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Questions for Written Answer for 2 December 2020

Tabled on 1 December 2020 and due for answer by 15 December 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government which contracts they awarded to PestFix for the provision of personal protection equipment; what was the total value of such contracts; and what value of equipment supplied under such contracts was designated as (1) unfit for use in the NHS, (2) fit for clinical use only, (3) suitable for supply or sale to departments other t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government which contracts they awarded to Ayanda Capital for the provision of personal protection equipment; what was the total value of such contracts; and what value of equipment supplied under such contracts were designated as (1) unfit for use in the NHS, (2) fit for clinical use only, (3) suitable for supply or sale to departments… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government which contracts they awarded to PPE Medpro for the provision of personal protection equipment; what was the total value of such contracts; and what value of equipment supplied under such contracts were designated as (1) unfit for use in the NHS, (2) fit for clinical use only, (3) suitable for supply or sale to departments oth… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government which contracts they awarded to Purple Surgical for the provision of personal protection equipment; what was the total value of such contracts; and what value of equipment supplied under such contracts were designated as (1) unfit for use in the NHS, (2) fit for clinical use only, (3) suitable for supply or sale to department… 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 assessment they have made of reports (1) that Muslim and Christian minorities are being persecuted in India, and (2) that such persecution has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic following accusations that those minorities had spread COVID-19; and what discussions they have had with the government of India about (a) t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what formal quality assurance assessment, or similar, is required to be undertaken before an organisation can be accredited (1) to perform, and (2) to analyse, COVID-19 tests; and what is the minimum standard those organisations must meet before accreditation.  HL10945
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for responding to COVID-19-related sovereign debt issues in Africa (1) by allocating special drawing rights by the International Monetary Fund to the worst affected countries, and (2) extending the G20's debt service suspension initiative to permit the participation of multilateral development… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to support the creation of a permanent mechanism under the UN for the systematic comprehensive and permanent restructuring of sovereign debt, and (2) to set up a programme of continuing technical assistance to improve (a) debt transparency, and (b) the debt management offices, of those countries worst affected b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many former military bases they are currently using for other purposes.  HL10948
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to support people with diabetes who return to work in their normal workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10949
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive and the government of the Republic of Ireland about addressing cross-border crime during the Christmas period.  HL10950
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions have resulted from the activities of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency enforcement officers in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020 to date.  HL10951
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) schemes, and (2) initiatives, they plan to introduce (a) to strengthen the Union, and (b) foster more links between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  HL10952
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement in the Spending Review 2020, published on 25 November, that the Department for Education settlement "provides funding to prepare for a UK-wide domestic alternative to Erasmus+, in the event that the UK no longer participates in Erasmus+, to fund outward global education mobilities", whether such funding wo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the domestic scheme to replace Erasmus+ set up by Switzerland; and if no such assessment has been made, what plans they have to assess the effectiveness of the Swiss replacement scheme before committing to a UK domestic alternative.  HL10954
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in addition to university student placements, any domestic alternative to Erasmus+ would cover (1) school exchanges for pupils and teachers, (2) technical education and workplace training, (3) work shadowing and youth work, (4) sports, (5) older people, (6) disadvantaged areas, (7) arts projects, and (8) people with disabi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult Northern Ireland businesses about legislation on anti-avoidance measures for qualifying Northern Ireland goods being sent to the rest of the UK.  HL10956
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder they have supported in 2020.  HL10957
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the lockdown restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on the airline industry over the Christmas period.  HL10958
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the lockdown restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on the small business sector over the Christmas period.  HL10959
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage business travel (1) to help the airline industry, (2) to increase tourism, and (3) to support airport workers back into full-time employment.  HL10960
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they have made available to support Belfast International Airport during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  HL10961
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in ensuring that care homes are granted insurance indemnity under the same terms as provided for the NHS under the Coronavirus Act 2020.  HL10962
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to provide to care homes to enable such homes to offer twice weekly tests to two visitors for each care home resident.  HL10963
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Methodist Homes' care home visitor policy.  HL10964
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to family carers of care home residents.  HL10965
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that family members and friends of care home residents will be provided with twice weekly testing to enable them to visit; and whether they still plan to implement that policy before 25 December.  HL10966
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the findings of the report by the Alcohol Health Alliance UK Small change: alcohol at pocket money prices, published in November, what steps they are taking to limit the sale of cheap, strong alcohol.  HL10967
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the new alcohol duty system (1) protects public health, and (2) helps to reduce alcohol harm.  HL10968
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health impacts of freezing alcohol duty in the 2020 Budget.  HL10969
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Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the other permanent members of the UN Security Council about (1) the four letters written by the UN rapporteurs on torture, arbitrary detentions, extra-judiciary and custodial killings in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir to the government of India, and (2) the absence of any response to date by t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to reply to the letter sent by Lord Lamont of Lerwick to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 1 September.  HL10971
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 18 November (HL10238), what estimate they have made of the total cost of the infrastructure work required on Ascension Island.  HL10972
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 18 November (HL10238), what application has been made to the Conflict Stability and Security Fund for infrastructure work on Ascension Island for the 2021/22 financial year onwards.  HL10973
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 18 November (HL10238), how much revenue has been raised by the government of Ascension Island through taxes in each of the last five years; and what proportion of that revenue has been allocated to infrastructure improvement.  HL10974
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 18 November (HL9994), how many (1) complaints related to non-compliance of section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 they have received, and (2) subsequent court injunctions the Home Secretary has applied for.  HL10975
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 18 November (HL9994), when they plan to implement the changes to strengthen and future proof transparency of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 highlighted in their response to the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act, published on 22 September.  HL10976
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the High Court judgment in R (on the application of) Quincy Bell and A -v- Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and others [2020] EWHC 3274, issued on 1 December, what plans they have to (1) prevent, or (2) discourage, GenderGP.com from marketing puberty blocking drugs to anyone under the age of 16; and whether they intend to issue… 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 (1) to prevent the sale of counterfeit drugs to developing countries, and (2) to ensure that only patented drugs are sold to those countries. [I]  HL10978 [I]
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government how many sites of special scientific interest are on the defence estate; how much land those sites cover; and how many such sites are in a favourable condition.  HL10979
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the debate on 26 November (HL Deb, cols 403–23), whether they have made any assessment of the need to provide portable toilets for use by heavy goods vehicle drivers using the port of Dover after 1 January 2021; and if so, how many such toilets they estimate will be required.  HL10980
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the debate on 26 November (HL Deb, cols 403–23), whether they have any plans to procure portable toilets for use by heavy goods vehicle drivers using the port of Dover after 1 January 2021; and if so, what steps they are taking to ensure that Ministers in any such procurement process declare (1) personal interests, and (2) in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether councils will be given discretion over the payment of the £500 self-isolation Test and Trace support grant so that councils can pay those claimants who do not submit their claim within two weeks, providing a legitimate reason is given for the delay in the application.  HL10982 [I]
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of uncertainty over the UK’s relationship with the EU after the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU on the economy.  HL10983
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the Spending Review 2020 on the UK’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10984
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the withdrawal of the Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus Scheme on business planning.  HL10985
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish any modelling from September 2020 on the economic effect of (1) introducing the COVID-19 'circuit-breaker' recommended by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, and (2) the introduction of a lockdown to address the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2020 for England.  HL10986
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from organisations representing people who are ineligible for COVID-19 financial support schemes.  HL10987
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comparative effect of the COVID-19 financial support package on regional economies.  HL10988
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding to charitable hospice care providers who have lost community funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10989
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the funding that clinical commissioning groups provide to the charitable hospice sector.  HL10990
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding to Rennie Grove Hospice Care to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10991
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Save the Children Defenceless: The impact of the Israeli military detention system on Palestinian children, published on 29 October; and what response they have made to that report.  HL10992
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Sheffield City Council has instructed care homes in Sheffield not to use COVID-19 lateral flow tests for admitting visitors due to concerns that such tests lack accuracy.  HL10993
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow the temporary reduced rate of VAT of five per cent for certain attractions to apply where a concert is being streamed as live, but for technical reasons was required to be pre-recorded.  HL10994 [I]
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow first year university students from the EU, who have not yet moved to the UK, to qualify for EU pre–settled status.  HL10995
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase basic digital skills education programmes for adults.  HL10996
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide up to date training for Job Centre staff on the skills that employers are currently seeking.  HL10997
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove barriers to higher education for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.  HL10998
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about ensuring that any Israel Defence Force soldier who is found guilty of (1) killing, or (2) injuring, any Palestinian is sentenced appropriately.  HL10999
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Palestinians living in Sheikh Jarrah are being evicted by the government of Israel; and what steps they are taking in response to any such assessment.  HL11000
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the BBC Panorama investigation into (1) shared ownership schemes, and (2) abuses of the leasehold system.  HL11001
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the leasehold system of ownership during 2021.  HL11002
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have sufficient quantities of effective alternative vaccines for the entire UK population following the recent AstraZeneca test results.  HL11003
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 10 November (HL9605), how many tutors under the National Tutor Programme were supporting schools (1) at the start of November, and (2) at the start of December.  HL11004
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 24 November (HL10313), when they estimate that the revised project timeline for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence quality standard on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder will be published.  HL11005
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether overseas territories which are eligible for Official Development Assistance will be able to apply for large-scale project funding that is equivalent to that provided through Darwin Plus.  HL11006
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement on the Integrated Review of Foreign, Defence, Security and Development policy by the Prime Minister on 19 November (HC Deb, col 495), when they plan to order the three fleet solid support ships.  HL11007
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their commitment in The Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2019, published on 24 November 2019, to invest "£500 million in youth services for young people", what plans they have to make this investment; and why this investment did not appear in the Spending Review 2020, published on 25 November.  HL11008
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the distinction between commercial and military offshore unexploded ordnance disposal by deflagration, and (2) the effectiveness of deflagration in the offshore disposal of unexploded ordnance.  HL11009
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) possible sites in the United Kingdom for the dismantling of ships and the disposal of any hazardous materials that they might contain, and (2) the potential global demand for, and value of, such operations.  HL11010
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