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Questions for Written Answer for 28 April 2020

Tabled on 23 April 2020 and due for answer by 30 April 2020.

Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government on what dates in 2020 the initial audits were first conducted of the need for protective personal equipment in (1) the NHS, and (2) care services.  HL3356
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what contractual arrangements are in place for personal protective equipment procurement for (1) the NHS, and (2) care services, in the event of national emergencies.  HL3357
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are preferred provider arrangements in place for the procurement of personal protective equipment for (1) the NHS, and (2) care services.  HL3358
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidelines they have given to headteachers in order to protect teachers from COVID-19.  HL3359
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the safety of teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3360
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Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans he has to introduce a training course for peers about asking oral questions concisely.  HL3361
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the promotion of distance learning courses at universities and colleges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3362
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support and promote the Open University during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3363
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they are undertaking to consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on future (1) working patterns, (2) transport use, and (3) leisure.  HL3364
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional resources they are committing to mental health services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3365
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with members of the Gypsy and Traveller community concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3366
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of faith communities concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3367
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that pub owners who own three or less public houses with a total annual rental income of less than £100,000 are exempted from any plans to waive public house rentals during the COVID-19 pandemic; what plans they have to support such owners if their tenants are unable to pay rent during th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to restrain and reverse the projected growth in the world’s population.  HL3369
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Lord Bruce of Bennachie to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, or plan to take, to support the UK offshore oil and gas industry and its supply chain through (1) the changes in the global oil market, and (2) the COVID-19 pandemic. [T]  HL3370
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Lord Cormack to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial assistance to UK universities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3371
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Lord Dobbs to ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis they have undertaken into the estimated number of non-COVID-19 related deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic; whether any such analysis shows an increase in that number; what assessment they have made of the causes for any such increase; and what plans they have to publish any such analysis.  HL3372
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals at immigration detention centres and other accommodation for asylum seekers have reported COVID-19 symptoms; how severe the symptoms have been in these cases; and what medical treatment has been provided.  HL3373
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in using conducting asylum interviews and other procedures at Asylum Screening Units through remote means; and how many cases have been processed remotely.  HL3374
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their guidelines on personal protective equipment for frontline medical staff are (1) based on expert medical advice and evidence or (2) also based on economic or other factors.  HL3375
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the review by the NHS and Public Health England on the impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities; and what data they will publish before that review is completed.  HL3376
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they started to (1) collect, and (2) publish data relating to the ethnicity of those infected with COVID-19; and for what reasons this did not start at the beginning of the pandemic in the UK.  HL3377
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of insurance companies refusing to pay claims from customers for business interruption on the grounds that the restrictions introduced by the Government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic invalidated customers’ policies.  HL3378
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with insurance companies that are refusing to pay claims to customers as a result of the restrictions introduced by the Government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3379
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, what assessment they have made of threats posed to press freedom (1) globally, and (2) domestically; and what plans they have to (a) establish a national committee, and (b) develop an national action plan, for the safety of journalists.  HL3380
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in their consultation with UK businesses about the future regulation of chemicals in the UK once the participation with EU REACH ends; how many businesses they have consulted; which sectors those businesses are part of; and when they intend to publish the results of that consultation.  HL3381
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the cost to the private sector of the implementation of a new UK chemicals regulation system to replace EU REACH.  HL3382
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the resources in place to implement the new UK chemicals regulation system replacing EU REACH; and what estimate they have made of the annual cost of that new system.  HL3383
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been remanded in custody in England and Wales in each month of 2020 to date.  HL3384
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were sentenced to a prison term of six months or less in each month of 2020 to date.  HL3385
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were held in immigration detention centres in each month of 2020 to date.  HL3386
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Office and its contracted providers have made a public health assessment of asylum accommodation in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3387
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures asylum accommodation providers have made to ensure that people seeking asylum are able to follow the Government’s guidance on social distancing and staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3388
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Immigration Removal Centres in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in particular (1) how many detainees have been released from detention since 23 March; (2) how many detainees remain in detention; (3) whether any asylum seekers have been placed in detention since 23 March, and if so h… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will credit the Aspen cards for asylum seekers with more than one week’s allowance at a time.  HL3390
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that asylum seekers and people who do not have a settled immigration status are encouraged to seek medical assistance as appropriate during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3391
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Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-departmental assessment was made following the confirmation by the European Commission on 17 March that the UK was entitled to participate in the EU’s joint procurement arrangements for personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 related supplies; and what decision was reached as a result.  HL3392
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners they have so far released, temporarily or permanently, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; how many were pregnant women; and what is their response to the Prison Governors Association’s call for the release of 15,000 prisoners.  HL3393
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with the testing for COVID-19 of (1) prison staff, and (2) prisoners.  HL3394
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the opportunity for a prisoner to use a mobile telephone is determined by their good conduct; and what assessment they have made of the impact of mobile telephone usage on preventing the breakup of families in the absence of visits.  HL3395
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their criteria for the temporary or permanent release of prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3396
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake an inquiry into the numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths in Gloucestershire; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the Cheltenham Festival race meeting in March on those numbers.  HL3397
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate, if any, they have made of the number of people who attended the Cheltenham Festival race meeting in March who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.  HL3398
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to recommending the re-opening waste and recycling centres to alleviate the increased incidence of fly-tipping on agricultural land.  HL3399
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage more flexible and part-time seasonal employment on farms in order to encourage more British workers to apply for the vacancies.  HL3400
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that supplies of imported food are not delayed at UK ports.  HL3401
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role played, if any, by the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the spread of COVID-19. [T]  HL3402
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in those patients who contract bacterial pneumonia, and (2) the spread of such bacteria in hospitals.  HL3403
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK is participating in the World Health Organisation’s Solidarity Trial.  HL3404
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to evaluate different contact-tracing technologies and the possible timeframes for their implementation.  HL3405
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to communicate healthcare messages to immigrant communities.  HL3406
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are recording deaths due to COVID-19 by age; if so, when they will release this information to assist in research modelling; and if not, why not.  HL3407
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran to secure the permanent release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, following the extension of her temporary release to 20 May.  HL3408
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister, or his representatives, last spoke to the President of China.  HL3409
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what further information they can provide on reports that Turkey flew F16 fighter jets over the Libyan coast in April; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any such intervention by Turkey in Libya’s civil war.  HL3410
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the humanitarian situation in Idlib province during the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the risks of that situation worsening due to the further spread of the virus in Syria.  HL3411
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the maritime incident involving Iranian vessels and United States naval forces on 15 April in the Arabian Gulf; and what discussions they have had with the governments of Iran and the United States, in particular with regard to each of those governments’ differing versions of events.  HL3412
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of figures from Amnesty International which indicate that Saudi Arabia executed 184 people in 2019; and what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the increased use of the death penalty in that country.  HL3413
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the written answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie of 18 March (HL2228), whether Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministers or their special advisers were aware of the involvement of Quintessentially in the 2016 competitive tender exercise managed by UK Shared Business Services prior to the awarding of the co… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths were recorded in care homes in England in each week since the beginning of 2020.  HL3415
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants they have intercepted travelling to the UK, whether on land or at sea, in each of the last 24 months.  HL3416
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the date by which they will have robust data on the number of deaths from COVID-19 that occur outside of hospitals.  HL3417
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to resolve the reported disruption to deliveries of personal protective equipment to the UK; and by what date they expect such disruptions to have been resolved.  HL3418
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what partnerships they have established in order to deliver sufficient COVID-19 testing; what assessment they have made of the adequacy of those partnerships; and by what date they expect a full COVID-19 testing programme to be operating across the UK.  HL3419
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of data collection across the UK in respect of COVID-19; and whether they have identified any regional variability in the quality of data collection processes.  HL3420
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the approach taken by the government of South Korea to tackling COVID-19; in particular, of the impact of multiple localised interventions and the importance of the quality of local relationships in delivering effective interventions.  HL3421
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of siloed working in the public sector, at a local and national level, regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they are taking to address any such siloed operations.  HL3422
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the names of the members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any such publication on public confidence in that group.  HL3423
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Lord O'Shaughnessy to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people in each local authority who completed a self-assessment between the 1990–91 and the 2018–19 tax years declared a charitable donation of any form.  HL3424
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with UK airline companies about ensuring refunds for customers whose travel arrangements were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3425
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government whether citizens with pre-settled status will be entitled to Universal Credit during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they have taken to support such citizens who have (1) faced discrimination, and (2) are unable to find a job.  HL3426
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of China about the assault and arrests of pro-democracy leaders and lawmakers, including Martin Lee and Jimmy Lai; and what assessment they have made of the freedom of expression in Hong Kong.  HL3427
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the enforcement of the death penalty in that country; what assessment they made of that county’s human rights record; and in view of that assessment, what evaluation they have made of the potential takeover of Newcastle Football Club by the Public Investment Fund… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who have died unexpectedly alone at home from COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19; and what preventative measures they are taking in response.  HL3429
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the NHS Nightingale Hospitals for the admission of patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms to prevent the deaths of people in their own homes or in community settings.  HL3430
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all motor insurers offer customers a rebate during the COVID-19 pandemic. [T]  HL3431
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change their freedom of movement policy for nurses, resident outside of the UK, who have contributed to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.  HL3432
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 April (HL2834), on which dates the Foreign and Commonwealth Office carried out assistance reviews over the past 12 months; what plans they have to publish any guidelines which stipulate such reviews; and what was the outcome of their last review of their provision of assista… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by the Committee to Protect Journalists that the authorities of Jau Prison in Bahrain placed Bahraini political prisoner Mahmoud Al-Jaziri in solitary confinement in response to statements made by the Bahraini National Institute for Human Rights (NIHR) about COVID-19 prevention measures inside t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the statement by non-governmental organisations which calls for the release of political prisoners and raises concerns about the impact of prison conditions in Bahrain on the spread of COVID-19, published on 6 April, what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Bahrain about ensuring (1) the release of po… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the documentary by BBC Arabic Breaking the Silence which found that institutions and individuals in Bahrain who received UK funding for training have been implicated in severe human rights abuses including torture and rape; and what plans they have to review the UK’s technical assistance programme in Ba… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) undertake, or (2) take part in, an international inquiry into the origins of COVID-19 and its global spread.  HL3437
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an employee who is isolating due to COVID-19 and is in receipt of Statutory Sick Pay can claim Universal Credit to supplement their income. [T]  HL3438
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Health that “they have no proposals to change any abortion rules as part of the COVID-19 response” on 24 March (HC Deb, col 244) and the remarks by Lord Bethell that “it is not right to rush through this type of change in a sensitive area such as abortion without adequate parlia… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their decision to allow at-home administration of mifepristone and misoprostol to induce an abortion following a telephone consultation, what plans they have to review their guidance on abortion that states that “the purpose of the requirement that two doctors certify the ground(s) for termination is to ensure that the la… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of a medical professional to establish the gestation period of a child accurately via a telephone consultation before prescribing the at-home administration of mifepristone and misoprostol for an abortion.  HL3441
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to request those nursing professionals whose registration has lapsed in the last five years to return to work in NHS Nightingale Hospitals.  HL3442
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of COVID-19 tests used on NHS workers that were flawed.  HL3443
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support the United Nations Population Fund has received to support their humanitarian work with the Rohingya population in Myanmar and neighbouring countries.  HL3444
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial support the United Nations Population Fund will receive in each of the next three financial years to support their humanitarian work with the Rohingya population in Myanmar and neighbouring countries.  HL3445
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bangladesh about (1) the mobile data ban imposed in that country, and (2) the impact of that ban on women and girls in that country.  HL3446
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bangladesh about the access of Rohingya refugees to sexual and reproductive health and rights services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3447
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will cite the scientific and public health evidence that they used to justify the blanket restriction on the movement of people with no underlying health conditions outside their own homes; and what consideration they gave to the alternative of introducing measures to ensure people without underlying health conditions mainta… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remind NHS trusts of their responsibilities to whistle-blowers.  HL3449
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