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Questions for Written Answer for 22 October 2020

Tabled on 21 October 2020 and due for answer by 4 November 2020.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a further update to the report by the Environment Agency, An updated lifecycle assessment for disposable and reusable nappies.  HL9399
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the impact of disposable nappy waste on the environment.  HL9400
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the use of reusable nappies.  HL9401
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 20 October (HL8966), what guidance they will provide on the operation and adaptation of ventilation provision in existing buildings, including (1) schools, (2) fitness facilities, and (3) retail premises and offices, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9402
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the actions of HS2 Ltd in the Jones’ Hill Wood area on protected species in that area; what discussions they have had with HS2 Ltd about ceasing any such further actions until a full presence and absence survey of all moderate and high potential bat roost trees at the site has been (1) un… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent job losses once the Job Support Scheme replaces the furlough scheme in November.  HL9404
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (a) single parent families, (b) low-income workers, and (c) young people, and (2) the adequacy of the support provided to those groups through the welfare system to address COVID-19 issues.  HL9405
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to facilitate the mass retraining and upskilling of people to enable them to work in COVID-19-proof industries.  HL9406
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the UK is prepared for pandemics and other threats in the future.  HL9407
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the Universal Credit housing allocation adequately supports recipients to pay their rent.  HL9408
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they plan to give to local councils to provide permanent accommodation to those at risk of homelessness.  HL9409
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government which regulations set the frequency and amount of instalments by which TV licence fees can be paid; what are the prescribed (1) weekly, (2) monthly, and (3) quarterly, instalment amounts of such fees; and whether those instalments can be paid by cheque.  HL9410
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the International Finance Corporation about the impact on (1) deforestation, (2) biodiversity, (3) water, and (4) soils, of producing feed for animals farmed in the projects which they fund.  HL9411
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the International Finance Corporation concerning the farm animal welfare standards of livestock projects that it funds.  HL9412
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they insist on animals being raised in a way that conforms to animal welfare standards in the UK when they fund international projects involving farming.  HL9413
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any consultation took place before the announcement that, in future, premium bond winners will not receive their cheques by post.  HL9414
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided any funds to support the Union Election Commission in Myanmar; if so, why; and what assessment they have made of reports that it has forbidden Rohingya people from standing as candidates.  HL9415
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many enforced returns they are in the process of carrying out because of a breach of asylum or immigration rules; and whether those subject to those returns have been informed.  HL9416
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of France about its ban on the distribution of food or drink in Calais.  HL9417
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they, and the OSCE Minsk Group, are taking to implement and verify the latest ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia; and whether the UK will provide observers.  HL9418
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 20 October (HL Deb, col 1471), what is the timetable for the consultation on the update to the UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides.  HL9419
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of adverse health impacts from exposure to pesticides have been reported to the National Poisons Information Service by (1) trained operatives, and (2) members of the public, in each of the last three years.  HL9420
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides has conducted a review into the effectiveness of regulatory enforcement of pesticide spraying in fields adjoining residential areas.  HL9421
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of adverse impacts from exposure to pesticides have been considered by the Health and Safety Executive, in each of the last three years.  HL9422
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9423
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Northern Ireland Office at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9424
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9425
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9426
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Leader of the House of Lords at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9427
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.  HL9428
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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 Civilian-led Transitional Government, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minawi and the Sudanese Alliance on 3 October; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision of the Sudan Liberation M… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the Alliance for COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.  HL9430
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing auto-enrolment for employee share schemes.  HL9431
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have participated in (1) a Save As You Earn, and (2) a Share Incentive Plan, scheme in each of the last five years.  HL9432
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths in England had COVID-19 listed as the primary cause of death on the death certificate in 2020 in the months of (1) March, (2) April, (3) May, (4) June, (5) July, (6) August, and (7) September.  HL9433
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to seek to include Taiwan as an observer at the forthcoming World Health Assembly, particularly at technical meetings relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9434
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the implementation of The New Decade, New Approach, published in January.  HL9435
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the provision of additional financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9436
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in bringing forward legislative proposals to address legacy issues in Northern Ireland.  HL9437
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have with the Northern Ireland Executive about the preparedness of ports of entry in Northern Ireland for the end of transition period.  HL9438
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact of the migration to Universal Credit on child poverty.  HL9439
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the existing syllabus for new recruits to the armed forces currently includes training on gambling related harm.  HL9440
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enact legislation similar to the Gambling Addiction Prevention Act 2019 in the United States, which legally requires the development and implementation of policies and programmes to prevent and treat gambling disorders among members of the armed forces and their dependants.  HL9441
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Greenhalgh on 1 October (HL8296) and on 19 October (HL8828), what assessment they have made of the impact of tackling the practices of 'land banking' and 'intentional delay' on the market absorption rates in the housing market.  HL9442
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, or plan to make, of the use of (1) tunnel, and (2) pod, disinfection systems to protect against COVID-19.  HL9443
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the substances used in (1) tunnel, and (2) pod, disinfection systems; and what were the results of any such assessment.  HL9444
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase support for apprentices who have been made redundant during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9445
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that training providers have struggled to offer remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they are taking to assist such providers.  HL9446
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential health risk posed by students sitting exams in 2021; and what plans they have to prepare alternative arrangements.  HL9447
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Construction Industry Council Build back better: Improving the apprenticeship system to better support infrastructure, published in September; and what plans they have to review the flexibility of the apprenticeship levy.  HL9448
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the BBC since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic about their obligations under the Royal Charter for the continuance of the British Broadcasting Corporation, presented to Parliament in December 2016, “to provide impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost (1) in total, and (2) per pupil, of providing lunches to pupils in (a) primary, and (b) secondary, schools.  HL9450
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost (1) in total, and (2) per pupil, of breakfast clubs in (a) primary, and (b) secondary, schools.  HL9451
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place to ensure that meals provided to pupils in (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools meet national standards for nutritional value.  HL9452
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Counter Terrorism Advisory Network last met to discuss concerns about the terminology used to describe faith-claimed terrorism; and how many organisations (1) were invited to attend that meeting, and (2) attended.  HL9453
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 20 October (HL8957), whether they will list the members of the Department for Education's COVID-19 Recovery Advisory Group.  HL9454
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 3 August (HL7037), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what has been the total cost to the public purse of the UK’s participation in recent proceedings before the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to mark International Stammering Awareness Day on 22 October, and (2) to develop technology across the NHS which ensures equal access to specialist speech and language therapy for people who stammer.  HL9456
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