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Questions for Written Answer for 7 December 2020

Tabled on 3 December 2020 and due for answer by 17 December 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ask the government of Ethiopia (1) to establish a humanitarian corridor into the Tigray region, and (2) to ensure that any such corridor is supervised in conformity with the neutrality principles laid down by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; and what plans they have to seek a… 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 that the EU is considering withholding aid from the government of Ethiopia until the impact of the conflict in Tigray on human rights in the region can be assessed; how much UK aid was given to Ethiopia (1) last year, and (2) over the past decade; and what plans they have, if any, to… 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 (1) reports from UN refugee camps in Tigray of the forcible return of Eritrean refugees to Eritrea, and (2) whether any such refugees are at risk of (a) torture, and (b) imprisonment, in Eritrea; whether they have raised this matter with the government of Eritrea; and, if so, what response th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra 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, if any, (1) to close the Tavistock Clinic, and (2) to instigate a criminal inquiry into its practices.  HL11063
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Lord Blencathra 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 instruct the (1) University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and (2) Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, (a) to stop any treatm… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is being given to employers to avoid racial discrimination when verifying employees' eligibility to work; and what redress is available to people who may have been racially discriminated against in this manner.  HL11065
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of threats to the safety of opposition candidates in elections in Uganda, what assessment they have made of the prospects for conduct of a free and fair election in that country; and what support they are giving (1) to civil society organisations, and (2) to other organisations, to monitor these elections.  HL11066
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend (1) to extend the duration, and (2) to increase the budget, of the Support for Migrant Victims Scheme pilot, in the event that demand outstrips the existing level of support provided.  HL11067
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that sharing the immigration status of a migrant victim of domestic abuse with the Home Office may have on (1) a victim’s ability to report any such abuse; and (2) the effectiveness of the Support for Migrant Victims scheme.  HL11068
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Safeguarding) on 4 September (HC77656), to what extent they consulted non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on the design and delivery of the Support for Migrant Victims scheme; which NGOs they engaged with; and whether they intend to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on competition of the market dominance of (1) Amazon, (2) Apple, (3) Facebook, (4) Google, and (5) Microsoft; and what plans they have, if any, to address any such impact.  HL11070
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address regulatory concerns in relation to the fees levied on application developers by major technology platforms.  HL11071
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by Human Rights Watch that Azerbaijani forces have inhumanely treated ethnic Armenian troops captured in the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL11072
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a recovery plan for the aviation industry.  HL11073
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they have made available for the establishment of border control posts in Northern Ireland; where any such posts will be established; and what is their current status of readiness.  HL11074
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funeral workers with access to Test and Trace risk assessments by Tier One contract tracers.  HL11075
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in prison are (1) pregnant, or (2) mothers with primary caring responsibilities.  HL11076
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been received for hereditary British citizenship from Hong Kong British National (Overseas) Status holders.  HL11077
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to protect consumers’ access to cash; and if so, when.  HL11078
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 3 December (HL10512), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what proposals they have (1) to encourage, or (2) to ensure that the environmental and other enhancements that will be included in Environmental Land Management Schemes will also take place on farmland… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposals by Highways England to create wildflower verges on all new large-scale highways projects will take account of differing (1) climatic, (2) geological, and (3) ecological, conditions in different areas of England; and what plans they have to include provision for future management of such verges in ways that conserve… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether each local authority will be provided with full funding (1) for all £500 self-isolation payments made, and (2) for all the administrative costs of running that scheme.  HL11081
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 3 December (HL10515), what assessment they have made of the extent of the transfer of funding through the New Homes Bonus scheme from (1) poorer local authorities to richer ones, (2) local authorities in the north of England to those in the south of England,  and (3) areas where curre… 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 3 December (HL10511), whether they will now answer the question put, namely which local planning authorities in England have set the Community Infrastructure Levy at zero.  HL11083
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Nuclear New Build Generation Company and EDF Energy about the possibility of using the site at Wylfa Newydd to construct EPR nuclear reactors (1) instead of, or (2) in addition to, the site at Sizewell C; and what was the outcome of those discussions.  HL11084 [I]
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the Lifecycle Assessment of the Carbon Footprint of the proposed Hinkley Point C (HPC) project report, referenced in the Hinkley Point C application for Development Consent, on which Nuclear New Build Generation Company’s estimate of the level of emissions from Hinkley Point C is based.  HL11085 [I]
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the data collected, and (2) calculations made, by the Nuclear New Build Generation Company of the lifecycle CO2 emissions of the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power project.  HL11086 [I]
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 2 December (HL9789), what assessment they have made of the case for publishing the names of those firms borrowing under Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and Bounce Back Loan Scheme to facilitate identification of fraud; and why they are delaying publication of this informati… 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 (HL9789) on 12 November, who is responsible for collating and acting on information concerning recipients of loans taken out under (1) the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and (2) the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.  HL11088
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to channel funding for university research that was previously provided by EU funding; whether they intend to devolve all or part of this funding stream to the devolved administrations; and what plans they have to maintain the overall levels of funding for university research at the level previously provided by EU… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide sufficient funding for bus services for the next three years to enable (1) the recovery of service patronage, and (2) the maintenance of service levels; whether they plan to devolve any such funding to local transport authorities; and if not, why not.  HL11090
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate that Travel Concession Authorities will be able to resume reimbursement of bus operators on the 'no better and no worse off' principle.  HL11091
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish a bus strategy.  HL11092
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to prevent children from dying from malaria.  HL11093
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute for Global City Policing Stop and Search in London: July to September 2020, published in November, and in particular its finding that in London black men between 18 and 24 years old are on average 19 times more likely than the general population to be stopped and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations in Jamaica co-operated with UK authorities to provide support to those deported to Jamaica from the UK on 2 December.  HL11095
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were deported to Jamaica from the UK on 2 December; how many people who were due to be deported on that same flight were not; and why any such people were not deported.  HL11096
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have provided specifically to parish and town councils during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11097
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 22 October of a £100 million package of support for public leisure services, whether this fund can be used to support leisure centres which are operated by parish and town councils.  HL11098
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage people to stand for election to parish and town councils in May 2021; and what financial support they are providing (1) to the Local Government Association, and (2) to the National Association of Local Councils, to support initiatives to encourage people to stand for election a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission Public Sector Equality Duty assessment of hostile environment policies, published on 25 November; and what steps they are taking in response to the finding that they did not comply with section 149 of the Equalities Act 2010 “in un… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to review the effectiveness of the Electronic Communications Code contained within the Digital Economy Act 2017, and (2) to revise that code in order to address any barriers identified.  HL11101
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to consult on the operation of the Electronic Communications Code.  HL11102
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK citizens will be given a choice of COVID-19 vaccine.  HL11103
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to (1) the private health sector, and (2) independent pharmacies.  HL11104
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of children in England who have been diagnosed as having foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.  HL11105
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 18 November (HL10143), whether they accept the description used by the International Court of Justice in its Advisory Opinion of 25 February 2019 Legal Consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965 that Chagossians were "forcibly removed" by the UK… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the number of families in which a child may be unable to manage funds from their Child Trust Fund when they reach the age of 18.  HL11107
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what information, advice and support they plan to offer to families in which a child is unable to manage the funds in their Child Trust Fund when they reach the age of 18.  HL11108
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