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Questions for Written Answer for 17 September 2020

Tabled on 16 September 2020 and due for answer by 30 September 2020.

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the statement by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance on the flooding that has affected people in West and Central Africa, and (2) the impact of those floods on (a) food security, and (b) the mass displacement of peoples, in the affected regions; and what steps they are taki… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to proceed with the acquisition of more F-35 Lightning aircraft; and how many such aircraft will be purchased.  HL8176
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the results of the inquiry into allegations of bullying of officials by the Home Secretary.  HL8177
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Germany about the future of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline since the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.  HL8178
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of Greece and Turkey about those governments' dispute over the territorial waters of Cyprus.  HL8179
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government how many orders have been placed by foreign governments for the Type 31e frigate.  HL8180
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to assess if the proposed acquisition by NVIDIA of Arm would be contrary to the national interest; and if so, how.  HL8181
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, when Doug Gurr will take up his role as an advisor to the Government Digital Service; what his role and responsibilities will be; and whether he will remain in post as head of Amazon UK.  HL8182
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what interests were declared by Doug Gurr as part of his appointment as an advisor to the Government Digital Service; and what plans they have to address any conflicts of interest.  HL8183
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Doug Gurr will advise on their cloud computing strategy in his role as advisor to the Government Digital Service.  HL8184
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to regulate the relationship between technology companies and the Government.  HL8185
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of rivers in England are considered to be in good ecological condition; whether this figure has declined since (1) 2015, and (2) 2010; if so, what are the reasons for such a decline; what active monitoring of the condition of such rivers they undertake; how regulatory oversight of those rivers is conducted; wh… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to receive a response from the government of India to their standing request for UK diplomats to visit Jammu and Kashmir; and whether they sought any clarification on why the UK was not included in the delegation of foreign envoys invited to visit that region in January.  HL8187
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Foreign Secretary last spoke directly to the Foreign Minister of Iran about the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe; and whether any such discussions included representations on (1) making her furlough from prison permanent, and (2) permitting her to return to the UK.  HL8188
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct an inquiry into the use of Do Not Resuscitate orders in care homes for (1) elderly people, and (2) people with learning or cognitive disabilities, during the COVID-19 pandemic; whether NHS England and NHS Improvement plan to publish national guidance on the use of such orders; and if so, when s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions of the report by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds A lost decade for nature, published on 14 September; and what steps they are taking to address the conclusion that "the UK will need to show precisely how it plans to fill the gap between rhetoric and reality in it… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what urgent action they are taking, together with international partners, to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global efforts to address (1) HIV and AIDS, (2) tuberculosis, and (3) malaria.  HL8191
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government how much financial support they plan to provide to the aviation industry in the UK to support that industry during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how they calculated the amount of such support required.  HL8192
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to formally recognise people experiencing long-term effects of COVID-19, and (2) to expand research into the condition.  HL8193
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many courtrooms in the Crown Court of England and Wales are currently set aside for the exclusive use of members of the public and press to observe (1) jury trials, and (2) hearings other than trials, such as sentences.  HL8194
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable Crown Court proceedings to be viewed remotely from outside the court estate.  HL8195
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about the execution of Navid Afkari on 12 September.  HL8196
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Navid Afkari had a fair trial in Iran prior to his execution.  HL8197
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the execution of Navid Afkari on the human rights situation in Iran, in particular, on the right to a fair trial.  HL8198
Tabled
Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the guidance about smoke-free pavement licences to Manchester City Council from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was agreed with the Department of Health and Social Care.  HL8199
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the letter dated 14 August from Lord Young of Cookham and other peers to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government about advice given to Manchester City Council on smoke-free pavement licenses.  HL8200
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Hatun Tash was detained by the police on 13 September; if so, on what grounds; whether there are any restrictions in place on Hatun Tash's ability to speak (1) at Speaker's Corner, or (2) publicly elsewhere; and if so, why any such restrictions are in place.  HL8201
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how much compensation has been paid by the Crown Prosecution Service to victims of group-based child sexual exploitation due to a failure to prosecute their attackers in each of the last five years; and how many such cases there have been.  HL8202
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their paper on group-based child sexual exploitation; and who externally has been appointed to review the paper prior to its publication.  HL8203
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of religion in participation in terrorism.  HL8204
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what engagements they have had with victims' groups on the proposals to address the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.  HL8205
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compliance of the proposals to address the legacy of the Troubles with the obligation to carry out an effective investigation in line with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  HL8206
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.  HL8207
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with groups supporting victims of domestic violence in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8208
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to set up a working group to address the needs of people experiencing long-term health effects of COVID-19.  HL8209
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the BBC about increasing the number of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic leaders within that organisation.  HL8210
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase NHS funding to address (1) ethnic, and (2) gender, inequalities in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.  HL8211
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide financial support (1) to further education, and (2) to sixth form, colleges.  HL8212
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the gender pension gap.  HL8213
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to help armed forces personnel from Commonwealth countries to settle in the UK.  HL8214
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Lord Trees to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of those testing positive for COVID-19 as a result of a polymerase chain reaction test, and subsequently included in the national statistics, (1) display symptoms of the virus at the time of the test, and (2) subsequently develop such symptoms.  HL8215
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, in calculating the COVID-19 related laboratory capacity required for NHS and public health purposes in England for the period to 31 March 2021, what are their estimates of the number of tests required per week for (1) NHS staff and patients, (2) adult social care staff and service users, (3) secondary school children over the age of 16,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the laboratory capacity for COVID-19 tests per week available in England (1) within the NHS, and (2) in private and other laboratories; and what is the utilisation rate of that weekly capacity in each group at the latest date for which information is available.  HL8217
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all the laboratories available for COVID-19 tests are (1) currently, or (2) planning to be, working seven days a week and in shifts covering most of each day.  HL8218
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of funding and creating extra capacity in (1) NHS, (2) private, and (3) other laboratories, before 31 March 2021.  HL8219
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 30 March (HL2644), when they expect to launch a consultation on the National Skills Fund.  HL8220
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote public morale during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8221
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 14 September (HL Deb, col 1007) that they "are looking at making up to half of our personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements in the UK", why they do not plan to manufacture more than half of PPE in the UK; and what plans they have to increase the amount of PPE requirements manufactur… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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