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Questions for Written Answer for 19 November 2020

Tabled on 18 November 2020 and due for answer by 2 December 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conflict in the Horn of Africa; what estimate they have made of the number of refugees resulting from such a conflict; and what steps they are taking to bring any such conflict to an end.  HL10465
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about (1) missile attacks on Asmara, and (2) the presence of Ethiopian troops on Eritrean territory; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the movement of Ethiopian soldiers from Somalia for the containment of al-Shabaab.  HL10466
Answered
Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 18 November (HL7591), when the recruitment process for a permanent Chair of the National Institute of Health Protection began; and when it will conclude.  HL10467
Answered
Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk posed by private planes (1) landing next to, and (2) taxiing across, public footpaths.  HL10468
Answered
Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government how many instances there were of individuals under the age of 18 being employed in the role of a Covert Human Intelligence Source during the last complete calendar year for which such a record is available.  HL10469
Answered
Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what procedure allows them to implement changes to military air space which are requested by the Ministry of Defence to further peacetime operations.  HL10470
Answered
Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of (1) fraud, and (2) errors, in the social security system in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which records are available.  HL10471
Answered
Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional VAT will be paid by consumers in Northern Ireland who buy second-hand vehicles transported from Great Britain after the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL10472
Answered
Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 3 November (HL9125), what assessment they have made of the number of women's organisations in the UK; and what plans they have to increase the number of women's organisations with which the Government Equalities Office engages.  HL10473
Answered
Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 November (HL9917), by what means they are able to introduce a limit on the number of skilled workers able to come to the UK; what is the nature of any parliamentary approval that would be required; and how long would be required for any such changes to tak… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) the Access to Work programme, and (2) related programmes, give participants the opportunity to volunteer at major UK sporting events, including (a) the Rugby League World Cup 2021, (b) the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and (c) the UEFA Women's Euro 2022.  HL10475
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect family visits to prisoners in England and Wales to resume; and whether they intend to give priority to the most vulnerable (1) prisoners, and (2) families.  HL10476
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales to extend the Early Conditional Temporary Release Scheme; and when they intend to make a decision on that matter.  HL10477
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to enable prisoners to submit claims for (1) Universal Credit, and (2) other benefits, as early as possible prior to their release.  HL10478
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to reduce mental ill health among prisoners by providing facilities for (1) exercise, (2) education, and (3) work; and how those facilities have been affected by COVID-19 precautions.  HL10479
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners in England and Wales are on remand awaiting trial; and what steps they are taking to reduce that number.  HL10480
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about the report from its National Bureau of Statistics, published on 23 April, which found that more than 70 per cent of that country's prison population is on remand without sentence.  HL10481
Answered
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) the construction of, and (2) the underwater noise levels caused by, wind turbines at sea on (a) dolphins, (b) porpoises, (c) whales, (d) seals, and (e) other marine life; and what steps they are taking to mitigate any such impact.  HL10482
Answered
Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 12 November (HL9789), whether they will identify (1) the number, and (2) the value, of loans taken out under (a) the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and (b) the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, in instances where a former Minister was, or is, (i) a director, (ii) an advisor, or (i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 12 November (HL9789), when they will publish the details of individual aid awards under (1) the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and (2) the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.  HL10484
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to increase NHS funding (1) to maintain, and (2) to improve on, existing standards in the light of the increased expenditure required to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10485
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase funding to alleviate loneliness in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10486
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government why the publication of the social care green paper has been delayed since March 2017; whether that paper remains a Government priority; if not, why not; and when they estimate that paper to be published.  HL10487
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of quantitative easing on the increase in house prices compared to increases in wages.  HL10488
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of democracy in Armenia following (1) the conflict, and (2) the increased Russian military presence, in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL10489
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the economic, and (2) the diplomatic, consequences for the UK of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.  HL10490
Answered
Lord St John of Bletso to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in conjunction with international partners to address the influence of the ISIS caliphate in northern Mozambique.  HL10491
Answered
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the process for referral to the high-priority lane used to assess and process potential personal protective equipment procurement leads; who was involved in recommending potential suppliers for that process; and which Departments made referrals.  HL10492
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support employers (1) to maintain, and (2) to increase, the number of graduate recruitment schemes.  HL10493
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the funding available for career development programmes aimed at employees aged 16 to 29.  HL10494
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the youth unemployment rate on the affected individuals' future pension benefits.  HL10495
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Careers and Enterprise Company Careers education in England's schools and colleges 2020, published on 12 November; and what plans they have to expand Careers Hubs.  HL10496
Answered
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