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Questions for Written Answer for 9 December 2020

Tabled on 8 December 2020 and due for answer by 22 December 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to facilitate access to education for the children of people entering the UK under the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa scheme; what assessment they have made of (1) the scale of demand for school places for these children, and (2) where such demand will arise; and what discussions they ha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent (1) an appropriate person, or (2) the appropriate authorities, can monitor what will happen if a person only receives one of the two doses required of a COVID-19 vaccine under the vaccination protocols; and what the process will be for following up on those people.  HL11195
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the COVID-19 planned for use vaccines prevent those vaccinated from transmitting the disease.  HL11196
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent a person who receives only one dose of (1) an adenovirus vector, or (2) an mRNA, COVID-19 vaccination is (a) vulnerable to COVID-19 themselves, and (b) able to transmit the disease on to a second person.  HL11197
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent a person who completes a two-dose course of (1) an adenovirus vector, and (2) an mRNA, COVID-19 vaccination remains (a) vulnerable to COVID-19 themselves, and (b) able to transmit the disease on to a second person.  HL11198
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government for how long a person who has received the two-doses of the COVID-19 vaccine required under the vaccination protocols is able to transmit COVID-19 on to a second person  HL11199
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration An inspection of the Home Office’s use of language services in the asylum process, published on 11 November.  HL11200
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their strategy for the recovery of the aviation sector.  HL11201
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what factors they will consider in their review of whether to make permanent the temporary Universal Credit uplift; and when they plan to announce the outcome of that review.  HL11202
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by more than 60 organisations and bishops on 29 November on the Universal Credit uplift and legacy benefits; and what plans they have to extend the uplift to legacy benefits.  HL11203
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Legatum Institute The Legatum Prosperity Index 2020, published on 16 November; and in particular that report’s findings that Burundi is (1) 157th out of 167 countries ranked in terms of overall prosperity, and (2) among the top 10 worst countries in the world in the catego… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by the Legatum Institute The Legatum Prosperity Index 2020, published on 16 November, that Lesotho is among the top 10 worst countries in the world in the natural environment category.  HL11205
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by the Legatum Institute The Legatum Prosperity Index 2020, published on 16 November, that Rwanda is among the top 10 most improved countries in the world in the categories of (1) governance, (2) investment environment, and (3) market access and infrastructure.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 3 November (HL9361), what plans they have to provide an update on when the review into the right to work of asylum seekers will be laid before the House.  HL11207
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow the EU to open an office in Northern Ireland; and what kind of presence in Northern Ireland the EU has requested.  HL11208
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the stimulation of the development of tidal power.  HL11209
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what communications they have received from the Shetland Islands Council about exploring options for achieving financial and political self-determination; and what has been the reply.  HL11210
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Priadel lithium tablets continue to be supplied to patients in the UK.  HL11211
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that patients having to switch to other lithium products because of a discontinuation of Priadel lithium tablets do not suffer harm or adverse events as a result of such a switch.  HL11212
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have provided (1) to GPs, and (2) to mental health trusts, on advising patients that have to switch to other lithium products because of a discontinuation of Priadel lithium tablets.  HL11213
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a helpline for patients seeking advice about switching to other lithium products because of a discontinuation of Priadel lithium tablets.  HL11214
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they undertook any review in 2018 into the reasons for the increase in the number of girls seeking gender reassignment; and if so, what was the outcome of that review.  HL11215
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to take action against companies who are advertising puberty blocking drugs online.  HL11216
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fraud and corruption charges against Georgy Bedzhamov in the context of his application for British citizenship.  HL11217
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the (1) use, and (2) circulation, of cash in the UK.  HL11218
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those who are unbanked.  HL11219
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the credit union sector in the UK.  HL11220 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) scale, and (2) type, of financial scams targeted at people in the UK.  HL11221
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of financial scams to the UK economy.  HL11222
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the effectiveness of warranties on construction projects.  HL11223
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they recruit civil servants to work in the Northern Ireland Office based on Irish nationality.  HL11224
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make further payments to individuals who lost their savings following the collapse of Equitable Life.  HL11225
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Netflix about the inclusion of a disclaimer to explain to viewers of The Crown that the series is fictional.  HL11226
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to pulmonary fibrosis patients whose treatment was disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11227
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people with learning disabilities do not face discrimination as a result of restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11228
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, to protect the rights of people living in Hong Kong.  HL11229
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the report by the Commissioner for Countering Extremism Challenging Hateful Extremism, published in October 2019, in the last year.  HL11230
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the Commissioner for Countering Extremism’s legal review, announced in June, examining the effectiveness of legislation in relation to hateful extremism.  HL11231
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the report by the Commissioner for Countering Extremism COVID-19: How hateful extremists are exploiting the pandemic, published in July.  HL11232
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Commissioner for Countering Extremism COVID-19: How hateful extremists are exploiting the pandemic, published in July, what new financial provision and resources are being made available, and to whom, to prevent extremists capitalising on the impacts of COVID-19.  HL11233
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to incorporate content into the national curriculum to support educators to counter conspiracy theories.  HL11234
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests for assistance have been received by (1) the Department of Work and Pensions, (2) HM Revenue and Customs, and (3) other Government departments, from British citizens who are resident overseas in each of the past five years.  HL11235
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens in receipt of a UK state pension are overseas resident.  HL11236
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether British citizens who are resident overseas and registered to vote with the local authority in which they last lived in the UK are included on the Electoral Register; and if not, whether there is an alternative national register of such citizens.  HL11237
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of British citizens who are resident overseas and who can no longer vote in general elections due to the 15 year rule, since 2010.  HL11238
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Undercover Policing Inquiry to make its final report; what has been the cost of that inquiry to date; and what the final cost of that inquiry is expected to be.  HL11239
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Sri Lanka about human rights in that country.  HL11240
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that countries in sub-Saharan Africa will have equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  HL11241
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 3 December (HL10488) and the exchange of letters between the Bank of England and HM Treasury on the Asset Purchase Facility on 29 January 2009, whether the Monetary Policy Committee still requires the consent of HM Treasury to engage in quantitative easing through… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 3 December (HL10488) and the exchange of letters between the Bank of England and HM Treasury on the Asset Purchase Facility on 29 January 2009, what assessment they have made of the implications of the confirmation in these letters that the financing of the Asset… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Singh of Wimbledon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of India's response to the protests against the proposed reforms on the sale, pricing and storage of farm produce; and what representations they have made to that government about its response.  HL11244
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce conditional fee arrangements for defence lawyers in clinical negligence cases; and what assessment they have made of the impact such action would have in terms of (1) cost savings, and (2) parity between parties.  HL11245
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to the NHS in (1) legal fees, and (2) negligence costs, in each of the last two years for which figures are available.  HL11246
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of (1) essay mills, and (2) contract cheating, by students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11247
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the robustness of (1) checks and balances on, and (2) scrutiny of, directly-elected mayors in England.  HL11248
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the mental health of pupils of their update to the guidance on remote education expectations advising that teachers should check in on self-isolating pupils on a weekly, rather than a daily, basis.  HL11249
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with independent apprenticeship providers about improving the quality of apprenticeship training.  HL11250
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce (1) minimum, and (2) average, class size targets for post-16 education providers.  HL11251
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a single post-16 education commissioning and regulatory process.  HL11252
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of demolitions by the government of Israel of Palestinian buildings on the economic prospects for Palestinians; and what steps they are taking, if any, to protect any such prospects from the risk of such demolitions.  HL11253
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rights of children under the Convention on the Rights of the Child of reports that the Israel Defence Force is conducting night time raids on families in Palestine; and what representations they have made to the government of Israel about respecting such rights as a signatory to that Convention.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood that tensions between Russia and NATO will lead to military confrontation; what plans they have put in place to deal with such a scenario; and whether such plans include (1) re-establishing military to military dialogue, (2) establishing stabilising measures in contact zones in t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the size of the UK Fishery Protection Squadron fleet that will be needed in the event that a trade agreement is not reached with the EU by 31 December.  HL11256
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult with (1) civil society, (2) faith groups, and (3) other humanitarian actors, before drafting any legislation to amend the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015.  HL11257
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of when the economic situation in the UK will allow a return to the target for official development assistance of 0.7 per cent of gross national income.  HL11258
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to including a sunset clause in any legislation amending the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015.  HL11259
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to produce and publish an impact assessment for the proposed reduction in the UK’s spending on official development assistance.  HL11260
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to call for the reform of the international aid spending rules set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee.  HL11261
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