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Questions for Written Answer for 25 September 2020

Tabled on 24 September 2020 and due for answer by 8 October 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 23 September (HL Deb, col 1834), to (1) send a copy of the Minister's letter to the World Health Organization to the Members who participated in the oral question asked by the Bishop of St Albans on 23 September, and (2) place a copy of that letter in the Library of the Hou… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Tabled
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 21 September (HL7925) whether UK aid is being delivered to vulnerable civilians in Cameroon, either through Cameroon government entities or through local NGOs; and if so, which (1) NGOs, and (2) local partners, the British High Commission in Yaounde are supporting to promote… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Prime Minister's statement on 22 September that the enforcement of the COVID-19 restrictions will include “a greater police presence on our streets, and the option to draw on military support where required to free up the police” (HC Deb, col 798), whether police and army leave will be cancelled for the Christmas and new y… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the event that the military is used to support the enforcement of new COVID-19 restrictions, whether military personnel will be empowered to issue fines for breaches.  HL8439
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Civil Aviation Authority has the power to remove the costs of refurbishment of road tunnels at Heathrow Airport from the Regulated Asset Base of Heathrow Airport Limited.  HL8440
Answered
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Institute for Public Policy Research’s findings, published on 24 September, that people from BAME backgrounds are (1) twice as likely as the wider population to expect to face financial difficulty in the next quarter, and (2) more than twice as likely to have lost their jobs or access to paid work d… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to provide ongoing support for the mental health and resilience of young people; and what plans they have to increase councils’ public health budgets to facilitate this.  HL8442
Answered
Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held, if any, with the government of Ireland about claims made in the Irish Parliament on 22 September that the former chief of staff of the Provisional IRA was an informer for the Special Branch of the Garda in 1972.  HL8443
Answered
Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what initial estimate they have made of the cost of plans to introduce same day mass testing for COVID-19 in England.  HL8444
Answered
Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether tests undertaken as part of plans to introduce same day mass testing for COVID-19 in England will be free at the point of delivery.  HL8445
Answered
Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have held discussions with private sector providers about the delivery of plans for same day mass testing for COVID-19 in England; and, if so, who these providers are.  HL8446
Answered
Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of claims made in the Irish Parliament on 22 September that the former chief of staff of the Provisional IRA was an informer for the Special Branch of the Garda in 1972; and what implications they consider these claims may have for relations with the government of Ireland.  HL8447
Answered
Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate for a ban on the sale of fur after the end of the transition period with the EU on 1 January 2021.  HL8448
Answered
Baroness Gale to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to replace fur used in House of Lords robes with a fur substitute.  HL8449
Tabled
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any contribution to the Draft Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians from Humanitarian Harm arising from the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas; and, if so, which department has made this contribution.  HL8450
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Draft Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians from Humanitarian Harm arising from the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas will be implemented; and what monitoring mechanisms there will be.  HL8451
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely impact of the Draft Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians from Humanitarian Harm arising from the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas on (1) targeting of civilians, and (2) related reduction in civilian casualties.  HL8452
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to honour their announcement on 18 March that “no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home”.  HL8453
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with social media platforms regarding misinformation about COVID-19.  HL8454
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of smoking amongst the population in England during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8455
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support (1) banks, and (2) other financial institutions, are providing to businesses trading in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8456
Tabled
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of alcohol consumption amongst the population in England during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8457
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the provision of roadside charging points for electric vehicles in England.  HL8458
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the level of road tax evasion.  HL8459
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of a single NHS COVID-19 swab test.  HL8460
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security and humanitarian situation in Cameroon.  HL8461
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister has spoken to the Prime Minister of Japan since his appointment; and if so, whether they discussed the implications of the current tensions between the governments of the United States and China for the global economy.  HL8462
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of (1) Turkey, and (2) Greece, (a) to de-escalate the dispute over maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and (b) to enable exploratory talks to resume between the two on the demarcation of Maritime Zones.  HL8463
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United States since 21 September to discuss that government's (1) policy towards, and (2) sanctions on, Iran.  HL8464
Tabled
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation on the border of China and India; and what, if any, representations they have made (1) to support the agreement between the governments of China and India to disengage troops from the border and to avoid provocative actions, and (2) to bring about a permanent easing of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, have reviewed (1) the accuracy, and (2) the regulatory completeness, of the statements issued by H2O Asset Management on 16 September and 22 September in connection to illiquid investments held in open-ended funds; and whether they (1) have investigated, or (2) plan to investigate, whethe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that 160 structures were demolished in the West Bank in July and August.  HL8467
Tabled
Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Israel is demolishing water, sanitation and hygiene structures used by Palestinians in the West Bank.  HL8468
Tabled
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to build more cargo airport developments.  HL8469
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to inform the local population that an objective decision will be made about the proposed development of a freight cargo project at Manston airport; and if so, how.  HL8470
Answered
Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) feasibility, and (2) benefits, of promoting the use of digital identification in retail and hospitality settings to help address the spread of COVID-19.  HL8471
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the summer food payment scheme, and (2) the ability of recipients to use e-gift cards for non-school items.  HL8472
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of holding elections in 2021 entirely through postal voting.  HL8473
Answered
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