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Questions for Written Answer for 30 April 2020

Tabled on 29 April 2020 and due for answer by 6 May 2020.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a list of supported schemes made available during the COVID-19 lockdown, whether mandatory or discretionary in nature, to assist such bodies as community amateur and other amateur sports clubs and groups that own or maintain their own facilities.  HL3669
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to produce a guide for community amateur sports clubs and other amateur sports clubs about how to access any support schemes run by central or local government, or endorsed by them.  HL3670
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by United Nations Special Rapporteurs to the government of China on 19 February about violations of the human rights of healthcare workers in Hong Kong; and what representations they have made to that government about any such violations.  HL3671
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to mobilise an international response in support of the letters sent by United Nations Special Rapporteurs to the government of China on 29 January and 19 February which raise concerns about the alleged mistreatment of healthcare workers in Hong Kong and the use of teargas and other hazardous su… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to call for an independent international inquiry into the alleged (1) misuse of teargas and other hazardous substances, and (2) mistreatment of healthcare workers, by the Hong Kong Police Force, following allegations presented by six United Nations Special Rapporteurs in letters sent on 29 January and 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 what plans they have to impose Magnitsky-style sanctions on those responsible, directly or indirectly, for (1) any violation of the human rights of healthcare workers in Hong Kong, and (2) any misuse of teargas and other hazardous substances, by the Hong Kong Police Force.  HL3674
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) restore the position of Directors of Public Health as executive board members of local authorities, (2) review local authority staffing levels and budgets, (3) give responsibility for testing and contact tracing to local authorities, and (4) decentralise such operations from Whitehall.  HL3675
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the concerns raised by the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons on 27 March about the protection of older people who are at the highest risk of COVID-19; and what consideration they have given to her recommendation to develop triage protocols to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to re-open the Academic Technology Approval Scheme certification scheme.  HL3677
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many households with children are currently receiving Universal Credit as well as legacy benefits; and what proportion of those cannot fully benefit from the recent £1,000 increase in Universal Credit as that increase pushed them over the limit of the total amount of benefit they are allowed to receive.  HL3678
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government what comparative analysis they have undertaken of the number of dairy farmers affected by COVID-19 provided (1) in the letter sent to Peers by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 22 April, and (2) in the briefing by the National Farmers Union provided to MPs on 15 April; whether they found any significant variation between those figures; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter sent to Peers by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 22 April, when they expect to receive the proposals by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board and Dairy UK about the alleviation of overproduction in the dairy farming sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3680
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the actual number of dairy farmers who require support given the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they have taken to ensure that appropriate and prompt support is provided to those that need it most.  HL3681
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to encourage those dairy processors and farmers who have not participated in the scheme to reduce milk supply by around five per cent to join that initiative to address over-supply.  HL3682
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government when the National Health Service (Dental Charges) Regulations 2005 will be amended to set out any revised NHS dental charges in England for the year commencing April 2020.  HL3683
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to President Mahdi al Mashat that the pardon for Hamed bin Haydara and five other Yemeni Baha'i, and their release from jail, be expedited.  HL3684
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China regarding the mass arrests of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on 18 April.  HL3685
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Saudi Arabia’s decision to deport 30,000 Ethiopian migrant workers, including some who are suspected of suffering from COVID-19.  HL3686
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reporting that Israel has had a role in spreading COVID-19; what steps they are taking to address any fake news about such a role; and what discussions they are having with governments that endorse such news.  HL3687
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Lord Dobbs to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Bethell on 22 April (HL Deb, col 56), when they will publish their analysis of the increase in non-COVID-19 deaths that has taken place as a result of the restrictions in place to address the pandemic; and when they expect to publish an analysis of (1) the predicted trends, and (2) the estimated totals, fo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to seek powers for the End of Custody Temporary Release scheme to apply to Secure Children’s Homes, and if so, when.  HL3689
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners were, are, or will be within two months of the end of their release date in (1) March, (2) April, (3) May, and (4) June 2020.  HL3690
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government at which prisons temporary cells are being created; and how many temporary cells are to be provided in each such prison.  HL3691
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that there is adequate civil society consultation and involvement in the upcoming Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL3692
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how civil society views will be included in the outcome of the upcoming Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL3693
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether civil society in the focus countries of the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2018–22 will be consulted as part of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL3694
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development will incorporate equality into the upcoming Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL3695
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (2) the Ministry of Defence and (3) the Department for International Development, will ensure that all equalities, including gender equality, are included in the outputs and policy of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; and if so, how… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to provide to ensure the long-term future of Rugby League.  HL3697
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people resident in Makhmur refugee camp in Northern Iraq; what assessment they have made of reports that the camp (1) was hit by a Turkish drone strike on 15 April, and (2) has been subject to three such attacks since December 2017; and what representations, if any, they have made to (a) the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of Turkey about reports that it (1) has erected fences around Bilbile district and elsewhere in Afrin canton of north Syria, and (2) has attempted to change the demography of that canton.  HL3699
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what humanitarian aid they have provided to the Makhmur refugee camp since 1998.  HL3700
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients who were discharged from hospitals to care homes in each week since 1 February were not tested for the COVID-19 virus before that transfer.  HL3701
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks made by the United Nations’ poverty expert that (1) their response to COVID-19 has been “utterly hypocritical”, and (2) “the pandemic could push more than half a billion people into poverty globally”.  HL3702
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Saudi Arabia about the application of its royal decree to end the death penalty for crimes committed by minors; and what clarification they have sought as to whether that decree applies to all (1) children, and (2) adults whose alleged crimes were committed while they were children, who… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow golf courses and golf facilities to re-open, subject to safeguards.  HL3704
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Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate to ask Her Majesty's Government whether EU citizens resident in the UK with pre-settled status can receive Universal Credit if otherwise eligible.  HL3705
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, to help protect the privacy of the public in using the proposed COVID-19 tracking app, they plan to bring into force immediately sections 77 and 78 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, which would allow a maximum custodial sentence of two years for those convicted of unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what their policy is on the reporting by the public of fraudulent and phishing emails and telephone calls; to what email addresses or on what web pages such reports should be made; and what action the public may expect to be taken when such reports are made.  HL3707
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what specific support they have identified for small and medium-size enterprises operating in (1) the tourism, (2) the hospitality, and (3) the retail sectors, (a) who are experiencing cash flow problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic, (b) who pay council tax in lieu of business rates, and (c) who have commercial mortgag… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of whether there has been any reduction in the capacity of the House to scrutinise the policies of Her Majesty’s Government caused by the suspension of by-elections for hereditary peers until 8 September; and what consideration she has given to extending that suspension to limit the size of the House and redu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to ensure that an EU office is open in Belfast to deal with the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL3710
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to revive the economy following the lifting of restrictions put in place to address COVID-19.  HL3711
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they (1) have had, and (2) intend to have, with the devolved administrations about their plans for the revival of the UK economy following the lifting of restrictions put in place to address COVID-19.  HL3712
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to prepare exit summary declarations to be used for business trade arrangements between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.  HL3713
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance relating to customs they intend to provide to Northern Ireland businesses that will be trading within the UK internal market after January 2021.  HL3714
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been any changes to the categories of those with authority to sign a death certificate due to arrangements put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3715
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what immigration charges, if any, are payable by medical staff who are non-UK citizens to enable them to practise in the UK.  HL3716
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the benefits being made available to employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are available to those who were on zero-hours contracts and whose employment has ceased.  HL3717
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they are making available to (1) the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, (2) the National Eisteddfod of Welsh, (3) the Urdd National Eisteddfod, and (4) the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, following their cancellation in 2020.  HL3718
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what arrangements have been made to support parliamentary staff working for the House during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3719
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the rule requiring statutory instruments to be laid before Parliament at least 21 days before coming into force remains applicable as a default position even during the COVID-19 pandemic; and whether any departure from that rule needs to be justified by reference to specific necessity and not a general disapp… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, to support African countries in manufacturing ventilators.  HL3721
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether wearing (1) non-surgical facemasks, and (2) glasses, alongside social distancing measures in closed public places, reduces the respiratory spread of COVID-19.  HL3722
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce a COVID-19-related identity card system after lockdown restrictions have been lifted.  HL3723
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have, if any, of how many people coming into the UK in (1) February, (2) March, and (3) April, had COVID-19.  HL3724
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to work with suppliers to increase the production of face masks that could be worn by the public across the UK to slow the spread of COVID-19 after lockdown restrictions are lifted.  HL3725
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include care home deaths in the statistics reported at their COVID-19 daily briefings.  HL3726
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the deaths of two children in the Borough of Redbridge on 26 April and reports on the level of domestic abuse nationally, what support and resources they are allocating for women’s organisations and organisations supporting BAME women with advice, counselling and emergency accommodation as part of the COVID-19 emergency fun… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have made as part of their COVID-19 emergency planning to ensure that local authorities have adequate funding for children with child protection plans who may not be attending school.  HL3728
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide support and assistance to women and girls in refugee camps, following reports that humanitarian organisations are recalling their staff to return home due to COVID-19.  HL3729
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to Rohingya women survivors of violence, rape and torture now living in Bangladesh, given reports of an increase in violence against women and girls there.  HL3730
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, towards instigating an independent inquiry into the number of deaths of BAME NHS and care staff due to COVID-19.  HL3731
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of the package of measures to ensure freight capacity support announced by the Secretary of State for Transport on 24 April, consideration was given to building a new Penzance to Scilly Islands ferry to be used to ensure the ongoing supply of critical freight.  HL3732
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to building a new Penzance to Scilly Islands ferry at the Appledore shipyard.  HL3733
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to accelerating shipbuilding programmes in the UK to assist with economic revival following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3734
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what the commissioning dates are for (1) HMS Audacious, and (2) Astute hulls 5, 6 and 7.  HL3735
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic action they have taken in response to unlawful actions by China in the South China Sea.  HL3736
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