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Questions for Written Answer for 22 April 2020

Tabled on 21 April 2020 and due for answer by 28 April 2020.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the loss of income of charities in the educational sector who rely upon providing training to teachers and lecturers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3166
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic related school closures and social distancing measures on those with identified special educational needs but who do not have an Education Health and Care Plans.  HL3167
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the provision of support to children with dyslexia, autism and other neuro diverse conditions who are undergoing education at home.  HL3168
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice and guidance they have provided to parents of children who do not qualify for school attendance and who have dyslexia, autism and other neuro diverse conditions about how to support those children successfully at home; whether such guidance is published; and if so, where.  HL3169
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those applying for Disabled Students Allowance who need formal diagnosis, normally provided through one-to-one assessments, will have that Allowance in place before the start of the next academic year.  HL3170
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) guidance, and (2) support, they have provided to voluntary and not-for-profit organisations such as amateur sports clubs who normally generate funds through social occasions in their own licensed premises to enable them to continue functioning after the lockdown period; whether any such guidance is published; and if so, where… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what specific assistance they intend to provide to ferry industries to (1) ensure there is a sustainable ferry industry in the longer-term, and (2) safeguard security of supply of medicines, foods and other vital imported goods during the current COVID-19 pandemic. [T]  HL3290
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that the government of North Korea’s traded oil and coal products in 2019, what assessment they have made of the compliance of that government with international sanctions.  HL3227
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of North Korea is in violation of UN sanctions prohibiting the export of coal and restricting the import of refined petroleum; what representations they have made to that government about such reports; and what discussions they have had with the government of China… 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 reports that the government of North Korea has continued nuclear activities in violation of its commitments to abandon all nuclear programs; and what representations they have made to that government about such reports.  HL3229
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum products exceeded the annual limit imposed by the United Nations by up to eight times in the first ten months of 2019.  HL3230
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 in North Korea, in particular in prisons and prison camps in that country; what representations they are making to the government of North Korea about COVID-19; what humanitarian assistance they are providing to that country; and what assessment they have made of the ex… 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 (1) reported killing of 60 Christians in villages in Plateau State in Nigeria by Fulani militia, and (2) the humanitarian situation in Nigeria; and what discussions they have had with the government of Nigeria about protecting those at risk and bringing perpetrators of human rights and fr… 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 reports that letters have been circulated by GP surgeries to residents in care homes in the East of England stating that residents are “unlikely to benefit from mechanical ventilation” and will not be offered the treatment in hospital if admitted with COVID-19; whether any such letters have b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Cameroon about the importance of sending representatives to participate in the talks to be hosted by the Swiss Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue to facilitate an end to the security crisis in Cameroon.  HL3232
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that their international response to COVID-19 explicitly supports the health needs of older people in low- and middle-income countries.  HL3233
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they took to mark the International Day for Street Children on 12 April and its campaign for Safe Spaces for Children in order to raise awareness about the problems faced by street-connected children.  HL3234
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that Department for International Development funded non-government organisations and international non-governmental organisation include street-connected children and homeless youth in emergency funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3235
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to relax the requirement for eyesight and medical testing of those applying to renew heavy goods vehicle and public service vehicle licences during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3236
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the availability of heavy goods vehicle drivers.  HL3237
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to allow public service vehicle licence holders to drive two-axle, category C, heavy goods vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3238
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of female prison staff being raped by male prisoners self-identifying as females occurred during the period January 2018 to May 2019.  HL3293
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have extend the provision of funding for postgraduate research students funded by UK Research and Innovation whose studies have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3106
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) funding, and (2) stipend extensions, they intend to provide to those doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers funded by UK Research and Innovation on fixed-term contracts who gave up their normal work in order to support efforts in combatting COVID-19 and assisting the NHS with testing and community support wo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses in the (1) creative, and (2) music, sector had received support under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme by 14 April.  HL3172
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of current COVID-19 support schemes for single person companies where the worker draws dividends in lieu of a salary from the company.  HL3173
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a scheme to assist companies facing cashflow problems due to large numbers of refund requests triggered by COVID-19 related cancellations.  HL3174
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the Hong Kong protests issued on 18 April, what plans they have to meet with China’s Ambassador to the UK; whether the UK Ambassador to China will meet with officials in Beijing; and what further steps they are taking in response to those protests as… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many final year nurses, midwives and associated health professionals who finished their courses early to take up roles in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are now working in the (1) NHS, and (2) social care sector; and what special provision is being made to support those workers.  HL3295
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how much financial, or in-kind, assistance they have provided to care homes and home care providers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; and how much of that assistance was given to for-profit care homes and home care providers.  HL3296
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist farmers and processors to find alternative outlets for milk and other dairy products that would otherwise go to waste due to disrupted supply chains as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3297
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide access to land to individuals and communities seeking to establish individual or community food growing schemes during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3298
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) surgical gowns, (2) N95 masks, and (3) surgical masks, are currently being held in central stocks in the UK; how many of each have (a) been distributed from central stocks in the UK in the last seven days, and (b) are expected to arrive in the next seven days; how they will be distributed (i) among the n… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government which projects HS2 are continuing construction work on during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such continuation on the construction workers on those sites.  HL3108
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Conclusion 21 of the Oakervee Review of HS2, published on 11 February, whether a revised funding envelope has been set for Phase 1 of HS2 before issuing the Notice to Proceed; whether that envelope adheres to the Conclusion’s recommendation that it should have “appropriate levels of contingency, to be held by the Department… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 9 March (HL 1714 and 1715) and 11 March (HL1912) on the HS2 plans for Euston, whether any work on the proposed HS2 tunnels between Old Oak Common and Euston will be commenced before a complete review of the Euston proposals, including the tunnelling plans in the Euston are… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, following their announcement to provide up to £167 million to bus operators under the COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant on 3 April, what plans they have to provide funding to the (1) light rail and tram, and (2) passenger and freight shipping, and (3) ferry, sectors.  HL3111
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the continuity of (1) essential transport services, consistently across, and within, modes, and (2) viable services after the removal of COVID-19 movement restrictions; why competition law has been temporarily suspended for Isle of Wight ferry services; and what plans they have to suspend such law f… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to domestic air travel service providers; whether they offer support to more than one such provider operating on each route; and if not, how they decide which provider to support.  HL3113
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 3 February (HL543), whether the Banking: Conduct of Business sourcebook rule 2.3.7CG(3), published in the Financial Conduct Authority Handbook, that “the cost of a currency transfer service includes the margin between the exchange rate that would be offered to a majority of persons… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan following the Legatum Institute identifying eight journalists as being murdered in Pakistan between October 2018 and October 2019.  HL3115
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of trials taking place in Sao Paulo of Azithromycin and Hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.  HL3300
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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the 100 per cent business rates holiday for the next 12 months to “all leisure business in England”, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 17 March, will cover the offices of such businesses, including theatre production offices and places used for content production such as studios; and what guid… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide further tools to local government to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3240
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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how many creative industries businesses have applied for the (1) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans scheme, (2) the Small Business Grants Fund, and (3) the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund since their introduction.  HL3241
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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to support creative industries businesses whose premises have a rateable value higher than £51,000.  HL3242
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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support arts charities with community outreach work which have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3243
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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to use current cultural funding streams to support the cultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3244
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have access to basic utilities, water and sanitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3116
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial assistance to international Higher Education students in England to assist with any increase in the cost of returning to their home countries at the end of the 2019–20 academic year.  HL3175 [I]
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what health advice has been provided to those living on boats during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how that advice is being made available.  HL3176
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to allow garden centres and plant nurseries to open during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3245
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 March (HL2422), what discussions they have had with (1) the EU, and (2) individual member states about allowing UK citizens to visit the EU for up to 180 days without a visa.  HL3246
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 23 March (HL2421), how many agreements have been reached in respect of mutual recognition of (1) driving licences, and (2) blue badges.  HL3247
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 23 March (HL2423), what financial contribution UK industry made to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in each of the last five years; and what assessment they have made of the financial contribution industry (1) has made to the work by the UK Civil Aviation Aut… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the Brexit transition period in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3249
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any impact in the reduction of vehicles running on diesel and petrol on tax revenue.  HL3177
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the (1) enforcement measures, and (2) penalties, used to prevent HGVs using unsuitable roads.  HL3178
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) review the process by which utilities open road surfaces so as to better manage traffic during on-going roadworks, and (2) put in place procedures to govern the lasting re-instatement of such roads once works have been completed.  HL3179
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to assign new work to those working on railway electrification to ensure that experienced teams are not disbanded.  HL3180
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Baroness Brady to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce COVID-19 health checks and quarantine measures at the borders and entry points for people travelling to the UK; and if not, why not. [T]  HL3301
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what the five most prevalent underlying linked causes of COVID-19 death other than age.  HL3302
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the strategic importance of the Open Skies Treaty; and what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about their reported intention to leave that treaty.  HL3303
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond to the consultation on Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Business Models, which opened on 22 July 2019 and closed on 16 September 2019.  HL3304
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to providing ‘top up’ income support for employees who are unable to work their full hours due to childcare commitments arising from school and nursery closures.  HL3250
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential economic benefit of parents being allowed to undertake reduced hours on full pay rather than being furloughed whilst balancing work and care commitments during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3251
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that pregnant employees do not suffer detriment at work, including dismissal or less favourable treatment, as a result of following public health guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3252
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Lord Butler of Brockwell to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their scientific advice rules out the possibility that COVID-19 was present in the UK in December 2019. [T]  HL3305
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure Continuous At Sea Deterrence until the deployment of the first Dreadnought submarine.  HL3117
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have provided to support the government of Iran to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 upon its citizens.  HL3118
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have provided to companies, institutions, and any other organisations, in the UK which are engaged in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.  HL3119
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to counter the effects of fake news about the causes of COVID-19.  HL3120
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government how many licences were granted for the export of military equipment to each member state of the Arab League in each of the last five years for which records are available.  HL3181
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government how many licences were granted for the export of military equipment to each EU member state in each of the last five years for which records are available.  HL3182
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the introduction of the COVID-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme on (1) creative workers who have had recent gaps in their earnings because of pregnancy or caring responsibilities, (2) creative workers who have just returned to the UK from overseas working, (3) deaf and disable… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people who are part-employed and part self-employed can access support through both the COVID-19 Job Retention and Self-employment Income Support Schemes.  HL3122
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how profits are defined under the COVID-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme.  HL3123
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the self-employed can still earn at the same time as claiming through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3124
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Equity members who are currently contracted in TV and theatre under a weekly payroll and have other characteristics of employees but have self-employed tax and National Insurance status because of their pattern of work are eligible under the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme.  HL3125
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) remove the £50,000 earnings cap for those self-employed people who may claim a grant through the COVID-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme, and (2) provide support for self-employed people who run as limited companies and pay themselves in dividends, not PAYE, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3126
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what the evidence base was for excluding dental practices from the business rate relief support being offered during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have, if any, to extend that support to include such practices.  HL3253
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 3 March (HL Deb, col 523), what progress they have made in (1) issuing advice and information about COVID-19 to the public in languages other than English, and (2) arranging specific briefings for public service interpreters working in the NHS.  HL3183
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help minimise the risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to those currently living in refugee camps in Syria.  HL3254
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to limit the vulnerability of refugees around the world to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3255
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they made to the government of China (1) prior to, and (2) subsequent to, the global outbreak of COVID-19 with respect to the regulation or closure of ‘wet’ markets.  HL3184
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Baroness Drake to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure alternative support will be provided if there are insufficient staff available to support residents in a care home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3306
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Baroness Drake to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide additional support to kinship carers who are caring for vulnerable children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3307
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Baroness Drake to ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees have been furloughed to date, broken down by (1) industry sector and (2) size of business.  HL3308
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Baroness Drake to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish data on the number of furloughed workers by (1) sector, and (2) size of enterprise. [T]  HL3309
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied child refugees have been admitted to the UK under (1) section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, and (2) the Dublin Treaty, since 2016.  HL3256
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) short-, and (2) long-term, financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early years childcare providers in receipt of local authority funding who have restricted access to the Job Retention Scheme. [T]  HL3310
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 related deaths in the UK resulted from a secondary bacterial infection leading to sepsis.  HL3127
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made loan guarantees available to companies operating in the UK but who are registered offshore during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3257
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ongoing costs associated with measures announced to assist businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3311
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recover the costs associated with measures announced to assist businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3312
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UK's balance of payments.  HL3313
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a unit to deal with import substitution before the end of the transition period agreed with the EU.  HL3314
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recognise National Health Service workers who served on the medical front-line during the COVID-19 pandemic; and whether any such plans include minting a medal for such workers.  HL3185
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has to provide a ‘letter of comfort’ to allow care homes and hospices to reuse medication in an emergency, when prescribed for another resident, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3128
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government which regulations they intend to waive to allow GPs to re-purpose anticipatory medicines that are unused by patients at home.  HL3129
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow hospices and hospitals to put unused anticipatory medicines into stock if no longer needed for the named patient for whom they were dispensed.  HL3130
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government whether refugee doctors who are not yet fully registered with the General Medical Council are able to work in the NHS as medical assistants; and if so, (1) what pay grade they are placed on, and (2) whether they are afforded full indemnity, including full vicarious liability indemnity and death in service compensation.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement UK-wide constitutional reform; and what steps they intend to take ensure that any such plans are inclusive of all devolved nations and regions within the UK.  HL3186
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to establishing a UK-wide constitutional convention to address issues of democratic accountability and devolution.  HL3187
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce the membership of the Intelligence and Security Committee.  HL3315
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the BBC about plans to charge those aged over 75 for a TV licence, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3316
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Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding is available to help with the cost of installing (1) superfast, and (2) gigabit-capable, broadband to residential premises, either individually or as part of a Community Fibre Partnership; and whether such funding is available throughout the UK.  HL3188
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Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to streamlining English language tests for students from Africa in receipt of places offered by British higher education institutions or of scholarships under the Chevening and Commonwealth schemes.  HL3189
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Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to enable prospective higher education students in Liberia to take English language tests in Monrovia and not to have to travel to Accra.  HL3190
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Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that candidates in receipt of offers for Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships can take English language tests in their country of origin.  HL3191
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Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government from which countries in Sub-Saharan Africa it is necessary for potential students to travel to another country to take an English language test in order to obtain a UK student visa.  HL3192
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Gibraltar receives sufficient (1) testing, and (2) personal protection, equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3259
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the devolved administrations in preparation for their post-Brexit trade negotiation meetings with the European Commission in the week beginning 20 April.  HL3260
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their next report on progress towards removing retained EU law restrictions, as required by Schedule 3 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.  HL3261
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation has taken place with stakeholders and, in particular, consumers, in relation to UK-wide Common Frameworks, and what further consultations are planned.  HL3262
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing schemes to encourage charitable donations during the COVID-19 pandemic, including giving donors 100 per cent of tax relief rather than splitting that relief through Gift Aid.  HL3193
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Baroness Humphreys to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current arrangements for UK citizens awaiting repatriation from New Zealand.  HL3194
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the UN’s proposal for a ceasefire throughout Syria until the COVID-19 pandemic is over; and if so, what discussions, if any, they have had with the governments involved in that conflict about that proposal.  HL3131
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Greece has detained and mistreated migrants at secret extrajudicial sites before deporting those migrants to Turkey; and what representations they have made to the government of Greece about refoulement.  HL3132
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Turkey has submitted proceedings to withdraw parliamentary immunity from 28 opposition MPs of the Republican People’s Party, the People’s Democratic Party and the Democratic Regions Party; and what representations they intend to make, if any, to that government about such r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all or any of the 180 Palestinian children reportedly detained by the Israeli Authorities have been released since 5 April; and if not, what steps they intend to take.  HL3317
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the repeated arrests of the Palestinian Authority Governor of East Jerusalem and reports of beatings and maltreatment of another Palestinian Authority official.  HL3318
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to discuss with the government of Israel the health needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem.  HL3319
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the Pick for Britain initiative, which aims to fill vacancies on fruit and vegetable farms.  HL3320
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what support and guidance they have provided to local authorities, volunteer groups and supermarkets to ensure efforts to provide food to vulnerable people are coordinated.  HL3321
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban sky lanterns.  HL3322
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how the £304 million announced in the 2020 Budget for local authorities to improve air quality will be allocated, and what time period the fund covers.  HL3323
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on imports of (1) wheat and (2) rice.  HL3324
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the range of supermarkets and convenience stores able to accept school meal vouchers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3325
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) current, and (2) future, impact of COVID-19 on developing countries; and what steps they plan to take in response.  HL3134
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to contribute to the UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan to tackle COVID-19.  HL3135
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to granting an immediate, condition free moratorium on debt interest payments for developing countries in order to release resources for such countries to deal with COVID-19.  HL3136
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that Parliament and relevant sectors of civil society, including the charitable sector, are able to scrutinise all current and future trade negotiations with the United States, with particular reference to their direct or indirect implications for (1) economies, (2) trade, and (3) vulnerable people, in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor, together with the charitable sector and wider civil society, the adverse short- and long-term consequences of the (1) COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) Coronavirus Act 2020.  HL3138
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) increase asylum support rates in line with Universal Credit, and (2) provide further support to asylum seekers to assist with essential living requirements, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3263
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 vaccine trials are underway presently in the UK.  HL3326
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made to secure personal protective equipment for health professionals from small and medium-sized businesses based in the United Kingdom.  HL3327
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress have they made in including in the figure of deaths due to COVID-19 announced each day those who have passed away in (1) all types care homes, (2) sheltered housing, and (3) private family homes.  HL3328
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to return responsibility for gambling in the UK to the Home Office as part of their review of the Gambling Act 2005.  HL3264
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Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of achieving their net-zero carbon target (1) with, and (2) without, carbon capture, utilisation and storage.  HL3195 [I]
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Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding will be required to develop the infrastructure necessary for carbon capture, utilisation and storage in the 2020s in order to meet their net-zero carbon target.  HL3196 [I]
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Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the funding set out in the Conservative Manifesto to support energy intensive industries to use to low carbon technologies is new and additional funding for industrial decarbonisation.  HL3197 [I]
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Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty's Government, in reporting COVID-19 deaths by location, whether the person’s home address, the hospital where there are treated, or some other factor determines the location recorded.  HL3265
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to ensure that victims of domestic abuse can access support and protection during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have to provide publicly funded services to migrant victims without recourse to public funds in line with the commitment of the Welsh Government.  HL3266
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) proportion, and (2) number, of people who have made new Universal Credit claims since COVID-19 pandemic related policies were introduced in the UK have dependent children; and of those, what (a) proportion, and (b) number, are subject to the two-child limit benefit policy.  HL3267
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether furloughed employees will have continuity of service in order that, for example, prospective parents do not lose out on statutory parental pay which requires a qualifying period.  HL3268
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UK’s working population, broken down by gender.  HL3269
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether employees on Maternity Allowance can categorise that Allowance as earnings for the purpose of calculating furlough payments.  HL3270
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) homeless people, and (2) asylum-seekers, who are sharing emergency or asylum accommodation and are unable to self-isolate if necessary; and what steps they are taking to address this issue. [T]  HL3329
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government how many sexual assaults have been carried out by trans prisoners against women prisoners and prison officers in prisons in each year since 2010; in which prisons any such assaults took place; and in each case, what action was taken against the perpetrator.  HL3198
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on the farming and agricultural sectors.  HL3199
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of municipal waste site closures on the prevalence of fly tipping; and what advice they provide to local councils about reducing the incidence of fly tipping.  HL3200
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made, while the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 apply, to enable UK citizens coming back from Northern Cyprus, or travelling to Northern Cyprus if currently a resident there, to fly directly to avoid an additional period of isolation if they are required… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learnt from the criticisms of Warwickshire County Council’s “All About Me” programme to deliver relationships and sex education that it included inappropriate content; what assessment they have made of whether other education authorities’ relationships and sex education programmes include inappropria… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients diagnosed with COVID-19 have needed intensive care since 1 March; of those, how many have needed breathing assistance from respirators; how long each of those patients spent in intensive care; and how many such patients (1) recovered, (2) died, and (3) are still in intensive care.  HL3331
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) critical care beds have been used in intensive care units, and (2) intensive care units have experienced a shortage of critical care beds.  HL3332
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies they have requested to manufacture personal protective equipment since 1 January; and what new contracts they have placed (1) inside, and (2) outside, the UK to manufacture such equipment since that date.  HL3333
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide all secondary school students with laptops and broadband routers; and what criteria they use to determine which students should receive any such provision.  HL3334
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 2 April (HL2957), whether the Planning Inspectorate will accept Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project applications, including those for Sizewell C nuclear plant, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3202
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government in which NHS ambulance service trust areas paramedics do not have access to full personal protection equipment when transporting suspected COVID-19 patients.  HL3203
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond to the letter from the Master of the Company of Gardeners to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, dated 9 April, about the difficulties experienced by the horticultural industry as a result of the COVID-19 regulations; and what consultation they have conducted into the case f… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government why the sale of building materials that are required to maintain the standards of residential properties are being restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3205
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the evidence (1) for, and (2) against, the use of protective face masks to limit the spread of COVID-19 between individuals who have to enter public spaces or use public transport to go to work; and in what circumstances they would recommend the use of such masks.  HL3206
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans are being processed quickly and efficiently; and how long, on average, they estimate it will take for a business to receive such a loan.  HL3271
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what the interest rates will be for businesses who have been supported via a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, following the end of the 12-month zero-interest rate period of that scheme; and what plans they have to ensure that such rates stay below 6 per cent.  HL3272
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the average interest rate that will be charged to businesses who have been supported via a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan following the end of the 12-month zero-interest rate period of that scheme.  HL3335
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support charities during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans are in place to ensure the future of charities once normal trading conditions are returned to.  HL3336
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of personal protective equipment that has been held at Heathrow Airport customs since 29 March; and what steps they are taking to ensure that any such equipment is released quickly.  HL3337
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the COVID-19 testing policy for hospital patients that have been discharged to nursing and care homes over the last four weeks.  HL3273
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to appoint an economist to the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies; and if not, why not. [T]  HL3338
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Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review their Delivering same-sex Accommodation guidance, published in September 2019, particularly Annex B: Delivering same-sex accommodation for trans people and gender variant children; and if so, when.  HL3139
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Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to withdraw the Delivering same-sex Accommodation guidance, published in September 2019.  HL3140
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Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Delivering same-sex Accommodation guidance, published in September 2019, provides for someone who is undergoing a personal process of changing gender but who (1) is not planning to undergo, (2) is not currently undergoing, or (3) has not undergone, gender reassignment by changing physiological or other… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of allowing patients to self-identify their gender on (1) the treatment of such patients, and (2) other patients accommodated in the same wards.  HL3142
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Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Equality Act 2010 to require hospitals to provide single-sex services.  HL3143
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Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty's Government whether hospitals are required to provide single-sex services to patients.  HL3144
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths have been recorded in each of the last three months; and what assessment they have made of how many deaths would have occurred in each of the last three months if there had been no cases of COVID 19.  HL3274
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people (1) over 65, (2) over 75, and (3) over 85 years old died of influenza in England and Wales in each of the last five years.  HL3275
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in England and Wales aged (1) under 65, and (2) under 40 years old have died from COVID-19 since 23 March.  HL3276
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths attributed to COVID-19 have been recorded in (1) care homes, (2) hospitals, (3) individuals' homes, and (4) other locations.  HL3277
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks and benefits of lifting the lockdown now, while advising those aged over 65 years old to continue to self-isolate.  HL3278
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many operations to treat cancer have been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assessment have they made of when such operations could resume.  HL3279
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support homeless people and ensure that they have permanent accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3207
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in providing all NHS staff with adequate personal protection equipment; and what plans they have to raise the salaries of NHS workers in order to provide financial support to families of such staff.  HL3208
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove VAT from all personal protection equipment.  HL3209
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the impact of COVID-19 on the provision of education, what discussions they have had with universities about adjusting tuition fees.  HL3210
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the requirement in the Local Government Act 1972 for a member of a local authority to attend at least one meeting of that authority every six months, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3280
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Lord Price to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commodity producers in developing countries; and what support they plan to provide such producers.  HL3281
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Lord Price to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on different age groups.  HL3282
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the British Medical Association and (2) other health sector representatives about the availability of hospital beds for patients needing urgent treatment for something other than COVID-19.  HL3283
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Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists about the use of aerosol generating procedures.  HL3211
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Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update the COVID-19 infection and control guidance, published on 6 April, to include all aerosol generating procedures carried out by speech and language therapists.  HL3212
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have compiled a report on the finances of the Garden Bridge Trust; if so, whether, and when, they intend to publish that report; and if not, why not.  HL3145
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional financial support to universities during the COVID-19 pandemic; what guidance they have provided to universities about dealing with requests for refunds of fees; and what plans they have to provide compensation to universities to cover the costs of such refunds.  HL3146 [I]
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, following their report Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge, published in March, what consideration they have given to reinstating plans to (1) electrify rail lines, and (2) prioritise rail routes, (a) between Cardiff and Swansea, (b) in the East Midlands, and (c) in the Lake District.  HL3147
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) review, and (2) lift, restrictions on the Welsh Government’s ability to borrow (a) during, and (b) after, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3213
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce minimum safety standards for the bus industry to improve the protection of drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3214
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional financial support they plan to provide to universities to deal with increased pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3339 [I]
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Exercise Cygnus, carried out in October 2016, into the resilience of the NHS to deal with an influenza pandemic.  HL3148
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps were taken in response to the results of Exercise Cygnus, carried out in October 2016, to build capacity in the NHS in relation to the provision of additional (1) nurses, (2) doctors, (3) critical care beds, (4) morgue equipment, and (5) personal protection equipment.  HL3149
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the Brexit transition period past 31 December as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3150
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they intend to take implement the Stormont House Agreement of 2015.  HL3151
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to introduce legislation with regard to trade arrangements between ports in Northern Ireland and ports in Great Britain; and when they intend to implement those plans.  HL3152
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about their proposals for addressing Northern Ireland Legacy issues; and from whom.  HL3215
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to provide care for rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3153
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional funding to charities that provide care for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3154
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure a sufficient supply of drugs and medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3155
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether all staff employed by the House of Lords will be supported financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3156
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that a COVID-19 placenta-based cell therapy, developed in Israel, has had a 100 per cent survival rate during clinical trials.  HL3216
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of employees (1) taking, and (2) being required to take, annual leave whilst on furlough.  HL3157
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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 1 April (HL2887), what is the nature of the scoping work being undertaken; who is involved in that work; and when they anticipate concluding such work.  HL3158
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the amount that charities can claim through Gift Aid to 50p for every £1 donated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3217
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what alternatives are available for registering a birth where the local registrar has closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and how the 42-day legal deadline will be dealt with in such circumstances.  HL3218
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many critical care beds there were in each NHS region, excluding those in Nightingale hospitals, on (1) 16 March, (2) 23 March, (3) 30 March, (4) 6 April, (5) 13 April , and (6) 20 April.  HL3340
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what the critical care bed occupancy rate was in each NHS region, excluding beds in Nightingale hospitals, in each week from 16 March to 20 April.  HL3341
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS regions have had to transfer patients to Nightingale hospitals due to a lack of critical care beds in non-Nightingale hospitals; and when such transfers had to occur.  HL3342
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government why there has been no British Sign Language interpreter present at the daily COVID-19 briefings broadcast from Downing Street.  HL3343
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Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia to ask Her Majesty's Government what health screening, if any, occurs at UK borders to identify people with COVID-19 entering the country.  HL3344
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to concentrate their international response to COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries on those who are 60 years old and above.  HL3159
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that older people in low- and middle-income countries have access to the information they need to minimise the risk of COVID-19.  HL3160
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to review the Voluntary Reporting Framework on Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing, published in November 2018; and how many (1) employers have reported data, and (2) employees have had their data reported, via that Framework.  HL3219
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of UK employers are currently signed up to Disability Confident; and what percentage of employers they estimate will be signed up by the end of 2020.  HL3220
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of UK (1) private, and (2) public, sector employers are currently signed up to Disability Confident; and what percentage of (a) private, and (b) public, sector employers they estimate will be signed up by the end of 2020.  HL3221
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to (1) measure, (2) monitor, and (3) reduce, the (a) gender, (b) ethnicity, (c) disability, and (d) LGBTQ+, pay gap.  HL3222
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure transparent and consistent workforce data reporting to support (1) women, (2) BAME, (3) disabled, and (4) LGBTQ+, graduates to realise their potential and, on merit, reach the top of their professions.  HL3223
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to incentivise and reward those businesses that report on the (1) gender, (2) ethnicity, (3) disability, and (4) LGBTQ+, pay gap.  HL3224
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Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide financial support to the UK fishing industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and when they intend to implement any such plans.  HL3284
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks by the World Health Organisation that there is no evidence of COVID-19 immunity amongst those who have recovered from the virus.  HL3345
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all suppliers and potential providers of personal protective equipment within the UK have been used by the NHS.  HL3346
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) 3D printers they have acquired, and (2) individuals with 3D printers have volunteered, to produce visors for NHS staff.  HL3347
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that NHS staff and key workers have personal protective equipment and suitable reserves of equipment; and when they estimate new equipment will be delivered to such workers.  HL3348
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to request students studying design and technology to produce personal protective equipment.  HL3349
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide NHS staff with free food after they finish their shifts.  HL3350
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reissued COVID-19 guidance to those working with people who are homeless or drug or alcohol dependent; and, if not, whether they plan to do so.  HL3285
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the business rate relief scheme to other sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3351
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the funding available to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic has been allocated to date.  HL3352
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Local Government Association about (1) the administration of and (2) the effectiveness of the COVID-19 business rate relief scheme.  HL3353
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli settlers are breaking quarantine measures to spit at and attack Palestinians and their property; and what steps they intend to take to protect Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in response.  HL3286
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to assist Palestinians in East Jerusalem to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  HL3287
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reports that Israeli settlers have built new outposts in the West Bank during the COVID-19 lockdown; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL3288
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli aircraft have sprayed toxic herbicides on to crops near the border fence in the east of Gaza City and damaged farmlands; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL3289
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made to assist people whose houses were damaged by recent flooding and are now required to remain in those houses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what further steps they intend to take to mitigate any future difficulties experienced by such people.  HL3225
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of the members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies that have been providing them with advice on the COVID-19 pandemic; whether they intend to publish the minutes of the meetings of that Group since 14 January; and if so, where they intend to publish those minutes.  HL3226
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 6 April (HL2662), what assessment they have made of the particular vulnerability of hay fever and asthma sufferers to COVID-19.  HL3354
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Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that families and co-habitees can exercise outside together unhindered; and in particular, what discussions, if any, they have had with the Lawn Tennis Association about opening tennis courts for such purposes.  HL3161
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Public Health England’s (1) preliminary planning before, and (2) advice during, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3355
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Secretary of State for Defence on 9 May 1996 (HC Deb, vol 277, cols 225–6W), how many bodies were recovered after the sinking of HMS Dasher on 27 March 1943; how many of those lie in marked graves, whether as a sailor known unto God, or named; and where those gravestones are.  HL3162
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Secretary of State for Defence on 9 May 1996 (HC Deb, vol 277, cols 225–6W), how families can claim the bodies of those that died as a result of the sinking of HMS Dasher on 27 March 1943; what steps they have taken to support families that could not claim their relatives bodies as a result… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in (1) improving further education, (2) meeting future skills needs, and (3) supporting economic and social recovery, since the publication of their Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future White Paper in June 2018.  HL3164
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all further education students who are (1) 16 or17 years old receive at least 540 teaching hours, and (2) 18 years old or over receive at least 450 teaching hours.  HL3165
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