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Questions for Written Answer for 1 October 2020

Tabled on 30 September 2020 and due for answer by 14 October 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 29 September (HL Deb, cols GC49), what plans they have to initiate a national review of strategic dependency on China; what assessment they have made of China's developing nation status at the World Trade Organisation; and what plans they have, if any, to make represen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 29 September (HL Deb, cols GC49), whether they are examining supply chains that may be connected to the use of slave labour in Xinjiang; and what prosecutions for breaches of that Act, in connection with Uighur slave labour,  are either under way or being prepared.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the conclusions from the Migration Advisory Committee in their report Review of the Shortage Occupation List: 2020, published on 29 September, regarding the consequences of the end of freedom of movement between the UK and EU on the recruitment of staff in the social care sector, what plans they have to address low wages in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to respond to the findings of the Electoral Reform Society's report, Democracy in the Dark: Digital Campaigning in the 2019 General Election and Beyond, published on 24 September, and in particular, the finding that online campaigning spend and non-party campaigning activity increased significant… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor (1) the level of political funding from companies and individuals associated with (a) the arms trade, (b) tobacco companies (c) private medical companies, (d) pharmaceutical companies, and (e) the financial sector, and (2) the percentage, individually and collectively, that funding by… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bridges of Headley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their impact assessment of the Coronavirus Bill, whether they have conducted further analysis on the monetised impact of the exercise of powers contained in the Coronavirus Act 2020; and if so, what plans they have to publish the findings.  HL8621
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks associated with any increase in (1) the duration, (2) the proximity, and (3) the intensity, of military exercising undertaken by (a) NATO, (b) Russia, and (c) Belarus, in and around Belarus; and what steps are being taken to reduce those risks.  HL8622
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about the arrest and ongoing detention without trial of Mubarak Bala.  HL8623
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about the arrest and ongoing detention without trial of Professor Richard Solomon Musa Tarfa.  HL8624
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the rule of law in Kano State, Nigeria, and what financial and technical assistance they are providing to strengthen the rule of law and the protection of freedom of religion or belief in the region.  HL8625
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Memorandum by the Department of Health submitted to the House of Lords Constitution Committee's inquiry Fast-track Legislation: Constitutional Implications and Safeguards in March 2009 which states, in response to Question 3, “The Government believes that 28 days will allow enough time t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the response to Question 2 in the Memorandum by the Department of Health submitted to the House of Lords Constitution Committee's inquiry Fast-track Legislation: Constitutional Implications and Safeguards in March 2009; and whether they are satisfied that there has been suitable evidence to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the representation of the (1) Conservative, (2) Labour, and (3) Liberal Democrat, parties in the House of Lords; and what plans they have to take that level of representation into account in any future recommendations for life peerage appointments to the House.  HL8628
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of recruits to the Armed Forces who take sick leave return to complete their training.  HL8629
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent overcrowding in prisons.  HL8630
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to address (1) homelessness, and (2) rough sleeping, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8631
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to protect jobs in the UK maritime sector.  HL8632
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) Steepholme, (2) Flatholme, (3) Canvey Island, (4) the Isle of Dogs, and, (5) Sark, as potential locations for asylum processing centres.  HL8633
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the evidence base for regulations permitting six people to sing in public houses but banning six people from singing in churches and other places of worship.  HL8634
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of legislating to establish an animal offenders’ register, which could be accessed by the police, animal welfare charities, and pet breeders in England and Wales.  HL8635
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities on Ascension and St Helena over the islands’ suitability as asylum processing centres.  HL8636
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Lebanon following the resignation of Prime Minister Mustapha Adib.  HL8637
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities at the G20 leaders’ summit to be hosted by Saudi Arabia in November; and what plans they have to use the occasion to reiterate to Saudi Arabia the statement before the UN Human Rights Council on 15 September, which called for "full accountability and transparent prosecution of those involved in the k… 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 the Prime Minister last spoke to the President of Russia; whether he raised with the government of Russia (1) the attempted assassination of Alexei Navalny and (2) the crisis in Belarus; and if so, (a) when, and (b) with whom.  HL8639
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that the government of Turkey has sent mercenaries to the Nagorno-Karabakh region, what discussions they have had with that government, either bilaterally or together with international partners, about that government's involvement in the conflict in the region.  HL8640
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the combat mission in Afghanistan, and the UK's continued presence as part of NATO’s non-combat mission, what role they have in the Afghan peace talks, which began in Doha on 12 September.  HL8641
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of possible war crimes committed by coalition forces in Yemen after an airstrike on a home in Washah near the Yemeni–Saudi border killed six children.  HL8642
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 7 September (HL Deb, cols 620–2), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the analysis of which rights within the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive 2011/36/EU will have direct effect in the UK on 1 January 2021, notwithstanding any court judgments ma… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been prosecuted for not wearing a face covering on the South Eastern main line since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8644
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support temporary apprentice workers as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.  HL8645
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the Lifetime Skills Guarantee is accessible to those with disabilities.  HL8646
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that universities remain operational throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8647
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make new COVID-19 regulations specifically to protect BAME communities from the virus.  HL8648
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many eviction notices have been served to tenants in Ministry of Defence owned properties (1) in each month since January, and (2) in each year from 2010 to 2020.  HL8649
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces personnel are on standby to carry out door-to-door COVID 19 testing.  HL8650
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government further to research findings that COVID-19 is transmitted in aerosols, leading the governments of Japan, Taiwan, Italy, Spain and France to insist on mask wearing inside classrooms, what assessment they have made of making masks mandatory in UK schools, as advised by the WHO; whether they plan to introduce such measures; and if not, wh… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional (1) personal protection equipment, and (2) training, for Armed Forces personnel to carry out door-to-door COVID-19 testing.  HL8652
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces personnel are currently isolating due to COVID-19.  HL8653
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces personnel have died as a result of COVID-19.  HL8654
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is permitted for up to 15 people to attend a humanist wedding; and if so, whether they have plans to clarify rules for marriages and civil ceremonies.  HL8655
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