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Questions for Written Answer for 9 November 2020

Tabled on 4 November 2020 and due for answer by 18 November 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that details of human rights activists working in China were allegedly shared with the government of China by the UN Human Rights Council; what steps, if any, they intend to take in response to those allegations; and what plans they have to clarify whether any British citizens' detail… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of China has harassed human rights activists working in that country to support Uighurs; and what steps they have taken to assist those activists.  HL9973
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to call for a inquiry into the allegations that the UN Human Rights Council shared details of human rights activists in China with the government of China.  HL9974
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to introduce the Employment Bill announced in the Queen's Speech.  HL9975
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number, and (2) the capacity, of Trustmark assessors relative to service demand; what is the average waiting time for an assessment in each region of the UK; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the announcement on the Green Homes Grant on those figures.  HL997… 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 total number of trained energy assessors, (2) the percentage of such assessors who have completed PAS 2030 training, and (3) the average time taken to secure an energy assessment in each region of the UK.  HL9977
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the Green Homes Grant fund has been (1) applied for, and (2) paid out.  HL9978
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of smartphone users in the UK who have downloaded the NHS COVID-19 Application.  HL9979
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 3 November (HL9410), (1) whether they will now answer the question put, namely, which regulations set the frequency and amount of instalments by which TV licence fees can be paid; what are the prescribed (a) weekly, (b) monthly, and (c) quarterly, instalment amounts of such fees, a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bruce of Bennachie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage (1) stakeholders of, and (2) users of reports by, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact to contribute to the review of that Commission’s role; whether that review will consider any views submitted after 11 November; what plans they have to invite a member of the House of Commons Int… 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 assessment they have made of reports that Naijah Yusuf has been detained and tortured by the government of Bahrain.  HL9982
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what presence they have, if any, in the (1) Al Hol, and (2) Roj, camps in north-east Syria.  HL9983
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have, if any, that British nationals may be put on trial in north-east Syria.  HL9984
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the return of women and children to the UK from the Al Hol and Roj camps in north-east Syria.  HL9985
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the extension of the paid benefits of the Job Retention Scheme following the announcement of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020, will be fully backdated to 23 October for Wales.  HL9986
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in demand for hospice care due to delays in the diagnosis of terminal illnesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps are they taking to address that increase.  HL9987
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funds they plan to provide for the hospice sector to handle the rising death rate (1) during, and (2) beyond, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9988
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding they plan to allocate to (1)hospice, and (2) palliative, care services in the next five years.  HL9989
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the level of financial support available for hospices to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9990
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the future sustainability of the hospice sector.  HL9991
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of funding for hospices.  HL9992
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the process for a complaint to be made against a company that has failed to make a disclosure under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act.  HL9993
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act.  HL9994
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020, what evidence was used to inform the decision to close certain categories of businesses; and what plans they have to publish any such evidence.  HL9995
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020.  HL9996
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to lift the restrictions put in place by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020; and what restrictions they plan to put in place in England once those Regulations are no longer in force.  HL9997
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that NHS Test and Trace functions successfully after the restrictions put in place by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020 are lifted.  HL9998
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce rapid COVID-19 testing for all workplaces.  HL9999
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce COVID-19 testing at airports; and if so, on what date they plan to introduce such testing.  HL10000
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Greenhalgh on 3 November (HL Deb, col 632), when they will publish the results of Public Health England's research into evidence around places of worship and the proliferation of the COVID-19 virus.  HL10001
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what environmental requirements they have imposed on FlyPop as a condition of the funding they awarded to that company; what are the requirements of that funding in relation to Civil Aviation Authority registration; and what due diligence processes were applied to that funding decision.  HL10002
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the level of road traffic across England in the first two weeks of October (1) this year, and (2) in 2019; and what estimate they have made of the percentage of workers in England who returned to work in offices and other regular places of work in those two weeks this year rather than working from home.  HL10003
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether schools are encouraged to develop individual clean air plans; and if so, how they incentivise the development of such plans.  HL10004
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey by Which?, published on 3 November, that found that over £1 billion is owed to consumers who have had to cancel holidays as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they are taking to ensure that those customers receive the refunds to which they are entitled.  HL10005
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with business representative organisations about the impact of COVID-19.  HL10006
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with manufacturers about the impact of COVID-19 on jobs.  HL10007
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what formula they use to calculate the amount of additional financial support for businesses in areas at (1) very high, and (2) high, COVID-19 alert levels.  HL10008
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the business sectors which have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; and what discussions they have had with such sectors.  HL10009
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of ending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on employment levels.  HL10010
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of nuclear energy in the UK.  HL10011
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their position on the recognition of the Armenian genocide.  HL10012
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made (1) to the government of Azerbaijan, and (2) at the United Nations, about the alleged use of white phosphorus by the Azerbaijan military against Armenian civilian targets.  HL10013
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for the provision of further security guarantees to assist those living in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and what steps they are taking to monitor and assess clashes and casualties along the 'line of contact' in that region.  HL10014
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the scale, and (2) the ferocity, of offensives in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; what representations they have received about fears of ethnic cleansing of Armenian Christians; and what plans they have to call for urgent intervention at international level in line with the UN's Respons… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (1) holds, and (2) publishes, data identifying those nursing homes where residents have died from COVID-19 during the pandemic; and if so, whether the CQC shares that data with those who process claims to the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme.  HL10016
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any process in place to speed up the provision of tax rebates to people whose income has been affected by COVID-19.  HL10017
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings (1) the Prime Minister, (2) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (3) the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and (4) the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, have had with the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group.  HL10018
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have had benefit claims rejected due to receipt of payments from the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme.  HL10019
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Baroness Stuart of Edgbaston to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a strategy to enhance bilateral relationships with governments of European countries; and if so, whether that strategy includes the development of shared cultural events.  HL10020
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact of COVID-19 on private landlords; and what steps are they taking to provide financial support to private landlords.  HL10021
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the scale of rental income losses in England during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10022
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies Income protection for the self-employed and employees during the coronavirus crisis, published on 2 April, that 18 per cent of self-employed individuals are ineligible for COVID-19 financial support; and what steps they are taking to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Centre for Progressive Policy From precarious to prosperous, published on 27 October; and what plans they have to introduce a minimum wage for the self-employed.  HL10024
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the anticipated deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Pacific is part of a wider policy for an increase in the UK's involvement in international Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea.  HL10025
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the anticipated deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Pacific is part of a new regional foreign policy strategy; and if so, what is that new strategy.  HL10026
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish in full the modelling and assumptions that informed the Winter scenarios from early working analysis England: daily deaths if no changes in policy or behaviour slide, publicised on 31 October.  HL10027
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish in full the modelling and assumptions informing the Scientific Pandemic Influenza modelling group (SPI-M) medium term projection for the next six weeks, publicised on 31 October.  HL10028
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