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Questions for Written Answer for 25 March 2020

Tabled on 24 March 2020 and due for answer by 7 April 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about British humanitarian aid workers arranging evacuation from Haiti due to the COVID-19 pandemic; how many British nationals are currently unable to return from Haiti; what assessment they have made of the personal safety of such workers: and what discussions they have had with the g… 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 plans they have to publish guidance for local authorities on (1) treatment, (2) care, and (3) funding for people with dementia, during the COVID-19 pandemic; when any such guidance will be published; and what assessment they have made of the number of patients with dementia in care homes without staff who have had dement… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, what steps they are taking to ensure the continued operation of open-access passenger operators following the reduction in the number of rail passengers as a result of COVID-19; whether such steps include financial support to such operators; and if so, how much funding they intend to provide.  HL2856
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure social distancing occurs at airports in England.  HL2857
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of countries with airports from which planes are flying to the UK about encouraging social distancing at such airports.  HL2858
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to conduct universal testing for COVID-19 at airports in England.  HL2859
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to close airports during the COVID-19 pandemic; and if so, when.  HL2860
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the affect of pesticides on trends in the number of insects dying in the UK.  HL2861
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they are making for asylum applicants whose cases are pending where a decision may be affected by restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and in particular for applications from survivors of torture.  HL2862
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to stop all non-essential construction work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2863
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to add outsourced cleaners to the list of key workers.  HL2864
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any claim for compensation from a pharmacist that is not in relation to COVID-19 will be covered by membership of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association or other indemnity schemes.  HL2865
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether legal costs related to any (1) inquest, (2) regulatory, (3) employment, and (4) criminal, proceedings against healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, resulting from an inadvertent error made in the workplace when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic will be covered by their professional indemnity scheme.  HL2… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the incidence of domestic violence.  HL2867
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Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to redeploying those health professionals currently under contract to the Department for Work and Pensions and employed by the assessment provider companies Maximus, Capita and Atos to roles within the NHS to assist with the effort to resist the spread of COVID-19.  HL2868
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Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for Work and Pensions assessors are currently tasked with carrying out telephone assessments for eligibility to disability benefits.  HL2869
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Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a temporary passporting system to move people on to disability benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2870
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all UK residents, regardless of immigration status, are able to access accommodation in order to self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2871
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Youth Hostel Association about its offering of 150 properties to be used by key workers and vulnerable members of society during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2872
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have provided to (1) employers, and (2) key workers, with (a) type 1, and (b) type 2, diabetes about self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2873
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of advances made by open sourcing research in relation to testing vaccines and treatments for COVID-19; what steps they have taken to ensure cooperation with scientific and research institutions in real time; with which countries such cooperation occurs; and in particular, whether they cooperate with such ins… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the availability of Ventolin; and what consideration they have given to enabling patients with symptoms of COVID-19 to purchase Ventolin without a prescription.  HL2875
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether new challenger banks have been accepted as an official lender by the British Business Bank; if not, why not; what estimate they have made of the time that it will take for small and medium sized companies to be able to speak to potential lenders to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme; and what plans they have t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will provide hospital and social care maintenance workers, such as electricians and plumbers, with personal protective equipment to prevent them contributing to the spread of COVID-19.  HL2877
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that hospital and social care maintenance workers, such as electricians and plumbers, are refusing to work because they do not have personal protective equipment to prevent them contributing to the spread of COVID-19.  HL2878
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support required by pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that any shortfall in such support is addressed.  HL2879
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure action is taken against travel agents who fail to honour contractual commitments regarding the cancellation of travel and holiday arrangements; and whether they are considering any support for consumers affected by any such failures.  HL2880
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure action is taken against travel agents whose approach towards refunds is inconsistent with consumer rights legislation and, in particular, the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.  HL2881
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the provisions of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 in relation to the contractual commitments of travel agents regarding the refunding of holiday and travel bookings; and, if they have any such plans, what steps they are taking to ensure that any such changes are not finan… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that financial service companies who sell funds, shares and related products to retail investors in the UK return the cash from sales transactions to the client in a timely manner.  HL2883
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government how many commercial passenger flights have landed in the UK over the last two weeks from (1) China, (2) Iran, (3) Italy, and (4) Spain.  HL2884
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what further financial measures they plan to introduce to assist the self-employed and freelancers who are financially disadvantaged due to COVID-19.  HL2885
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to purchase personal protection equipment for all medical, nursing and health care workers; and what consideration they have given to purchasing such equipment from Randox Laboratories.  HL2886
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 18 March (HL2292), whether they will now answer the question put: when the (1) terms of reference, (2) call for evidence, and (3) deadlines, of the review of the Gambling Act 2005 will be announced.  HL2887
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the maximum time between which companies must hold annual general meetings, as set out in section 336 of the Companies Act 2006, due to the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2888
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what personal protective equipment they are giving to police officers enforcing restrictions on movement during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2889
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to protect NHS staff following reports of staff being mugged for their NHS staff identification cards.  HL2890
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to work with supermarkets to create designated NHS staff stores and delivery services.  HL2891
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government how much accommodation they have offered to key workers who want to reduce the risk of giving COVID-19 to their families.  HL2892
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to address the reported backlog of Personal Independence Payments tribunal claims.  HL2893
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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 money and belongings from Palestinian homes have been confiscated by Israeli Defence Forces without legal reason.  HL2894
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports (1) that the Israeli Prison Service plans to stop the provision of cleaning products and medical visits to Palestinian prisoners, and (2) of unsanitary conditions in Israeli prisons.  HL2895
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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 arrest of Palestinian volunteers on 16 March who were sterilising public facilities and areas in East Jerusalem.  HL2896
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with arms manufacturers about utilising such manufacturers' ability to produce ventilators for the NHS.  HL2897
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Viscount Trenchard to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the guidelines issued to lenders participating in the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme permit such lenders to require that an SME director pledge personal assets in order to receive a Government guarantee of 80 per cent on each loan; and what guidance has been issued to lenders on the terms of such lending.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 23 March (HL2389), what additional measures they are proposing to bring forward to support the self-employed.  HL2899
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the emergence of a black market in food, medicines, pharmaceuticals and other essential supplies as a result of any shortage in such supplies due to COVID-19.  HL2900
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of online suppliers to maintain the delivery of food and other essential products to people self-isolating due to COVID-19.  HL2901
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) close public parks, and (2) enforce only essential travel on public transport networks; and if they have any such plans, when they anticipate bringing them into effect.  HL2902
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government how much personal protection equipment NHS England has (1) purchased, and (2) supplied, to frontline NHS staff in the last four weeks.  HL2903
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have asked for assistance to help address the COVID-19 pandemic from countries less affected by COVID-19; and if so, what kind of assistance they have requested.  HL2904
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