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Questions for Written Answer for 21 October 2020

Tabled on 20 October 2020 and due for answer by 3 November 2020.

Lord Allan of Hallam to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of legal challenges from privacy advocates against transfers of personal data between businesses in the EU and the UK after 31 December.  HL9344
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Lord Allan of Hallam to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop new bilateral agreements to facilitate transfers of personal data between businesses in the UK and the United States after 31 December.  HL9345
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 19 October (HL Deb, cols 1272–5), in how many instances citizenship fees were waived during the last twelve months for which figures are available; how many of those waivers involved children; and what plans they have to undertake a children’s best interest assessment… 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 their response to the report by the House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee The UK and Sub-Saharan Africa: prosperity, peace and development cooperation, published on 18 September, how they are working with the government of France on shared priority issues in Cameroon and Nigeria; whether the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many students at (1) secondary schools, (2) sixth forms, and (3) University Technical Colleges, did not attend in the week ending 16 October because they were isolating or quarantined; and how many of those students had access to a computer and an internet connection to facilitate remote learning.  HL9348
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) 16 year olds, (2) 17 year olds, and (3) 18 year olds, have registered as unemployed in the last three months.  HL9349
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many loans were made to students who were studying for (1) Higher National Certificate, and (2) Higher National Diploma, qualifications in (1) 2017, (2) 2018, and (3) 2019.  HL9350
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending the Green Homes Grant scheme to March 2022; and what plans they have to provide funding for that purpose.  HL9351
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for removing VAT from domestic microgeneration renewable products and installations to help consumers to adopt domestic renewable energy sources.  HL9352
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of staff working for the NHS through wholly-owned subsidiaries not being included in workforce race equality standard figures; and what plans they have to ensure those staff are included in future figures.  HL9353
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Medact False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare, published on 2 July, particularly its finding that there is evidence that Prevent undermines key duties of health professionals, including (1) confidentiality, (2) duty of care to the patient, a… 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 which organisations, groups or contractors were involved in the (1) development, (2) construction, and (3) contents, of the Simple Energy Advice website.  HL9355
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific evidence supports their advice to “avoid using public transport” in certain situations as part of their COVID-19 mitigation measures.  HL9356
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to improve the air quality inside public transport vehicles.  HL9357
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to modify railway fares in the light of changing demand.  HL9358
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 September (HL8116), what plans they have to publish the terms of reference for the Home Office review into the right to work of asylum seekers.  HL9359
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 September (HL8116), what external organisations have been (1) formally, and (2) informally, consulted as part of the Home Office review into the right to work of asylum seekers.  HL9360
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 9 September (HL Deb, col 820), when the review into the right to work of asylum seekers will be laid before the House.  HL9361
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current intergovernmental relations between the governments of Rwanda and Burundi.  HL9362
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the return of Burundian refugees from Rwanda; and what steps they have taken to support any such resettlement.  HL9363
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking in response to the report by the UN Human Rights Council Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, published on 16 September.  HL9364
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government which British embassies have active projects under the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative; and for any such projects, what they entail.  HL9365
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of projects completed under the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative since March 2018.  HL9366
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the UK team of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict has been deployed since March 2018; to which countries they have been deployed; and what was the outcome as a result of each such deployment.  HL9367
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they have made in the last financial year (1) to UN programming on combating sexual and gender based violence, (2) to the UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict, and (3) to the UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict network; and what contributions they plan for this financial yea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister has received a joint letter, dated 2 September, from community organisations representing Cypriots, Armenians, Kurds and Egyptians in the UK about the government of Turkey's military actions; and if so, what assessment they have made of that letter.  HL9369
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of casualties, and (2) the damage to houses, schools and infrastructure, in (a) the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and (b) Azerbaijan, and (2) the appeal for funds by the International Committee of the Red Cross to help address the COVID-19 pandemic in that region.  HL9370
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the petition to stop the deportation of Osime Brown  receiving over 250,000 signatures, what plans they have (1) to assess the compassionate factors relating to his case, and (2) to review his deportation.  HL9371
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the peace agreement signed between Sudan’s transitional government and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front on 3 October.  HL9372
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 19 October (HL Deb, col 1275), whether the "task and finish" exercise promised at the Report stage of the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill will address the barriers to children registering their right to citizenship.  HL9373
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Carers UK Caring behind closed doors: 6 months on, published on 20 October, what additional support they intend to provide for carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9374
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many men have (1) worked for their current employer for less than 26 weeks, (2) become unemployed, or (3) become self-employed, for each month (a) this year and (b) last year; and what estimate they have made of the equivalent figures for each month of 2021.  HL9375
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government how many independent sector beds are used by the NHS for the treatment of patients with eating disorders in (1) England, (2) the North of England, (3) the Midlands and East of England, (4) London, and (5) the South of England; how many such beds in each region are for (a) children and young people, and (b) adults; and what was the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the BBC Panorama programme Sport's Hidden Crisis, broadcast on 19 October, what discussions they have had with UK Sport regarding (1) minimising the risks of competitors developing eating disorders, and (2) supporting those with them.  HL9377
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the government of China’s election to the UN Human Rights Council on 13 October, and (2) the impact of that election on that Council’s ability to hold the government of China accountable for the human rights situation in that country.  HL9378
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 1 May 2019 (HL Deb, col 1020) that they intend to "ensure that the review takes into account the benefits offered by new treatments for severe life-threatening and rare diseases", what plans they have to provide assurances that NICE will not end the use of rarity as a deci… 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 plans they have to fund free breakfast provision during school holidays.  HL9380
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with universities regarding a move to online teaching.  HL9381
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Confederation of British Industry Learning for life: Funding a world-class adult education system, published on 19 October.  HL9382
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to replace the Union Learning Fund to ensure that workers continue to have access to training.  HL9383
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take, if any, to protect olive groves and farmland in Palestine from damage by Israeli settlers.  HL9384
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Our Beautiful Game Saving the Beautiful Game: Manifesto for Change, published on 15 October; whether they will refer to that Manifesto in their planned fan-led review of football; and what plans they have to meet football administrators and specialist Members of both Houses to discuss the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 March (HL2020), what is their latest estimate of (1) the completion dates for each of three phases of the design and build phase of the Emergency Services Network, and (2) the cost to completion of each phase.  HL9386
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent to date on independent management and technical consultants contracted to advise and assist with the design and build of the Emergency Services Network.  HL9387
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to receive the report of part one of the internal review of the Police and Crime Commissioner model.  HL9388
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 30 September (HL8220), why they have ceased funding of the Union Learning Fund with effect from March 2021 when the capacity for the National Skills Fund to replace it is not known.  HL9389
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of children with special educational needs and disabilities who are absent from school, and (2) the extent to which the lack of sufficient support and staffing necessary for those children to return safely is a factor in their absence.  HL9390
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the challenges facing the parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities as outlined in the BBC Panorama programme Fighting for an Education, broadcast on 7 September.  HL9391
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the outcome of their review of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities.  HL9392
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made as a result of the Digital Connectivity Cluster led by the UK and South Africa.  HL9393
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure future trade deals do not impose new costs for (1) regulatory inspections and approvals, (2) trade licences, and (3) country of origin requirements on British (a) importers, and (b) exporters.  HL9394
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to explore non-reciprocal mechanisms to allow continued market access if their negotiations with the government of Ghana to reach a continuity trade agreement are not successful.  HL9395
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they plan to provide to encourage the target growth in exports.  HL9396
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the potential of digital trade to aid economic recovery from COVID-19, and (2) the digital divide between the UK and developing countries; and what plans they have to increase their spending on communication and digitisation capacity building to more than 0.2 per cent of the Foreign, Commonweal… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what legal protections for business that need to be applied globally in order to function are best addressed in (1) multilateral fora, and (2) bilateral free trade agreements.  HL9398
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