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Questions for Written Answer for 11 November 2020

Tabled on 10 November 2020 and due for answer by 24 November 2020.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings in the OECD Adult Skills survey, published in 2012, which found that the UK is the only country where the numeracy skills of 16- to 24-year-olds were lower than the over-55 age group; and what actions they are taking to address this.  HL10144
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government, for the most recent year in which figures are available, (1) how many, and (2) what percentage of, companies which pay the apprenticeship levy spent their entire apprenticeship fund in that year.  HL10145
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ring-fence an allocation of the apprenticeship levy for the training of people aged between 16 to 24; and if they have such plans, (1) what percentage of the levy they intend to ring-fence, and (2) by when it will be ringfenced.  HL10146
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the annual cap on dentistry places at UK universities.  HL10147
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effectiveness of the Nigeria: Countering Organised Crime and Corruption programme in reducing kidnappings and abductions, and (2) how the programme has been used to assist abducted girls, including Leah Sharibu, subjected to sexual violence.  HL10148
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Nigeria: Countering Organised Crime and Corruption programme in reducing cocaine trafficking and organised crime in Nigeria; and what assessment they have made of Nigeria remaining in the top five source countries for victims of modern slavery and human trafficking to the UK.  HL10149
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 November (HL9502), what response they have received, if any, to representations made to the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic to request the government of Turkey to launch an investigation on the use of violence against… 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 steps they are taking in response to the beheadings of people in Mozambique by Islamic State.  HL10151
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 10 November (HL9699), whether Tier 4 or Tier 5 visas are classified as a route to settlement.  HL10152
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have established the Terms of Reference for the review of the Borders, Immigration Citizenship and System complaints procedure; when they expect that review to be completed; what safeguards they plan to put in place to ensure the independence and effectiveness of the proposed Migrants Commissioner role; when they… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, (1) what steps they are taking, and (2) what discussions have taken place between Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Transport, to ensure that the Planning for the Future White paper aligns with the Transport Decarbonisation Plan; and what consideration they have given to ensuring that plans f… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the length of time the COVID-19 virus can remain on (1) plastic packaging, (2) cardboard packaging, (3) stainless steel surfaces, (4) mobile phone screens, and (5) door handles; whether any such estimate has been revised since April 2020; and what steps they are taking to include such estimates in their guid… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending the Help to Buy scheme to properties other than new builds.  HL10156
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently in prison serving a determinate sentence of 20 years or more, broken down (1) by age, and (2) by gender.  HL10157 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were sentenced to serve a continuous period in custody of 10 years or more in each of the last 10 years.  HL10158 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the National Tactical Response Group was called to each prison in England and Wales in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020 to date.  HL10159 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in prison are currently managed under the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork care planning system.  HL10160 [I]
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that captured Armenians have been beheaded and tortured by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces; and what steps they are taking (1) to bring to justice those responsible for, and (2) to prevent, any such crimes.  HL10161
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they vetoed a proposal for a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region at a meeting of the UN Security Council; and if so, why.  HL10162
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of access to pectus excavatum surgery for patients treated in the Tees Valley CCG area who have met the criteria set out by NHS England in Clinical Commissioning Policy: Surgery for pectus deformity (all ages), published on 22 February 2019.  HL10163
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that surgery to treat pectus excavatum in patients residing in the Tees Valley CCG area can take place in cases where the patient is likely to have clinical and functional benefits from that surgery.  HL10164
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Equality Act 2010 as to change the protected characteristic of "sex" to "gender".  HL10165
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Pandemic, published on 10 September, what plans they have to use primary care networks to provide opportunities to train the workforce in contrace… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time for a woman accessing long-acting reversible contraception.  HL10167
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) GP surgeries, and (2) community sexual health clinics, offering contraceptive services across England have restricted access to long-acting reversible contraception due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10168
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial viability of the hospice sector.  HL10169
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure patients continue to receive palliative care in the event that the hospice in which the patient is receiving treatment is forced to close due to its financial situation.  HL10170
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK musicians will need a CITES permit or an ATA Carnet for musical instruments being transported from Great Britain to Northern Ireland following the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL10171
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of workers who have left the (1) music, (2) performing arts, and (3) creative sectors, since March.  HL10172
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support live music venues to operate in a COVID-19 secure way; and what steps they are taking to share best practice for operating safely within the music industry.  HL10173
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the introduction of Tier 2 and Tier 3 visas for workers in (1) live music venues, (2) theatres, and (3) other live performance venues.  HL10174
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of transmission of COVID-19 between minks and humans in Denmark, what steps they are taking to reduce the human and animal health risks posed by mink and other fur farming.  HL10175
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees cannot afford to pay the salaries of its staff,  what steps they are taking to support that agency.  HL10176
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 9 November (HL Deb, col 808), what funding streams constitute the £119 million which Arts Council England has made available for individuals; what is the relative value of any such funding streams; and whether such funding derived from (1) Arts Council England’s regular funding… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use green gilts to promote (1) waste recovery, and (2) energy generation from waste.  HL10178
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that electricity generated by waste-to-energy facilities will be used to the benefit of the local community closest to where the electricity is generated.  HL10179
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have procured any refrigeration devices for GP surgeries to support the administration of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for which they have placed purchase orders.  HL10180
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Lord Myners to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to use WhatsApp to alert members of the House about votes taking place using the remote voting system.  HL10181
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate the frontier workers' permit scheme, as outlined in the Citizens’ Rights (Frontier Workers) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, will be open for applications.  HL10182
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what strategy they intend to implement to ensure public awareness of the frontier workers' permit scheme prior to the Citizens’ Rights (Frontier Workers) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 coming into force.  HL10183
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they plan to provide to ensure that existing organisations that provide advice on the EU Settlement Scheme have the resources and the capacity to deal with any increased workload caused by frontier workers seeking advice and assistance following the frontier workers' permit scheme coming into force.  HL10… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase jobs in the marine renewable energy sector.  HL10185
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by GambleAware Annual Statistics from the National Gambling Treatment Service (Great Britain), published on 29 October, what steps they are taking to encourage those affected by gambling-related harm to seek help.  HL10186
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with authorities in Sheffield or South Yorkshire about mass testing of their populations for COVID-19; and if discussions have taken place, what response they received from those authorities.  HL10187
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many mandatory reconsiderations for Universal Credit were made in each month of 2020 so far.  HL10188
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many mandatory reconsiderations for Universal Credit were (1) successful, and (2) unsuccessful, in 2020.  HL10189
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how much, in total, they have paid out following successful mandatory reconsiderations for Universal Credit in 2020.  HL10190
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward proposals for a pilot study allowing the use of digital forms of identification for age verification purposes in retail and hospitality settings.  HL10191
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people classified as not in education, employment or training they estimate are not in receipt of Universal Credit.  HL10192
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the eligibility criteria for applications to the Kickstart Scheme.  HL10193
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Information Commissioners’ Office’s audit of the Department for Education, published on 7 October.  HL10194
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of 16 and 17 year olds who will have their job placements funded by the Kickstart Scheme; and what eligibility restrictions apply, if any, to 16 and 17 year olds who have job placements funded by the scheme.  HL10195
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve racial and gender diversity within the legal profession.  HL10196
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commission an independent review into legal aid fees.  HL10197
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional financial support to the aviation industry.  HL10198
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that disadvantaged children do not regress in basic skills and learning during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10199
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 November (HL9334), whether such training exercises are permissible under international law.  HL10200
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