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Questions for Written Answer for 3 November 2020

Tabled on 2 November 2020 and due for answer by 16 November 2020.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to instruct all care homes to ensure any Do Not Attempt CPR orders imposed since 1 March on any of their residents’ files are reviewed immediately, in consultation with residents or their representatives.  HL9803
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they have established to assess independently the capacity of care homes to accept safely COVID-19 positive patients from hospital; and who is responsible for that assessment.  HL9804
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a national system to enable care home residents to have meaningful visits from relatives by treating named family members in the same way as key workers who are tested weekly.  HL9805
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made (1) of reports of persecution based on religion or belief in North Korea, and (2) the report by Korea Future Initiative Persecuting Faith: Documenting religious freedom violations in North Korea, published in October; and what plans they have to impose sanctions on those responsible for any such… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they hold details of organ transplant patients who travelled to China for their transplant since 2015.  HL9807
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish (1) the number, and (2) the transplant details, of organ transplant patients who travelled to China for their transplant since 2015.  HL9808
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the number of organ transplant patients who received their transplant overseas since 2015.  HL9809
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 patients have been admitted to hospitals in Liverpool in the last two weeks for which figures are available; whether such admissions have increased or plateaued; and how many patients due to receive treatment in these hospitals for other conditions have now had this treatment cancelled.  HL9810
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consulted the Places of Worship Taskforce before announcing the closure of places of worship as part of the national COVID-19 restrictions in England planned from 5 November; what assessment they have made of any issues resulting from churches’ COVID-19 safety measures; and what assessment they have made of wheth… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of quad bike theft in the UK; and what research they have undertaken, if any, on whether stolen quad bikes are being sold on (1) within the UK, or (2) overseas.  HL9812
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of HMRC investigating all quad bikes exported from the UK in ISO shipping containers using search technology like backscatter X-ray scanners.  HL9813
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government how many shipping containers have been found by HMRC to contain stolen construction equipment for export in the last 12 months for which figures are available.  HL9814
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government how many shipping containers have been found by HMRC to contain stolen quad bikes for export in the last 12 months for which figures are available.  HL9815
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government how many shipping containers have been found by HMRC to contain stolen cars for export in the last 12 months for which figures are available.  HL9816
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of demands arising from Environmental Land Management schemes on Natural England; and what plans they have to increase that organisations funding.  HL9817
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to improve knowledge of, (2) to implement, and (3) to enforce, their farming rules for water.  HL9818
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of traditional orchards in England that are in a favourable condition.  HL9819
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support an international treaty for global pollinator stewardship and pollinator ecosystem restoration.  HL9820
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 13 October (HLWS503), what plans they have to produce a revised plan for the remainder of HS2 encompassing (1) a revised estimated total cost, (2) revised estimated passenger demand reflecting changes in travel behaviour due to COVID-19, (3) a revised design for Euston S… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest funding envelope for HS2, broken down by (1) Phase 1 (Euston to Old Oak Common), (2) Phase 1 (Old Oak Common to the West Midlands), (3) Phase 2a, (4) Phase 2b Western Leg, and (5) Phase 2b Eastern Leg.  HL9822
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 27 October (HL9112), what is the breakdown of honours received by region or nation in the UK as a percentage of the population of each such region or nation.  HL9823
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Permitted Paid Engagement visa will be extended to citizens in the European Economic Area after the end of the transition period.  HL9824
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord True on 21 October (HL Deb, col 1538), whether their offer on mode 4 includes expanding the list of permitted activities to enable musicians' performing and touring activities.  HL9825
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the music sector to discuss the requirement, particularly for self-employed musicians, of a flexible and affordable mechanism allowing short-term visa-free work travel.  HL9826
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to review the public health allocation formulae for local authorities.  HL9827
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what framework they have put in place to assess the success of UK sanctions.  HL9828
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government how those universities which receive public funding are accountable to the taxpayer for decisions about their curricula, including decisions on whether or not to decolonise the history curriculum.  HL9829
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by NHS England in advising on the service specifications for children’s cancer services.  HL9830
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by Highways England in improving the safety of smart motorways.  HL9831
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 October (HL9278), what was the total number of police officers in England in 2010.  HL9832
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 October (HL9278), what was the total number of police officers in England in 2015.  HL9833
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 October (HL9278), what was the total number of police officers in the latest year for which figures are available.  HL9834
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 October (HL9280), how many police officers there are per head of the population in each Police Force Area in South West England.  HL9835
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 October (HL9280), how many police officers there are per head of the population in each Police Force Area in South East England.  HL9836
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 October (HL9280), how many police officers there are per head of the population in each Police Force Area in the East of England.  HL9837
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Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they undertake country-specific risk assessments for countries in Africa before deciding whether visitors to the UK from those countries have to self-isolate due to COVID-19.  HL9838
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Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty's Government what help and support they are providing to authorities in Norfolk dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak at a meat processing plant in Watton.  HL9839
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Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the steps taken by the Office for National Statistics to ensure that parliamentary constituency boundary data for March is made available promptly to the Boundary Commissions ahead of the next review of constituency boundaries.  HL9840
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is retaining the Department for International Development's commitment to maintaining poverty reduction as the primary objective of UK spending.  HL9841
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will continue to target UK aid to the poorest countries and people.  HL9842
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is retaining the Department for International Development's (1) commitment to 'leave no one behind', and (2) strategies on gender and disability.  HL9843
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they are making to the governments of Turkey and Iraq about the agreement between the government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government for (1) the governance of Shengal, and (2) the appointment of a mayor of Shengal, without (a) consultation with, or (b) the agreement of, Yazidi communities or their… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Philippines about progress in implementing the Republic Act No. 9775 (the Anti-Child Pornography Act 2009); what were the outcomes of these discussions; and what plans they have to make further representations on this matter to the government of the Philippines.  HL9845
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to amend the regulations underpinning the new national COVID-19 restrictions in England from 5 November to allow churches and other places of worship to remain open for both private prayer and limited services; and if not, why not.  HL9846
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to reopen the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and the Community Sponsorship programme, (2) to provide safe and legal routes for refugees to reach the UK, and (3) to support UK sponsor groups to receive refugees.  HL9847
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of concerns raised by local authorities, in particular those raised by Cumbria County Council, about the performance of private companies carrying out track and trace operations to address the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have to divert the resources provided to those companies to local authorities… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their decision to conduct a one-year Spending Review on the levels of funding available for green investment projects, including hydrogen projects.  HL9849
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what discussions they have had and with whom, and (2) what evaluations they have undertaken, in relation to (a) investing in hydrogen projects, and (b) supporting a UK hydrogen strategy, through the upcoming Spending Review.  HL9850
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 30 October (HL9430), what is the breakdown of their financial contribution to the work of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (1) by recipient, and (2) by purpose.  HL9851
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 30 October (HL9430), what mechanisms they have put in place to assess the effectiveness of their financial contribution to the work of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.  HL9852
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 30 October (HL9430), what assessment they have made of whether their financial contribution to the work of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator is Official Development Assistance compliant.  HL9853
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Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to make changes in the 2021 Census to the questions on (1) religion, and (2) ethnicity, used in the 2011 Census of England and Wales; and if so, what any such changes are.  HL9854
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Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of people who responded to the questions on ethnicity in the 2011 Census of England and Wales by identifying as Arab when considering recommending appointments to the House of Lords.  HL9855
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Care Quality Commission’s justification for the use of the word gender in the equality and human rights statement on its website reflects Government policy.  HL9856
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the damage caused by sky lanterns; and what plans they have to impose a national ban on such lanterns in rural areas.  HL9857
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Greensill Capital has extended Bounce Back Loans to companies that are part of, or associated with, the GFG Alliance; and whether these loans complied with the eligibility criteria set by the Bounce Back Loans scheme.  HL9858
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans that (1) have interest rates set at the maximum permitted rate of 14.99 per cent per annum, (2) have interest rates set at 10.00 per cent per annum or more, and (3) have arrangement fees of more than 3.00 per cent per annum; and whether they meet or guarantee to the lendi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of allowing garden centres, classed as ‘essential’ retailers, to sell Christmas gift items during the new national COVID-19 restrictions in England from 5 November, while competing independent ‘non-essential’ retailers will have to close.  HL9860
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Transport for London about ensuring that residents in London receive a discount on the charge for driving within the congestion charging zone.  HL9861
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Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the imposition of fines on people who ride bicycles on pavements.  HL9862
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have achieved their target, set in 2015, to create 30,000 apprenticeships in the transport sector; if not, why not; and what fresh initiatives they are planning to create more apprenticeships.  HL9863
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many vehicles are (1) in the Department for Transport (DfT) fleet, and (2) in the fleets of those agencies that report to the DfT and otherwise operate under its authority: and how many of those vehicles, in each such organisation, are (a) fully electric, and (b) hybrid.  HL9864
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of transport emissions in London in the each of the last three months, compared with levels in the same months of 2019; and what assessment they have made of the impact of those emissions on health.  HL9865
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the letter sent by Baroness Vere of Norbiton to Transport for London (TfL) on 31 July, whether the suspension of free travel for 11 to 17 year olds in London, as a condition of Government financial support for TfL during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been implemented; if not, why not; and what plans they have to insist upo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether overseas doctors with applications pending to register to practise medicine in the UK at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have had their applications processed; and whether those whose applications were approved have been allowed to come to the UK.  HL9867
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Lord Rose of Monewden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the business rates holiday beyond April 2021 for (1) retail, and (2) hospitality and leisure, businesses.  HL9868
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Lord Rose of Monewden to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the withdrawal of the VAT retail export scheme from 1 January 2021 on levels of employment in (1) the retail sector, (2) the hospitality and leisure sector, (3) the creative sector, and (4) across all sectors.  HL9869
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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), 6 October (HL8828), and 28 October (HL9442), what assessment they have made of whether diversification will be sufficient to tackle developments which are currently stalled due to ‘land banking’ and ‘intentional delay’.  HL9870
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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), 6 October (HL8828), and 28 October (HL9442), what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) fears of negative equity on existing house purchases, and (2) house prices rising faster than wage increases, on the effectiveness of diversification. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 23 October (HC106362), what are the titles of the 47 projects delivered by the Integrated Activity Fund during the 2019/20 financial year.  HL9872
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Westminster Foundation for Democracy has ever received funding through the Integrated Activity Fund to implement projects benefiting Gulf Cooperation Council member states; and if so, how much funding these projects received, broken down by (1) beneficiary state, and (2) financial year.  HL9873
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 23 October (HC106361), which minister, or ministers, were consulted in relation to this project.  HL9874
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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 2016/17 financial year; and which of those applications were granted.  HL9875
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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 2018/19 financial year; and which of those applications were granted.  HL9876
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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 have applied to the Integrated Activity Fund for funding during the 2020/21 financial year; and which of those applications have been granted.  HL9877
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate of the proportion of COVID-19 cases that are asymtomatic they applied to the forecasting models that were used to inform the decision to place England under national restrictions in March to address the COVID-19 pandemic; and what was the evidence base used for this estimate.  HL9878
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate of the proportion of COVID-19 cases that are asymptomatic they applied to the forecasting models that were used to inform their decision to place England under national restrictions until 2 December; and what was the evidence base used for this estimate.  HL9879
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate of the percentage of COVID-19 cases that lead to hospital admissions was applied to the forecast modelling used to inform their decision to place England under national restrictions until 2 December; and what was the evidence base used for this estimate.  HL9880
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate of the percentage of COVID-19 cases that lead to hospital admissions was applied to the forecast modelling used to inform their decision to place England under national restrictions in March; and what was the evidence base used for this estimate.  HL9881
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate of the percentage of COVID-19 cases that require mechanical ventilation was applied to the forecast modelling used to inform their decision to place England under national restrictions until 2 December; and what was the evidence base used for this estimate.  HL9882
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate of the percentage of COVID-19 cases that require mechanical ventilation was applied to the forecast modelling used to inform the decision to place England under national restrictions in March; and what was the evidence base used for this estimate.  HL9883
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions they have put in place for short-term business visits to the EU for legal professionals and barristers once the Brexit transition period ends.  HL9884
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that (1) EU nationals can still access legal services in the UK once the Brexit transition period ends, and (2) British nationals can access legal services in the EU.  HL9885
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that independent legal professionals based in the EU can access the UK (1) visa free, and (2) without needing a UK sponsor.  HL9886
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to adopt the European Union Protection Measures Regulation (606/2013) into domestic law.  HL9887
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the death of Amer Abdel-Rahim Sanouber.  HL9888
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of a building permit being issued by the Israeli Civil Administration for 31 housing units for Israeli settlers in the Old City of Hebron.  HL9889
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the proposal by the President of the Palestinian Authority to hold a peace conference about the independence of Palestine as a state.  HL9890
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that unemployment in Gaza has increased.  HL9891
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Protection of Civilians Report (6-19 October 2020), published on 23 October, and in particular, the destruction of Palestinian-owned olive trees.  HL9892
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of the destruction of water pipes which has led to the water supply being removed for Maghayir al-‘Abid and Khirbet al-Majaz, near the South Hebron Hills.  HL9893
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve connectivity between the national COVID-19 contact tracing system and local outbreak control systems; and if they have any such plans, what are the timescales by which they expect to make any such changes.  HL9894
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of reduced fundraising for armed forces charities during the COVID-19 pandemic, what additional measures they are taking to enable such charities to deliver support for veterans.  HL9895
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to align the COVID-19 restriction level in Ulverston, Cumbria, with Barrow-in-Furness.  HL9896
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of travel-to-work areas that cross local authority boundaries when setting levels of COVID-19 restrictions for local areas.  HL9897
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a working group reporting to the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals to consider whether to introduce a special service medal for current and former submariners who have served on patrol in the ongoing Operation Relentless.  HL9898
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to make the COVID-19 test and trace system local by default; and what are the timescales for the changes they plan to make to existing systems.  HL9899
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