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Questions for Written Answer for 4 November 2020

Tabled on 3 November 2020 and due for answer by 17 November 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last raised the case of Ramy Kamel with the government of Egypt; and what assessment they made of (1) his treatment in prison, (2) his visitation rights, and (3) his access to legal assistance.  HL9900
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Sugg on 2 November (HL Deb, cols 495–9), what assessment they have made of the judgment delivered by the International Court of Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Serbia and Montenegro (no. 91) on 26 February 2007, in particular the statement contained in that judgment that "a State’s obli… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Sugg on 2 November (HL Deb, col 497), what assessment they have made reports of the use of white phosphorus against the population of the Nagorno-Karabakh region by the government of Azerbaijan; and if substantiated, what steps they intend to take in response.  HL9902
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of (1) syringes, (2) vials, and (3) other medical equipment required for a national COVID-19 vaccination programme they have (a) purchased, and (b) ordered.  HL9903
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what contingency plans they have made to alter a COVID-19 vaccination schedule if a booster dose is required.  HL9904
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what infrastructure they have place to ensure RNA-based COVID-19 vaccines could remain frozen throughout the supply chain.  HL9905
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff from (1) Deloitte, (2) the Boston Consulting Group, and (3) McKinsey, are currently employed within their COVID-19 testing system; and what experience in laboratory-based testing is required in order to be eligible for those roles.  HL9906
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants (1) were staffing, (2) joined, and (3) left, their COVID-19 testing programme in each calendar month from March to October.  HL9907
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government to set out the relevant background of each of the current office-holders of the key decision-making roles within their COVID-19 testing programme.  HL9908
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 19 October (HL8705), how many schemes have been set up for training Green Homes Grant skills; where in the UK such schemes are located; what the capacity to deliver such training is in each region of the UK; what academic level the training is; and how many students… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about Loujain al-Hathloul, in particular about her access to family visits.  HL9910
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about women’s rights in that country.  HL9911
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about the economic impact of the permanent closure of Hunterston B nuclear power station; and what steps they intend to take to ensure an economic investment package is put in place in view of job losses and the wider economic impact of that closure.  HL9912
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 3 August (HL7278), why passive flue gas heat recovery systems with thermal storage are not mandated for (1) all replacement boilers in the UK, and (2) installation in all new buildings; and whether those systems deliver an average five per cent efficiency improvement and signific… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the future of cash machine networks in the UK.  HL9914
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Poland's compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to its position on the termination of pregnancies; and what representations they have made to the government of Poland on this matter.  HL9915
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Lord Grade of Yarmouth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a single holistic infections strategy that addresses antimicrobial resistance, sepsis, future infections threats, and pandemic preparedness.  HL9916
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government why the previous arrangements for a cap on the annual number of work permits (1) have been deleted in the revised Immigration Rules, published on 22 October, and (2) are stated as having been suspended in the explanatory notes, published on 22 October; what are the steps which need to be taken (a) to re-impose, and (b) to br… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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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 West Midlands.  HL9918
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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 Midlands.  HL9919
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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 Yorkshire and the Humber.  HL9920
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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 North West England.  HL9921
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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 North East England.  HL9922
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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 Greater London.  HL9923
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage an increase in research into brain tumours.  HL9924
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide additional support to the families of children and young adults with brain tumours.  HL9925
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Dynamic CO-CIN report to SAGE and NERVTAG (recent cases) and the Dynamic CO-CIN report to SAGE and NERVTAG (all cases), published on 29 September, that illustrated inpatient proportion and onset occurrence of hospital acquired COVID-19 since March, what criteria they used to assess (1) the ethical issues, and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research by the Translational Neuroscience Research Group et al Does Lithium Deserve a Place in the Treatment Against COVID-19?, published on 27 October, on the effects of using lithium to treat patients with COVID-19.  HL9927
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the Philippines about (1) the murder of journalist Jobert Bercasio, (2) the alleged killing of 85 other journalists in the Philippines since 1991, and (3) the deaths of 116 political activists, environmentalists, and human rights defenders on the island of Negros between July 2016… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to secure the release of senior political detainees, including Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Prince Turki bin Abdullah, in advance of the forthcoming G20 meeting in Saudi Arabia.  HL9929
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to their participation at the forthcoming G20 meeting in Saudi Arabia in view of the human rights record of Saudi Arabia and the detention of senior political prisoners including Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Prince Turki bin Abdullah.  HL9930
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 13 August (HL7533), whether Hong Kong citizens who do not hold British National (Overseas) status are able to apply to enter the UK under the British National (Overseas) visa scheme rules; and if so, what the process is for doing so.  HL9931
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their evidence review of the drivers of food bank use, commissioned in August 2018.  HL9932
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the R rate needs to be below 1 by 2 December in order for the national COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted.  HL9933
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in the Ivory Coast following the election of President Alassane Ouattara.  HL9934
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time for cases to come to trial in England; and what action they are taking to speed up the process.  HL9935
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the government of Pakistan, and (2) the government of India, about the announcement by the Prime Minister of Pakistan on 1 November of his decision to grant provisional provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan.  HL9936
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Ban Ki-Moon at the IBA 2020 Virtually Together Conference on 2 November about attacks on, and harassment of, lawyers globally; and what steps they are taking, with international partners, to ensure that the rule of law is not undermined at nation state level.  HL9937
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Afghanistan about the IS attack at Kabul University on 2 November; and what assistance they have offered to help to end IS attacks on education centres in Afghanistan.  HL9938
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what relationship they plan to have with the EU's Scientific Review Group after 1 January 2021.  HL9939
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the power to prohibit the holding of specimens including live animals under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has been removed; if so, (1) why, and (2) what plans they have to reverse any such removal.  HL9940
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what happens to the fines levied under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; and what plans they have, if any, to use any money raised by such fines solely for the benefit of wildlife and endangered species.  HL9941
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Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty's Government what safety advice and guidance they have made available for individuals who (1) choose, and (2) are required, to work from home.  HL9942
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Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish new transgender guidance for schools; and when such guidance will be available.  HL9943
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Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty's Government which Government department is responsible for the policy contained in guidance and reports on transgender education in schools.  HL9944
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children with gambling addictions have received treatment from the NHS since the opening of the first child gambling clinic.  HL9945
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of NatWest’s announcement of a 48-hour gambling block for debit cards to reduce gambling-related harm; and what action they are taking to encourage other companies in the banking sector to adopt similar policies.  HL9946
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to widen gambling treatment services; and what targets are in place for (1) the percentage of gamblers to be treated, and (2) the date by which that treatment should take place.  HL9947
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that authorities at Jau Prison in Bahrain are preventing Yousef Hussein Yousef from receiving the medical treatment he requires; what assessment they have made of (1) the conditions in which he is held, and (2) reports that complaints about his case to oversight bodies including the Bahraini pri… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) NHS employees, and (2) social care workers, have died as a result of COVID-19.  HL9949
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many payments have been made by the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme; and what was the total value of those payments.  HL9950
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been (1) made to, and (2) accepted by, the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme.  HL9951
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an employer’s decision not to certify an application to the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme concerning a deceased employee can be challenged; and if so, how.  HL9952
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any decision by an employer not to certify an application to the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme concerning a deceased employee falls within the remit of (1) the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, (2) the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, or (3) any other ombudsman or regulator.  HL9… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support is available to the estates of deceased frontline workers who are not eligible for the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme.  HL9954
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to lay a Statutory Instrument to ensure that lawyers from the European Economic Area cannot appear before the UK Intellectual Property Office from 1 January 2021.  HL9955 [I]
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Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the registration of independent schools in instances where Ofsted has expressed concern regarding that registration.  HL9956
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate of the percentage of COVID-19 fatalities 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.  HL9957
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Lord Taylor of Goss Moor to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate of the percentage of COVID-19 fatalities they applied to the forecasting models that were used to inform the decision to place England under further national restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic; and what was the evidence base used for this estimate.  HL9958
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey by the Early Years Alliance, published on 30 October, finding that one in six early years providers could close by Christmas 2020 without additional funding; and what steps they are taking to provide additional income to nurseries and childminders.  HL9959
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by City & Guilds Group Act Now, published on 2 November; and what steps they are taking to allow more autonomy regarding skills funding for mayoral combined authorities.  HL9960
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to introduce (1) new business rate relief, and (2) an indemnity insurance scheme, for the events industry.  HL9961
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the COVID-19 transmission rate in schools; and what steps are they taking to protect teachers from COVID-19 infection.  HL9962
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the rate of unemployment in Gaza has reached 70 per cent.  HL9963
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the statement by the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East that "people are going through the garbage" for food in Gaza, and (2) the case for increasing the funding of that agency for the provision of food aid.  HL9964
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 October (HL9333) that they "call on both parties to avoid any provocative action which might undermine the cooperation that is so critical", what provocative action has been taken by the occupiers of buildings which have been demolished by the government of Israel since t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Programme Design and Definition phase of the SSN(R) programme.  HL9966
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the replacement for the Astute-class SSN Royal Navy submarines will take the form of another submarine.  HL9967
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the expected dates for the Dreadnought-class of SSBN submarines to be in service.  HL9968
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Goldie on 2 November (HLWS537), what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision for AWE plc to "become an Arms-Length Body wholly owned by the MOD" on the timetable for their commitment to nuclear warhead renewal.  HL9969
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Baroness Watkins of Tavistock to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people with terminal illness (1) who have committed, and (2) who have attempted, suicide in each of the past three years.  HL9970
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact since March of the under-utilisation of capacity in hospitals operated by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network under their partnership agreement with the NHS on (1) postponed (a) diagnoses, and (b) treatment, and (2) costs to taxpayers.  HL9971
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