646
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suspension of all casework by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman between 26 March and 29 June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what steps they have taken to ensure that complaints made during that period were handled in line with the Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service Complaints (E… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 3 August (HL7358), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what are the (1) absolute numbers, and (2) proportions of commuters, travelling into by London by (a) rail including London Underground, (b) bus, (c) car, (d) bicycle, and (e) motor cycle.  HL7648
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 11 August (HL7357), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what was the total cost of the work of the four Parliamentary Boundary Commissions, from the passage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 to the publication of their reports of September 201… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 6 August (HL7356), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, how many serving members of the UK armed forces are stationed abroad, listed by country of assignment.  HL7650
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Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in considering the proposal to rename Broad Street Sanctuary as UN Green to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first meeting of the UN General Assembly in Methodist Central Hall.  HL7651
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made a decision on the Crossrail 2 Strategic Outline Business Case; and if not, when they intend to do so.  HL7652
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of the Department for Transport in (1) managing, and (2) setting the budget of, the Crossrail 2 project; and what other organisations will be responsible for the delivery of that project.  HL7653
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Brazil about reports of the killing of Paulo Paulino Guajajara and the wounding of Laercio Souza Silva by illegal loggers in the Arariboia reservation of Maranhao State.  HL7654
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported use of banned cluster weapons in Yemen; and what progress, if any, has been made towards a ceasefire in that country.  HL7655
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to secure a global ban on the sale of bush-meat, in particular with regard to preventing the transfer of diseases from animals to humans  HL7656
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in reviewing their policy on the rights of asylum applicants to work in the UK as announced in the White Paper The UK’s future skills-based immigration system, published in December 2018; and when they intend to make an announcement about their progress and conclusions.  HL7657
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, and intend to make, to the government of China about upholding the "one country, two systems" principle, in respect of Macao, in particular regard to maintaining freedom of religion or belief and freedom of speech.  HL7658
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so, when, they received a request from the family and friends for the repatriation of the body of Anna Campbell, who was killed near Afrin in Syria in March 2018; what reply they sent; whether any subsequent action was taken; and if not, why not.  HL7659
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last raised the cases of Zuhair Ibrahim Jasim Abdullah and Hussein Abdullah Khalil Rashid with the government of Bahrain; and which individuals and government bodies (1) in the UK, and (2) in Bahrain, have been involved in senior level representation.  HL7660
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Bahrain about political prisoners at risk of execution, including the cases of (1) Mohamed Ramadan, (2) Husain Moosa, (3) Maher al-Khabbaz, (4) Salman Salman, (5) Hussein Ebrahim, (6) Mohammad Hassan, (7) Sayed Al-Abar, (8) Hussein Mohamed, (9) Hussein Marzooq, (10) Moosa Jafaar, (11… 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 made to discuss with the YMCA the findings of its report Back on Track: Supporting young people out of lockdown, published in August; and what action they are proposing as a result of any such discussions.  HL7662
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement made by the Saudi Arabia Human Rights Commission on 27 August that the public prosecutor has referred the death sentences of child defendants Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher for review; what steps they intend to take to ensure that the review is carried out effectiv… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of communities providing funding for volunteer-manned community support facilities that are able to liaise directly with police stations.  HL7664
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the terms of reference of the National Tutoring Programme so that independent schools can participate fully in it.  HL7665
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government how many school playing fields have been sold in each year since 2010; and what steps they will take to reduce the number of applications for further sales being given consent by the Secretary of State for Education.  HL7666
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Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) EEA citizens, and (2) citizens of countries requiring visas to visit the UK, are permitted to enter the UK at a point on the coast which does not have a port or any form of border control.  HL7667
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Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic in England, when two households join to form an extended household, that extended household has to remain the same, or whether another individual or family can be substituted to form a new extended household.  HL7668
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Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 20 August (HL7375), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what is their assessment of how much the increase in daily reported COVID-19 cases can be attributed (1) to increased testing, and (2) to changes in natural prevalence.  HL7669
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Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the scientific evidence used to inform the guidance requiring dentists to leave a gap of one hour between patients.  HL7670
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 August (HL7163), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, when the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration into family reunion was delivered; and what plans they have for publication of the report before the e… 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 Baroness Stedman-Scott on 6 August (HL7232), how many prisoners currently being held on remand have had (1) Housing Benefit, and (2) Universal Credit housing costs support, discontinued because the anticipated period in detention on remand exceeds the relevant time limits; and what plan… 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 assessment, if any, they have made of the potential cost in financial year 2021/22 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 Incom… 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 the self-isolation payments currently being piloted will be payable to those who have claimed but are not yet in receipt of Universal Credit because of the five week wait.  HL7674
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to give workers in the gig economy employment benefits and protection.  HL7675
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the uptake of the influenza vaccination programme this autumn; and what measures they intend to take to promote uptake.  HL7676
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Lord McNally to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens are held in custody in the UK awaiting the outcome of hearings on extradition to the United States.  HL7677
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Lord McNally to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide ongoing support for seaside towns; and, in particular, what response they intend to make to the British Amusement and Catering Trade Association’s Save our Seaside campaign.  HL7678
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Lord McNally to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the outcome of their consultation on the Online Harms White Paper which closed in July 2019.  HL7679
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the closure of bank accounts belonging to the Core Issues Trust by Barclays Bank; and what steps they are taking to ensure that bank accounts are not closed as a result of any unfair bias or unlawful discrimination against Christian organisations.  HL7680
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all automatic replies acknowledging receipt of emails sent to government and ministerial accounts provide that a full response will be supplied; and if not, why not.  HL7681
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government who decides whether a substantive response to an email to a Minister or Government department from a member of the House of Lords should be provided; and whether such a decision is made by the relevant Secretary of State or a departmental official.  HL7682
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to protect British companies targeted by cyber ransom attacks.  HL7683
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research by Emsisoft showing that the amount paid by British companies in ransom to cybercriminals in 2019 was over £200 million.  HL7684
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the amount paid by British companies to cybercriminals as a result of cyber ransom attacks in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.  HL7685
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have held with the insurance industry about the growth in cyber ransom attacks against British businesses; and what assessment they have made of the extent to which insurers are encouraging their clients to pay ransoms.  HL7686
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which British companies are paying ransoms to cyber criminals in order to regain access to their data; and what guidance they have made available to support businesses in such circumstances.  HL7687
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the origin of ransom cyber attacks against British businesses.  HL7688
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.  HL7689
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Department for Education staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.  HL7690
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Home Office staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.  HL7691
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Her Majesty's Treasury staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.  HL7692
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Department of Health and Social Care staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.  HL7693
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.  HL7694
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 11 August (HL7467), whether a feasibility study of using a site in York for the House of Lords or a government department has been commissioned by the Cabinet Office; and whether discussions about such a site have taken place with York Central Partnership.  HL7695
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they have made to assist the children of those illegal immigrants crossing the English Channel who have been separated from their parents.  HL7696
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of UK citizens who have emigrated to reside in (1) Australia, and (2) New Zealand, in each of the last three years.  HL7697
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of Australia and New Zealand about those governments' policies aimed at encouraging UK skilled workers and their families to settle in those countries; and what estimate they have made of the cost to HM Treasury of the emigration of such workers.  HL7698
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Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Keen of Elie on 16 July (HL Deb, col 1746), what additional progress they have made towards implementing the recommendations of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody.  HL7699
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish details of the Nature for Climate fund announced in the 2020 Budget on 11 March.  HL7700
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial effect of the decision of examination bodies in England to allow predicted grades as a basis for students’ applications on universities and the higher education sector.  HL7701
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with representatives of the higher education sector in (1) Northern Ireland, (2) Wales, (3) England, and (4) Scotland.  HL7702
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term health consequences of COVID-19 on the NHS.  HL7703
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the COVID-19 pandemic on existing immunisation targets.  HL7704
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19 infections during the winter.  HL7705
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to maximise the take up of the influenza vaccine this year.  HL7706
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government why (1) payments from the Armed Forces Pension Scheme, and (2) War Pension payments to cover the costs of injuries arising from service, are treated as income when being assessed for Universal Credit.  HL7707
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a route for asylum seekers to cross the English Channel to the UK safely.  HL7708
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government which Minister authorised the release of the Home Office video on immigration on 26 August.  HL7709
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to (1) identify the 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income committed to spending on aid within the merged accounts of the Department for International Development and Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and (2) account for combined inter-departmental projects for the purposes of the commitment to spending 0.7 per cen… 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 assessment they have made of (1) how much time staff of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) have, or will need to, set aside for the Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence, security and development announced in February; (2) who in the ICAI has or will contribute to the Review; and (3) the extent to which… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to imposing sanctions against the government of Belarus and associated individuals.  HL7712
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recognise the strategic role of the RAF Regiment in defending RAF airfields and bases in the UK and abroad as part of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; and whether that review will take into account the adoption by NATO of the RAF Regiment's standards in airfor… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the ruling of Lahore High Court on the legality of the marriage and religious conversion of Maira Shahbaz, in the light of (1) reports that she was abducted at gunpoint by the man to whom she was subsequently married, and (2) the earlier ruling of the Faisalabad an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Richard Allen was rewarded for his whistle blowing role in alerting them and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to the misuse of Low Value Consignment Relief, as provided for by section 26 of the Commissioners for Customs and Excise Act 2005; and if not, why not.  HL7715
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they took and when to address concerns raised by Richard Allen and others that Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) was being used for a purpose for which it was not intended; what estimate they have made of (1) the cost to the Exchequer of misuse of LVCR not being addressed sooner, and (2) the number of retailers who did… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Nigeria’s capacity to (1) investigate, and (2) prosecute, (a) war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity, and (c) other human rights abuses, committed by Boko Haram and other Islamist militia.  HL7717
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 9 March (HL1991) and reports of increased violence in Plateau, Benue, Taraba, southern Kaduna and Bauchi in Nigeria, what plans they have to provide humanitarian assistance in the Middle-Belt region in Nigeria.  HL7718
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, as operator of last resort, to instruct Northern Rail to maintain passenger services in accordance with the franchise agreement; and, in particular, whether they intend to require Northern Rail to maintain a full timetable of services on the Manchester Piccadilly to Rose Hill Marple line.  HL7719
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken since becoming operator of last resort of the Northern Rail franchise to increase the number of route-qualified drivers to enable a full timetable of passenger services to be delivered.  HL7720
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research published by Ageing Better as part of their Who is at risk of missing out? project in relation to the inequalities between older BAME and white communities.  HL7721
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to provide special schools with updated COVID-19 guidance.  HL7722
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to safeguard manufacturing apprenticeship schemes.  HL7723
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent research from Finland that suggests that Universal Basic Income improves employee mental health and boosts employment.  HL7724
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research, published in Chemist+Druggist on 3 August, which showed that 51 per cent of BAME pharmacy staff have considered leaving their jobs due to racial discrimination.  HL7725
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the appointment of the interim Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection was made in line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments.  HL7726
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government how long the interim Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection is expected to remain in post.  HL7727
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the recruitment process for the position of permanent Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection; and when they expect that process to begin.  HL7728
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the National Institute for Health Protection (1) to be formally established, and (2) to be fully operational.  HL7729
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women and girls in the UK they estimate have been affected by female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); how many women and girls were treated in the UK for matters related to FGM/C in the year to March; of those, how many were born in the UK; what assessment they have made of those figures; and what plans, if any, they have… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how much CDC Group Limited invested in Official Development Assistance in (1) 2017/18, (2) 2018/19, and (3) 2019/20; and, for each year, what percentage of CDC Group Limited's investments this constituted.  HL7731
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how much investment in Official Development Assistance is in CDC Group Limited’s current investment plans; and what percentage of CDC Group Limited's planned investment this constitutes.  HL7732
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to support efforts (1) to address water shortages, and (2) to improve living conditions, in Gaza.  HL7733
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with the government of Israel to provide protection to Palestinian farmers in the West Bank from attacks by Israeli settlers.  HL7734
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or intend to make, to the government of Israel about Yanun and other Palestinian villages in the West Bank whose land is reportedly being confiscated for Israeli settlements.  HL7735
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to announce details of (1) the measures to be within the scope of the Green Homes Grant scheme, and (2) how that scheme will operate.  HL7736
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many assessors they anticipate will be required before the launch of the Green Homes Grant; and how many such assessors they have already recruited.  HL7737
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to draw up a list of approved contractors to operate the Green Homes Grant scheme.  HL7738
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in relation to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; whom they have consulted as part of that Review; and when they anticipate it will be completed.  HL7739
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 March (HL2248), whether the Law Commission review of legislation related to hate crime has called witnesses; if so, whom; what weight any such hearings with witnesses are giving to the importance of free speech in the UK; whether they intend to submit any recommendatio… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Golden Jubilee Medals, issued in 2003, were awarded to (1) the Reserve Forces, and (2) the Merchant Navy Reserve.  HL7741
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Lord Woolley of Woodford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the zero rating for personal protection equipment to include air purification systems and other equipment used by the dentistry profession to remove ambient airborne particulates.  HL7742
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Lord Woolley of Woodford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that at least one member of New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group has expert knowledge of the dental profession.  HL7743
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