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Questions for Written Answer for 4 March 2020

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

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the current political situation in Malaysia, and (2) the protection of freedom of religion or belief by the government of Malaysia; and what representations they have made to that government about the protection of religious minorities in that country.  HL2126
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many public bodies they plan to move from London and the south east of England to elsewhere in the UK during this Parliament.  HL2127
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new public bodies they intend to establish as a result of the UK leaving the EU; how many of those bodies they plan to be located outside London and the south east of England; how many people they expect those people to employ in (1) London and the south east of England, and (2) elsewhere in the UK; and when they ex… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government which executive agencies they are considering moving from London and the south east of England to elsewhere in the UK; how many staff they (1) expect to relocate, and (2) intend to recruit from local workforces; and when they expect any such moves of agencies to be concluded.  HL2129
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government which Non-Departmental Public Bodies they are considering asking to move from London and the south east of England to elsewhere in the UK; how many staff they (1) expect to relocate, and (2) intend to recruit from local workforces; and when they expect any such moves of those organisations to be concluded.  HL2130
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil service roles have been moved from London and the south east of England to elsewhere in the UK since the establishment of the Places for Growth programme; and how many of those roles were filled (1) by existing staff relocating, and (2) by recruitment to fill vacancies in the new location.  HL2131
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many roles in Non-Departmental Public Bodies have been moved from London and the south east of England to elsewhere in the UK since the establishment of the Places for Growth programme; and how many of those roles were filled (1) by existing staff relocating, and (2) by recruitment to fill vacancies in the new location. … 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 the arrest of (1) Hong Kong media entrepreneur Jimmy Lai, (2) the vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Labour Party, Lee Cheuk-yan, and (3) the former chairman of the Hong Kong Democratic Party, Yeung Sum, by the Hong Kong Police; what representations they have made to the governments of the Hong K… 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 steps they are taking (1) to purchase or manufacture, and (2) to distribute sufficient, (a) clinical respiratory face masks, (b) goggles, and (c) protective clothing for health workers dealing with a potential COVID-19 epidemic in the UK; and what training NHS and emergency service workers will receive in using such equi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect 20 per cent of those infected with COVID-19 in the UK to require hospital treatment, as was the case in Wuhan.  HL2135
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils took up free school meals in England and Wales in each year since 2015.  HL2136
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual spend on free school meals in each year since 2015.  HL2137
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the role of ‘wet markets’ in the global spread of COVID-19.  HL2138
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of statements by the World Health Organisation praising China’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.  HL2139
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about its plans to share genomic information about COVID-19 with the health authorities of other countries.  HL2140
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the practice of naming Atlantic winter storms.  HL2141
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the 3 January ruling by Justice Robin Postle that veganism satisfies the tests required for it to be a philosophical belief and is therefore protected under the Equality Act 2010, what plans they have to amend that Act.  HL2142
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for weather conditions other than Atlantic winter storms to be given names.  HL2143
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide for the promotion of literary festivals.  HL2144
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to promote British food and beverages.  HL2145
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to promote the benefits of walking.  HL2146
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the practice of train operating companies terminating trains before they reach their advertised destinations, what steps they are taking to prevent such a practice except in exceptional circumstances.  HL2147
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Lord Cooper of Windrush to ask Her Majesty's Government which external organisations have been involved in the recruitment of candidates to be special advisers to ministers since 24 July 2019.  HL2148
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Lord Cooper of Windrush to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have paid to each external organisation that has been involved in the recruitment of special advisers to ministers since 24 July 2019.  HL2149
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Lord Davies of Stamford to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the additional cost of withdrawing benefits when claimants increase their revenues from other sources at the Income Tax rate of 20 per cent instead of the marginal rate of 63 per cent.  HL2150
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hectares of land that were previously green belt have been removed from the green belt in local plans adopted in England in each year from 2011 to the present; and how many more hectares are proposed to be so removed in local plans yet to be adopted.  HL2151
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to fulfil their Manifesto commitment to protect and enhance the green belt.  HL2152
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any loss of green belt land as a result of the proposals in Cherwell District Council's Partial Review of Cherwell Local Plan 2011–2031 to build new housing on green belt land in Oxford; and what steps they intend to take in response to any such assessment.  HL2153
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of the review of the children’s care system, they will work jointly with the Local Government Association, councils, and care providers, to increase the transparency of children’s social care costs.  HL2154
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report commissioned by the Local Government Association Profit making and risk in independent children's social care placement providers, published in January.  HL2155
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of referrals of children with mental health issues referred for treatment from (1) GPs, and (2) other health professionals, are treated through child and adolescent mental health services; what is the average waiting time between referral and treatment; what are the reasons given for any rejected referrals; and what thr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 26 February (HL1564), for those referrals for treatment by child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) what was (1) the average waiting time, and (2) the assessment by CAMHS after the waiting period as opposed to the initial assessment from the referral.  HL2157
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Baroness Fall to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 26 February (HL1565), what advice they give to local clinical commissioning groups on the support they should offer children on waiting lists for treatment by child and adolescent mental health services, and to the parents of such children; and what assessment they have made of the qual… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the outcome of their consultation Energy Performance Certificates in buildings, which closed on 26 July 2018.  HL2159
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise the woodworking and joinery sector as part of any review of apprenticeship standards.  HL2160
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to allocate additional resources for the roll-out of the apprenticeship standards in the woodworking and joinery sector.  HL2161
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government how much in total the woodworking and joinery sector has contributed to the apprenticeship levy fund to date; what proportion of that total has been spent on apprenticeships; and whether any unspent levy can be redistributed back to non-levy payers to be used by SMEs to address skills shortages.  HL2162
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the national skills fund is fully accessible to SMEs in the woodworking and joinery sector on a (1) national, (2) regional, and (3) local basis.  HL2163
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that resources allocated by the national skills fund fully support the provision of (1) training for specialist technical trainers, (2) training for assessors, and (3) machinery and materials, in the woodworking and joinery sector.  HL2164
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with further education colleges about the delivery of practical qualifications needed to support the woodworking and joinery sector.  HL2165
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are planning to take to ensure that health inequalities due to alcohol-related harm do not widen.  HL2166
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that dependent drinkers who are not in treatment receive the support they require.  HL2167
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the World Meteorological Organization about expanding that organisation's Water Programme to include (1) extreme flooding, and (2) wind damage.  HL2168
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization about ensuring that their water programmes are coordinated.  HL2169
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) advice, and (2) funding, they have provided, or intend to provide, to help property owners protect their properties from flooding.  HL2170
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or intend to have, with the insurance industry about incentivising property owners to protect their properties from (1) flooding, and (2) wind damage.  HL2171
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Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide more data to local organisations and communities to help them prepare for future floods.  HL2172
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether female genital mutilation education in schools is having a positive impact.  HL2173
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of female genital mutilation education in schools on any stigma experienced by children of African descent.  HL2174
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) sexual and reproductive health and rights, and (2) female genital mutilation support, services exist for women with complications resulting from female genital mutilation in the UK.  HL2175
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for expanding the provision of (1) sexual and reproductive health and rights, and (2) female genital mutilation support, services in the UK to support women and girls.  HL2176
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 2 March (HL Deb, col 436), whether any future airport expansion will be conditional on all new flight capacity being filled by zero-carbon aeroplanes.  HL2177
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what policies the NHS has in place for patients who require to be treated and cared for by staff of a particular sex.  HL2178
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Equality and Human Rights Commission about amendments to its guidance on the Equality Act 2010 to help providers of services understand how to handle requests for access to services and facilities from transgender people.  HL2179
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy for schools to provide separate (1) changing rooms, and (2) toilets, for boys and girls; whether all or any of such facilities can be gender neutral under their policy; and what action a parent can take if a school is in breach of any such policy.  HL2180
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Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in discussions with the government of Mauritius on an overall resolution to the issues concerning (1) the future of the Chagos Islands, and (2) the resettlement of the Chagos Islanders, since the Prime Minister met the Prime Minister of Mauritius on 20 January.  HL2181
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Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty's Government when the three new Fleet Solid Support Ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary will be ordered; and what are the estimated in-service dates for each of those new ships.  HL2182
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Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.  HL2183
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Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the special rules for terminal illness used in accessing disability benefits; whether those rules are appropriate for people with unpredictable terminal illnesses such as motor neurone disease; and what plans they have to review and amend those rules.  HL2184
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 26 February (HL1665), what proportion of businesses who have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code have their (1) procurement and purchasing policy, (2) 'how to get paid' details, and (3) responsible board director, listed on the Prompt Payment Code website.  HL2185
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 26 February (HL1607), whether the British Business Bank's aggregate loan experience and losses in the event of default of loans as a result of loans made through peer-to-peer platforms differs from the aggregate experience of loans made by other channels to SME borrowers.  HL2186
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether they will publish the details of the contract between the Department for International Trade and Quintessentially, including the amounts paid to that company in each of the last three years, and (2) whether other Government departments or public bodies have contracts with that company.  HL2187
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) any risk to the stability of the financial system from the potential failure of large portfolio risk management systems, and (2) the level of competition between providers of such systems to banks, insurers and fund managers.  HL2188
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to add colleges and universities to the list of institutions set out in Regulation 22 of the Human Medicines (No. 2) Regulations 2014 so that those institutions may obtain, without a prescription, adrenaline auto-injector devices for use in emergencies.  HL2189
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were represented at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, held in February; and if so, whether they signed the Stockholm Declaration on road safety.  HL2190
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to adopt the resolutions within the Stockholm Declaration on road safety arising out of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.  HL2191
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that the Israel Defence Forces pushed concrete blocks at speed towards Palestinian protestors using a bulldozer through a Palestinian village.  HL2192
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that 19 Palestinians have lost one or both eyes as a result of being fired at by Israeli forces.  HL2193
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that settler-only roads have been created in the West Bank.  HL2194
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the protection of Palestinian property from Israeli settlers in the West Bank.  HL2195
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government when the next Sustainable Ministry of Defence annual report will be published.  HL2196
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