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Questions for Written Answer for 29 September 2020

Tabled on 28 September 2020 and due for answer by 12 October 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) which, of the commitments made at the Girl Summit 2014 have been met; and (a) what progress has been made, and (b) which countries they have engaged with, to seek to end child, early and forced marriage.  HL8495
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what activities they have planned, if any, to revitalise the commitments made at the Girl Summit 2014, and in particular the commitment to end child, early and forced marriage.  HL8496
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the issue of child, early and forced marriage, and in particular where the victims are members of religious minorities who have been abducted, forcibly converted and abused; what UK Aid projects support victims of child, early and forced marriage i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the capacity of legal mechanisms in Pakistan to handle cases of victims of child, early and forced marriage; and if not, what plans they have to do so.  HL8498
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by CRIED, Invisible Targets of Hatred: Socioeconomically Excluded Women from Religious Minority Backgrounds, published on 10 September; and how the findings of this research will be reflected in (1) the UK's dialogue with, and (2) UK Aid programmes in, countries where the ideologic… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much Official Development Assistance was given to the government of China in the last 10 years; to list the projects that were funded; and what assessment they have made of providing aid to any country which has a space programme.  HL8500
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist private candidates denied a centre assessment grade due to the cancellation of exams this year; and what plans they have to prevent a similar situation in 2021.  HL8501
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that labels on alcohol products contain information on nutritional and calorie content in line with other food and drink products.  HL8502
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that labels on alcohol products do not display misleading or out-of-date information.  HL8503
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances would an absconding process be triggered when a person is held at (1) the Napier Barracks in Folkestone, and (2) the Penally Barracks in South Pembrokeshire; and what are the consequences of that process being implemented.  HL8504
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what procedure was used to change the location of the Chiltern Tunnel North Portal at Frith Hill in South Heath on the HS2 Phase One route; why the change was authorised; and who authorised that change.  HL8505
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to use the Transport and Works Act 1992 order procedure in support of the development of the HS2 Phase One route between London and Birmingham.  HL8506
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government how many students took (1) GCSE, and (2) A Level, music in each year from 2010 to 2020.  HL8507 [I]
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding they have made available to support (1) the Armed Forces, and (2) veterans, since June.  HL8508
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 6 August (HL7333), how many of the 20,000 prisoners and 10,000 staff at the 28 sites of the testing study have now taken up the invitation to carry out an antigen test.  HL8509
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 6 August (HL7330), how many British Armed Forces veterans are serving a custodial sentence as of 30 June.  HL8510
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to ensure the safety of staff in prisons.  HL8511
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the status of UK trade negotiations with Commonwealth countries; and in particular with (1) Canada, (2) Australia, and (3) New Zealand.  HL8512
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the status of UK trade negotiations with the government of the United States.  HL8513
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to address concerns from the tourism industry, including from tour operators, about employees who are unable to meet the requirement to work at least 33 per cent of their usual hours to qualify for support from the Job Support Scheme.  HL8514
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact on employers in the hospitality sector of the process of making payments through the Job Support Scheme in arrears.  HL8515
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of jobs that could be lost in the nighttime economy where employees may not qualify for the Job Support Scheme.  HL8516
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Sugg on 15 June (HL4960), 29 June (HL5655), 22 July (HL6669) and 6 August (HL7207), whether they will now answer the questions put, in particular, on what date they were informed by the government of Ireland of its plans for passengers travelling from Great Britain to the Republic of Ireland to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average cost to a local planning authority of determining an application for prior consent for a two-storey upward extension to a dwelling house.  HL8518
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been granted pre-settled status; and of these people, (1) how many are now eligible to apply for settled status on the basis of five years’ continuous residence in the UK, (2) how many will be eligible to apply for settled status before 30 June 2021, and (3) how many will be eligible to apply for settled status in e… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increased pressures facing organisations which provide support to children and young people as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8520
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide joint coverage with insurers to ensure adequate insurance provision for individuals and businesses planning events in 2021 which will enable them to start incurring costs for these events during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8521
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Turkey about the detention warrants issued, including to members of the HDP party, concerning a protest that occurred in 2014.  HL8522
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Azerbaijan about the alleged bombardment of civilian targets in Nagorno-Karabakh; what discussions they have had with the OSCE Minsk Group about its work to prevent further violence in the area; and what steps they plan to take to help the governments of Azerbaijan and Armenia to s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that peace talks in Yemen are inclusive of women, youth and civil society.  HL8524
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by Oxfam, published on 18 August, that on average one air raid has hit civilian infrastructure in Yemen every 10 days since March 2015; what action they have taken to curb such air raids; and what assessment they have made of the implications of those air raids on their policy towards Yemen.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from (1) private companies, and (2) manufacturers, about the use of rapid COVID-19 testing kits based on the analysis of saliva.  HL8526
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to license rapid saliva-based COVID-19 test kits for public and home use.  HL8527
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to incorporate the results of rapid saliva-based COVID-19 test kits into the NHS COVID-19 app  HL8528
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for carrying out COVID-19 tests at UK airports.  HL8529
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and what representations they are making, and to whom, in response.  HL8530
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a comprehensive review of any changes to the legal position of (1) employers, and (2) employees, as a result of an increase in home working arrangements.  HL8531
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report by Independent Age The cost of pensioner poverty and non-take up of Pension Credit, published on 14 September, whether they have developed a written strategy to increase the take-up of pension credit; and if not, whether they plan to prepare and publish such a strategy within this parliamentary ses… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 23 September (HL7973), how many Universal Credit applications were made between 16 March and 1 September; and how many of those were claims from couples.  HL8533
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the guidance from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to Manchester City Council regarding smoke-free pavement licences, whether they will publish their evidence for the assertion that businesses will close if councils implement these licences.  HL8534
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the guidance from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to Manchester City Council regarding smoke-free pavement licences, which organisations and individuals they (1) consulted with, or (2) received representations from, on the economic impact of such licences.  HL8535
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to work with other countries to draw up a strategy for the delivery of aid in southern Africa which would (1) promote democracy and human rights, and (2) help to deliver prosperity to the people of that region.  HL8536
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had at ministerial level with the (1) government of Zimbabwe, (2) the government of South Africa, and (3) the African Union, about (a) Zimbabwe's political and economic situation, and (b) any human rights abuses which are perpetrated against Zimbabweans; and when such discussions last took place.  HL8537
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe about the detention of Joana Mamombe in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.  HL8538
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their policy in respect of Zimbabwe.  HL8539
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish (1) the specific details, and (2) the financial value of each aspect, of the £343 million railways package for Wales, announced on 21 August.  HL8540
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BAME communities.  HL8541
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of women who have left the workforce as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8542
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on disabled people of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8543
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Public Sector Equality Duty in respect of (1) undertaking, and (2) publishing, Equality Impact Assessments on Government policies.  HL8544
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to close the attainment gap for (1) disabled children, and (2) children from (a) disadvantaged, and (b) BAME, communities.  HL8545
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support women returning to work to access childcare as restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic are eased.  HL8546
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Lord Rose of Monewden to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the remit of the new expert panel established to support UK trade negotiations includes the assessment of the impact of a policy change by leading emerging markets to reduce their dependence on imports; and if so, when the panel is expected to report the results of this assessment.  HL8547
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Lord Rose of Monewden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to provide additional resources to the Future High Streets Fund, and (2) to increase the current cap of £25 million per applicant to this fund.  HL8548
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what requirements have been placed on departments by Her Manesty's Treasury to ‘rural proof’ their submissions to the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review; and how each of those departments have fulfilled these requirements.  HL8549
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Select Committee on the Rural Economy, Time for a Strategy for the rural economy, published on 26 March 2019 (HL Paper 330), what plans they have to ensure that each department’s Comprehensive Spending Review settlement will be conditional on ensuring that nobody living in a rural area is un… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Census planned in England and Wales for 21 March 2021 will still take place in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8551
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of staff at HMP Erlestoke who handle and process (1) evidence, and (2) contraband, who work in buildings without access to running water or toilet facilities.  HL8552
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of Her Majesty's Prison Service staff nationally who work in buildings without access to running water or toilets.  HL8553
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations (1) have benefitted, or (2) are due to benefit, from the Culture Recovery Fund; and in which regions those organisations are located.  HL8554
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research by the Institute for Public Policy Research Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups at greater risk of problem debt since COVID-19, published on 24 September.  HL8555
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make mass on–campus testing available at all universities.  HL8556
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what risk assessment they undertook, prior to September, of the impact of students returning to universities on the transmission of COVID-19.  HL8557
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Job Support Scheme on youth employment.  HL8558
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Fatah and Hamas have agreed to hold elections in Palestine within the next six months.  HL8559
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 September (HL8095), what support they plan to give to the Palestinian Authority to enable the continued provision of education for Palestinian children whose school buildings have been demolished by the Israel Defence Force in Area C of the West Bank.  HL8560
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of Palestinian schools which have been demolished in the West Bank in each of the last five years.  HL8561
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Palestinian schools operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East have been demolished by the government of Israel in each of the last five years.  HL8562
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the arrangements put in place for the education of Palestinian children whose schools have been demolished by the government of Israel in the last five years.  HL8563
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Palestinian children have been interrogated by the government of Israel in (1) the West Bank, and (2) East Jerusalem.  HL8564
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Lord Wallace of Tankerness to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to announce the arrangements for a committee to carry out a review of the operation of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011, in pursuance of section 7(4)(a) of the Act.  HL8565
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of trials that are waiting to be heard at St Albans Crown Court; and when they estimate that the present backlog will be cleared.  HL8566
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow the same number of people to attend a humanist wedding as religious and civil weddings during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8567
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 8 September (HL Deb, cols 662–5), what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by Friends, Families and Travellers, published on 21 August, that the suicide rate of people from the Gypsy and Traveller community is six to seven times higher than the rest of the population; wh… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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