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Questions for Written Answer for 16 November 2020

Tabled on 12 November 2020 and due for answer by 26 November 2020.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to comply with the United Nations Framework on Reparations; and what plans they have to establish an inquiry into reparatory justice.  HL10267
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make scabies a notifiable disease.  HL10268
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to license Ivermectin in tablet form for older children and adults, in line with World Health Organisation guidelines for essential drugs.  HL10269
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) Eurostar International Ltd, and (2) HS1 Ltd, about the impact of reduced passenger demand caused by the current travel restrictions on thos companies' ability to continue to provide a service in the future.  HL10270
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake a review of the potential risks posed by intensive farming of animals in enclosed spaces on (1) the incubation, and (2) animal to human transmission, of viruses.  HL10271
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether judges are failing to report solicitors to the Solicitors Regulation Authority; and what steps they are taking in response to any such assessment.  HL10272
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Lord Chief Justice about immigration cases refused for review on the grounds of being without merit where presiding judges have failed to report solicitors to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  HL10273
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure information about the COVID-19 pandemic is made available to asylum seekers in the UK; and in which languages such information is made available (1) in printed form, (2) online, and (3) on social media.  HL10274
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Immigration Rules to allow applications for relocation to the UK from former interpreters who have fled Afghanistan, who are otherwise eligible under the Ex-Gratia Redundancy Scheme, but need to apply from a third country.  HL10275
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the total population was ever in local authority care as children.  HL10276
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of suicides in prison over the last 12 months.  HL10277
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of (1) a completed prison governor tenure, and (2) existing prison governor tenures.  HL10278
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of prison governors have stayed in post for more than (1) two, and (2) three years.  HL10279
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in increasing awareness of the Assisted Prisons Visits scheme among (1) prisoners, and (2) visitors, since the publication of the report by the National Offender Management Service Families Do Matter Project Report 2009, which found that 38 per cent of prisoners and visitors were unaware of that scheme.  HL10… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have given to local authorities in relation to the use of antisocial behaviour legislation to reduce local nuisances caused by the use of fireworks; whether they have received representations that other legislation has been assessed by such authorities as not being effective in doing so; and what their response has been… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to delaying the local elections due in England in May 2021 to a later date.  HL10282
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that existing approved Neighbourhood Plans will (1) relate to, and (2) fit with, the new local plans in their proposed planning system.  HL10283
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Rolls-Royce led consortium over the proposals to build mini nuclear power plants; what assessment they have made of their (1) level of involvement, and (2) commitments, required to implement those proposals; what would be the requirements for planning and other regulatory approvals; and what times… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the United States Presidential elections on 3 November with a view to informing their methods of running multiple elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular in relation to the (1) mayoral, (2) London Assembly, (3) Police Commissioner, (4) county, and (5) borough, elections th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 10 November (HL9637), what plans they have to provide direct funding to parish councils to increase the provision of allotments.  HL10286
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent comments by (1) Marks and Spencer’s, and (2) Sainsbury’s, about the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU on the supply and cost of goods in Northern Ireland.  HL10287
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the mental health and wellbeing support available 24 hours a day to serving members of the British Armed Forces.  HL10288
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Netherlands, (2) Sweden, and (3) Iceland, about future access to British fishing stocks.  HL10289
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by NHS England Clinical Commissioning Policy: Surgery for pectus deformity (all ages) Reference: 170113P, published on 22 February 2019, in particular its conclusions that existing published studies on the effectiveness of corrective pectus surgery had "serious weaknesses"; and wh… 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, further to the conclusion contained in the report by NHS England Clinical Commissioning Policy: Surgery for pectus deformity (all ages) Reference: 170113P, published on 22 February 2019, that "there is not sufficient evidence to support the routine commissioning of surgical treatment for pectus deformity", under which circu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Kidron to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK–Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement will permit onward data transfers of UK personal data under Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules.  HL10292
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Baroness Kidron to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the monetary value of trade involving personal data between the UK and Japan.  HL10293
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Baroness Kidron to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the monetary value of trade involving personal data between the UK and the EU.  HL10294
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their declaration that the government of China’s decision to disqualify elected Hong Kong legislators constitutes a clear breach of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, what immediate steps they are taking to hold that government to its international obligations.  HL10295
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister has discussed the government of China’s decision to disqualify elected Hong Kong legislators with the President of China; and if not, when he plans to do so.  HL10296
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the ceasefire brokered by the government of Russia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, what steps they are taking, together with international partners, to ensure a sustainable peace agreement is put in place.  HL10297
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current assessment of the risk to diplomats and foreign non-governmental organisation staff in Afghanistan from IS attacks.  HL10298
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any evidence from social media analytics that QAnon is gaining support in the UK; what discussions they have had with social media companies about removing content which promotes conspiracy theories which breaches community guidelines; and what action they are taking to combat such misinformation online.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the decision by the Welsh Government to cancel A-level exams in summer 2021 and base grades on school assessment, what steps they intend to take to ensure that there is a level playing field for university admission in the UK in 2021.  HL10300
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the COVID-19 vaccination will be available in those rural areas which are less easily accessible and with higher population sparsity.  HL10301 [I]
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future importance of dispensing practices in administering COVID-19 vaccinations in rural areas with poor transport links and connectivity.  HL10302 [I]
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential reliance on paracetamol in alleviating possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccination; what plans they have to ensure that patients in rural areas can access such medication where there is no community pharmacy in place; and whether rural dispensing practices will be p… 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 steps they are taking to ensure that remaining influenza vaccines are delivered to GP practices and administered for those over the age of 50 in advance of the COVID-19 vaccine being made available.  HL10304 [I]
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Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they plan to invest in the production of (1) blue hydrogen, and (2) green hydrogen, over the next five years.  HL10305
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Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commit to include investments in the production of blue and green hydrogen as part of their forthcoming economy-wide hydrogen strategy.  HL10306
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Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made (1) of the levels of investment being committed by (a) Germany, (b) France, (c) other countries, to the production of green hydrogen, and (2) of the impact any such international competition may have on the UK's green hydrogen sector.  HL10307
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what process they are following for procurement of the zero carbon buses to be manufactured in the UK, as announced in February; how many such buses have been ordered so far; and which companies will be supplying them.  HL10308
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have delayed the production of a handbook for freight drivers using UK ports; if so, why; when this handbook will be ready for distribution; in how many languages it will be available; and what steps they are taking to ensure it is written in accessible language.  HL10309
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government where they intend to designate land for additional parking for freight vehicles using the port of Holyhead for ferries to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  HL10310
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, in providing support for electric bus services, what assessment they have made of (1) the infrastructure required for (a) battery electric buses, and (b) hydrogen electric buses, and (2) the impact such infrastructure may have on the number of buses that can be parked in existing depots.  HL10311
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs have been lost in the UK bus manufacturing industry since February 2020; and in what regions any such job losses have occurred.  HL10312
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that the NICE quality standard on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder will be published.  HL10313
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the scheme, introduced in May, that provided access to laptops and the internet to care leavers and other vulnerable children to ensure that such children can access vital employment opportunities and remain digitally connected, active citizens.  HL10314
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Power Their Potential scheme run by the mobile phone provider Optus in Australia, which allows customers to donate unused data each month to be distributed to those in digital poverty.  HL10315
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