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Questions for Written Answer for 9 October 2020

Tabled on 8 October 2020 and due for answer by 22 October 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by the Leader of Newcastle City Council, the Leader of Leeds City Council, the Leader of Manchester City Council and the Mayor of Liverpool to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 6 October; and in particular, the concerns expressed about the (1) efficacy, and… 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 produced a conflict analysis report on Cameroon; what were the conclusions of that report; what steps they intend to take in response to those conclusions; and what plans they have to publish that report.  HL8903
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of badger tuberculosis vaccine trials; what impact the outcome of those trials had on their decision making process as to whether to extend and expand the badger cull; and how they intend to monitor the effects of that cull on future vaccination trials.  HL8904
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the postponement of their autumn comprehensive spending review, what plans they have to accelerate measures to address (1) climate change, and (2) biodiversity loss.  HL8905
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current waiting time for NHS patients to receive (1) an assessment, and (2) treatment, in relation to gender identity services; what was the maximum waiting time for such treatment before the COVID-19 pandemic; whether the current waiting time has decreased in the last three months; and what steps they ar… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban all hand-held phone use while driving; and what research they have undertaken, if any, on the impact of hands-free phone usage on the safety of driving.  HL8907
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 October (HL8409), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what percentage of e-mails received by the Home Office Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre in August were answered within the usual reply period of five working days.  HL8908
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure diversity in the membership of their cross-Government commission to examine racial inequality, including in relation to (1) geographic, and (2) ethnic, origin.  HL8909
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to guarantee the future of public libraries throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8910
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learned from (1) New Zealand, and (2) Germany, with regard to handling the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8911
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term case for new railway (1) lines, and (2) stations.  HL8912
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help pupils from low income backgrounds who have missed out on schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8913
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism; and what steps they are taking to mitigate any such impact.  HL8914
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of obesity in the UK; and what steps they are taking following that assessment.  HL8915
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Baroness Clark of Calton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the resignation of the Advocate General for Scotland on 16 September, what progress they have made in appointing a successor; and in the absence of any such successor, who is responsible for (1) the Advocate General for Scotland's statutory duties, and (2) litigation in the courts in Scotland where the Advocate G… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Shushi Cathedral in Nagorno-Karabakh has been damaged by shelling; what representations they have made to the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkey about the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh; and what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about the compatibility of its membersh… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to seek compensation from the government of China for British victims of COVID-19.  HL8918
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government why the UK abstained on the US-sponsored UN Security Council resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran.  HL8919
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to prevent the arms embargo on Iran from expiring.  HL8920
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of steps taken by some universities to decolonise the history curriculum; and what plans they have to issue guidance to universities on making the history curriculum as previously taught available to students.  HL8921
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ask the Palestinian Authority to drop their preconditions for peace talks with Israel.  HL8922
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward their deadline for removing Huawei from UK 5G networks by 2027.  HL8923
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to appoint a 'territorial minister' to answer for the Government in the House of Lords on matters relating to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  HL8924
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of (1) the reliability of rail services under reduced service levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the value of a future railway timetable which is set at less than theoretical maximum capacity levels.  HL8925
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have given, if any, to the owners and managers of grouse moors in relation to the current burning season; and whether they are monitoring the effects of such burning on (1) moorland peat, (2) CO2 emissions, (3) wildlife, (4) potential run-off, and (5) other relevant matters.  HL8926
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how many council seat vacancies are currently being held over by principal local authorities in England; and, of these, how many are in seats where the term of office would in any case end next May.  HL8927
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are monitoring the conduct of local government by-elections in Scotland in order to assess the feasibility of holding such elections in England.  HL8928
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the implications for the response to COVID-19 in the UK of the open letter from medical doctors and health professionals to Belgian authorities and media on 5 September concerning global COVID-19 public health measures.  HL8929
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to reduce and, if possible, (2) to eliminate, the flaring of surplus gas from production platforms and refineries before COP26.  HL8930
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have identified any shortages in the supply chain that provides chemicals and equipment that have adversely affected the COVID-19 testing capacity.  HL8931
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number, and (2) the total cost, of fraudulent claims that have been made to the Job Support Scheme.  HL8932
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number, and (2) the total cost, of fraudulent claims that have been made to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.  HL8933
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the business rates system in England.  HL8934 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of annual company meetings being closed to physical attendance on the ability of small shareholders to hold companies to account.  HL8935
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the resilience of the credit union sector.  HL8936 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of football clubs in the National League and the leagues below to remain in business during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8937
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of first class cricket clubs to remain in business during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8938
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future cost of business rates; and what plans they have to support businesses to afford any increase in those rates.  HL8939
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any loans from the Bounce Back Loan Scheme have been made to members of the Quintessentially Group.  HL8940
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last communicated with Greybull Capital and Petrol Jersey Limited about the repayment of the costs to taxpayers of repatriating UK passengers of Monarch Airlines when that airline collapsed.  HL8941
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring the COVID-19 restrictive measures at football clubs in line with those currently in place at concert venues.  HL8942
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will bring forward the proposed airline insolvency legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech.  HL8943
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on online travel agents.  HL8944
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update legislation covering the use of drones by law enforcement agencies (1) to incorporate provisions for transparency, and (2) to allow the development of guidance.  HL8945
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of (1) the increase of the use of drones by law enforcement agencies in England and Wales in the last four years, and (2) the reasons for any variation between police forces in their reliance on drones.  HL8946
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the transportation of illegal substances through county lines.  HL8947
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied child asylum seekers have entered the UK this year; and whether they plan to make the National Transfer Scheme compulsory for all local authorities.  HL8948
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government how many road fatalities and accidents were caused by driving under the influence of drugs over the past five years.  HL8949
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to award greater powers and responsibilities to Police and Crime Commissioners, including powers which would grant them authority within the criminal justice system.  HL8950
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases were awaiting trial in (1) the Crown Court, and (2) the Magistrates' Court, as of 30 June.  HL8951
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 5 August (HL7250), when they expect to be able to share the results of the pilot for the "book a video link" service with stakeholders.  HL8952
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 5 August (HL7251), whether Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service or the judiciary were among the interested parties with whom the findings of the final evaluation report of the Video Enabled Justice Programme were shared; and, if so, when any responses will be made public.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the COVID-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group have signed personal confidentiality agreements.  HL8954
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) personal confidentiality agreements; and (2) non-disclosure agreements, the Department for Education has signed with stakeholders and third parties advising the department on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8955
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the COVID-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group.  HL8956
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings of the COVID-19 Response School Stakeholder Advisory Group have taken place in 2020.  HL8957
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have formed a COVID-19 response University stakeholder advisory group; and if not, why not.  HL8958
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 7 October (HL8399), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what procedures they put in place to ensure the maximum use of capacity between 1 April and 1 September in hospitals operated by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network under their partnership agreement with th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 7 October (HL8398), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what estimate they have made of spare capacity between 1 April and 1 September in hospitals operated by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network under their partnership agreement with the NHS.  HL8960
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