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Questions for Written Answer for 12 October 2020

Tabled on 9 October 2020 and due for answer by 23 October 2020.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the responsibilities of the Clandestine Channel Threat Commander.  HL8961
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Clandestine Channel Threat Commander assesses the threats for which they are responsible.  HL8962
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional measures the Clandestine Channel Threat Commander will implement to reduce the number of migrant boats crossing the English Channel.  HL8963
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, in addition to the Fire Safety Review, to support people in shared ownership properties who cannot obtain a mortgage due to a lack of a cladding test certificate.  HL8964
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the insurance industry, and (2) housing association providers, about agreeing an insurance indemnity to enable those in shared ownership properties to obtain a mortgage and move when they do not have a cladding test certificate.  HL8965
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of (1) evidence of aerosol transmission of COVID-19, and (2) the adequacy of (a) current building regulations, and (b) guidance on provision of artificial and natural ventilation, particularly air exchange rates.  HL8966
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the numbers of street homeless people of the Home Office’s decision to restart asylum evictions from 15 September in England; and what plans they have to delay the proposed extension of this policy to Scotland and Wales until the data to permit such an assessment is available.  HL8967
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will arrange for a Minister to meet representatives of the No Recourse to Public Funds Network, following a request for such a meeting in their letter to the Prime Minister on 1 October; and if not, why not.  HL8968
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the use of Novichok by, and (2) the efficacy of sanctions on, Russia; what plans they have to review those sanctions; and what plans they have to call for the suspension of Russia from international organisations.  HL8969
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the Domestic Abuse Bill includes a requirement that data on domestic abuse is gathered on those aged 74 years old and over.  HL8970
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK's future energy needs; and what plans they have to increase the generation of nuclear power.  HL8971
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support, if any, they are providing to the fair trade movement.  HL8972
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the impact digital health passes could have on international travel.  HL8973
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal for a tidal lagoon near the Port of Mostyn in north Wales.  HL8974
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Local Government Association Fragmented Funding, published on 22 September.  HL8975 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of the law in respect of drink driving.  HL8976
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fixed penalty notices have been issued to those refusing to comply with any restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8977
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the enforcement of the restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic have been targeted (1) in areas with lower compliance, and (2) where COVID-19 infections are rising; and if so, where are those areas.  HL8978
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) individuals, and (2) businesses, there are with more than one fixed penalty notice for refusing to comply with the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8979
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken an impact assessment on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women; and if not, why not.  HL8980
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they have provided to women affected by domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8981
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have in place to ensure a supply of medicine and COVID-19 test equipment in the event of any shortage of such supplies.  HL8982
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to diversify the UK’s national telecommunications supply chain, particularly with regard to 5G infrastructure.  HL8983
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government which provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation will be incorporated into UK law at the end of the transition period; and what new mechanisms will be put in place to regulate future UK-to EU data transfers.  HL8984
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have provided to British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies during the COVID-19 pandemic; and whether this support will extend to the provision of vaccinations when trials are concluded.  HL8985
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the take-up of transporting freight by water, rather than by road.  HL8986
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Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty's Government how many licences were granted by the Export Licensing Unit for the exportation of (1) art, (2) antiques, and (3) cultural goods, in each year between 2015 and 2020.  HL8987
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to respond to reports of a low-income debt crisis emerging in the UK as a result of redundancies and income loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8988
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 7 October (HL8550) and (HL8549), what plans they have to provide copies of the official-level guidance and templates setting out their priorities for the Comprehensive Spending Review; and how they will ensure that funding assessments are ‘rural proofed’ and do n… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 October (HL8334), what plans they have to disclose the government of Turkey’s response to the representations made by UK officials over allegations that the Syrian National Army may have committed war crimes against Kurdish civilians in Afrin and the surround… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government why there are no BAME executive directors at NHS England.  HL8991
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban charities from using street fundraisers.  HL8992
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect critical national infrastructure from potentially hostile states, particularly in the nuclear sector.  HL8993
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations they have put in place to deal with any early onset of peak oil.  HL8994
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of investor interest in new nuclear power plants.  HL8995
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the free expression of will on the status of (1) Nagorno-Karabakh, (2) Scotland, (3) Hong Kong, and (4) Crimea, by those who live there.  HL8996
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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), whether they plan to roll out the Book a Video Link Service to further prisons and courts; and if so, (1) to list the sites, and (2) to provide information on when the system will go live in each site.  HL8997
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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), what plans they have to publish the data and feedback from all users of the Book a Video Link Service pilot at HMP Wandsworth.  HL8998
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