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Questions for Written Answer for 14 October 2020

Tabled on 13 October 2020 and due for answer by 27 October 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to respond to the representations made to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community about the murder of Professor Naeem Ud Din Khattak; and what representations they intend to make, if any, to the Pakistan High Commissioner to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the case, and (2) the health and well-being, of Zhang Zhan who is reportedly on hunger strike whilst detained in China; and what representations they have made to the government of China about her detention.  HL9105
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to increase the capacity of the Department of Health and Social Care to provide answers to Questions for Written Answer on time.  HL9106
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their letter sent to GPs and Clinical Commissioning Groups on 14 September about the importance of providing face to face appointments, what steps they are taking to ensure that such appointments are made available at GP surgeries.  HL9107
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether environmental impact assessments take adequate account of fungi.  HL9108
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Lord Berkeley of Knighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of river pollution caused by existing chicken farms; and what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about possible river pollution from chicken farms which have planning permission pending.  HL9109
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of compliance with the Equality Act 2010 of decisions to move male prisoners who are gender transitioning to female prison units.  HL9110
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to assess decisions to move biologically male prisoners with a Gender Recognition Certificate into a female prison unit when the prison in question has a transgender unit.  HL9111
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people received a CBE or higher honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, published on 9 October, in each of (1) the regions in England, and (2) the nations of the UK.  HL9112
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of each category of honours were awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, published on 9 October, to people in (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, (3) Northern Ireland, and (4) each of the regions of England, as a (a) number, and (b) percentage, of that country or region's population.  HL9113
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many honours were awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, published on 9 October, to people in (1) London, and (2) each English city region that has a mayor, per head of population of that city or region.  HL9114
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Orders of Merit or Companions of Honour have been awarded in the last 25 years to those resident at the time in (1) London, and (2) Yorkshire.  HL9115
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Lord Broers to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the acquisition of Arm by NVIDIA, and (2) whether such an acquisition is in the national interest.  HL9116
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The Lord Bishop of Carlisle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the passing of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 on 25 June, what information and guidance they plan to provide online about the availability of counselling and mediation services for couples going through the procedure of divorce.  HL9117
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with the governments of (1) Indonesia, (2) Malaysia, and (3) Thailand, and appropriate UN agencies, to provide (a) financial assistance, and (b) humanitarian support, for Rohingya communities in those countries.  HL9118
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide (1) funding for, and (2) technical assistance, to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Trust Fund for Humanitarian Relief Efforts to promote regional cooperation for states addressing irregular migration from Myanmar.  HL9119
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of (1) Indonesia, (2) Malaysia, and (3) Thailand, (a) to permit entry to additional refugees from, and (b) to refrain from repatriating refugees to, Myanmar.  HL9120
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide atrocity prevention training to UK embassy and diplomatic personnel based in fragile states.  HL9121
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of existing international capabilities to meet any global increase in identity-based violence; and what plans they have to appoint a Minister to act as a Special Envoy on Genocide.  HL9122
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) humanitarian, and (2) reconstruction, assistance they have provided in (a) Latakia, (b) Tartus, and (c) central Homs, Syria, following forest fires in those provinces.  HL9123
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Lord Dobbs to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer a COVID-19 vaccination to the entire population if such a vaccine is developed.  HL9124
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of women’s organisations the Government Equalities Office regularly engages with; and by what methods that Office engages with those women’s organisations.  HL9125
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of some mortgage providers requiring an External Wall Survey 1 certificate before lending to homeowners wishing to re-mortgage or sell their properties; and what steps they are taking to support those homeowners.  HL9126
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government how long they estimate it will take to carry out External Wall Surveys (EWS) on all buildings that are currently required by mortgage providers to have an EWS1 certificate before owners can re-mortgage or sell their properties.  HL9127
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government how many buildings, including those (1) with shared ownership properties, and (2) over 18 metres tall, are currently required by mortgage providers to have an External Wall Survey 1 form before an owner can re-mortgage or sell properties within that building.  HL9128
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government to what level new COVID-19 infection cases must fall before they allow sports venues to reopen to spectators.  HL9129
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they plan to hold with the government of the United States in November and December 2020.  HL9130
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Cheltenham Playhouse was not included in their recent award of support for arts venues.  HL9131
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to reinstate 24-hour opening of Cheltenham General Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.  HL9132
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  following the example of the government of New Zealand and to reflect the economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic being felt by the general public, whether there are plans to reduce the allowances paid to Members by 10 per cent.  HL9133
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of (1) the dangers of the use of electric scooters on public highways, and (2) any safety measures which may be required as a result.  HL9134
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of calls for debt relief from emerging economies to help manage (1) the healthcare, and (2) the economic, consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9135
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' statement on 9 July that "the greatest threat we face now is not the [COVID-19] virus itself, rather it is the lack of leadership and solidarity at the global and national levels".  HL9136
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 7 October that they intend to legislate to change the language and presentation of information in debt letters, what changes they plan to make to letters and notices from HMRC to taxpayers deemed to be in default on tax payments.  HL9137
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Transport at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9138
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Ministry of Defence at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9139
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9140
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9141
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Ministry of Justice at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9142
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of part one of their review into the role of Police and Crime Commissioners which was due to have reported to the Home Secretary by October.  HL9143
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Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the COVID-19 pandemic, what actions and changes the Rose Review Board intends to recommend (1) to support, and (2) to increase the number of, female entrepreneurs.  HL9144
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Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty's Government when an update report from the Women's Business Council will be published; and whether the work of the Council will address issues regarding female entrepreneurship in addition to its work on the gender pay gap.  HL9145
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Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  HL9146
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that money saved by local authorities is spent on improving (1) the standard, and (2) the availability, of public lavatories should the Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill be passed by Parliament.  HL9147
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what mental health services they make available to refugees housed at repurposed barracks in (1) Penally, and (2) Folkestone.  HL9148
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that asylum seekers in temporary accommodation have access to free legal advice.  HL9149
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of UK residents who contracted COVID-19 whilst on an aeroplane.  HL9150
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have contracted any non-governmental organisation to select election monitors to observe the elections in the United States on 3 November.  HL9151
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Lord Robertson of Port Ellen to ask Her Majesty's Government what due diligence was carried out on PPE Medpro Ltd prior to it being awarded a contract for the supply of personal protective equipment to the NHS; and what account was taken of that company having been incorporated in May with a share capital of £100 prior to it being awarded that contract.  HL9152
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the number, and (2) the value, of COVID-19-related contracts awarded to (a) KPMG, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst & Young, (e) G4S, and (f) Serco.  HL9153
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of business liquidations which remain incomplete after (1) 5 years, (2) 10 years, and (3) 15 years or more, after their commencement.  HL9154
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government who were the ultimate beneficial recipients of (1) the £15 million fine and £5,635,014 costs levied by the Financial Reporting Council on Deloitte on 17 September in respect of audit failures at Autonomy Corporation Plc, and (2) the £500,000 and £250,000 fines levied upon two Deloitte partners.  HL9155 [I]
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the number, and (2) the value, of Defined Benefit Pension Schemes rescued by the Pension Protection Fund after a pre-pack administration.  HL9156
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government which body is responsible for monitoring payments of possible illegal dividends; and how many cases that body has examined in the last five years.  HL9157 [I]
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the judgment in Travel Document Service & Anor v Revenue & Customs (Corporation tax – tax avoidance scheme) UKUT 45 (TCC) by the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) on 7 February 2017, whether they have (1) investigated, (2) fined, or (3) prosecuted, Deloitte for any role it had in unlawful tax avoidance schemes.  HL9158… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove barriers to COVID-19 financial support for BAME run businesses.  HL9159
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by the Food Foundation, published on 12 October, which found that 900,000 more children have been registered for free school meals.  HL9160
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they, if any, have to compel major transnational companies to improve working conditions in the UK.  HL9161
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) local authorities in London, and (2) the Greater London Authority, about the ethnicity pay gap in London.  HL9162
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of military violence in Gaza on the mental health of children living there.  HL9163
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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 (1) Maidstone Crown Court, and (2) Canterbury Crown Court; and when they estimate that the present backlogs will be cleared at each of these Courts.  HL9164
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