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Questions for Written Answer for 12 November 2020

Tabled on 11 November 2020 and due for answer by 25 November 2020.

Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many secondary schools in England teach (1) virtual reality, (2) cyber security, and (3) artificial intelligence, at Key Stage 3.  HL10201
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they plan to take to assist Australian exports to the UK, in the light of the government of China's introduction of tariffs on Australian goods in response to the latter's call for an independent inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10202
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that UK solicitors are travelling to Calais to offer support to refugees and migrants seeking to reach the UK.  HL10203
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they have taken to cease to fund through legal aid the work of the Malik & Malik who have been found to have filed false asylum claims; and whether they have reported that firm to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  HL10204
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how many solicitors they have reported to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for misconduct in immigration cases in the last five years.  HL10205
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how much legal aid has been disbursed to those working on the immigration cases that have been refused on the grounds of being without merit in the last five years.  HL10206
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the immigration cases refused for review on the grounds of being without merit have been reported by presiding judges to the Solicitors Regulation Authority; and what proportion of the total number of such cases this represents.  HL10207
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 on the support available for people released from prison.  HL10208 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in ensuring that all prisoners have a place to live on release from prison.  HL10209 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have been granted compassionate release from prison on the grounds of ill-health in each of the last five years.  HL10210 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total spend by NHS England on (1) prison healthcare, and (2) substance misuse, services in prisons in each of the last five years.  HL10211 [I]
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 9 November (HL9762), whether they plan to put in place minimum contract arrangements for participation in HS2 construction projects to guarantee British suppliers a share of the economic benefits of HS2; and if not, why not.  HL10212
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the UK prisons’ annual budget is allocated (1) to translation, and (2) to interpretation, services within prisons; and how this budget has changed since 2016.  HL10213
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 8 October (HL8508), of the £6 million funding “which has gone to 100 different Armed Forces charities across the country”, how much funding has been directly allocated to (1) charities, and (2) organisations, in Northern Ireland.  HL10214
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the review announced on 8 December 2018 into overprescribing in the NHS has concluded; and if so, (1) if it has reported, and (2) when the report will be published.  HL10215
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending school Christmas breaks to assist in containing the spread of COVID-19; and what plans, if any, they have to introduce such an extension.  HL10216
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 October (HL9221), what plans they have to ensure that once the refugee resettlement schemes are resumed, the commitment to resettle 20,000 vulnerable refugees through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme will be fulfilled, in addition to the new Glo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 October (HL9221), what assessment they have made of the impact that the suspension of the refugee resettlement schemes has had on (1) local authorities, and (2) the (a) financial sustainability, and (b) long-term capacity, of other refugee resettlement se… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what powers will be exercised by the European Commission in Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period of the UK's departure from the EU; and within what legal framework any such powers will be exercised.  HL10219
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government to which courts any citizen or business in Northern Ireland may apply for relief if they disagree with a European Commission decision in Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU; and whether the relevant courts will refer to UK or EU law.  HL10220
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the implementation of each recommendation of The Cairncross Review: A Sustainable Future For Journalism, published on 12 February 2019.  HL10221
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that legal aid is made available in cases where discrimination is alleged on the grounds of a landlord or letting agency not accepting a tenant on housing or other benefit; and what mechanisms are available to be used by those who have experienced such discrimination to protect their rights.  HL10222
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Northern Health Science Alliance Covid-19 and the Northern Powerhouse: tackling inequalities for UK health and productivity, published on 10 November; and what proposals they are putting forward to meet the recommendations of that report.  HL10223
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have provided to local highways authorities about the retention of pop-up cycle lanes created during the COVID-19 pandemic; and whether the presumption is that such lanes should remain unless there are significant and unsurmountable problems with them.  HL10224
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the case of Loujain al-Hathloul.  HL10225
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the case of Loujain al-Hathloul as part of the G20 Summit in November.  HL10226
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other (1) European, and (2) G20, governments about the case of Loujain al-Hathloul, as part of their participation in the G20 Summit in November.  HL10227
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to use the word "gender" in place of the word "sex" in its communications; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that decision on the suitability of the CQC to undertake an impartial review of the Gender Identity Services for ch… 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 discussions they have had with the Care Quality Commission about the compliance with the Equality Act 2010 of its decision to use the word “gender” instead of “sex” in its Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy and its Principles of Workforce Equality Monitoring document.  HL10229
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the decision of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to use the word “gender” in place of the word “sex” in its communications, what assessment they have made of the suitability of the CQC to assess whether the bodies it inspects are applying single-sex exemptions in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.  HL10230
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the reduction in the number of people who are self-employed; and what steps, if any, they are taking to reverse the downward trend.  HL10231
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to provide financial assistance to Football League clubs that are unable to benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and (2) to encourage Premier League clubs to assist such clubs.  HL10232
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the electoral process in the United States; and whether they have made representations to the current President of the United States about those processes.  HL10233
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to exempt research councils from the one-year spending review so they can fund long-term projects.  HL10234
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 6 November (HL9853), what outcomes they expect from their contribution to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment; and how any outcomes will be assessed.  HL10235
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 6 November (HL9853), what outcomes they expect from their financial contribution to the Coalition for Epidemic Prepared Innovations; and how any outcomes will be assessed.  HL10236
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the infrastructure investment needs of Ascension Island.  HL10237
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how the (1) capital, and (2) revenue, costs of Ascension Island are currently allocated between government departments.  HL10238
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether people with no recourse to public funds will be eligible for assistance under (1) the Covid Winter Grant Scheme, and (2) the Holiday Activities and Food programme.  HL10239
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government why they are not planning to restart the refugee resettlement schemes until early 2021.  HL10240
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to delay proposals to allow local authorities to keep 75 per cent of business rates income until the Treasury’s fundamental review of business rates has reported.  HL10241
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' analysis published on 14 September that estimated that the number of high-risk drinkers has risen from 4.8 million in February to 8.4 million during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they plan to take based on any such assessment.  HL10242
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the port of Shoreham in switching to environmentally friendly and zero-carbon sources of power; and what steps they plan to take to encourage other ports to switch to low-carbon ways of working.  HL10243
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings by Which? that British Airways and Easyjet had required customers to accept vouchers rather than refunds when they were unable to fly because of COVID-19 restrictions; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that those airlines adopt procedures that make it easy for customers to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Gambling Commission and Ipsos Mori Young People & Gambling 2020 Technical Report, published in August, in particular its finding that the number of 11 to 16 year-olds classified as problem gamblers had risen from 1.7 per cent in 2019 to 1.9 per cent in 2020; and what di… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 10 November (HL9675), what representations they have made to Pyronix-Hikvision about the use of that company’s technology in Uighur detention facilities.  HL10246
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 10 November (HL9675), how many contracts they have issued to Pyronix-Hikvision in (1) 2018, (2) 2019 and (3) 2020 to date; and what was the value of each such contract.  HL10247
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 10 November (HL9675), what guidance they have provided to local councils and NHS Trusts on the use of Pyronix-Hikvision technology in UK infrastructure.  HL10248
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Baroness Sanderson of Welton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct an interim review of the findings of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner's review into community-based services before the Domestic Abuse Bill is considered in the House of Lords.  HL10249
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Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the budget in each Clinical Commissioning Groups’ area is allocated to mental health, excluding dementia services.  HL10250
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to include teachers and school staff in priority groups for any potential COVID-19 vaccine.  HL10251
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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 Economic Performance Self Employed: Six Months into the Crisis, published on 10 November; and what steps they are taking to support self-employed workers.  HL10252
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of construction employment rates; and what plans they have to increase construction apprenticeship schemes.  HL10253
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for universities and schools in England aligning end-of-year assessment plans with the rest of the UK.  HL10254
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal included in the report by the Law Commission Hate crime laws: A consultation paper, published on 23 September, to remove the dwelling exception from section 18 of the Public Order Act 1986; whether they intend to take steps to ensure that freedom of speech is upheld regardless of any changes… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government by what process local Catchment Partnerships will be able to apply to receive a portion of the £5.2 billion funding for flood and coastal defences announced in the Budget on 11 March.  HL10256
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the £5.2 billion investment in flood and coastal defence programmes, announced in the Budget on 11 March, they estimate will be allocated (1) to flood defences, and (2) to coastal defences.  HL10257
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £5.2 billion investment in flood and coastal defence programmes, announced in the Budget on 11 March, has been affected by subsequent spending announcements in other areas.  HL10258
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of homes that will be threatened by coastal erosion in England and Wales if further coastal defence measures (1) are, and (2) are not, implemented.  HL10259
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate the Silecroft to Silverdale section of the England Coast Path, referenced in the Natural England North West stretch update on 7 October, will be completed; and whether there are any outstanding planning issues that remain to be resolved on the route.  HL10260
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they estimate the completion of the Silecroft to Silverdale section of the England Coast Path, referenced in the Natural England North West stretch update on 7 October, will cost; how much of that cost has already been allocated; and from what sources.  HL10261
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprenticeships relating to wind technology they have funded in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020 to date.  HL10262
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprenticeships relating to oil and gas they have funded in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020 to date.  HL10263
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprenticeships relating to solar technology they have funded in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020 to date.  HL10264
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 15 October (HL8661), with how many employers in the 'green economy' they are working to design and deliver policies and programmes.  HL10265
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 15 October (HL8661), what are the names of the employers in the 'green economy' whom they are working with to design and deliver policies and programmes.  HL10266
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