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Questions for Written Answer for 26 October 2020

Tabled on 22 October 2020 and due for answer by 5 November 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they used the services of ADM Group to procure personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic; if so, (1) what equipment they purchased, and (2) how much that equipment cost; and whether any such equipment was procured by that company from Hubei Haixin Protective Products Group Co., Ltd.  HL9457
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the decision of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights in the Canadian Parliament to designate actions by the government of China against its Uyghur population to be a genocide; and what plans they have, if any, to enable an appropriate judicial authority in the UK (1) to con… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government why they ceased publication of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme data by local authority area in May 2020.  HL9459
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme data by local authority area from May 2020 onwards.  HL9460
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme data by UK Parliamentary constituency.  HL9461
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with the general secretaries of the trade unions which represent workers in the railway sector about the Railways Pension Scheme.  HL9462
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the cancellation of organised fireworks displays this year, what steps they are taking (1) to ensure bonfire night safety, and (2) to prevent firework related injuries.  HL9463
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential benefits to patients of designating dentists and dental teams as key workers.  HL9464
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward proposals (1) to improve children’s oral health, and (2) to reduce the number of children admitted to hospital for dental extractions in England.  HL9465
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the provision of supervised tooth brushing programmes for children; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of those programmes on reducing oral health inequalities in children in England.  HL9466
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the supply of radioactive isotopes and radioactive sources for cancer services after 31 December.  HL9467
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the timely (1) supply, and (2) transit, of replacement radiotherapy machine parts into the UK following 31 December.  HL9468
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Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that AirBnB will share data with HMRC about the earnings of hosts in the UK for the years 2017/18 and 2018/19, what steps they are taking to ensure all short term letting agencies do the same; and what plans they have to share this data with local councils to ensure properties in their areas are let for… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have been held between the UK Space Agency and the Shetland Island Council about locating a spaceport on Unst; and what have been the outcomes from any such discussions.  HL9470
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Mayor of London about ending (1) the temporary rise in cost, and (2) the extension of the hours of operation, of the Congestion Charge; and what has been the outcome of any such representations.  HL9471
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in their campaign to recruit 20,000 new police officers.  HL9472
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the age profile of those recruited through their campaign to recruit 20,000 new police officers.  HL9473
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to ensure that workforce representation in policing reflects the communities in which officers will serve.  HL9474
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with Transport for London on plans for a Chelsea station on King's Road in proposals for Crossrail 2; and whether such plans are still included in the latest proposals.  HL9475
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the £20 per week increase in the standard rate of Universal Credit to people remaining on legacy benefits such as Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support.  HL9476
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to replace Universal Credit Advance Payment loans with grants or 'starter payments' to reduce applicants' accrual of debt during the five-week waiting period.  HL9477
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publicise and promote the Alternative Payment Arrangements for Universal Credit.  HL9478
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the management of temporary accommodation for asylum applicants in Glasgow; whether they intend to consult (1) the Scottish Refugee Council, and (2) Glasgow MPs, on this matter; and whether any such consultation will incorporate (a) mental health provision, and (b) the use of contractors.  HL9479
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 19 October (HL8726), whether the interim Office of Environmental Protection will have the resources to begin to investigate complaints prior to the granting of formal powers to do so when it is established in law.  HL9480
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 19 October (HL8726), whether the Office of Environmental Protection will be granted additional resources to deal with any backlog of complaints occurring following the delay in its establishment.  HL9481
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 19 October (HL8726), what will be the status of environmental complaints involving the UK currently under consideration by the EU if they are unresolved when the transition period ends on 1 January 2021.  HL9482
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the membership of the Climate Action Strategy Committee; how many times it has met since October 2019; and whether its minutes are published.  HL9483
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the membership of the Climate Action Implementation Committee; how many times it has met; and whether its minutes are published.  HL9484
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether parents who need to care for children who are self-isolating as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for the one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.  HL9485
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a payment of £500 from the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme can be received by the same person more than once; and, if so, whether there is a limit on the number of times it can be received.  HL9486
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the implications of the decision to conduct a one-year spending review for the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL9487
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recent pro-democracy protests in Thailand, what is their assessment of the current political situation in that country.  HL9488
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the implications of the Iran-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for (1) the UK, and (2) the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  HL9489
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the annulment of the outcome of the 4 October Parliamentary elections by the Central Election Committee of Kyrgyzstan, what assessment they have made of the political situation in Kyrgyzstan; and what discussions they have held, if any, with the government of Kyrgyzstan to support the safeguarding of the democrati… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien to the Aspen Security Forum on 16 October, what is their strategic assessment of the prospects of offensive action by the government of China against Taiwan.  HL9491
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised objections to the approval of new settlement homes in the West Bank with the government of Israel; what assessment they have made, if any, of the number of new settlement homes that have been advanced in the West Bank this year; and what is their assessment of the impact of the increase in new settlem… 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 announcement that the long-term spending review will be replaced by a one-year spending review, whether plans to service the UK with fibre broadband by 2025 will be included as a multi-year capital allocation priority infrastructure project.  HL9493
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 May (HL4189), how many successful applications were made to the Integrated Activity Fund by the National Crime Agency in the 2019/20 financial year; and what was the value of each of those applications.  HL9494
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 May (HL4189), which Government departments applied to the Integrated Activity Fund for funding during the (1) 2016/17, (2) 2018/19, and (3) 2020/21, financial years; and which of those applications were granted.  HL9495
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Invitation for Proposals for a Single Tier of Local Government issued to principal authorities in Cumbria by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 9 October, what plans they have to consider proposals that cross existing county boundaries.  HL9496
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Police National Computer (PNC) was last unavailable to police forces in England and Wales due to a power outage at the PNC Data Centre at Hendon; and how long it took to restore the PNC to normal service.  HL9497
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government who is the Director of the National Law Enforcement Data Programme.  HL9498
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