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Questions for Written Answer for 21 September 2020

Tabled on 18 September 2020 and due for answer by 2 October 2020.

Lord Beith to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date and at what time the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North East of England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1010) (1) were laid before Parliament, (2) came into force, and (3) were published on the legislation.gov.uk website; and if they were not so published by 8am on 18 September, why not.  HL8263
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the amount of unmanaged woodland and forest.  HL8264
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to include those involved in corruption in their global human rights sanctions regime.  HL8265
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that dividend recapitalisations have on financial security (1) nationally, and (2) internationally.  HL8266
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the delivery of the flu vaccine this autumn has been delayed in reaching GP surgeries.  HL8267
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking over reports that French Navy patrol boats have been aiding asylum seekers to enter UK waters illegally.  HL8268
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have paid (1) to the government of France, and (2) organisations based in France, in the last five years to limit asylum seekers crossing the English Channel illegally; and what assessment they have made of whether the government of France has met the commitments of any agreements in place to limit such crossings.  HL82… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether retail workers have to wear facemasks in the shops in which they are employed; and if not, why not.  HL8270
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of issues with the use of e-scooters in (1) Coventry, and (2) Middlesbrough; and what plans they have to pause the e-scooter rental trials until appropriate safeguards are introduced to protect pedestrians.  HL8271
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have requested from Voi about the illegal use of e-scooters; and what plans they have to publish any such information.  HL8272
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage members of the public to perform citizens’ arrests if they witness dangerous use of e-scooters on pavements.  HL8273
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consider revenue-raising opportunities and consequential behavioural changes through the levying of taxes on online and television advertisements.  HL8274
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 17 September (HL7786), whether the reference in that answer to emergency support having been provided to the Mauritian Wildlife Fund should have been to the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.  HL8275
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the exemptions included in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 relating to organised outdoor sports on species at risk of extinction.  HL8276
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of negative interest rates being introduced in the current financial year.  HL8277
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of pollution in rivers and lakes in England; and how many have achieved a good ecological status.  HL8278
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many financial institutions in the UK have been subject to fines for misconduct in each year since 2000; and what was the total amount of fines paid by them.  HL8279
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of relations between the governments of Greece and Turkey.  HL8280
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what the level of trade is between the UK and Taiwan.  HL8281
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial preparedness of train operators to meet any ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8282
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the mechanisms used to ensure that the First Ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are informed of actions being taken by the Government to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8283
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to ban the sale of fur products in England.  HL8284
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the rollout of smart meters.  HL8285
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the work being undertaken to upgrade the gas supply network.  HL8286
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of nuclear power in the UK.  HL8287
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the biofuels market in the UK, and (2) that market's potential for growth.  HL8288
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of young people who do not have the required mental capacity to make the decision to access a Child Trust Fund at the age of 18; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such young people do have access to those funds.  HL8289
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of preparations to mitigate flooding of the Somerset Levels in the winter.  HL8290
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have allocated for flood defences and further related mitigation measures in the Somerset Levels in the current financial year; and what current schemes are underway to mitigate flooding in the area.  HL8291
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current health situation in Yemen; and how much (1) aid, and (2) medical supplies, they intend to provide to that country in the current financial year.  HL8292
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their review into regional connectivity following the collapse of airline Flybe has started; and when they plan to publish that review's findings.  HL8293
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met representatives of the British International Freight Association; and what assessment they have made of the ability of the customs and logistics sector to cope with any additional processes required after the end of the Brexit transition period.  HL8294
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effectiveness, and (2) the impact, of the Border Operating Model in helping the logistics sector to understand the requirements of new procedures.  HL8295
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to prevent developments stalling, and (2) to ensure obligations to build are met in a timely manner, in their changes to planning rules.  HL8296
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the research by Fengqing Chao et al Probabilistic projection of the sex ratio at birth and missing female births by State and Union Territory in India, published on 19 August, what representations they have made to the government of India about preventing sex-selective abortion.  HL8297
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