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Questions for Written Answer for 10 September 2020

Tabled on 9 September 2020 and due for answer by 23 September 2020.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey results published by Make UK in its report Manufacturing Monitor, published on 7 September, and in particular the 62 per cent of respondents who thought the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme should be extended for critical sectors; and what action they plan to take as a result.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to target Kickstart Scheme funding to ensure that (1) there are more places available to regions in England with the highest level of youth unemployment, and (2) places on the scheme are targeted at those most struggling to find work.  HL7951
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to appoint a representative of the Confederation of British Industry to the Strategic Trade Advisory Group.  HL7952
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government which member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership are currently supportive of the UK becoming a member; and what lobbying activity they are undertaking with those members who are not yet supportive.  HL7953
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the governments of (1) Canada, (2) Australia, and (3) New Zealand, about establishing a trading bloc with those nations.  HL7954
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with leaders of each of the combined authorities in England about (1) further devolution of powers, and (2) increased funding, to aid the economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7955
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with media regulators, including Ofcom and IPSO, on the reporting of suicide; what assessment they have made of the impact of reporting relating to assisted suicide; and what plans they have to review their guidance to ensure that public broadcasters include details of the Samaritans or other su… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mandate the inclusion of details of mental health charities, NHS support and groups such as the Samaritans to be published whenever newspapers or broadcasters report (1) on suicide, (2) on assisted suicide, and (3) on palliative care.  HL7957
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) homeless, and (2) unaccompanied child, asylum seekers (a) in total, and (b) in each local authority area.  HL7958
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding is available to local authorities to meet the needs of (1) homeless, and (2) unaccompanied child, asylum seekers; and what plans they have to address the impact of disproportionate patterns of settlement on specific local authority areas.  HL7959
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of voluntary organisations in meeting the needs of asylum seekers in terms of the supply of (1) accommodation, (2) food, and (3) other essential items, where there is no eligibility or access on the part of individual asylum seekers to public funds; and how they consult such organisations to in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government when Ministers last met representatives of voluntary organisations working to meet the needs of asylum seekers to discuss the concerns such organisations have about the impact of the Government's policies on asylum seekers and the communities in which they are based; and which (1) Ministers, and (2) Departments, were involved in any suc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of discussions with (1) the Northern Irish Executive, (2) the Scottish Government, and (3) the Welsh Government, about the Trade Bill.  HL7962
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the numerical outcomes that the International Standards Board seeks to achieve from accounts prepared using its accounting standards system are the same as those numerical outcomes for accounts (1) set out in section 836 of the Companies Act 2006 in respect of assets, liabilities, financial position and profit… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support religious and minority belief communities which have been negatively affected by COVID-19.  HL7964
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to apply sanctions to any Chinese Communist Party Official found to be responsible for the forced sterilisation of or other human rights abuse against Uyghur Muslims in China.  HL7965
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the proposal by UN independent experts on 26 June for (1) a UN Human Rights Council special session on China, and (2) the appointment of a dedicated UN special rapporteur on human rights in China.  HL7966
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the import of items manufactured in factories which use forced labour of Uyghurs in China.  HL7967
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they (1) to attend, and (3) to support, the independent tribunal established by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC to examine whether the Uyghur people are being subjected to genocide.  HL7968
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what powers Ofcom has to require television broadcasters to put subtitles on all children’s programmes.  HL7969
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards halving rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths, and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth from 2010 levels by 2025 as announced as part of their maternity strategy in November 2017.  HL7970
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure (1) that removal planning starts at the beginning of sentences of imprisonment in cases where foreign offenders are recommended for removal by sentencing courts, and (2) that the removal of such offenders takes place at the end of imprisonment.  HL7971
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of teachers recruited by maintained schools after participating in school-centred initial teacher training programmes in independent schools.  HL7972
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many declarations for Universal Credit were made between 16 March and 1 September; and how many of those were claims from couples.  HL7973
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of declarations for Universal Credit made between 16 March and 1 September were closed due to ineligibility regarding (1) partner earnings, and (2) partner capital.  HL7974
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current estimate for (1) the proportion of polymerase chain reaction tests for COVID-19 that are false positives, and (2) the number of cycles that such tests now go through; and whether they will place details of the research that supports the estimate of false positives and the decision on the number of cycles to be used i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the weekly reports on the percentage of full-time employees of each Government department attending the workplace at least once per week; and if not, why not.  HL7976
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential competitive threat to the UK economy of treating carried interest arising from the management of private equity funds as income rather than capital; and what plans the Office for Tax Simplification has to investigate this issue.  HL7977
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the publication of the names of borrowers under various financial support arrangements established by the Government would facilitate the identification of funding provided to businesses controlled by unidentifiable owners in tax havens or controlled by directors previously convicted of fraud.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the Care Quality Commision's policy on the number of inspection visits that should take place in a 12 month period to mental health facilities rated as (1) inadequate, (2) requires improvement, (3) good, or (4) outstanding; and how frequently providers should expect a full quality ratings review from the Care Quality C… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to allocate extra resources for the safe accommodation of victims of domestic abuse.  HL7980
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving the UN in the application of pressure (1) to the government of (a) Israel, (b) Russia, and (c) Saudi Arabia, and (2) to any other government which has yet to sign and has been accused of (a) violating the rights of children, and (b) attacking schools, to sign the Safe Schools Declaration.  HL7981
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address inequality in the treatment of black people by the police.  HL7982
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address any racial inequalities which have occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7983
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for regulating the use of new technology in the development of non-genetically modified organism products.  HL7984
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the successful operation of the 2021 BTEC, GCSE, and A-Level examinations and the subsequent publication of results.  HL7985
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to keep public health functions within local government responsibilities; and how they plan to ensure that such functions are sustainably funded.  HL7986 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the governance of the National Institute for Health Protection will include representatives from both national and local government.  HL7987 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that cancer survival rates are not adversely impacted by the cancellation or delay in cancer screening, diagnostic testing, and cancer treatments.  HL7988 [I]
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to consult the local authorities affected by the Town and Country Planning (Border Facilities and Infrastructure) (EU Exit) (England) Special Development Order 2020, which comes into effect on 24 September; and what plans they have to site a lorry park in the Newhaven and Lewes areas.  HL7989
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of Fulham, Richmond and Hammersmith Councils, and with Transport for London, about the funding for repairs to Hammersmith Bridge.  HL7990
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reduction in research funding available to universities as a result of reduced charitable giving during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have to increase funding to compensate for any such reduction.  HL7991 [I]
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress in negotiations with the EU on the UK’s access to the Horizon Europe research funding programme.  HL7992 [I]
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have made available for supply teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7993
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for creating new national parks.  HL7994
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research published in the British Journal of General Practice Prevalence of suspected COVID-19 infection in patients from ethnic minority populations, published on 7 September.  HL7995
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of women employed in senior NHS roles.  HL7996
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with universities about the steps which can be taken to prevent new outbreaks of COVID-19 when students return home.  HL7997
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the opportunity cost of HS2; and what plans they have to allow for further Parliamentary scrutiny should the official cost increase.  HL7998
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 8 September that provisions of the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill do "break international law in a very specific and limited way” (HC Deb, col 509), whether that statement reflects their position; and if so, what assessment they have made of the impact… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of NatWest bank's closure, without explanation, of the accounts of (1) small business customers after their approval for loans under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, and (2) the members of the Facebook group ‘NatWest closed down my account'.  HL8000
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow commercial wedding celebrants to perform legally recognised marriages without being precluded from carrying on a business of solemnising marriages for the purpose of profit or gain.  HL8001
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to consider extending legal recognition of humanist marriages since 2013; and what further plans they have to do so.  HL8002
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths (1) of men, (2) of women, and (3) in total, were recorded as suicide in England in each of the past ten years.  HL8003
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths (1) of men, (2) of women, and (3) in total, were recorded as suicide in each region of England in each of the past ten years.  HL8004
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many local suicide prevention plans have been set up in England since 2017.  HL8005
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many local suicide prevention plans have been set up in Yorkshire and Humber since 2017; and how much resource from their £25 million investment has been allocated to each plan.  HL8006
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