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Questions for Written Answer for 14 September 2020

Tabled on 10 September 2020 and due for answer by 24 September 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the study Does Euthanasia Have a Dampening Effect on Suicide Rates? Recent Experiences from the Netherlands, published in the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health on 28 December 2017, (2) the study How does legalization of physician-assisted suicide affect rates of suicide?, published in th… 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 were the estimated (1) legal, and (2) administrative, costs of their involvement in the case Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens v Home Office; and what they estimate such costs to be of any appeal to the judgment of that case.  HL8008
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 9 September (HL Deb, col 820), what plans they have to meet with the Lift the Ban Coalition and Refugee Action to discuss (1) the requests of those organisations, (2) the timeline for the completion of the review into the right to work, and (3) the reasons for the del… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied children have been transferred since June to the care of councils since arriving in England from crossing the English Channel; to list the countries of origin of such children, including the number of children for each such country;  what their policy is in regard to the long term needs and care of thes… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely perturbation effect on the spread of bovine tuberculosis following the extension of the badger culling programme to Derbyshire, Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.  HL8011
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of issues relating to construction and security at Liverpool Hope Hospital, Manchester Uptown, and the University of Sheffield, what plans they have to improve (1) the oversight, (2) the management, and (3) the quality of the outcome, of construction projects in the UK.  HL8012
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban the production and export of pesticides and herbicides which are banned for use in the UK, including (1) paraquat, and (2) 1,3-dichloropropene.  HL8013
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that online retail businesses pay corporate taxation (1) at similar levels to high street retailers, and (2) which is relative to profits.  HL8014
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic people; and what action has been taken by (1) Public Health England, and (2) the NHS, taken to address any such impact.  HL8015
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government how many suicides by Black, Asian, and minority ethnic people have there been in each of the last three years for which figures are available, by (1) gender, and (2) ethnic origin.  HL8016
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any disparity in the rate of suicide between different (1) ethnic groups, and (2) genders within those groups, in England; and what plans they have to address any such disparity in the implementation of the suicide prevention strategy for England.  HL8017
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of stress-related illness and suicide amongst Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff working for the NHS (1) before, and (2) after, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what action has (a) Public Health England, and (b) the NHS, taken to address this.  HL8018
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the resources committed to NHS Test and Trace have been allocated (1) to the public sector, and (2) to the private sector.  HL8019
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a mobile national digital technology support force, in partnership with local authorities and the private sector, to assist those who struggle with digital technology, including (1) the elderly, and (2) economically and socially disadvantaged groups.  HL8020
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government, further (1) to reports of overcrowding in accident and emergency departments, and (2) to the COVID-19 pandemic, what action they are taking with NHS England (a) to increase the availability of acute hospital beds for those patients needing admission, and (b) to decrease overcrowding in such departments.  HL8021
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £250 million emergency active travel fund, announced on 9 May, was allocated to (1) Lancashire, (2) Blackburn with Darwen, and (3) Blackpool; how much of that fund has been allocated to each authority each district in Lancashire; and what schemes has such funding has been used for.  HL8022
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to allocate the remainder of the £2 billion investment to create “a new era for walking and cycling”, announced on 9 May.  HL8023
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for self-isolation payments were received in each of the pilot areas up to the end of the first full week of operation; and how many such applications were approved.  HL8024
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support older veterans who are facing social isolation and loneliness; and how they plan to ensure that such veterans are treated equitably with those of working age.  HL8025
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of (1) recent large-scale arrests and alleged disappearances in Ethiopia, (2) violence against the Tigre people, and (3) intercommunal violence in Oromia; what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia; and  what discussions they have had with (1) the African Union, and (2) the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide (1) ventilators, and (2) any other urgently required medical supplies, to Gaza; and what steps they are taking to encourage (1) parties in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, (2) the government of Israel and (3) the governments of other neighbouring states to Gaza, to cooperate to address the COVID-19 pa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to create more new maths schools in England.  HL8028
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to respond to the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Africa Visa problems for African visitors to the UK, published on 16 July 2019.  HL8029
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Education Endowment Foundation’s publication Improving Literacy in Key Stage 1, published on 30 September 2016; and what additional funding they plan to provide to schools to improve literacy, including for (1) the accurate assessment of the capabilities and difficulties children have in literacy… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rose of Monewden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the tariff rate quotas outlined in the UK goods schedule submitted to the World Trade Organization on 24 July 2018; and if they have any such plans, which categories of goods are expected to be affected.  HL8031
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Lord Rose of Monewden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to widen the membership of the Trade and Agriculture Commission to include representatives from (1) animal welfare groups, and (2) environmental groups.  HL8032
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have received from companies about how many vaccinations for COVID-19 it will be possible to manufacture and produce in the UK by December.  HL8033
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) how many COVID-19 Secure Marshals they expect to be operating in England by 1 November, (2) how much they will cost, and (3) how they will be funded.  HL8034
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times, and on what dates, the R rate for COVID-19 went above 1 for each region that is recorded in England between 30 June and 10 August.  HL8035
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether contraception is part of the minimum package of health services being provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8036
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what countries supported by UK aid have provided contraception as part of their package of essential health care services during the COVID 19 pandemic.  HL8037
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential implications of the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill for upholding international agreements, including the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.  HL8038
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 8 September (HC Deb, cols 517-519), what is the nature of the vaccines which form the basis of the agreements in place with six separate vaccine developers; and who are the developers.  HL8039
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many doses for a COVID-19 vaccine they have purchased from companies based in (1) the United States, (2) China, and (3) Russia; if none, whether they plan to purchase such vaccines from those countries; and if so, when.  HL8040
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