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Questions for Written Answer for 2 November 2020

Tabled on 29 October 2020 and due for answer by 12 November 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the Hong Kong police to establish a multiplatform hotline to encourage the public to report potential breaches of national security.  HL9754
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comment on 14 October by the Director General of MI5 that MI5 is "looking to do more against Chinese activity", what representations they intend to make to the other members of the Five Eyes alliance on the possibility of including additional countries geographically close to China, and in particular (1) India, (2) Ja… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 24 September (HL8051), what progress they have made on forming an agreement with the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation; and when preparations for any such agreement began.  HL9756
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of the UK Endorsement Board in insurance accounting; what authority the Board has to exercise its functions; what is the composition of the Board; and how the Board is funded.  HL9757
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Endorsement Board will be provided with publicly available legal advice to deliver the required endorsement criteria for the adoption of International Accounting Standards; and what processes they have in place to ensure that this advice will be free from conflicts of interest.  HL9758
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 24 September (HL8051), what is the proposed fee payable to the International Accounting Standards Board; and how that fee will be funded.  HL9759
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what the vetting process will be for organisations applying to host COP26 fringe meetings and events; and what plans they have to publish that process.  HL9760
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that sponsors and other organisations involved with COP26 are demonstrably committed to tackling climate change; and what criteria they intend to use to assess that commitment.  HL9761
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the creation of a content target for UK companies for the construction of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, what plans they have to create a similar target for High Speed 2.  HL9762
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown in (1) money, and (2) tonnes of steel, awarded to (a) British suppliers, and (b) non-British based suppliers, of the contracts awarded for constructional steel products for High Speed 2 to date.  HL9763
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Liverpool will be included within the list of ports designated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.  HL9764
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce procedures for the inspection of materials protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora when transporting musical instruments between Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.  HL9765
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the threshold number of (1) musical instruments, and (2) other related equipment, at which the holder will be required to purchase an ATA carnet for temporary export and import.  HL9766
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the musical instrument certificate application form FED0172 to remove the obligation to provide the owner’s details; and, if so, what procedure will be required to do so.  HL9767
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be a replacement for the social security certificate A1/E101 for self-employed UK citizens working in EEA countries; and, if so, what it will be.  HL9768
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update their COVID-19 guidelines to include professional musicians within the list of jobs qualifying for travel exemptions.  HL9769
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tighten the rules governing importation of trees and shrubs after 31 December.  HL9770
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the incidence of oak processionary moth in the UK in 2020 to date.  HL9771
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of calls for reforms to, and new investment in, bus services by the Local Government Association transport spokesperson Councillor David Renard on 28 October.  HL9772
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the potential bed capacity at each of the NHS Nightingale hospitals; and what is the expected timetable for bringing them into use in the near future.  HL9773
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the required full capacity staffing levels for each of the NHS Nightingale hospitals for (1) doctors, (2) nursing staff, (3) other health staff, (4) administrative staff, and (5) other ancillary staff; and, in each case, how many staff are currently available to start work at those hospitals.  HL9774
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Lord Greaves to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration the House of Lords Commission has given to the operation of the House in the event of (1) London entering Tier 3 of the COVID-19 restrictions, and (2) a 'circuit-breaker' lockdown across England lasting two or more weeks to address the pandemic.  HL9775
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalisations since August have been influenced by (1) the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, (2) the return of schools, colleges and universities in September, and (3) the deteriorating weather conditions and reduced hours of daylight; and what research,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total funding they have given to Rolls-Royce this year for their operations in the UK; what is the purpose of any such funding; and what additional funding they have offered.  HL9777
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the new arrangements coming into force in January 2021, citizens of Hong Kong who are not British National (Overseas) passport holders will need to obtain a visa (1) in advance of arrival to enter the UK, or (2) at the port of entry.  HL9778
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of breaches of ceasefires, what assessment they have made of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.  HL9779
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) missile attacks on the Azeri town of Barda, and (2) who was responsible for those attacks; and what representations they have made to the governments of Azerbaijan and Armenia about such attacks.  HL9780
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Syrian refugee camps in Idlib; and what action they are taking to prevent a humanitarian crisis amongst the inhabitants in those camps.  HL9781
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Russian military is using the Krasukha electronic warfare system on Azerbaijan’s TB-2 Bayraktar drones in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL9782
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are pursuing any new approaches to mediation in order (1) to make diplomatic progress, and (2) to end the civil war, in Yemen.  HL9783
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Prime Minister’s meeting with the Prime Minister of Iraq on 22 October, whether they have raised concerns over the competing influence of the governments of Iran and the United States in Iraq with the governments of those countries.  HL9784
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of the United States is considering (1) declaring a number of humanitarian organisations who have criticised the government of Israel over its policies toward Palestinians anti-Semitic, and (2) discouraging governments from supporting those organisations' work; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken in response to reports that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will face new charges in court on 2 November; whether they have secured consular access to her; and what assessment they have made of any correlation between her summons and the postponement of the hearing on a financial dispute between the UK a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to recent comments by the chairman of Accrington Stanley Football Club that "clubs below the Premier League have never been at higher risk", what plans they have to encourage the Premier League to provide financial support to struggling clubs in the English Football League.  HL9787
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to investigate the socioeconomic consequences for consumers of banks charging negative real interest rates.  HL9788
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 17 September (HL7806), whether they have reconsidered their decision to not publish the identity of recipients of loans taken out under (1) the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and (2) the Bounce Back Loan Scheme; and on what grounds, if any, they have reconsidered.  HL9789
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 17 September (HL7806), when they expect to publish the identity of recipients of loans taken out under (1) the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and (2) the Bounce Back Loan Scheme; and under what conditions they would publish such information.  HL9790
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their decision to launch a one-year Spending Review, whether their multi-year capital allocation for priority infrastructure projects includes projects in rural areas, in particular (1) the Community Housing Fund, especially for rural affordable housing schemes, and (2) the Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any EU plans for future enlargement.  HL9792
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to facilitate dialogue between the governments of Serbia and Kosovo; if so, what progress they have made; and what plans they have to make such representations alongside the EU after January 2021.  HL9793
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU development projects they support in the Western Balkans; and what plans they have to support such projects after January 2021.  HL9794
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution, if any, they have made to skills training for young people in the Western Balkans in response to continuing youth migration.  HL9795
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Lord Smith of Hindhead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether premises operating under a Club Premises Certificate are permitted to continue to supply alcohol to members without providing a substantial meal in any area within Tier 3 of the COVID-19 restrictions.  HL9796 [I]
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the files 'CAB93/7' relating to Operation Mincemeat are (1) still held in 10 Downing Street, (2) available for viewing, and (3) if so, under what conditions.  HL9797
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any misuse of Interpol procedures for political purposes by member countries.  HL9798
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Interpol for reforms that would prevent member states misusing Interpol procedures for political purposes.  HL9799
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Interpol to seek sanctions for member states that misuse Interpol procedures for political purposes.  HL9800
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the misuse of Interpol procedures for political purposes on the exposure of wrongdoing.  HL9801
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of member states who have sought to misuse Interpol procedures for political purposes.  HL9802
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