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Questions for Written Answer for 21 April 2020

Tabled on 25 March 2020 and due for answer by 8 April 2020.
Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that apprentices, including those on higher and degree courses, will have their courses funded to completion, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2905
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide funding to public sector training providers for the breaks in learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as opposed to these funds being drawn from employers' levy funding.  HL2906
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether those who were detained under section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983 but have since been released will continue to be legally entitled to the provision of after-care by social services under section 117 of that Act, following the enactment of the Coronavirus Act 2020.  HL2907
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how they have distributed funding from the £300 million North East Nigeria Transition to Development Programme since April 2017; how they intend to distribute funding from now until that programme’s end in 2022; who (1) have been, and (2) will be, the beneficiaries of that funding; how qualifying communities are chosen; and h… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 10 March (HL1844), whether private cemeteries should apply the same standards and principles contained in the “framework of regulation and guidance" applying to local authority burial grounds.  HL2909
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any reports of disputes at Tottenham Park Cemetery and Camberwell Old Cemetery on mounding; and what assessment they have made of reports that there are examples of private cemeteries potentially acting in breach of national guidance.  HL2910
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they can take to enforce the recording of early burials that are 'mounded' over.  HL2911
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Oakervee Review of HS2, published on 11 February, and before they issue a Notice to Proceed for Phase 1 of HS2, what plans they have to ensure that HS2 Ltd achieves a satisfactory position with each of the Main Works Civils contractors in order to obtain acceptable Stage 2 prices and a reasonable level of value engineer… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Conclusion 59 of the Oakervee Review of HS2, published on 11 February, whether the Department for Transport will update and publish a revised business case for the whole HS2 project, including the latest costs and benefits for the project, before a Notice to Proceed on Phase 1 is issued.  HL2913
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that HS2 Ltd deliver the required improvements in its capability before a Notice to Proceed is issued for HS2 Phase 1 in line with the assurance given by HS2 Ltd to the Oakervee Review of HS2, published on 11 February.  HL2914
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ascertain the source of COVID-19; what assessment they have made of the response by countries where the virus was initially detected; and what steps they intend to take to hold any government which withheld information about COVID-19 to account.  HL2915
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to produce paracetamol, and any ingredients required for its production, in the UK.  HL2916
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the United Nations to implement a global ban of so-called 'wet' markets.  HL2917
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a database of businesses which have (1) retained as many workers as possible, (2) dismissed workers and are claiming taxpayer help, (3) volunteered to assist in the COVID-19 pandemic by developing new technology or services, and (4) been found to have profited illegally or unethically, during the COV… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with social networking companies what steps they are taking to restrict (1) comments by, and (2) the accounts of, users with high numbers of followers which give (1) false information, or (2) advice counter to official medical advice, about COVID-19.  HL2919
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in NHS occupational health services; and whether any such plans include procurement from private sector providers which have capacity to provide services.  HL2920
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support UK citizens who are seeking to return to the UK from New Zealand who are affected by that country's lockdown due to COVID-19.  HL2921
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is protection from eviction for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2922
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is timely, accessible advice available to religious communities concerning rules relating to (1) funeral services, (2) burials, and (3) cremations, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2923
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have established a hotline service to (1) advise on faith and secular gatherings, (2) provide information to the public, and (3) receive relevant information from members of the public, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2924
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to provide meals to students resident at hostels in the higher education sector who are unable to return to their home countries.  HL2925 [I]
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage (1) UN agencies, (2) partner governments, and (3) development actors, to prioritise the needs of older people most at risk from COVID-19.  HL2926
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the work of the World Health Organisation prioritises the health needs of older people in lower- and middle-income countries as part of its response to COVID-19.  HL2927
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they plan to give to flying schools and clubs whose operations have been disrupted by measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  HL2928
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to temporarily defer the regulatory deadlines and charges on (1) airports, and (2) airlines, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2929
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they plan to give large airports which are forced to remain open as key national infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2930
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Lord Davies of Gower to ask Her Majesty's Government what temporary tax relief they plan to give to (1) airlines, and (2) airports, during the period in which their operations are limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  HL2931
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to determine whether another nation state (1) is conducting, or (2) is guilty of, an act of hostility towards the UK.  HL2932
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Lord Fink to ask Her Majesty's Government when HMRC will launch the online portal to facilitate the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  HL2933
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Lord Fink to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to issue advice on the steps needed to put employees into furlough.  HL2934
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government which Expert Trade Advisory Groups have been created by the Department for International Trade; and who are the members of those groups.  HL2935
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what the role of the Department for International Trade’s Expert Trade Advisory Groups will be as negotiations on trade agreements progress.  HL2936
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Department for International Trade selected the membership of its Expert Trade Advisory Groups.  HL2937
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives and support they plan to provide to encourage employers to continue to recruit apprentices in the coming months.  HL2938
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to postponing the consultation by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education on changes to the funding recommendation process during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2939
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future need for (1) passenger, and (2) freight, air services between major regional centres in Great Britain including those between South West England, the Midlands, and the North of England and Scotland; and what plans, if any, they have to provide such services directly when necessary on a simila… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to the improvement of rail services between South West England, the Midlands, and the North of England and Scotland, including significant enhancements of rail infrastructure, so as to reduce any need for passenger air services between those areas.  HL2941
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refusals they have made to provide information to a data subject by using the exemption in Schedule 2, paragraph 4 to the Data Protection Act 2018 in connection with (1) applications for settled status under the EU Settled Status Scheme, and (2) grants of pre-settled status when settled status has been applied for.  HL2942
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to including (1) building maintenance engineers, (2) personnel supporting the critical lifeline utilities, and (3) non-police security staff, in the list of essential staff whose children can continue to be admitted to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2943
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government why there has been a delay in having sufficient kits for (1) antigen testing, and (2) serological testing, for the COVID-19 virus.  HL2944
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people a day they expect to be able to receive (1) an antigen test, and (2) a serological test, for the COVID-19 virus (a) one week, (b) two weeks, (c) four weeks, and (d) six weeks, from 25 March 2020; and how such testing will be organised and prioritised.  HL2945
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to include British Overseas Territories in the support and protection being offered to individuals and institutions within the UK for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2946
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of plasma transfusions from survivors of COVID-19 to patients in a critical condition.  HL2947
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of complications experienced by patients with COVID-19 who have lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  HL2948
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients in the UK are taking part in clinical trials of COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.  HL2949
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of patients with COVID-19 who have been asymptomatic; and of those, how many were subsequently treated.  HL2950
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what protocols are in place to ration medical equipment if necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2951
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to professional membership companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2952
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the deadlines for Class 1 and 2 aviation medicals which are due to expire during the period of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  HL2953
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide additional support to domestic violence refuges during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to any increase in domestic violence and abuse.  HL2954
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to suspend all terminations of asylum support temporarily as part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2955
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people providing informal social care who are paid in cash; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) the provision of such care, and (2) the livelihoods of such carers.  HL2956
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to postpone the commencement of any new public inquiry into planning applications until constraints imposed in the UK as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted.  HL2957
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths as a result of COVID-19 have occurred in a hospital, broken down by each hospital.  HL2958
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients who are being treated in hospital for COVID-19 have been attached to a ventilator.  HL2959
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many tests for COVID-19 have been carried out; and what proportion of those have shown positive.  HL2960
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Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they plan to provide to charities and the voluntary sector to protect elderly people from being attacked in their homes by people who gain entrance on false pretences, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2961
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Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the provision of online tuition adequately educates those children and young people, particularly those who live in poverty or who are otherwise vulnerable, who are not in school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2962
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Charity Commission about any investigation of the governance of Christ Church College, University of Oxford.  HL2963
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether immigration officers exercising the powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 in Northern Ireland will fall under the complaints remit of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.  HL2964
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of Interferon alfa-2B in treating COVID-19; and what plans they have, if any, to use that drug.  HL2965
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers there are in England.  HL2966
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make sure there is sufficient stock in shops.  HL2967
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make sure that the homeless have facilities to wash and eat.  HL2968
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make sure there are enough people working in hostels for the homeless.  HL2969
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the self-employed affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2970
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of COVID-19 on the work programme of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, in particular (1) the development and publication of technology appraisal guidance, and (2) the review of its methods and processes.  HL2971
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has adequate levels of patient and patient group participation in its review of its methods and processes.  HL2972
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will issue a consultation on changes to the routing criteria for the appraisal of medicines through its highly specialised technologies programme.  HL2973
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Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the existing apprenticeship budget during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure apprenticeship providers can deliver training remotely.  HL2974
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend business rate exemptions to include dental practices.  HL2975
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to support the self-employed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2976
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce further penalties for those who do not comply with the rules surrounding the restriction of movement during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2977
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of football matches held in England before 23 March on the spread of COVID-19.  HL2978
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the operation of UK credit scoring agencies; and (2) reports that such agencies have closed their telephone helplines but continue to blacklist customers whilst their automated systems are not functioning effectively.  HL2979
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Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice has been given to food retailers operating supermarkets in the UK about those who wish to make bulk purchases for local foodbanks during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2980
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, in the context of the Coronavirus Act 2020, of the need to protect children without an Education, Health and Care plan who may live in households where there is domestic abuse.  HL2981
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the context of the Coronavirus Act 2020, schools will be given discretionary powers to ensure that vulnerable pupils who do not have an official social care status can remain in school.  HL2982
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all Pupil Referral Units will remain open to maintain the safety of pupils during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2983
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that schools and education authorities can fulfill their duties under the Equality Act 2010 to provide reasonable adjustments and auxiliary aids for pupils with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2984
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to work with charities and other agencies to ensure that vulnerable children are identified and receive the support they require during the period of school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2985
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the first aid, (2) the trauma and triage, and (3) the security and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defence, capabilities of the Army Reserve; and what plans they have, if any, to deploy the Army Reserve to help address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2986
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 18 March (HL2249), what assessment they have made of the impact of HMRC rates and allowances on the ability of producers of hygiene gel to produce such gel; and what plans they have, if any, to dispense with those rates and allowances to assist such producers to meet demand.  HL298… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that (1) during, and (2) after, the grounding of any aircraft due to the COVID-19 pandemic all (a) UK registered commercial aircraft comply with air worthiness certification, and (b) commercial aircraft registered outside the UK comply with valid air worthiness certification to enable entering UK air… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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