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Questions for Written Answer for 22 September 2020

Tabled on 21 September 2020 and due for answer by 5 October 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the government of the United States to impose visa restrictions on Nigerians they claim have undermined the democratic process in Nigeria; and what plans they have to impose similar such restrictions.  HL8298
Tabled
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Obadiah Mailafia has received death threats and been interrogated by Nigerian security forces after he made public remarks about violence in the Middle-Belt region; and what assessment they have made of those remarks.  HL8299
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan about the case of Saneha Kinza Iqbal; whether, in such discussions, they have raised the access of Saneha Kinza Iqbal to impartial legal assistance without involvement by any member of the family or other person associated with the abductor; and what plans they ha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the government of Pakistan about the recognition of baptism certificates and school records as evidence to be used in cases of abductions, forced marriage and forced conversions to determine the ages of victims; and what support they have provided to that country to enable such data to b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in assessing the Outline Business Case for a southern rail link to Heathrow Airport submitted by Heathrow Southern Railway Limited to the Department for Transport in September 2016.  HL8302
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many proposals for southern rail access to Heathrow were received in response to the Department for Transport’s call for market-led proposals, issued on 20 March 2018; what the names of such respondents were; and how many respondents have (1) contacted, and (2) been contacted by, the Department for Transport about those proposals s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many proposals for rail investment other than for southern rail access to Heathrow were received in response to the Department for Transport’s call for market-led proposals, issued on 20 March 2018; what the names of such respondents were; and how many respondents have (1) contacted, and (2) been contacted by, the Department for Tr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much civil service time is currently allocated by the Department for Transport (1) for the evaluation of market-led proposals for new railway infrastructure, and (2) for the development of processes for selecting preferred developers for any such infrastructure.  HL8305
Answered
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Ofqual about examination boards developing modules on the study of migration and the UK's colonial history; how many such modules are awaiting appraisal; which examination boards have submitted modules for that appraisal; and when such appraisals will be completed.  HL8306
Answered
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of (1) the board of Ofqual, and (2) non-Board members of Ofqual's Standards Advisory Group, are BAME; and when the issue of the promotion of the study or assessment of modules about migration and the UK's colonial history was last discussed by either of those bodies.  HL8307
Tabled
Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the New IRA has imported weapons from Hezbollah.  HL8308
Answered
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a White Paper on energy policy; and if so, when.  HL8309
Tabled
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential effect of rises in sea levels on the operation of coastal power stations.  HL8310
Tabled
Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what aid they provided to (1) the government of Eritrea indirectly through multilateral organisations, and (2) for use in Eritrea through multilateral organisations, in (a) 2019, and (b) 2020; and what aid they plan to provide in 2020/21.  HL8311
Answered
Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what development assistance they provided to Eritrea in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020; and what development assistance they plan to provide to that country in future.  HL8312
Answered
Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 2023, adopted on 5 December 2011; and when that Resolution was last discussed at the UN Security Council.  HL8313
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of specialist BME refuges for victims of domestic violence that have closed in the last 12 months as a result of local authorities switching contracts to larger generic charities.  HL8314
Tabled
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with local authorities about the case for changing procurement policies to ensure that local specialist services including BME refuges for victims of domestic violence continue to receive contracts.  HL8315
Tabled
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are introducing to ensure that private renters whose income has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of eviction do not become homeless.  HL8316
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reclaim monies paid to private sector companies involved in COVID-19 test and trace projects which have failed.  HL8317
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on the wars in Iraq; and how much has been spent subsequently on assisting (1) translators who helped the UK during the wars, and (2) refugees from Iraq displaced by the wars to settle in the UK.  HL8318
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports from the World Health Organisation and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme that (1) 785 million people do not have access to clean water close to home, (2) two billion people do not have a decent toilet, and (3) three billion people do not have basic handwashing facilities at home; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place for Highways England to share real time data from its National Air Quality Monitoring Network; and when they estimate those data will be publicly available.  HL8320
Answered
Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Dunlop Review of UK Government Union Capability will be published.  HL8321
Tabled
Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 17 September (HL7674), whether it is only possible to apply for the NHS Test and Trace Self-Isolation Payment after the period of self-isolation has ended; if so, why; and how many such payments have so far been (1) claimed, and (2) paid, in each of the pilot areas.  HL8… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter from 18 March 2019 by the Systemic Risk Council to the Financial Stability Board in response to that Board's discussion paper on the resolution of central counterparty clearing houses; and what plans they have to review capital adequacy and the effectiveness of incentives to prevent failure.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current condition of the munitions that were dumped into Beaufort’s Dyke in the Irish Sea by the Ministry of Defence following the end of the Second World War.  HL8324
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that the process of dumping munitions in Beaufort’s Dyke stopped.  HL8325
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what reports have they received about fishing vessels from the West of Scotland and Northern Ireland picking up munitions in their nets (1) from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2020, and (2) from 1 April to 21 September 2020.  HL8326
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) service users, and (2) victims in the criminal justice system.  HL8327
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of a trawler registered in Ardglass fishing port in County Down picking up munitions in its catch on 19 September.  HL8328
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people in custody.  HL8329
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have in place to facilitate the postponement of (1) local, (2) mayoral, and (3) Police and Crime Commissioner, elections in May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8330
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage young people to register to vote.  HL8331
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) Scottish, and (2) Welsh, Government about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on any elections due to be held in May 2021.  HL8332
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have in place to ensure that polling stations comply with COVID-19 safety measures.  HL8333
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the UN Human Rights Council's Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic 21st report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, published on 15 September, what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the allegations that th… 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 assessment they have made of research from Radboud University Medical Center, Aarhus University and Copenhagen University that suggests sex and gender are not being adequately considered in COVID-19 clinical trials; and what steps they are taking, if any, in response.  HL8335
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide schools in England with access to COVID-19 tests.  HL8336
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on jobs of ending tax-free shopping for international tourists; and what steps they are taking, if any, to protect such jobs.  HL8337
Answered
Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their policies towards the Middle East on (1) the state of Palestine, and (2) the human rights of Palestinians.  HL8338
Answered
Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) representations they have made, and (2) advice they have given, to the Palestinian Authority, about the Palestinian Authority’s attendance at meetings with the governments of Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States concerning negotiations on the future of Palestine.  HL8339
Answered
Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 September (HL7733), what assessment they have made of the impact of bombing by the Israel Defence Forces on (1) the construction of pipelines and reservoirs, and (2) any other infrastructure projects, funded by international projects in Gaza.  HL8340
Answered
Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to support (1) Fatou Bensouda, and (2) the International Criminal Court, in the investigation of the government of Israel for alleged war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  HL8341
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to ensure that the Balfour Declaration is upheld, and in particular, the statement that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”.  HL8342
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 September (HL7829), what advice they have given to the Palestinian Authority about how people in Palestine should respond to any attacks by the government of Israel.  HL8343
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they check the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that is supplied to local resilience forums for quality prior to dispatch; and what (1) standards, and (2) safety, checks they have in place for centrally distributed PPE.  HL8344
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to strengthen (1) the role, and (2) the democratic accountability of local resilience forums.  HL8345
Tabled
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether migrants crossing the English Channel who are detained by the UK Border Agency receive a COVID-19 test.  HL8346
Tabled
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have provided to local authorities to address any additional demand on domestic abuse services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8347
Tabled
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether COVID-19 marshals will be used to ensure that schools and colleges are (1) facilitating social distancing, and (2) providing COVID-19 secure environments.  HL8348
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were consulted by the British Chambers of Commerce prior to the decision of that organisation to remove itself from the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry; what assessment they have made of that decision; and what powers they have, if any, to reverse that decision.  HL8349
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