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Questions for Written Answer for 19 March 2020

Tabled on 18 March 2020 and due for answer by 1 April 2020.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have provided, and plan to provide, in relation to religious gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2725
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Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have provided to the Muslim Council of Britain about (1) Friday prayers, and (2) the celebration of Ramadan, in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2726
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are estimated to have died of influenza in the last five years; and whether either (1) a monthly, or (2) a quarterly, breakdown of those figures is available for each such year.  HL2727
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate have died from illnesses resulting from poor air quality or air pollution; and whether either (1) a monthly, or (2) a quarterly, breakdown of those figures is available for each such year.  HL2728
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 31 October 2018 (HL10750), how many (1) women, and (2) men, recorded in HMRC’s Real Time Information records, earning below the personal tax threshold, were contributing at work to a Net Pay Pension scheme in the tax years after 2016-17; and how often they plan to update these f… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their statistical release Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2018 annual report, published on 26 September 2019 and the reported 1,784 road deaths in 2018, how many such deaths there were in (1) each month, and (2) each quarter, of each of the last five years for which figures are available.  HL2730
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with insurers and the Association of British Insurers about (1) the current, and (2) the future, levels of insurance required to prevent small and medium sized enterprises from becoming bankrupt as a result of COVID-19.  HL2731
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Highways England plans to use any smart motorway infrastructure to promote the Great British Spring Clean.  HL2732
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish a national environment day; and whether the Keep Britain Tidy campaign will be part of any such plans.  HL2733
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have allocated to the collection and clearance of roadside litter in their Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2): 2020 to 2025 policy paper.  HL2734
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific advice they have received to explain the flattening of the growth trend of newly reported cases of COVID-19 (1) in Japan, (2) in South Korea, and (3) in China.  HL2735
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence was used to inform the increase in the immigration health surcharge, announced in the 2020 Budget.  HL2736
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish an impact assessment of the proposed increase in the immigration health surcharge; and whether any such assessment will include the impact on children's rights.  HL2737
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to exempting NHS workers from the immigration health surcharge.  HL2738
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to treat former members of the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Irish Regiment who served in Northern Ireland in the same manner as soldiers who served both overseas and in Northern Ireland in the conduct of any investigations into allegations of historic misconduct, and any resulting prosecutions and claims for… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of "compelling new evidence" for any investigation of cases related to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.  HL2740
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make public funds available to former members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to support their defence during any investigation into their actions during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.  HL2741
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make any distinction between (1) regular soldiers who served in Northern Ireland, and (2) soldiers of the Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Irish Regiment recruited locally during the Troubles, in any proposals they may bring forward to address legacy cases in Northern Ireland.  HL2742
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a specific body to deal with legacy issues in Northern Ireland; and whether any such body would be able to issue reports to families about allegations of non-criminal misconduct against former Members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, whether living or deceased.  HL2743
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they plan to provide to music studios during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2744
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government whether arts organisations in receipt of public money will have to repay that money if they cannot meet the grant payment requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2745
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government which categories of freelance workers and sole traders will be eligible for the COVID-19 Business Interruption Loan Scheme.  HL2746
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will suspend the operation of the “bedroom tax” during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.  HL2747
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to ensure that established food banks have sufficient supplies to meet the needs in their localities during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.  HL2748
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of vacancies in the care sector resulting from COVID-19-related international travel restrictions; and the opportunities that this may provide people who will be made redundant during the pandemic.  HL2749
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance, if any, they plan to provide to (1) musicians, and (2) actors, whose work has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2750
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to support those who work in the creative industries during the shutdown of theatres, cinemas and other venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2751
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to support individuals who work in theatres, cinemas, and other entertainment venues which do not have pandemic insurance cover.  HL2752
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise the testing of all health and care workers in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  HL2753
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust about the reinstatement of a consultant-led all-hours A&E service at Cheltenham General Hospital.  HL2754
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 19 March 2019 (HL Deb, col 1407), what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about steps the Executive are taking to mitigate the impact of changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme.  HL2755
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Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential use of (1) carbon capture, (2) carbon storage, and (3) hydrogen, to decarbonise (a) heating, (b) transport, and (c) heavy industry.  HL2756
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 17 March (HL2178), whether NHS patients in England can request to have intimate examinations carried out by a doctor of a specified biological sex; and whether such requests are always adhered to.  HL2757
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there is a sufficient amount of protective clothing and equipment for front line staff at (1) GP surgeries, and (2) hospitals.  HL2758
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch Report on the accident to Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, N264DB 22 nm north-north-west of Guernsey on 21 January 2019, published on 13 March, what assessment they have made of the additional checks required to ensure that pilots operating outside the Air Operations Centre… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional measures they intend to introduce to raise awareness among passengers of (1) the dangers  and (2) the potential legal repercussions, of being carried on a so-called "grey" charter flight.  HL2760
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Civil Aviation Authority monitors the operation and maintenance of foreign registered aircraft based in the UK; and what assessment they have made of the number of US-registered aircraft which are habitually based in the UK.  HL2761
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what action is being taken by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to address urgently the findings of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch over the issue of maintaining accurate and up-to-date records relating to pilot and engineer licences, certificates and ratings issued by the CAA.  HL2762
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review urgently the legislation relating to cost sharing of flights and day leasing of aircraft.  HL2763
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons why owners of high performance light aircraft based in the UK choose to register such aircraft on the US aircraft register under a Trust arrangement, rather than the UK aircraft register.  HL2764
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria patients have to meet in order to be tested for COVID-19.  HL2765
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to issue a rent break to tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2766
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether schools contribute to the spread of COVID-19.  HL2767
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to issue social distancing guidance for delivery drivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2768
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement regarding COVID-19 by the Prime Minister of France on 18 March that "if neighbouring states such as the United Kingdom spend too long continuing to avoid these containment measures, then we would have difficulty accepting British nationals who would move freely in their own country and th… 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 advise that the House of Lords be suspended to protect members, staff and the general public from COVID-19 infections.  HL2770
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