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Questions for Written Answer for 26 February 2020

Tabled on 25 February 2020 and due for answer by 10 March 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 18 February (HL1300), which consultancies were used to help deliver the UK–Africa Investment Summit 2020; and how much those consultancies were paid.  HL1835
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the reported occupation of an Ahmadiyya place of worship in District Kusur, Punjab, by anti-Ahmadi extremists, denying Ahmadi Muslims the right to worship.  HL1836
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Justice Kemal Bokhary, that a “storm” has broken out “in full force” over the rule of law in Hong Kong, what assessment they have made of the (1) state of, and (2) threat to, the (a) rule of law, and (b) independence of the judiciary, in Hong Kong.  HL1837
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restore passenger services on the Hellifield railway line from Clitheroe.  HL1838
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) number, and (2) location, of microbiology laboratories in China that handle advanced viruses such as the Wuhan coronavirus; and what assessment they have made of the role any such laboratories may have had in the initial spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.  HL1839
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Stand with Hong Kong and the International Affairs Delegation Profiles of Hong Kong Repression: Perpetrators of human rights and democracy abuse, published on 20 December 2019; and what plans they have to use the information contained in that report to aid the (1) development, a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial penalties train operating companies are subject to if a train is cancelled due to (1) a train defect, or (2) a lack of train crew, broken down by each franchise awarded since June 2010.  HL1841
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their wish to avoid a role for the Court of Justice of the EU in resolving future disputes between the UK and the EU, what form of dispute resolution they would accept if the UK is to continue participating in the Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ programmes.  HL1842
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what regulations exist for the control of cemeteries mounding areas to create new burial spaces.  HL1843
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what controls exist to protect graves of historical significance from mounding in (1) private, and (2) public, burial grounds.  HL1844
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that the locations of early burials are (1) accurately recorded, and (2) accessible.  HL1845
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) other, support they have (a) provided, and (b) intend to provide to, local authorities in response to recent flood-related emergencies.  HL1846
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of climate change on the prevalance and severity of recent flooding; and what plans they have taken to review the (1) Bellwin scheme, and (2) aid and support provided to local authorities, to ensure that communities have sufficient resilience to withstand such events.  HL1847
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the legal requirements for local authorities to report their use of glyphosate and other chemical pesticides and herbicides; and what central record is kept of the use of such chemicals.  HL1848
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 24 February (HL Deb, cols 2–3), what the expected increase in the preventative health budget will be; how much of that will directly benefit sexual health services; what steps they are taking to put innovation at the centre of the sexual health strategy; and what assessment they have… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to support the participation of civil society in the upcoming elections in Burundi.  HL1850
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Burundi in ensuring that the upcoming elections in that country are free and fair.  HL1851
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they have taken to support the UN Special Envoy for Burundi in their efforts to ensure the equal treatment of all candidates in the upcoming elections in that country.  HL1852
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The Lord Bishop of Carlisle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) train, (2) recruit, and (3) retain, sufficient numbers of podiatrists to meet (a) current, and (b) future, needs.  HL1853
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government how much revenue was raised from patient charges for NHS dental services in each year since 2015.  HL1854
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how the new points-based immigration system will accommodate public service interpreters who work on a freelance basis.  HL1855
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be any flexibility in the new points-based immigration system's salary thresholds in respect of freelance public service interpreters who cannot guarantee their earnings levels.  HL1856
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether public service interpreters working for the (1) NHS, (2) courts system, and (3) police, are regarded as (a) skilled, (b) high-skilled, or (c) low-skilled, workers.  HL1857
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the total annual cost of regular collections of food waste from (1) domestic households, (2) businesses, and (3) other organisations; and how such collection is funded in each case.  HL1858
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the scheme to re-open railways lines closed by the Beeching report, whether they have a (1) target, or (2) estimate, for (a) the number of stations, and (b) the length of railway, to be reopened by (i) 2025, (ii) 2030, and (iii) in total.  HL1859
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to establish the continuation of existing rights for British citizens who are currently resident in EU countries under EU freedom of movement rules; and whether any such negotiations and agreements will take place with (1) the EU, or (2) individual countries.  HL1860
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the quantity of unpicked (1) apples, (2) cherries, (3) blueberries, (4) raspberries, (5) other fruit, (6) vegetable crops, and (7) other horticultural produce, in 2019, as a result of a shortage of seasonal labour; and what plans they have to address any issues which may arise from any shortage of labour in 202… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of any additional cost of operating the rail services in the north of England in the next three years which will be more than the agreed payments to Arriva Rail North under the franchise that terminates at the end of February 2020.  HL1862
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the study in the British Medical Journal by Julian Guest Modelling the annual NHS costs and outcomes attributable to healthcare-associated infections in England, published on 22 January, what action, if any, they propose to take in response to the estimated 834,000 health-associated infections that occurred in a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the study in the British Medical Journal by Julian Guest Modelling the annual NHS costs and outcomes attributable to healthcare-associated infections in England, published on 22 January, what action, if any, they propose to take in response to the estimated 28,500 patients that died from a health-associated infec… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the study in the British Medical Journal by Julian Guest Modelling the annual NHS costs and outcomes attributable to healthcare-associated infections in England, published on 22 January, what action, if any, they propose to take in response to the estimated 7.1 million bed days in NHS hospitals in England that we… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the study in the British Medical Journal by Julian Guest Modelling the annual NHS costs and outcomes attributable to healthcare-associated infections in England, published on 22 January, what action, if any, they propose to take in response to the estimated 79,700 days of absenteeism that occurred amongst frontli… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government why the G-Cloud 8 call-off contract agreed with Amazon Web Services in 2016 specified that Amazon Web Services had no liability for "direct loss, destruction, corruption, degradation or damage to the Buyer Data or the Buyer Personal Data or any copy of such Buyer Data".  HL1867
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many contracts they have agreed in the last five years with public cloud providers which specify that the server has no liability for direct loss, destruction, corruption, degradation or damage to the Buyer Data or the Buyer Personal Data or any copy of such Buyer Data.  HL1868
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure good-quality drinking water sources in the Colne Valley by 2027.  HL1869
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what reasons the Environment Agency gave for allowing HS2 Ltd to drill at the Harvil Road site in the Colne Valley.  HL1870
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether beef from hormone-implanted cattle can be identified if there are higher levels of such hormones present in bull beef than beef from hormone-implanted steers.  HL1871
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government whether new evidence has appeared since the European Economic Community imposed a ban on sales of hormone-implanted beef in 1989 about the safety of such beef; and if so, (1) whether that evidence has changed the UK's view that the practice of hormone implantation is safe, and (2) what is the nature of that evidence.  HL1872
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to appeal the judgment made in Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens v Home Office, issued on 19 December 2019; and if they have no such plans, why they have not revised the fees for children applying for British citizenship, as set out in their policy paper Home Office immigr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children identified as potential victims of human trafficking have gone missing from local authority care in each financial year from 2009–10 to 2018–19.  HL1874
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms are in place to monitor the number of children identified as potential victims of human trafficking who go missing from local authority care.  HL1875
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish guidance about identifying and supporting victims of human trafficking as required under section 49 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  HL1876
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government since 30 January 2017 what percentage of children stopped receiving support from an independent guardian because they had turned 18 years old; and how many of those stopped receiving such support within 18 months of it starting.  HL1877
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Slavery and Trafficking Reparation Orders under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 have been made in each financial year since the passing of that Act; how many victims have received compensation as a result of those reparation orders; and what was the (1) total, and (2) average, amount of those compensation awards.  HL1878
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) prosecutions, and (2) convictions, for human trafficking-related offences there were in each of the last five calendar years.  HL1879
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 24 February (HL1666), what measures they have used to ensure that the 34 businesses reinstated to the Prompt Payment Code remain compliant with the Code; and (2) what assessment they have made of the impact of any such measures on suppliers.  HL1880
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 24 February (HL1666), what was the average length of time taken to pay invoices to SME suppliers by (1) the 66 businesses suspended from the Prompt Payment Code, and (2) the businesses that remain signatories to the Code.  HL1881
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what percentage of large businesses operating in the UK are signatories to the Prompt Payment Code; and (2) what target they have set, if any, for the percentage of such businesses to be signatories to the Code.  HL1882
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it remains their policy that any supplier who bids for a government contract worth more than £5 million per annum must demonstrate that they pay 95 per cent of invoices within 60 days or be excluded from delivering the contract; and if so, how many such bidders have been excluded from delivering contracts on those grounds.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government how many judicial reviews were conducted in England and Wales in each year from 1990 to 2019.  HL1884
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 30 January (HL580), whether there is a map to show the areas at (1) current, and (2) future, risk of flooding in England.  HL1885
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 29 January (HL525), what consideration they are giving to reducing the correlated colour temperature of LED lights in order to avoid any adverse affects on melatonin production in the evening.  HL1886
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 28 January (HL530), what are the actual numbers involved in their policy of "encouraging new tree planting on a massive scale"; and what is the period over which this will be achieved.  HL1887
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 27 January (HL411), whether local authorities, when considering building developments of all kinds, are required to conduct a full appraisal, including of the environmental impact, before any lighting project is commissioned.  HL1888
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the regulations relating to trade access between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be (1) published, and (2) enacted.  HL1889
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland as part of the Withdrawal Agreement for the UK's exit from the EU.  HL1890
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 11 April 2019 (HL Deb, col 585), what "clear, tangible actions" have been delivered to address racist abuse in football, in relation to each of the six areas they identified as needing to be examined further.  HL1891
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report A housing design audit for England, published on 21 January, which found that the majority of new housing developments audited were considered mediocre or poor.  HL1892
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve life expectancy for women in the UK.  HL1893
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of isolation as a method of containment for suspected cases of Wuhan coronavirus.  HL1894
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to protect agricultural lands in Gaza from incursions by Israeli forces and the destruction of Gaza farmland.  HL1895
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the reported closure of a Palestinian bakery in East Jerusalem that supplied food to worshippers attending the Al Asqa mosque.  HL1896
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to protect the homes of Palestinians in East Jerusalem whose land is being undermined by Israeli archaeological excavations.  HL1897
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what responsibilities they have under international law to ensure that Israel complies with the Geneva Conventions in the occupied territories of Palestine.  HL1898
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to involve councils in decisions about reform of the immigration system in relation to the adult social care workforce.  HL1899
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure that social care workers doing equivalent jobs to NHS workers are paid equivalent rates.  HL1900
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs of aligning the pay of NHS and social care workers.  HL1901
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the level of unmet and partially-met need within adult social care, and (2) the cost of addressing that need in 2024–25.  HL1902
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the stability of the adult social care provider market.  HL1903
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 28 January (HL489), how many places in care or nursing homes the NHS funded in the last financial year for which figures are available; what was the total expenditure incurred; and how many homes were involved.  HL1904
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional capital resources they plan to make available to the Governments of (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland, to fund capital expenditure in the financial year 2020–21 on flood prevention projects.  HL1905
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional money, over and above that provided by the Barnett formula, they intend to provide to the Welsh Government for the current financial year to meet any additional costs arising from flood damage and alleviation work for (1) households, (2) businesses, (3) farms, and (4) to secure the safety of coal tips.  HL1906
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many registered (1) nurses, and (2) midwives, whose initial registration was in another EU country left the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register in (a) 2016–17, (b) 2017–18, and (c) 2018–19.  HL1907
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a local authority is obliged to (1) inform, and (2) formally consult, (a) the emergency services, (b) the police, (c) waste disposal services, (d) businesses, (e) other institutions such as charities or schools, and (f) residents in the areas that are directly affected, when it proposes the permanent closure of a roa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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