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Questions for Written Answer for 29 April 2020

Tabled on 28 April 2020 and due for answer by 5 May 2020.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of vulnerable students who are not attending the available school places for those with special educational needs.  HL3450
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the long-term educational benefits of educational material provided by public service broadcasters to children who cannot attend school during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3451
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a compulsory requirement for broadcasters to include a public service component in their programming following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3452
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for Lord Deighton, appointed to lead the national effort to produce essential personal protective equipment for frontline health and social care staff on 18 April, to give a statement to the House about his work on that effort. [T]  HL3573
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any conflicts of interest relating to Lord Deighton’s appointment to a government position on 18 April 2020 and his commercial work, including his chairmanship of Heathrow Airport Ltd, and whether they intend to publish these assessments.  HL3574
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Commissioner for Public Appointments advised on the appointment of Lord Deighton to his government post on 18 April, and whether they will publish that advice.  HL3575
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what applications or approaches have been made for financial assistance relating to the COVID-19 pandemic by Heathrow Airport Ltd since 1 March.  HL3576
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish the letter of appointment, job description and correspondence with Heathrow Airport Ltd relating to Lord Deighton’s government post announced on 18 April.  HL3577
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost to Her Majesty's Treasury of running train and bus services, under new arrangements put in place by the Government since the outbreak of COVID-19, in the month to 25 April, or until the latest date for which they can make an assessment.  HL3578
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have requested, or required, reductions in executive remuneration, bonuses and other executive benefits in return for additional subsidies of train and bus operators to operate services granted since 1 March; if not, whether they intend to do so; and if so, what such reductions have been or will be.  HL3579
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Polish citizens living in the UK are able to vote in the Polish Presidential election on 10 May; what steps they are taking to ensure voting at the Polish Embassy is considered a legitimate essential duty; and what discussions they have had with the government of Poland about the steps being taken t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist pension funds in matching their liabilities, in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic-related issues in asset markets, by issuing (1) longevity or mortality gilts; (2) gilts linked to the consumer prices index; and (3) gilts specifically linked to limited consumer price inflation measures. [T]  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied migrant children from refugee camps in Greece they have committed to allow into the UK since 1 January; when such children will be received in the UK; how many of those children they decided to allow into the UK as a direct result of COVID-19.  HL3646
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the difficulties of social distancing in refugee camps in Greece, what (1) financial, (2) medical, and (3) infrastructure, support they have provided in such camps.  HL3647
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial strength of the companies in charge of the majority of elderly care homes.  HL3648
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any regulations or requirements placed on owners of care homes to demonstrate financial strength; and what plans they have, if any, to place limits on the level of debt such companies may be allowed to have.  HL3649
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the average weekly fees paid by local authorities to care homes run by (1) local authorities, and (2) private operators, for elderly (a) residential care, and (b) elderly nursing care.  HL3650
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government why their guidance Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home, published on 2 April, and the supplementary guidance, published on 17 April, differs from World Health Organisation guidance for-long term care facilities; and what assessment they have made of the compatibility of that guidance with t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government why their Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home guidance, published on 2 April, does not include guidance for care homes on (1) the provision of infection prevention and control (IPC) focal points to lead and coordinate IPC activities, (2) the provision of clear information to residents in an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government why their Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home guidance, published on 2 April, does not recommend that a resident should be isolated until they have had two negative laboratory tests for COVID-19 taken at least 24 hours apart after the resident’s symptoms have resolved; why that guidance doe… 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 was the evidence base behind the suggestion, set out in their Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home guidance, published on 2 April, to use disinfectant of 1000ppm chlorine when cleaning car homes; what assessment they have made of whether such disinfectant is sufficient to kill COVID-19… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government why their Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home guidance, published on 2 April, does not (1) acknowledge the risk of anxiety, anger and stress on residents, (2) place a duty on care homes to provide practical and emotional support and to work with residents’ families and health care providers… 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 scientific advice was sought from Public Health England before the football match between Liverpool and Atlético Madrid on 11 March was permitted to take place; what assessment was made of permitting people to come together for a public event during a period in which Spain had placed its population in partial lockdown; w… 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 how they intend to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May.  HL3583
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what work the Department for International Development is funding to ensure that safe spaces are designated for women and girls where they can report abuse without alerting perpetrators during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3584
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government how many flights of private aircraft (1) landed, and (2) departed, from UK airfields from the start of lockdown on 17 March to 14 April; and what measures they have in place to record the identity and contact details of the passengers and crew of such flights so that they can be traced if any develop COVID-19.  HL3585
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government how many flights of private aircraft (1) landed, and (2) departed, from Farnborough Airport from the start of lockdown on 17 March to 14 April; and what measures they have in place to record the identity and contact details of the passengers and crew of such flights so that they can be traced if any develop COVID-19.  HL3… 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 measures are in place to ensure that passengers (1) arriving in, and (2) departing from, the UK by private aircraft follow COVID-19-related social distancing procedures when boarding and being seated on aircraft.  HL3587
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require airline passengers and crew to have their temperature tested on arrival and departure from the UK.  HL3588
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government to list, by airline, how many repatriation flights they have provided since 1 February for British citizens stranded due to COVID-19; and how many such citizens remain abroad waiting for flights. [T]  HL3495 [I]
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Affordable Housing Commission Making Housing Affordable Again: Rebalancing the Nation’s Housing System, published in March; and what estimate they have made of the number of properties in which second home owners falsely claim to live to avoid council tax.  HL3496
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of drive-in COVID-19 testing sites in England are operated by (1) the NHS directly and (2) private contractors; what percentage of tests for each such site involves (1) swabbing of the nose and throat by trained staff, or (2) instructions being given in writing or verbally for participants to swab the… 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 students are currently living in on-campus accommodation at (1) colleges and (2) universities; of these, how many are (a) UK students (b) EU students, and (c) non-EU international students; how many are minors; and whether those students are housed in adequately maintained conditions and have access to the b… 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 what are their plans to assist A-level and university students who are at risk of homelessness due to their on-campus accommodation contracts being terminated, and how they will ensure these students are neither rendered homeless nor forced into debt.  HL3591
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they are making to ensure international students can return to the UK to resume their studies who left the UK to return home for the duration of the lockdown, and what support they will provide to international students who are no longer in a position to return to the UK to complete their studies due t… 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 what support or funding they are giving to support sheltered-housing providers, including information, training, personal protective equipment and other provision to ensure the safety of staff and residents, particularly those who have difficulty understanding or complying with the Government’s COVID-19 advice and 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 what they are doing in relation to the measures to react to SARS-CoV-2 to support the adoption of agroecological farming practices in the dairy sector, which require small, largely grass-fed operations rather than factory farming.  HL3594
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement on 24 April of an emergency fund to support transport links to the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly, how much of the £10.5 million has been allocated to (1) passenger ferries to and from the Isle of Wight, (2) passenger ferries to and from the Isles of Scilly, (3) fixed wing air services, (4) helicopte… 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 publication of their Full Business Case – High Speed 2 Phase One, published on 15 April, why “spend up to the end of 2019 has been treated as sunk and excluded from the appraisal”; whether they have written off such costs in any other major projects previously; if so, which; and whether the exclusion of such costs is co… 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 UK ports who have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3497
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish data on the number of deaths per 100,000 of the population from COVID-19 on a regular basis for each (1) region, and (2) nation, in (a) the UK, and (b) other countries.  HL3498
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support rail freight through the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3595
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the Everyone In initiative, local authorities should continue to support people into self-contained emergency accommodation regardless of priority need, local connection or immigration status.  HL3651
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) amount, and (2) percentage, of the £3.2 billion funding announced for local authorities during the COVID-19 outbreak will be dedicated to support local authorities to secure self-contained accommodation and provide assistance to people sleeping rough and in night shelters.  HL3652
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Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make permanent housing and support, including the Housing First model, the default option for people with complex needs who had previously been sleeping rough and who have been supported under the Everyone In initiative.  HL3653
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the latest scientific research on the amount of time that the COVID-19 virus remains potent on different kinds of surface; whether they will publish that assessment; and if so, when. [T]  HL3499
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of prison cells in England and Wales do not contain a toilet.  HL3500
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the approach taken by the government of South Korea to the COVID-19 pandemic and, specifically, their focus on testing, tracing and isolating; what plans they have, if any, to introduce a similar policy in the UK; and what contingency plans, if any, they have developed to enable implementation of such a po… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve infection control in care homes.  HL3529
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to accommodate people released from prison in hotels.  HL3455
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Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are, if any, to publish a record of the length of time taken by members of the House to ask supplementary questions.  HL3456
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing non-governmental organisations to help the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3457
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with United Nations agencies about the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3458
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other governments in Europe about the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3459
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a care provider that is a (1) registered charity, (2) not-for-profit organisation, and (3) for-profit organisation, is required to pay value added tax when purchasing personal protective equipment.  HL3530
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a care provider that is a (1) registered charity, (2) not-for-profit organisation, and (3) for-profit organisation is required to pay value added tax when purchasing medical supplies.  HL3531
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a care provider that is a (1) registered charity, (2) not-for-profit organisation and (3) for-profit organisation, is required to charge value added tax on the services they provide to people.  HL3532
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to asking Network Rail to convene a meeting with an independent chairman with wide operating experience to identify ways of improving performance in railway movements in the North of England, particularly in relation to the bottleneck between Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations, without maj… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend their financial support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic to small businesses that do not have their own premises.  HL3460
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to appoint members to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.  HL3461
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure cancer and heart disease patients are able to access hospital treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3462
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about its recent proposed annexation of territory in the West Bank.  HL3463
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the recent proposal of the government of Israel to annex territory in the West Bank at the next meeting of the UN Security Council.  HL3464
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that vulnerable children attend school during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3465
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government for a list of attendees at each of the meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies that have taken place since 1 January.  HL3501
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Lord Cormack to ask Her Majesty's Government how many passengers have flown into the UK as their final destination since 1 April; and of those, how many were screened or tested at airports for COVID-19. [T]  HL3596
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Lord Cormack to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the second world war in August, following the cancellation of events to mark that anniversary of VE Day on 8 May.  HL3597
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Baroness Corston to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pregnant women have been released from prison during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3533
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Lord Crathorne to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of self-employed artists to access COVID-19 financial support schemes.  HL3466
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Lord Crathorne to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide quickly accessible grants and loans to (1) artists, and (2) self-employed people working in the creative industries, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3467
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Lord Crathorne to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to help (1) artists, and (2) self-employed people working in the creative industries, to recoup costs incurred in the production of projects now cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3468
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Lord Crathorne to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the (1) Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and (2) Self-employment Income Support Scheme, to artists and others in the creative industries who rely on a mixture of self-employed income and zero-hours or fixed-term contracts.  HL3469
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Veterans UK Helpline has been suspended; and what assessment they have made of the impact this may have on veterans, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3470
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on processing War Pension Scheme and War Widow(er) Pension applications.  HL3471
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the forthcoming expiration of the UN-imposed arms embargo on Iran in October 2020 on stability in the Middle East and the security of UK allies.  HL3655
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Lord Dobbs to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to involve prisoners in the production of personal protection equipment.  HL3534
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any evidence that unrestrained depredation by cabbage stem flea beetle of oil seed rape prevents the growth of that crop; and what plans they have to review the ban on neonicotinoids following any such assessment.  HL3598
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the welfare of young people in unregulated accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3599
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS staff had received a negative COVID-19 test result and returned to work by 27 April; and what impact this has had on planned delays to cancer surgeries.  HL3472
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure there is an adequate supply of medicine, including anaesthetic drugs, to enable urgent cancer surgery to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3473
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what the age limit for new entrants under the points-based immigration system will be.  HL3502
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what the salary threshold for new entrants under the points-based immigration system will be; and what assessment they have made of how that relates to the living wage in (1) London, and (2) the rest of the UK.  HL3503
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how long successful new entrants under the points-based immigration scheme will be able to stay in the UK.  HL3504
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what requirements, if any, there will be, as part of their new immigration system, for businesses to advertise jobs in the UK before recruiting overseas.  HL3505
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who will enter the UK each year as new entrants under the points-based immigration system, broken down by country of origin.  HL3506
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Care Quality Commission personnel have been dispatched to the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3656
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to work with supermarkets to ensure that anyone at increased risk from COVID-19 or with a disability under the Equality Act 2010, of any age, and their carers, has priority access to home deliveries and stores if they need it.  HL3657
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate they will be able to quantify the number of COVID-19 deaths, in particular the number of deaths of those from at risk groups, including people with learning disabilities, regardless of whether confirmation by diagnostic tests was possible.  HL3535
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on home working for parents whilst schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assessment they have made of the benefits of having one parent work from home as the primary care giver.  HL3536
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding to science and discovery centres which are not eligible for the support available to museums and cultural organisations.  HL3537
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Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the guidance that allows people in hospital who have (1) dementia, (2) a learning disability, or (3) autism, to be allowed to have a visitor during any hospital admission also applies in care homes.  HL3538
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many accident and emergency departments have closed in (1) Lancashire, and (2) England, since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK.  HL3600
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the pathology laboratory at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital is being used for testing COVID-19 for NHS staff; and if not, why not.  HL3601
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the NHS participated in the initiative co-ordinated by the Lancashire Resilience Forum to purchase PPE supplies; and if not, why not.  HL3602
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government when was the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care informed of the decision to close the accident and emergency Department at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.  HL3603
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many ambulance drivers employed by the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust have (1) died, and (2) been placed in intensive care, due to COVID-19.  HL3604
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust have access to sufficient PPE so that all drivers have the quantities they require when attending call-outs.  HL3605
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suggestion by the President of the United States of America that injecting or ingesting disinfectant might be a cure for COVID-19; and what scientific advice they have received about the impact such treatment would have on patients so treated.  HL3606
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the advice from the World Health Organisation that evidence shows that patients who have recovered from COVID-19 are not necessarily immune from reinfection; and what impact that advice will have on their policy regarding easing the lockdown in the UK.  HL3607
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for distributing the £10 million of financial support for fishing businesses in England affected by COVID-19; and what additional resources will be made available to the Marine Management Organisation to ensure applications for the grants to fishers whose business has suffered market disruption are… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that UK meat and dairy products are properly labelled from farm to fork.  HL3608
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage UK consumers to support UK farmers by buying their meat, dairy and vegetable products during the current COVID-19 crisis.  HL3609
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the nutritional standards for the food parcels that they are delivering to those in priority health categories; and what oversight is in place to ensure that the standards are maintained.  HL3610
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what powers have been granted to (1) police, and (2) other bodies, for the use of drones and other surveillance technology in order to enforce their responsibilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic  HL3508
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the statistics published by Military Court Watch showing that in February, of the Palestinian security prisoners held by Israel, 81 per cent of adults and 75 per cent of children were held in Israel in contravention of Article 76 of the fourth Geneva Convention; and what… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure medical supply lines are not compromised.  HL3539
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the shortage of the drug Chloroquine.  HL3612
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many operations for cases of cancer have been cancelled in England since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3613
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific modelling they have seen to inform the development of possible strategies to replace the COVID-19-related lockdown in place in England.  HL3614
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the duty of employers to report cases of COVID-19 to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 where the employees have tested positive in a healthcare setting.  HL3540
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what the responsibilities of pharmacies are in respect of their duties to employees and the public in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3541
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to reach the goal of 100,000 tests a day for COVID-19.  HL3542
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of deaths due to medical conditions other than COVID-19 since 5 March.  HL3543
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter published in the Financial Times on 14 April, and signed by 18 African and European leaders, which called for an immediate moratorium on all bilateral and multilateral debt payments, both public and private, until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed; and what plans they have, if any,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure private creditors comply with the agreement reached by G20 leaders on 15 April to suspend debt payments owed by 77 of the world’s poorest countries, in particular those debts that fall under UK jurisdiction.  HL3475
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other G20 leaders to extend the agreement reached on 15 April, to suspend debt payments owed by 77 of the world’s poorest countries, to include the (1) the World Bank, and (2) the African Development Bank.  HL3476
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to protect teaching and non-teaching staff from COVID-19 when schools re-open.  HL3615
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 13 March (HL2079), whether any regional workshops on the annual reviews of Education, Health and Care Plans have taken place so far in 2020; and if so, which local authorities have sent representatives.  HL3616
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have committed in funding to reception centres for displaced people at the border in northern France, as pledged in Articles 2(a) and 4 of the 2018 Sandhurst Agreement; whether such funding has increased to assist efforts by the authorities in France to shelter greater numbers of people and allow them to c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are continuing to return people crossing the Channel by boat directly to France during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3618
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Border Force is continuing to detain people in short-term holding facilities on the northern French coast during the COVID-19 pandemic; and if so, what health and sanitation measures are being taken in those facilities to ensure that detainees and staff are not put at risk of COVID-19 transmission.  HL3619
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government why maternity allowance is not treated the same way as statutory maternity pay for the purposes of calculating Universal Credit; what estimate they have made of (1) the cost of doing so, and (2) the number of women claiming maternity allowance who are affected by that disparity, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3620
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support families who have lost access to free school breakfasts; whether such breakfasts are provided elsewhere whilst schools are shut down; and if so, where.  HL3621
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many couples making joint claims have been so far included in the Move to Universal Credit pilot scheme; how many of those have been moved to Universal Credit; and whether participants in that pilot scheme have to have been claiming legacy benefits for a specified time.  HL3622
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are actively considering a 14-day quarantine period for travellers arriving in the UK; and whether such a quarantine is in line with the latest medical advice.  HL3623
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish a summary of the advice and scientific evidence from Public Health England on the utility of health screening at airports during the current phase of the COVID-19 outbreak.  HL3624
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Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions Ministers have had with their European counterparts and the European Commission on agreeing a common baseline for health measures in international travel by air, sea and train.  HL3625
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Lord McNally to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish a draft Online Harms Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny.  HL3509
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they intend to provide to (1) consumers, and (2) insurers, about endowment policies that are set to mature during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3510
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require that endowment policy providers allow policy holders to (1) extend the terms of, and (2) make additional contributions to, such policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3511
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of endowment policies maturing during the pandemic on the number of people who are left with a shortfall and cannot repay their mortgage; and what steps they are taking to support such people.  HL3512
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many serving police officers are working overseas.  HL3513
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions have been imposed on airport passengers arriving in UK airports as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assessment they have made of how any such restrictions compare with the restrictions on such passengers arriving in other major capital cities in Europe. [T]  HL3514
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Ambassadors and High Commissioners in southern Asia have been instructed to approach their respective host governments to assess the possibility of establishing joint ventures in the production of personal protective equipment. [T]  HL3626
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the announcement by the government of Israel of its intention to commence discussions from 1 July on applying Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and other territory in the occupied West Bank. [T]  HL3515
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on plant disease of trees and shrubs brought from mainland Europe to the UK.  HL3477
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many passengers, and (2) what volume of cargo, travelled from (a) Tunisia to the UK, and (b) the UK to Tunisia, in each of the last five years.  HL3478
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what volume of peat and peat-based products were sold in each of the last five years; what volume of peat was extracted from the UK in each of the last five years; and what volume of peat was imported from the Republic of Ireland in each of the last five years.  HL3479
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of when all retail products sold in the UK will be peat-free.  HL3480
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of when commercial horticulture will have ceased using peat and peat-based products.  HL3481
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were sleeping rough in England and Wales (1) between November and December 2019, (2) in January 2020, (3) in February 2020, and (4) in March 2020.  HL3627
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create more space for walking and cycling during the COVID-19-related lockdown.  HL3658
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to international students stranded in universities across the England due to the coronavirus crisis.  HL3659
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rise of cases of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what support they have provided to the victims of that violence.  HL3660
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks to other residents and staff of returning people who have tested positive for COVID-19 from hospitals to care homes; and what steps they are taking to ensure such individuals are able to receive the required nursing care.  HL3482
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to allow local authorities to re-open household waste recycling centres.  HL3483
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable parents of children born since the implementation of the Coronavirus Act 2020 to have their child’s birth registered.  HL3516
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to issue guidance on the rights of access to public rights of way during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3517
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and plan to have, with (1) The Road Haulage Association, and (2) The Freight Transport Association, about the negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU.  HL3628
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer emergency hardship grants to university students from low income households  HL3518 [I]
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reintroduce COVID-19 screening of all incoming international passengers and air crew at all UK airports; and why such measures have not been in place throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3519
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure long-term sustainability of the British dairy sector; and whether service contracts have been checked to ensure that all public services source milk from UK dairy farmers.  HL3661
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for suspending charging for prescriptions in England to assist pharmacies and patients by removing the need to collect and pay such charges during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3544
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people in England with asthma who do not currently have prescription prepayment certificates.  HL3545
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the next parliamentary boundary reorganisation process under the 2011 Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act; what is the estimated cost for completing the work to be undertaken by the four Boundary Commissions under present legislation; and what plans they have to suspend the process.  HL3546
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they will consult on changes to the legislative rules applied to the Boundary Commission processes in the light of their intention to retain the number of MPs at 650; and what assessment they have made of the recommendations of the eighth report of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee What next on the redrawin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to modernise and codify electoral legislation as recommended by the Law Commission.  HL3548
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the operation of ports during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3484
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the Chancellor of Exchequer’s COVID-19 support package to businesses in Northern Ireland.  HL3485
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have registered to volunteer for the NHS in England since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3486
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not accept the EU’s initial request for an office in Northern Ireland.  HL3487
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have undertaken with (1) the Northern Ireland Executive, (2) political parties, (3) businesses, and (4) other bodies, in Northern Ireland about the EU’s request to establish an office in Northern Ireland.  HL3488
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Baroness Rock to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to grant schemes to support dairy and tenant farmers.  HL3629 [I]
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients were in each NHS Nightingale hospital each week between 23 March and 28 April.  HL3662
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS Nightingale hospitals have admitted patients.  HL3663
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to outlaw pavement parking throughout England; and whether the responses to their consultation on such parking have been in favour of its ban.  HL3549
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to educate and inform Rohingya refugees in the Kutupalong Camp about the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3630
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any to provide additional support to Rohingya children in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3631
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of Malaysia and Thailand about access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic for Rohingya refugees.  HL3632
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of aid workers in the Kutupalong refugee camp; and what action, if any, they are taking as a result.  HL3633
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of child trafficking and child marriage in Rohingya refugee camps; and what action, if any, they are taking as a result.  HL3634
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help the boats of Rohingya refugees that have been turned away from Bangladesh and Malaysia.  HL3635
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about its plans to commence discussions from 1 July on applying Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and other territory in the occupied West Bank.  HL3520
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) EU member states, and (2) the United States, about the government of Israel’s intention to commence discussions from 1 July on applying Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and other territory in the occupied West Bank.  HL3521
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any decision by the government of Israel to unilaterally annex part of the West Bank after 1 July on the viability of a two-state solution.  HL3522
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 13 February (HL1282), what steps they intend to take in response to the government of Israel's actions should it unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank.  HL3523
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether information on grave violations of international law against children in situations of armed conflict is taken into account during Overseas Security and Justice Assistance assessments.  HL3550
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, information contained within the annual and country-specific reports of the UN Secretary-General on children and armed conflict is taken into account during Overseas Security and Justice Assistance assessments.  HL3551
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether independent experts on children and armed conflict are consulted as part of the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance assessment process to ensure UK overseas security and justice assistance work meets our human rights obligations and our values.  HL3552
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times, in the last three calendar years, following assessment via the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance assessment process, UK justice or security assistance (1) to any state has been refused, and (2) projects have been modified, on the basis that there was considered to be serious risk that any such assistance would d… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent they are working with supply teacher agencies to see that supply teachers are being supported.  HL3636
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of young people losing apprenticeship opportunities due to the current crisis; and what plans they have to provide access to high-quality and independent advice and guidance for such young people.  HL3637
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of NHS hospitals that are not giving personal protection equipment fit tests to staff.  HL3638
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps have been taken to support apprentices who are unable to claim furlough pay during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3639
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, to support (1) female, (2) BAME, and (3) new practising, lawyers who have been affected by a loss of earnings as a result of COVID-19 prior to the furlough payments being released.  HL3640
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) financial impact of COVID-19 on legal aid lawyers, and (2) the long-term impact of court trials that need to be restarted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3641
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of lawyers who have been asked to continue working despite being furloughed.  HL3642
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk posed to legal aid lawyers who have to attend police stations and psychiatric hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3643
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the scale of the loss of income incurred by local authorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they intend to take to assist local authorities financially.  HL3664
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were discharged from hospital to care homes in England in each of the last 12 weeks; and how many of those people had been tested for COVID-19. [T]  HL3644
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take, in collaboration with the EU, to prevent any annexation of the West Bank by the government of Israel.  HL3554
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the number of Palestinian children imprisoned by Israeli authorities, in particular regard to the threat of COVID-19 transmission in prisons.  HL3555
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Israeli forces levelled Palestinian farmland and fired teargas at farmers in Gaza.  HL3556
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of violent behaviour of Israeli settlers under the protection of Israeli forces towards Palestinian property in Hebron.  HL3557
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about the reported plan approved by Israel's Attorney General to confiscate Palestinian land close to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.  HL3558
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to protect the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron in the light of its listing as a Unesco World Heritage site.  HL3559
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to bring forward the start date for the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme.  HL3489
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the success of New Zealand in dealing with COVID-19, what plans they have to emulate the measures taken in that country, particularly those in regard to the control of flights into the country.  HL3645
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what the total number of overseas voters on the UK electoral roll was in (1) 2001, (2) 2005, (3) 2010, (4) 2015, and (5) 2017; and what is their current estimate of the total number of overseas registrations.  HL3524
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current distribution of electoral registration by overseas voters broken down by constituency.  HL3525
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the distribution of registered overseas voters by their current country of residence.  HL3526
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of Electoral Registration Officers in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, retain complete constituency electoral registers for all periods since (a) 1945, (b) 1970, and (c) 1990.  HL3560
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Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund private prescriptions for whole plant cannabis pharmaceutical medicines for children with severe drug resistant epilepsy during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3527
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have suspended the registration of births during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3561
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the absence of a birth certificate would prevent a mother travelling abroad with her new-born baby.  HL3562
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how long the suspension of registration of births will continue; and what measures have been put in place to allow babies born during the COVID-19 pandemic to travel on their mother’s passport until such time as a birth certificate and passport can be obtained.  HL3563
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding was allocated for preparations to counter the National Security Risk Assessment Tier 1 risk of pandemic in each year from 2010 to 2019.  HL3564
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures that were recommended following the Swine flu pandemic in 2009 relating to future pandemics were subsequently implemented in the UK.  HL3565
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether surface warship and submarine shipbuilding is continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3566
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many contracts for the provision of personal protective equipment, needed to safeguard health and care workers against coronavirus, the National Health Service in England has placed with the Royal Mint; and whether the basis of charging for such orders has included any profit mark-up, over and above the full cost of manufacture  HL36… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance the Home Office has given to immigration control officials at airports, regarding the need to identify any persons entering the United Kingdom from overseas, as to whether they are infected by coronavirus.  HL3666
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they sought from the government of Romania any assurances that Romanian citizens coming to undertake agricultural or horticultural harvesting work in the UK, had been screened for coronavirus before being permitted to travel.  HL3667
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they received from the Welsh Government concerning the possible redirection of a contract placed by the NHS in Wales with the Roche company, for equipment relevant to the coronavirus pandemic, for use by the NHS in England; and what is their policy relating to such matters.  HL3668
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security in Africa.  HL3567
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional financial support and assistance they are providing the World Food Programme to develop an effective response to the risk of food insecurity in Africa.  HL3568
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which countries have used COVID-19 as a pretext to introduce restrictive measures against independent media outlets and to arrest and intimidate journalists for providing critical coverage of the relevant government’s COVID-19 response.  HL3569
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance they (1) have made, and (2) intend to make, to the United Nations COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.  HL3570
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance and support they are providing to (1) the Chairperson of the African Union, (2) the World Health Organisation and (3) the African Union’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, in coordinating a response to, and mitigating, the economic impact of COVID-19 in Africa.  HL3571
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have put in place to deal with the potential transmission of COVID-19 to civilians among UK military personnel and staff deployed to UN peacekeeping missions in Africa.  HL3572
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