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Questions for Written Answer for 18 March 2020

Tabled on 17 March 2020 and due for answer by 31 March 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the reported (1) use of facial recognition technology in Xinjian to monitor Uighur Muslims resulting in human rights violations, and (2) mistreatment by the Hong Kong police force of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong; what assessment they have made of th… 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 special provision they will make for the care of rough sleepers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2673
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 16 March (HL2026), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, whether the current provision of specialised ventilation care will be capable of meeting the needs of those affected by an epidemic.  HL2674
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what response there has been to the Prime Minister's request for manufacturers to develop ventilators for the NHS; and how many they expect to be produced.  HL2675
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how confident they are that those who have recovered from COVID-19 do not continue to be carriers of the virus; and whether swab tests will be repeated for recovered patients to ensure that such tests remain negative.  HL2676
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that one of the people in the Lombardy cluster may have become infected with COVID-19 after contact with a person who tested negative for COVID-19.  HL2677
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to prevent essential small and medium sized enterprises failing; and what level of priority they have given to preventing unnecessary business failures due to cash flow issues.  HL2678
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Gibraltar in dealing with COVID-19; and in particular, whether they are providing advice and access to medical supplies to the government of Gibraltar.  HL2679
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be any change to the existing requirements for a Temporary Worker-Religious Worker visa (Tier 5) under the new points-based immigration system.  HL2680
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Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  further to the Written Answers by the Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith) on 4 July 2018 (HL8851) and 18 July 2018 (HL9279), what hereditary peer by-elections have taken place under the terms of the House of Lords Act 1999 since the retirement of the Earl Baldwin of Bewdley on 9 May 2018; and in each of those by-elections… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker which peers would form the electorate in hereditary peer by-elections taking place under the terms of the House of Lords Act 1999 for a (1) Conservative, (2) Crossbench, (3) Labour, and (4) Liberal Democrat, vacancy.  HL2682
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Russia's activities in the Crimean Peninsula.  HL2683
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Israel's activities in the Golan Heights.  HL2684
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving, further to their advice on COVID-19, to industries where social interaction is a key element of the role of a business, in particular property sales, letting and management.  HL2685
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their draft legal text on the future relationship with the EU.  HL2686
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for any delay in dealing with the Agriculture Bill and the Fisheries Bill for preparations for (1) the UK’s departure from the transition period at the end of December, and (2) businesses adjusting to the new regimes.  HL2687
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to participate in any future meetings or discussions with EU health ministers about COVID-19.  HL2688
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Intelligence and Security Committee about the publication of the report on the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum; and in particular, when that report may be published.  HL2689
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government what personal protective equipment they plan to provide to personal assistants and carers working with disabled adults, including those who are in receipt of continuing health care funding; and when any such equipment will be provided.  HL2690
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding they plan to provide to Clinical Commissioning Groups and social services to enable frontier workers who are personal assistants or carers for disabled people, including those in receipt of continuing health care funding, to remain in this country between shifts in order to not deplete the social care workfor… 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 what assessment they have made of the research by the Health Services Journal, published on 5 March, which showed that there was an average wait time of over 33 minutes for a Category 2 emergency ambulance between April and September 2019 in all Clinical Commissioning Groups in the Mid and South Essex sustainability and tran… 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 what is their latest estimate of the cost of putting an existing liabilities scheme in place to cover claims for historical NHS clinical negligence liabilities.  HL2693
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the terms of the agreement with the Medical Protection Society covering NHS clinical negligence claims made against their GP members in respect of liabilities arising before 1 April 2019.  HL2694
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how they have ensured value for money in respect of the establishment of the new state indemnity scheme for general practice operated by NHS Resolution.  HL2695
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how they have ensured value for money in respect of the agreement with the Medical Protection Society covering NHS clinical negligence claims made against their GP members for liabilities arising before 1 April 2019.  HL2696
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 17 March (HL2718), whether the NHS issues any guidance to NHS organisations related to policies on patients' ability to specify the sex or gender of the staff treating them; and whether such policies are (1) co-ordinated, or (2) compared in any way.  HL2697
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to test people suspected of having COVID-19 in line with World Health Organisation advice including (1) the elderly, and (2) disabled people living on their own.  HL2698
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what specific guidance they plan to issue, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to people living with serious health conditions.  HL2699
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address any potential shortages in care staff as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2700
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to prevent credit insurers unilaterally withdrawing cover.  HL2701
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, monitor whether trade receivables included in securitised bonds (1) reflect transactions completed, or (2) can also include transactions yet to be completed or documented by the two sides to the expected transaction; and whether they have discussed this with the Federal Financial Supervis… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of fair competition in the trade negotiations between the UK and EU following December 2020.  HL2703
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) legislative, and (2) policy, measures they plan to put in place to (a) encourage UK farmers to adopt a whole system integrated pest management approach, and (b) discourage such farmers from not adopting such an approach.  HL2704
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when the National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides will be published; and what measures that Plan will contain to reduce the level of (1) pesticide use, and (2) pesticide-related harms to human health and the environment.  HL2705
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) intensive care beds, and (2) ventilators, there are in each NHS Trust in England; and what was the comparative figure for March 2019.  HL2706
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional intensive care beds they plan to provide to each NHS Trust in England.  HL2707
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional ventilators they plan to provide to each NHS Trust in England.  HL2708
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether statutory sick pay will be payable to employees (1) who are not sick but are self-isolating because someone in their household has symptoms that could indicate COVID-19, and (2) who are not sick but are self-isolating because they are over 70 or have an underlying health condition.  HL2709
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to suspending (1) face-to-face interviews, (2) work search requirements, and (3) sanctions, for people of working age on Universal Credit or legacy benefits for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2710
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to requisition medical ventilators from British cruise ships and make them available for use by the NHS to treat COVID-19.  HL2711
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to impose a ban on people visiting clothes shops to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the UK.  HL2712
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that NHS medical staff are being given out of date equipment and that the new protective equipment advice inadequately protects staff.  HL2713
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enforce social isolation measures so companies can claim COVID-19 relief on their insurance.  HL2714
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, changes there have been to the reporting mechanisms for civil servants within the Department for International Development this year.  HL2715
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, change there has been to the proportion of UK Official Development Assistance spent by (1) the Department for International Development, and (2) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in country offices over the last 12 months.  HL2716
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 in refugee camps in (1) Lesbos, and (2) elsewhere.  HL2717
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and intend to have, with the UNHCR about the control of COVID-19 in refugee camps.  HL2718
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports about the effectiveness of chloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19 pneumonia.  HL2719
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have (1) made, and (2) intend to make, to the government of Israel about reports that the Israeli Defence Force has declared Israeli ownership over land documented as belonging to Palestine in Wad Fukin.  HL2720
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Imperial College COVID-19 response team Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand, published on 16 March; and in particular that report's assessment of the impact of the UK's mitigation measures on (1) deaths, and (2) the capac… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to close schools, universities and colleges as a result of COVID-19; and if they have any such plans, when they intend to introduce such closures.  HL2722
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they are planning to give to the leisure and entertainment sector, including theatres, restaurants and pubs, if any such businesses cannot claim against their insurance for any losses incurred as a result of COVID-19.  HL2723
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Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) suspend the construction of HS2, and (2) use any money saved as a result to support communities and businesses affected by COVID-19.  HL2724
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