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Questions for Written Answer for 27 November 2020

Tabled on 26 November 2020 and due for answer by 10 December 2020.

Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 23 November (HL9107), who is responsible for the provision of face to face appointments in each of the seven NHS regions.  HL10730
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many writs of summons were sent to Peers in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020; and how many of those writs were sent to Peers in (a) each region of England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, and (d) Northern Ireland.  HL10731
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement of financial support for airports and other air infrastructure on 25 November, what plans they have to provide similar support to HS1 and Eurostar.  HL10732
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed closure of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies by the University of London on (1) the UK's reputation as a global centre of academic excellence, (2) diplomatic relationships with other Commonwealth countries, and (3) the training of British diplomats.  HL10733
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to refer the University of London’s proposed closure of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies to the Office of Students to ascertain the potential implications of such a closure for students engaged in, or seeking opportunities to engage in, further post-doctoral studies in black British history, decolonisation and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from (1) Commonwealth governments, (2) the Commonwealth Secretariat, or (3) other interested parties, about the proposed closure by the University of London of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.  HL10735
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing for (1) travelling fairgrounds, and (2) charter fairs, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10736
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide guidance to affected trade bodies regarding legal changes relevant to the Nutrition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020; and what consideration they have given to providing any such guidance more frequently than every three months.  HL10737
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the passage of goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland which are not then transported to Ireland will not be subject to disruption from 1 January 2021.  HL10738
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on high street businesses of COVID-19 restrictions in the pre-Christmas period.  HL10739
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the hospitality sector of COVID-19 restrictions in the pre-Christmas period.  HL10740
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are undertaking trade negotiations with the EU on the basis that any future relationship agreement will apply to Gibraltar.  HL10741
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision to bring forward the termination of the BBC World Service Sinhalese service; and whether they plan to make representations to prevent its termination.  HL10742
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are preparing their guidance Transporting goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021: guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers, published on 18 November, in languages other than English; and if so, (1) in which languages it will be available, and (2) whether the translations will be available before… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make all of the customs declarations paperwork required by lorry drivers entering the UK from the EU from 1 January 2021 available in languages other than English, including online forms; and if so, in which languages such paperwork will be available.  HL10744
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement of the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries on 11 November that “the Government of Azerbaijan, with Turkey’s assistance, relied on Syrian fighters to shore-up and sustain its military operations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, including on the frontline”; and what… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of President Macron's statement on 1 October that “we have information today that indicates with certainty that Syrian fighters from jihadist groups have transited through Gaziantep to reach the theatre of operations in Nagorno-Karabakh.”  HL10746
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons about (1) an investigation into whether chemical weapons have been used by Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and (2) securing assistance to protect civilians against the effects of such an attack.  HL10747
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 19 November (HL10161), what steps they have taken to prevent the Azerbaijani Armed Forces (1) abusing, and (2) killing, prisoners captured during the ceasefire evacuation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL10748
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the £1 million Nagorno-Karabakh aid package they announced on 31 October will go to displaced Armenians; and what steps they have taken to enable displaced Armenians to return to their homes.  HL10749
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made (1) to NATO, (2) to the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and (3) to the government of Israel, about immediately suspending the provision of all (a) lethal military supplies, (b) non-lethal military supplies, and (c) technical assistance to Azerbaijan until the government of Azerbaijan renounce… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 25 November, (HL10219), to (1) list the subset of rules concerning goods and electricity markets applying as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol, (2) set out what, if any, consent arrangements were established for these rules to apply in Northern Ireland, and (3) set out what assessment… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held, if any, with the Scottish Government about the decision of Shetland Council on 9 September to approve a motion for "exploring options" for achieving "financial and political self-determination"; and what has been the outcome of any such discussions.  HL10752
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so, why there is a shortage of (1) widely used contraceptive preparations, and (2) hormone replacement therapy products; why (a) Brevinor, (b) Eloine, (c) Norimin, (d) Synphase, (e) Tisnell, and (f) Zoely, oral contraceptive tablets are currently unavailable; when they estimate that those tablets will be resupplie… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to include the government of Gibraltar in their future relationship negotiations with the EU.  HL10754
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about a UK-wide approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic during the Christmas period.  HL10755
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of what checks will be required at Northern Ireland ports to comply with the Northern Ireland Protocol from 1 January 2021.  HL10756
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to implement the Culture and Community Fund set out in New Decade, New Approach, published on 8 January.  HL10757
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they conducted with pensioner organisations regarding the decision not to renew their contract with the Post Office to provide accounts for the payment of state pensions and benefits.  HL10758
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they sought to renew their current contract with the Post Office to provide accounts for the payment of state pensions and benefits at a lower price.  HL10759
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what options are available to individuals in receipt of a state pension or benefits who do not wish to open a bank account after the Post Office Card Account service is discontinued.  HL10760
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current conditions for tourists in Costa Rica, in particular for eco tourists; and what plans they have to review their travel advice for that country.  HL10761
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 23 November (HL10163 and HL10164), what recommendations they (1) have published, and (2) intend to publish, about treatments for pectus excavatum in instances where an operation has not been approved.  HL10762
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the availability of pectus deformity surgery in (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, and (3) Northern Ireland; and whether they intend to review the guidance on commissioning surgery for pectus deformity procedures in light of this assessment.  HL10763
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential inclusion of pectus deformity surgery in the Commissioning through Evaluation programme.  HL10764
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what NHS guidance is available on the circumstances in which surgery for pectus deformity can be accessed if it is deemed clinically necessary.  HL10765
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government when the cross-governmental review of official development assistance will take place; how long it will last; which departments will be involved; when it will report; and whether the report will be made public.  HL10766
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what fiscal conditions need to be met to allow the UK's official development assistance to return to 0.7 per cent of gross national income.  HL10767
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) political, and (2) security, situation in Libya.  HL10768
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 25 November that they will be “spending the equivalent of 0.5 per cent of our national income on overseas aid in 2021” (HC Deb, col 830), which 20 countries have been the biggest recipients of UK bilateral aid since 2015; and what criteria will be used to determi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral aid China has received from the UK in the form of development assistance since 2015; when this was last reviewed; and when it will next be reviewed.  HL10770
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are prioritising global access to vaccines for poorer countries; what estimate they have made of the number of agreements for early vaccine access which the government of China has signed with developing nations, including the loan provision to buy Chinese vaccines; and how that compares to the progress made by the W… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken (1) to call for the release of three members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights organisation who were arrested by the government of Egypt following a meeting with European diplomats on 3 November, and (2) to communicate any concerns to the government of Egypt about civil rights in that c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Egypt about that government co-operating fully with the Italian investigations into the Egyptian security officials suspected of torturing and killing Giulio Regeni in February 2016, including extradition to Italy for trial.  HL10773
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to classify crowding in NHS hospital Emergency Departments as Serious Incidents.  HL10774
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made, if any, of the average cost of treating Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients in England.  HL10775
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the per capita uptake of NICE approved medicines for treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease in their first year of launch, for medicines first marketed between 2014 and 2018.  HL10776
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government when they accredited Greensill to make loans under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme; how much has been lent by Greensill through that Scheme so far; and which Government department or entity is responsible for maintaining loans by Greensill under that Scheme to related entities and groups.  HL10777
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with pharmaceutical company representatives about the risk of shortages of drugs and vaccines arising from the delay in establishing the new import procedures which will apply from 1 January 2021.  HL10778
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their decision not to provide financial support to inbound tour operators; what discussions they have had with representatives of the inbound tourism sector regarding the reduction in their business arising from the COVID-19 pandemic; and what they estimate the impact of that business reduction to be… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by Transport and Environment Plug-in hybrids: Is Europe heading for a new dieselgate?, published on 22 November, that emissions from plug-in hybrid vehicles are higher in road tests than those reported by manufacturers in laboratory tests.  HL10780
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the business rates relief granted to airports on competition between airlines and Eurostar; and what, if any, assistance they plan to provide to Eurostar to enable them to compete on equal terms.  HL10781
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK carbon emissions if a substantial number of travellers switched from using trains to aviation services.  HL10782
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The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place (1) to prevent, and (2) to minimise the impact of, any environmental governance gap after 31 December.  HL10783
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) advice they intend to provide to, and (2) advisory service they intend to set up for, those (a) people, (b) enterprises, and (c) organisations, eligible for funding under the Environmental Land Management Scheme; and how any such advice and services will be funded.  HL10784
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to trial a protocol-type Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) advisory service as a part of the piloting of ELMS.  HL10785
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of delays to HPV vaccinations arising from the COVID-19 pandemic; and when they expect to have rectified any such delays.  HL10786
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the national vaccine strategy as announced in their consultation Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, published on 22 July 2019.  HL10787
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that intellectual property standards within future trade agreements are maintained at a level at least the same as those of the UK.  HL10788
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that their international trade agreements are consistent with their existing international treaty obligations on (1) intellectual property in general, and (2) the Convention on the Grant of European Patents.  HL10789
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that manufacturers are aware of the regulatory frameworks established in new trade deals with third countries during the period when 'roll over' agreements continue to apply EU regulations.  HL10790
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that rules of origin may be declared on signed commercial invoices without the need to seek certification from external sources.  HL10791
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to check and verify documentation for 'Kent access permits' for the purpose of (1) assisting ports in allocating slots, and (2) understanding which cargoes need inspection.  HL10792
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the 24 month timescale for support provided to companies sending goods to Northern Ireland, in the event it proves insufficient.  HL10793
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