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Questions for Written Answer for 16 September 2020

Tabled on 15 September 2020 and due for answer by 29 September 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much public funding has been allocated for UK participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing; whether, in the light of reports of serious human rights violations against Uighurs and others, they have made representations to the International Olympic Committee about reconsidering the suitability of Beijing as a host… 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 decision by United States Customs and Border Protection to issue five Withhold Release Orders on products from China allegedly produced with state-sponsored forced labour in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region; what products have been produced with such forced labour; what assessment 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 assessment they have made of the reasons why (1) the Scottish Government, and (2) the Welsh Government, have excluded children under the age of twelve from the rules which prevent groups of more than six gathering socially during the COVID-19 test; and what plans they have, if any, to exclude such children in England fro… 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 scientific advice was used to inform the rules which prevent groups of more than six people gathering socially; and what if anything that advice said about the risk of grandparents meeting with families consisting of six people or more.  HL8106
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the advisory warning issued by the government of the United States on 14 September against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong; what assessment they have made of the risk to UK citizens travelling to those destinations of the government of China imposing “arbitrary detention and exit bans”… 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 advisory warning issued by the government of the United States on 14 September against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong which states (1) that the government of China “unilaterally and arbitrarily exercises police and security power,” and (2) that US citizens who have publicly critic… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend their obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights.  HL8109
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Barran on 10 September (HL Deb, col 911), what plans they have to seek a Mode IV agreement with the EU to cover musicians and music professionals; and whether any such agreement would enable musicians to travel between the UK and the EU for performing, recording, teaching, or collaborating at… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an individual is legally required to remain in quarantine between taking and receiving the results of a COVID-19 test.  HL8111
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable compliance with the rules on a maximum of six people meeting socially by asylum seekers living in reception centres or hostels which have communal facilities.  HL8112
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide information and advice regarding COVID-19 in languages other than English and Welsh on their asylum support webpages  HL8113
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about reports that at least 500 Christians have been killed in that country since June.  HL8114
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what humanitarian assistance they are providing to internally displaced people in the Oromia Region in Ethiopia; and what steps they have taken to protect civilians displaced by conflict in that area.  HL8115
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Refugee Action Lift the ban: why giving people seeking asylum the right to work is common sense, published in July, what assessment they have made of the potential economic benefits of removing restrictions on asylum seekers’ right to work.  HL8116
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the scale of attacks by Islamists on Muslim communities in Nigeria; and what data sources they used to inform any such assessment.  HL8117
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what further representations they have made to the government of Nigeria to encourage (1) the investigation, and (2) the prosecution, of (a) war crimes, (b) crimes against humanity, and (c) other human rights abuses.  HL8118
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received regarding the activities of (1) Confucius Institutes in universities, and (2) Confucius Classrooms in schools; and what their response has been.  HL8119
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about the unlawful detention, torture and execution of prisoners, including Navid Afkari.  HL8120
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accounts of the wrongful arrest and torture of demonstrators and activists in Amnesty International's report Iran: Trampling Humanity - Mass arrests, disappearances and torture since Iran's 2019 November protests, published on 2 September.  HL8121
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review (1) their policy towards, (2) the operation of, and (3) the methods used to assess the performance of, immigration enforcement; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such enforcement (a) delivers value for money, and (b) is effective.  HL8122
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work on family reunion for refugees by the Families Together coalition; and what has been their response.  HL8123
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to fill staff vacancies in the NHS; and from where they expect to recruit such staff (1) now, and (2) in the future.  HL8124
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they plan to make (1) in 2021, and (2) in later years, for the recruitment of seasonal workers in (a) agriculture, (b) horticulture, and (c) food-processing.  HL8125
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with (1) the Northern Ireland Executive, (2) the Scottish Government, and (3) the Welsh Government, about the scope for (1) new, or (2) expanded, towns to enable a better distribution of population within the UK.  HL8126
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have received from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies on the ability of testing international arrivals for COVID-19 to provide a safe travel system.  HL8127
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the efficacy rate of a single COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test for international travellers upon their arrival in circumstances where no pre-departure test has been conducted.  HL8128
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the success rate of a single polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19, in terms of a percentage, for people with COVID-19 who have previously received a false negative result.  HL8129
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of compliance with the quarantine periods for international arrivals.  HL8130
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of levels of compliance with the quarantine rules when determining international travel requirements.  HL8131
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what benefit analysis they have undertaken in regards to the quarantine policy for international arrivals.  HL8132
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to instruct the Competition and Markets Authority to review NVIDIA's acquisition of Arm.  HL8133
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require NVIDIA to grant them the same powers that will be held by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in connection with the future ownership of Arm if that company is acquired by NVIDIA.  HL8134
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the level of investment that would be required for a UK hydrogen strategy.  HL8135
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of investment provided for hydrogen strategies announced by other countries.  HL8136
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government how often the Hydrogen Advisory Council intends to meet.  HL8137
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential role of hydrogen in the decarbonisation of bus and coach transport.  HL8138
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish a citizen’s assembly on climate policy.  HL8139
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the release of ONS figures which found a decline of 695,000 employees on payrolls since March, what plans they have to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  HL8140
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that congestion is now higher than comparable 2019 levels, what plans they have to reduce congestion on roads.  HL8141
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the rules which prevent groups of more than six gathering socially, including whether those rules are fit for purpose.  HL8142
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what the estimated costs are to date for the preparations of (1) Operation Stack, and (2) Operation Brock, to minimise any traffic disruption at the Port of Dover following the end of the Brexit transition period, including the costs of any exercises held.  HL8143
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they will make to any disparities between the length of time schools have been closed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak when implementing the timetable the 2020/21 GCSE and A-level exams.  HL8144
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of sewage discharges into watercourses in England.  HL8145
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of demand for water abstraction.  HL8146
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of bridges in England that are not able to support vehicles over a certain weight as a result of structural weakness.  HL8147
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have allocated for bridge repairs in England in (1) this financial year, and (2) the subsequent five years.  HL8148
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Department for Transport has spent on bridge repairs in England in each of the last five years.  HL8149
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their decision not to extend relief from business rates to airports in England.  HL8150
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what their current advice is on the use of public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8151
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the respective risks of travel by (1) public transport, and (2) car.  HL8152
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive regarding their approach to implementing the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill.  HL8153
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have allocated to the Northern Ireland Troubles-related incident victims payments scheme.  HL8154
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to work with the Northern Ireland Executive to support the recovery of the Northern Ireland economy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8155
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of the aerospace sector in the UK.  HL8156
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved institutions about enhancing the aerospace sector in the UK.  HL8157
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of support required to retain jobs in the aerospace industry across the UK.  HL8158
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by  the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 10 September (HC Deb, col 803) stating that people travel an average of 6.4 miles for a COVID-19 test, what methodology they used to calculate that figure.  HL8159
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who requested a COVID-19 test could not be tested on the same day from 1 until 15 September inclusive.  HL8160
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff were processing COVID-19 tests as part of their testing system at the start of (1) June, (2) July, (3) August, and (4) September.  HL8161
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 14 September (HL7716), whether they will now answer the question put, namely (1) what was the cost to the Exchequer of misuse of Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) over the entire period that misuse took place, and (2) what was the number of retailers who did pay VAT and wen… 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 are taking to provide financial support to young people in the services sector.  HL8163
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent report by Culture Shift, Maintaining Workplace culture in a rapidly changing environment, published on 11 September.  HL8164
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research by Shields et al, SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence and asymptomatic viral carriage in healthcare workers: a cross-sectional study, published on 11 September, which found that BAME ethnicity confers a significantly increased likelihood of testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies.  HL8165
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to create new jobs on low carbon (1) projects, and (2) infrastructure schemes.  HL8166
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the refugees based in the Moria camp on Lesbos after the recent fire; and what steps they are taking to support sexual and reproductive health and rights services in that camp.  HL8167
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role (1) chambers of commerce, and (2) trade associations, can play in supporting the UK economic growth.  HL8168
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a complete list of all (1) chambers of commerce, and (2) trade associations, registered in the UK; and whether the list of trade associations includes identifying each such association by sector.  HL8169
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support and advice they have provided (1) to chambers of commerce, and (2) trade associations, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8170
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest safety assessment of the wreckage of the SS Richard Montgomery; and what action they are taking to protect the Thames Estuary and Kent Coast from the threat posed by the unexploded ordinances.  HL8171
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the economic cost of the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have (1) to halt, or (2) to reconsider, national infrastructure projects that have not yet received development consent orders.  HL8172
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to involve (1) chambers of commerce, and (2) trade associations, in the implementation of their international trade policies.  HL8173
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 14 September (HL7741), whether the Merchant Navy Reserve was disbanded on (1) 15 December 2003 upon the implementation of SI 2003/2861, or (2) another date.  HL8174
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