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Questions for Written Answer for 29 October 2020

Tabled on 28 October 2020 and due for answer by 11 November 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether British Nationals (Overseas) can include any years they have spent residing in the UK under a Tier 4 or Tier 5 visa towards the residency criteria in an application for indefinite leave to remain under the new pathway to citizenship.  HL9699
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal for a new charter city in the north of England for persons with Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) status arriving in the UK; and if they have not made such an assessment, what plans they have to do so.  HL9700
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell (HL5829) on 21 October, what was the cost of using laboratory facilities in the USA for processing the 66,648 tests; which company or companies were used in sending those tests to the USA; what percentage of tests processed in the USA yielded usable data; and what impact the addi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell (HL5829) on 21 October, what is the cost of sending 150,000 tests under the Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT-1) to German laboratories; what impact did the additional time taken to process these tests in Germany have on NHS test and trace services; which comp… 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 what estimate they have made of (1) the number and percentage of total batteries that are discarded into general waste each year, and (2) how many fires are caused in waste disposal facilities each year by discarded batteries; what assessment they have made of the level of environmental contamination caused by discar… 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 what the fatality rate from COVID-19 is among (1) individuals with a residence permit with the condition of no recourse to public funds, and (2) individuals who are not subject to the residency condition of no recourse to public funds.  HL9704
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have collected data on the number of businesses prepared for the ending of access to the VAT MOSS system on 31 December; and what plans they have to seek an extension of access to VAT MOSS for UK businesses.  HL9705
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support behavioural, environmental and social science interventions against COVID-19; and what assessment they have made of investing in such interventions.  HL9706
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to advance the use of biological control of Japanese knotweed.  HL9707
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund natural forest regeneration (1) to replace conifer plantations, and (2) for currently non-forested sites.  HL9708
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 27 October (HL9110 and HL9111), how many transgender prisoners who have obtained a gender recognition certificate there are in each women’s prison; how many of those were sentenced to that prison term because of an assault against a woman; and what risk assessment they h… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the hospitality arrangements for COP26; and what plans they have to publish the procurement process for those arrangements in full.  HL9710
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what budget has been allocated to public engagement campaigns to change behaviours before COP26; what organisations they will partner with to deliver any such campaigns; and when any such public engagement campaigns will be announced.  HL9711
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government with how many governments they have started pre-negotiations in advance of COP26.  HL9712
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their parliamentary engagement strategy for COP26.  HL9713
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses there were to the roads policing review: call for evidence which closed on 5 October; and when they expect to publish their response to any such evidence received.  HL9714
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Impact of COVID-19 on DCMS sectors: First Report (HC 291), published on 20 July, what plans they have, if any, to establish a Creators Council to engage with representatives of the creative workforce.  HL9753
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide more funding for public libraries.  HL9715
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide increased funding for the Public Lending Right during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9716
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital aged 80 or over received ICU treatment; and how many of those patients survived.  HL9717
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital aged 80 or over died of the disease without receiving ICU treatment before being discharged.  HL9718
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) which types of, algorithms they use to decide access or eligibility for welfare payment or services.  HL9719
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Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of bad leavers from Save As You Earn schemes in each of the last five years.  HL9720
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Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total value of savings held by bad leavers participating in Save As You Earn schemes, before they exited, in each of the last five years.  HL9721
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Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total value forfeited in share growth as a result of participants in Save As You Earn schemes exiting as bad leavers in each of the last five years.  HL9722
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps (1) they, and (2) the Environment Agency, are taking to ensure that surface water bodies in England meet a ‘good’ standard under the Water Framework Directive.  HL9723
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their statement that “there is a shortage of affordable housing, particularly for local workers” in rural areas in their response on 2 July 2019 to the report by the Select Committee on the Rural Economy Time for a strategy for the rural economy (HL Paper 330, Session 2017–19), what is the net increase in aff… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address (1) low pay among those living in rural areas, and (2) the gap in average earnings between those living in rural and urban areas.  HL9725
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been submitted to the Clean Growth Fund; and how many of those applications were from Northern Ireland.  HL9726
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and what financial assistance they have provided in response.  HL9727
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan to cooperate with the International Committee of the Red Cross to facilitate the return of prisoners of war and bodies from the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL9728
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what representation they have made to the government of Azerbaijan to desist from targeting civilian infrastructure and cultural and religious sites in its military offensive in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL9729
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat of mass atrocities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL9730
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what infrastructure is required to transfer energy from battery storage to the National Grid; and whether pylons form part of that infrastructure.  HL9731
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government whether energy stored in batteries for the National Grid is used to provide energy to communities located near to such batteries.  HL9732
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to paragraph 7.7 of the Explanatory Memorandum to the Corporate Insolvency and Governance (Coronavirus) (Extension of the Relevant Period) Regulations 2020, when will (1) the permanent procedural moratorium rules be laid before Parliament under the Corporate and Insolvency Governance Act 2020, and (2) the cons… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many spot checks and inspections of employer premises have been conducted by the Health and Safety Executive to ensure that they are COVID-19 secure in each of the past six months for which figures are available.  HL9734
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether people considered clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 will automatically be considered a priority for a COVID-19 vaccination, regardless of age.  HL9735
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Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty's Government, if Nightingale Hospital beds in (1) Manchester, (2) Sunderland, and (3) Harrogate are used to maximum capacity, how many (a) nurses would be required, (b) at what grade would these nurses have to be qualified, and (c) how many nurses are currently employed by the NHS.  HL9736
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Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty's Government if Nightingale Hospital beds in (1) Manchester, (2) Sunderland, and (3) Harrogate are used to maximum capacity, how many (a) doctors would be required, (b) at what grade would these doctors have to be qualified, and (c) how many doctors are currently employed by the NHS.  HL9737
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that providers of the proposed new weight management services (1) receive training on eating disorders, and (2) can work with eating disorder services to appropriately support those requiring treatment for binge eating disorder.  HL9738
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments in the Sahel region about (1) addressing the Central Sahel crisis, and (2) prioritising efforts to address gender-based violence.  HL9739
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the scale of attacks carried out by Nigerian security forces on protestors in Nigeria; and what assistance they are providing to programmes in that country that aim to strengthen the freedom of expression and the rule of law.  HL9740
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the State of Global Air Report 2020, published by the Health Effects Institute in October, in particular its finding that air pollution contributed to nearly 500,000 deaths among infants in their first month of life in 2019.  HL9741
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the deaths in the English Channel on 27 October, what plans they have to urgently arrange a safe legal route for refugees to enter the United Kingdom.  HL9742
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to respond to the Question for Written Answer tabled by Lord Roberts of Llandudno on 21 April (HL3216).  HL9743
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of all soy sauce that was imported into the UK in 2019 was from (1) the EU, and (2) Japan.  HL9744
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the tariff for soy sauce entering the UK from Japan under existing EU trade arrangements; and what the tariff will be under the UK-Japan trade deal.  HL9745
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide free school meals during school holidays for vulnerable children who attend school in local authority areas where such meals are not provided.  HL9746
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Baroness Stuart of Edgbaston to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the scope of the Orchestra Tax Relief to include digital-only performances.  HL9747
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Baroness Stuart of Edgbaston to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to temporarily increase the percentage claimable under Orchestra Tax Relief for the 2021/22 tax year.  HL9748
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that apprenticeship schemes are available to young people from lower income backgrounds.  HL9749
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Learning and Work Institute Crisis in the Capital, published on 27 October; and what steps they are taking to create new jobs in London.  HL9750
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Resolution Foundation Jobs, jobs, jobs; evaluating the effects of the current economic crisis in the UK labour market, published on 27 October.  HL9751
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of job loss estimates reported by the New Economics Forum on 21 October; and what plans they have to increase the wage subsidy for businesses accessing COVID-19 economic support.  HL9752
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