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Questions for Written Answer for 13 May 2020

Tabled on 12 May 2020 and due for answer by 19 May 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that up to 2,000 UK seafarers have been stranded on ships.  [T]  HL4268
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to implement the International Maritime Organisation’s Recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, issued on 6 May, to ensure the continued free movement of seafarers; and what steps they are taking to ensure the swift re… 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 steps they are taking in response to the UK Chamber of Shipping’s request that they sign up to a global initiative to repatriate seafarers stranded across the world.  HL4303
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that hospitals discharged patients with COVID-19 to care homes without alerting those care homes to such patient’s suspected or confirmed diagnosis; whether they expect the Care Quality Commission to publish a report on any such instances; if so, (1) when they estimate that report wil… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Amnesty International’s Nowhere is safe for us: unlawful attacks and mass displacement in north-west Syria, published on 10 May; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL4325
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the remarks by the National Statistician that the R rate of COVID-19 infections “is driven by the epidemic in care homes; and (2) reports by Care England that the levels of COVID-19 infections among hospital and care home staff may be five times higher than those in the wider population;… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes on the level of COVID-19 cases in the wider community; what plans they have to prevent carers from visiting multiple care facilities; and what steps they are taking to ensure the adequate care of care home residents while ensuring that infected s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of NHS 111 call handlers are medically trained; whether the triaging system is reviewed regularly; and if not, what plans they have to implement regular reviews.  HL4176
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Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made towards negotiating each of their intended financial service equivalence regimes with the EU. [T]  HL4213
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment (1) they, and (2) NHS England, have made of the availability of non-COVID-19 related urgent care services; what steps they are taking to ensure that such services are resumed; and when can patients expect face-to-face appointments to resume. [T]  HL4214
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what process they will use to decide the lengths of extension given to doctoral students funded by UK Research and Innovation; and how that process will take into account the level of uncertainty about the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic when determining the lengths of extension granted. [T]  HL4215
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 11 May (HL3496), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what estimate they have made of the number of properties in which second home owners falsely claim to live to avoid council tax.  HL4284
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applicants for the housing component of universal credit who have applied since 1 March will be subject to the spare room subsidy; and what percentage this is of the total applicants for the housing component since that date.  HL4346
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many RADAR toilet facilities in England remain open for use during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what this is as a percentage of total RADAR toilet facilities.  HL4347
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist councils to provide safe toilet facilities at beaches, parks and other leisure facilities as the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are eased.  HL4348
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they are providing to local councils on opening car parking facilities, particularly in tourist areas that might see large influxes of visitors as the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are eased.  HL4349
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to tackle predatory marriage.  HL4350
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to stockpile sufficient (1) personal protective equipment and (2) medical equipment and supplies, to cope with any second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. [T]  HL4285
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to convert some universities back to polytechnics.  HL4286
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of (1) reports that the government of China asked the World Health Organisation to delay issuing a global warning about the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the study by the University College London Genetics Institute Emergence of genomic diversity and recurrent mutations in SARS-CoV-2, published on 5 May, w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to impose sanctions on any teacher who does not (1) return to teach in schools once it has been deemed safe to do, and (2) teach children online from home if they cannot attend schools; and if so, whether such sanctions will include the suspension of pay and pension contributions.  HL4306
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to suspend any additional HM Treasury funding provided to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, either through the Barnett Formula or other means, if those countries incur additional costs resulting from any longer period of lockdown than is in place in England.  HL4307
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the means by which police forces are enforcing the lockdown, particularly in regard to police on horseback questioning people in parks; what representations they have received about the behaviour of the police when carrying out such enforcement; and what guidance they have provided to police to ensur… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the National Education Union has instructed teachers not to provide online lessons from home.  HL4309
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any (1) immediate, and (2) future estimated, decrease in income for universities from international students; what assessment they have made of the impact of any such decrease on universities' ability to maintain research capacity; and what plans they have to review the (a) timing, and (b) relevance, o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government when the research sustainability taskforce is expected to publish its recommendations; and what assessment that taskforce has made of the impact of any decrease in income from international students on the ability of higher education institutions to conduct research. [T]  HL4217
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) Germany, (2) New Zealand, and (3) South Korea, to exchange information relating to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic; and what lessons they have learned from such discussions.  HL4196
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to establishing a task force to deal with specific challenges experienced by Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4197
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who claimed compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme have died before their claims had been settled.  HL4198
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how they have publicised the Windrush Compensation Scheme (1) in the UK, and (2) overseas.  HL4199
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how they have liaised with British High Commissions to deal with the claims of people who are currently overseas to compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.  HL4200
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they gave to including Jainism as a religion in the 2021 census.  HL4310
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children who are eligible for the national voucher scheme; and what is the current rate of take up in England.  HL4201
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current take up rate of the national voucher scheme; and how many vouchers provided through that scheme have been spent in supermarkets.  HL4202
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the length of time it has taken for the national voucher scheme to issue and deliver vouchers to schools and families; and what plans they have to (1) speed up the process for families, and (2) reduce the administration required from schools.  HL4203
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to measure the success of the national voucher scheme; and whether they have access to supermarket data on (1) the amount of vouchers spent, and (2) what foods such vouchers were spent on, in order to assess whether the scheme was successful in supporting healthy eating.  HL4204
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to support families to feed children nutritious food that meets school food standards whist schools are closed.  HL4205
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the national voucher scheme to cover the half-term holiday in May and the six-week summer holiday.  HL4206
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) male, and (2) female, prisoners have been released from prison due to COVID-19 under (a) the early release scheme, and (b) the compassionate release scheme, in each week since 23 March.  HL4232
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, have been remanded into prison from magistrates courts in each week since 23 March.  HL4233
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the full NHS People Plan.  HL4328
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 4 May (HL3177), what was the total fuel duty received from hydrocarbon oils used in inland transport in each year from 2010 to 2019.  HL4329
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 5 May (HL3178), what steps they are taking to prevent the use of unsuitable roads by HGVs where highway maintenance standards have also declined.  HL4330
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to extend the civil enforcement powers contained in the Transport Management Act 2004?(section 6) to authorities outside London to better enforce moving traffic offences, in order to protect cyclists and pedestrians.  HL4331
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term support services they plan to provide to survivors of trafficking to protect them from being re-trafficked and to ensure that they are supported when the COVID-19 lockdown ends.  HL4177
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the level of subsistence support given to victims of modern slavery during the COVID-19 pandemic is sufficient to meet essential needs.  HL4178
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in their proposal to provide places of safety for victims of modern slavery.  HL4179
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 30 April (HL3303), in the absence of a suitable equipped aircraft for observation flights, how they carry out or participate in such flights; and whether they have plans to acquire a new Open Skies airframe equipped with the latest authenticated sensor technology.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Butler of Brockwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the greater use of delivery vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic  HL4351
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government how many open general export licences have been granted in the last five years to Commonwealth countries; and to which countries.  HL4352
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government how many open general export licences have been granted in the last five years to African countries not in the Commonwealth; and to which countries.  HL4353
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government how many open general export licences have been granted in the last five years to South American countries; and to which countries.  HL4354
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government how many open general export licences have been granted in the last five years to the United States.  HL4355
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the level of asylum support in line with the COVID-19 related uplift for Universal Credit.  HL4235
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for providing personal protective equipment to public service interpreters working on a freelance basis in the NHS.  HL4311
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Burkina Faso about protecting civilians displaced by terrorist activity, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4332
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to protect the towns and villages in Burkina Faso that are now outside of state control because of terrorist activity.  HL4356
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Burkina Faso about the reported continuation of terrorist violence in the Centre-Nord region and surrounding areas, including (1) holding perpetrators to account, and (2) providing humanitarian aid for victims.  HL4357
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that recently retired NHS workers who have returned to work for the NHS continue to be employed throughout the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4287
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that volunteers who are providing support for isolated people can continue to provide that support throughout the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4288
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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 the financial sustainability of NHS dental services.  HL4289
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) prepare for, and (2) administer, a comprehensive national COVID-19 vaccine programme.  HL4312
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to shield the BAME community from COVID-19.  HL4313
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that individuals who are arrested and questioned by the police have access to solicitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, and can access them in a way that conforms to social-distancing measures.  HL4250
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what targeted, additional support they are making available to businesses in seaside towns during and beyond the lockdown.  HL4251
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what targeted, support they are making available to businesses in National Parks both during and after the lockdown.  HL4252
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what targeted, support they are making available to leisure centres, museums, parks and libraries both during and beyond the lockdown.  HL4253
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are putting in place to support Coventry, as it prepares to become UK City of Culture 2021, to compensate for the downturn in tourism revenue due to COVID-19.  HL4254
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people in Idlib who belong to an armed group that has been proscribed (1) by the UK Government, and (2) under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267.  HL4218
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of global markets to fund the borrowing by developed countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic  HL4333
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of a rise in interest rates due to an increase in borrowing.  HL4334
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Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the benefits of using a (1) centralised, and (2) decentralised, model for the COVID-19 contact tracing application; which of those benefits they plan to realise from the model in use; and what plans they have, if any, to change the model should those benefits not be realised.  HL4219
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Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish (1) a data protection impact assessment, (2) a privacy impact assessment, (3) advice received from the Information Commissioner, and (4) advice received from the ethics committee chaired by Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery, for the COVID-19 contact tracing application; and if so, when.  HL42… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they are developing for extensive testing, contact-tracing and quarantine in society as a whole prior to schools starting up again during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4269
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice and evidence do they have concerning the transmission of COVID-19 between children and between children and adults, including how this varies with age group of the child.  HL4290
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what considerations they have made of BAME households in developing plans to re-open schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4291
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what role will testing and contact-tracing play in education; whether the systematic testing of staff and pupils at schools play a role in keeping effective reproduction number of coronavirus below 1; and what PPE is appropriate for use across the variety of school settings in view of the expected levels of prevalence of t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they will provide on parameters for (1) appropriate physical distancing, (2) levels of social mixing, and (3) appropriate use of PPE, in schools.  HL4293
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be comprehensive access to regular testing for children and staff to ensure that schools and colleges do not become hotspots for COVID-19.  HL4294
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the QC appointments competition to assess whether from 2021 it should no longer be externalised.  HL4270
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review whether fees should be paid for QC applications; and if so, how much they should be.  HL4271
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review whether fees should be paid for QC appointments; and if so, how much they should be.  HL4272
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Minister of State for Transport to Sara Britcliffe MP on 6 May (ref MC/288646), what plans they have to publish the terms of reference of the proposals to reinstate the rail link between Skipton and Colne and enhance capacity for rail freight on existing trans-Pennine routes; who will carry out this work;… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Minister of State for Transport to Sara Britcliffe MP on 6 May (ref MC/288646), whether the Further Feasibility Work announced in January has (1) been completed in both Phases, and (2) presented in a full report to ministers; and whether they intend to publish both that report, and the Steer Group report… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the daily targets for the number of COVID-19 tests of 100,000 from 1 May, or of 200,000 from 1 June, apply to (1) each day, (2) a majority of days, or (3) an average of the days in each month.  HL4360
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and what proportion of, persons held in prisons who have been tested for COVID-19 have (1) tested positive, (2) been removed to hospitals, and (3) died following a positive test; and whether persons who are (a) admitted to, and (b) released from, prison are tested at the time of admittance or release.  HL4361
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of the package of initiatives to encourage cycling and running to work, what plans they have to assist in providing showers, washrooms and changing facilities at places of work.  HL4362
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Israel in respect of Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank.  HL4255
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of secondary schools are now academies.  HL4256
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many secondary academy trusts comprise: (1) single academies, (2) two academies, (3) three academies, (4) four academies, and (5) five academies.  HL4257
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government when the franchise of each Train Operating Companies is due for renewal.  HL4258
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the Department for International Development's budget relates to Africa south of the Sahara.  HL4259
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Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what are the current outstanding by-elections for hereditary peers, indicating in each case the numbers of electors to be involved.  HL4273
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 5 May (HL3252), which paragraph of the?Government guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme clarifies that pregnant employees can be furloughed under the Scheme if they and their employer agree, and provided they meet the normal eligibility requirements.  HL436… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government who was consulted over the decision taken by the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust to close the accident and emergency department at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.  HL4260
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans there are to reopen the accident and emergency department at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital; and if there are any such plans, when that department will be reopened.  HL4261
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Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many private ambulances are used by the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.  HL4262
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment has been made of the time available to members of the House to participate in (1) Private Notice Questions, and (2) urgent questions from the House of Commons repeated as statements, which are being considered in Virtual Proceedings; and what plans there are to change the time available.  HL4221
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the organisers of the King's College London and ZOE COVID-19 symptom tracking application about the provision of financial support.  HL4222
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements have been made to incorporate information from the King's College London and ZOE COVID-19 symptom tracking application into the submission of information and advice to ministers.  HL4223
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to local resilience forums about engagement with voluntary organisations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4236
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability for patients to access urgent dental services which do not meet the current criteria for treatment.  HL4237
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about the steps it is taking to protect (1) prisoners awaiting trial, and (2) those convicted of political offences, from contracting COVID-19.  HL4180
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they and international partners are providing to the government of Kenya to deal with (1) locusts, (2) malaria, (3) food shortages, and (4) COVID-19, particularly in the Nairobi and Mombasa regions.  HL4181
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to safeguard the physical and mental health of prisoners, in particular those subject to (1) long periods of being locked in cells, (2) the suspension of all visits, and (3) overcrowded cells.  HL4335
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to safeguard the well-being and rehabilitation of young offenders in custody  HL4336
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the best interests of children who have a parent in custody, during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4337
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support calls for a global truce and ceasefire to support international cooperation in regard to COVID-19 and its impact on countries with no welfare systems and the urban poor.  HL4338
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government how many adults with a learning disability live in a care setting.  HL4238
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) adults with a learning disability living in a care setting, (2) people over the age of 70 living in a care setting, and (3) people over the age of 70 not in a care setting, were issued a shielding letter in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4239
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people over the age of 70 live in a care setting.  HL4240
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government when specific personal protective equipment guidance for learning disability services will be published.  HL4241
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are putting in place to ensure that policies applied to people with learning disabilities recognise their individual needs.  HL4242
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to backdate the six months extension period for vehicle MOT tests to 23 March.  HL4314
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance is available to those who received firm job offers including start dates before lockdown was announced on 23 March but whose start dates have subsequently been postponed because of the lockdown.  HL4315
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance is available to those who received firm job offers including start dates before lockdown was announced on 23 March but whose start dates have subsequently been postponed because of the lockdown.  HL4316
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether live music venues that cannot comply with physical distancing and therefore have no income will continue to be supported for the duration of physical distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4317
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of changes to physical distancing on businesses that have been ordered to remain closed and therefore have no income.  HL4318
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what support is available to businesses that have not been ordered to close but are reliant on those that have, such as ticket agents, 73 per cent of whose staff have been furloughed according to the Entertainment Agents' Association; and whether they expect that these businesses and their staff will need continued support t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what the arrangements are for requiring foreign persons who enter the United Kingdom via the Republic of Ireland to comply with a quarantine.  HL4263
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners, both adult and those in young offender institutions, have been granted early release as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4182
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide COVID-19 testing equipment to schools and colleges so that pupils and students can be tested on-site; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any such plans on the transmission rate of COVID-19 once schools begin to resume.  HL4264
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government whether COVID-19 contact tracing, if widely applied, will also extend to school-aged children.  HL4265
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 6 May (HL Deb, col 441), when the current review of asylum support commenced; when that review is due to be completed; and whether that review will take additional costs into account, such as those associated with hygiene needs, resulting from the COVID-19 pande… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are for the (1) long-term evaluation, and (2) follow-up, of the Valuing Everyone training sessions.  HL4295
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation took place to inform the new guidance on cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how they intend to police that guidance. [T]  HL4296
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all regulations relating to the actions that banks are legally required to take when there has been unauthorised or fraudulent activity on a customer’s account also apply to building societies.  HL4297
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether agency nurses working in hospitals, nursing homes and care homes are being tested for COVID-19.  HL4274
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that clinicians continue to have the right to prescribe any urinary incontinence product listed on Part IX of the Drug Tariff which they consider is the most appropriate for their patient.  HL4339
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assumed maintenance cost per flying hour for Apache AH-64E helicopters after they have come into service has been included in planning assumptions.  HL4243
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government which Armed Forces personnel were planned to be deployed to Mali in 2020; and what was the anticipated (1) length, and (2) objective, of any such deployment.  HL4244
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces personnel have been deployed in the creation of the NHS Nightingale Hospitals.  HL4245
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with companies in the garment industry in Sri Lanka about producing and supplying personal protection equipment products to the UK.  HL4207
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to end any temporary restrictions in place for the (1) sale, and (2) purchase, of residential property. [T]  HL4224
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government which three local authority areas in England have the (1) fastest, and (2) slowest, current rates of broadband connectivity.  HL4320
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce more elected mayors for local authorities in England; and if not, why not.  HL4321
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects on UK–EU relations of the decision taken on 5 May by the German Constitutional Court that the European Central Bank’s mass bond buying partly violates the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany.  HL4340
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the religious freedoms of British (1) Jews, and (2) Christians, who are resident in Turkey.  HL4341
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the right of Turkish citizens resident in the UK to freedom of religious worship.  HL4342
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of local authorities in England that (1) have elected mayors, and (2) do not have elected mayors.  HL4364
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 January (HL158), whether they published their national strategy to tackle all forms of child sexual abuse; and if so, where it can be found.  HL4322
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 May (HL3427), what urgent representations they will make to the government of Hong Kong about any breach of Article 22 of the Basic Law arising from the arrest of pro-democracy leaders and lawmakers; and what plans they have, as part of their role as a co-signatory to the Sin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what urgent representations they will make to the government of Saudi Arabia to request the release  of any (1) female activists, and (2) political prisoners, who have been detained without charge.  HL4267
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the aviation sector about the impact of the proposed 14 day quarantine period on that industry. [T]  HL4298
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how quickly banks will be able to make a decision on applications to the Bounce Back Loan scheme  HL4365
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on revising their plans for COP26.  HL4275
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their investment in economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic will support the UK’s climate objectives.  HL4276
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on science and research funding life sciences to deliver testing capabilities now and in the future.  HL4277
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in the development of a vaccine for COVID-19 and the UK capability to manufacture it.  HL4278
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Cabinet Office has made in processing offers of help with the manufacture of personal protection equipment by UK businesses.  HL4279
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with religious authorities about opening places of worship for (1) personal private devotions, (2) formal services, and (3) funerals and weddings, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4184
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of NHS hospital chaplains during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4185
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were detained in each immigration removal centre on (1) 2 March, (2) 21 April, and (3) 7 May.  HL4186
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial and other support they provided to those released from immigration removal centres as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4208
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they hold the current address of each person released from an immigration removal centre as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4209
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they provided long-term accommodation to those released from immigration removal centres as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4210
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the Williams Rail Review.  HL4299
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rate of child poverty in Luton; and what plans they have to provide additional financial support to the Luton Borough Council to help it address that rate. [T]  HL4300
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assurances they have sought from Edenred that the food voucher scheme will work for all those who require them; (2) what plans they have to provide emergency aid to those who are unable to benefit from the scheme; and (3) what plans they have to seek financial compensation from Edenred.  HL4323
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they can take to encourage all food shops to accept food vouchers.  HL4324
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The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India to (1) discourage financial assistance to the coal industry, and (2) encourage renewable energy development, following reports of a drop in non-renewable energy usage and carbon emissions for the first time in four decades.  HL4301
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) malaria, and (2) non-COVID-19 epidemic, services and programmes in Africa are adequately resourced during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4246
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) prisoners, and (2) prison officers, have died from COVID-19; and what plans they, if any, to (a) increase testing, and (b) introduce further safeguarding measures, for COVID-19 in prisons.  HL4247
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) health checks, and (2) tests, are conducted on staff working in prisons on a routine basis.  HL4248
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have been released due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and how many of any such prisoners have been in prison due to committing sexual offences and released from (1) open, and (2) closed, prisons.  HL4249
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the report by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Global Britain: Human Rights and the Rule of Law (HC 874), published on 11 September 2018, in particular its recommendation that “repercussions, including the suspension of support” should be introduced for those states that do not make su… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was (1) allocated to, and (2) spent by, the Gulf Integrated Activity Fund in the (a) 2016–17, (b) 2017–18, (c) 2018–19, and (d) 2019–20, financial years.  HL4188
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments applied to the Integrated Activity Fund for funding during the 2019–20 financial year; and which of those applications were granted.  HL4189
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 29 January (HC 9712), what assessment was made before their decision to extend the Integrated Activity Fund beyond the initial four-year period; and what plans they have to publish that assessment.  HL4190
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief on 11 September 2019 that “reform is taking place” in Bahrain, what assessment they have made of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s Annual Report 2020: Bahrain Chapter, published in April, which states that Bahra… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the publication of the Reporters Without Borders 2020 World Press Freedom Index which saw Bahrain drop to 169 out of 180 countries, a fall of two places since last year and five places since 2017, what assessment they have made of the state of press freedom in Bahrain; and whether any such assessment will impact their provis… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure UK–EU clinical trials can continue after the end of the transition period, and once the EU?Clinical Trial Regulation?(Regulation (EU) No 536/2014) comes into effect.  HL4366
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government why a ban on accepting blood plasma for the COVID-19 convalescent plasma trial from gay and bisexual men has been put in place; and whether they will consider the use of individual risk assessments for this purpose instead of blanket exclusion.  HL4280
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of certified Retrofit Coordinators required under PAS2035:2019 that (1) will be required to support the delivery of the Retrofit Standards Framework at its commencement in June 2021, (2) are currently certified, and (3) are awaiting certification; and what assessment they have made of whether… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have received about relaxing Permitted Development Rights to allow additional storeys to be built on existing residential buildings; and what is the timetable for any formal public consultation on such a change.  HL4212
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reduction of National Non Domestic Rates receipts in 2020–21 consequent upon COVID19; and what discussions they have had with the Local Government Association and councils about the impact of that virus on the operation of the Business Rates Retention Scheme and local authority budgets in succeeding… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government why they selected Wednesday 13 May as the appropriate day on which unlimited outdoor exercise could resume.  HL4367
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who have come into the UK by (1) boat, and (2) Eurostar, since 1 April.  HL4368
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of having an open border with France on the COVID-19 R rate.  HL4369
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use GPS technology to ensure people who have interacted with a ‘super-spreader’ quarantine appropriately.  HL4370
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the planned timescale for non-NHS dentists?to return to work with increased personal protection equipment.  HL4371
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken and are taking, if any, to produce personal protection equipment for all non-NHS workers who cannot work from home in the UK.  HL4372
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to decide whether to investigate incidents of Israeli settler violence or incidents involving Israeli forces causing injury, death or other harm to Palestinians in the West Bank.  HL4226
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government from which sources they obtain reports of Israeli settler violence or incidents involving Israeli forces causing injury, death or other harm to Palestinians in the West Bank.  HL4227
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of COVID-19 cases in Gaza.  HL4228
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of personal protection equipment and ventilators in the West Bank and Gaza.  HL4229
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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 settlers are building a road on Palestinian land near Dura in the West Bank.  HL4230
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the viability of a one-state solution if the government of Israel annexes parts of the West Bank, (2) the potential for equal rights of Israelis and Palestinians within any annexed areas, and (3) the impact of any such annexation.  HL4231
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fixed penalty notices have been issued under powers granted by orders made under the Coronavirus Act 2020.  HL4281
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that care homes have had to accept patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 from hospitals, and (2) the impact any such patients have had on deaths from COVID-19 in care homes. [T]  HL4282
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that women from BAME communities who have (1) experienced, and (2) reported, domestic abuse receive adequate advice, support and counselling and, where necessary, emergency housing and financial assistance.  HL4193
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of disadvantaged in relation to school children.  HL4343
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish scientific evidence that schools are safe to re-open before pupils are allowed to return in June.  HL4344
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to redefine the role of regional schools commissioners during the period of school closures in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4345
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 5 May (HL3163), whether only 23 servicemen out of the 379 servicemen lost on board HMS Dasher when it sank on 27 March 1943 were recovered from the sea.  HL4194
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Baroness Young of Hornsey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on (1) labour exploitation, and (2) modern slavery.  HL4195
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government when the results of the Darwin Plus projects whose initial applications were submitted between May and July 2019 will be announced; and whether the allocation of the funds to projects will be in line with the results of the consultation on ‘Safeguarding the environment in British Overseas Territories’ which concluded on 2… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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