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Questions for Written Answer for 18 May 2020

Tabled on 14 May 2020 and due for answer by 21 May 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Adelina Comas-Herrera and Jose-Luis Fernandez at the London School of Economics England: Estimates of mortality of care home residents linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, published on 12 May, which found that “data on deaths in care homes directly attributed to COVID-19 underestima… 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 comments by the UN Human Rights Commissioner about the operation of care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic; what assessment they have made of reports of care home staff (1) abandoning care homes, (2) leaving residents to die alone, (3) failing to make adequate preparations, and (4) faili… 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, further to the answer by the Foreign Secretary on 11 May (HC Deb, col 13), what is the “outstanding issue” referred to which is preventing the repatriation of UK citizens who are crew members stranded around the world on cruise ships.  HL4467
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are giving to UK citizens who are being repatriated to the UK as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic who do not have access to accommodation where they can self-isolate if necessary.  HL4468
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 13 May (HL3586), why no data is kept on non-commercial flight movement to, and from, Farnborough Airport; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the absence of such data on their ability to enforce their plans to apply 14-day quarantine rules to t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether COVID-19 will be (1) endemic, or (2) eliminated.  HL4470
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to the risk that a COVID-19 vaccine may not be found in the coming months.  HL4471
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks of secondary outbreaks of COVID-19; and what guidance they have (1) prepared, and (2) provided to local authorities, about the steps to be taken should such secondary outbreaks occur.  HL4472
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the delay between the transmission of COVID-19 and the appearance of symptoms, what estimate they have made of the minimum response time between the occurrence and detection of any secondary outbreak of COVID-19.  HL4473
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce (1) regional, and (2) local, differences in the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic; and if they have any such plans, what will be the maximum level of difference permitted.  HL4474
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish a detailed plan about the quarantine of international travellers arriving in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic; and whether that scheme will cover ports as well as airports.  HL4475
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that directors of social care in England issued warnings two years ago about the need for better supply plans for personal protective equipment in the event of a pandemic.  HL4476
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what extra resources they plan to provide to (1) the Health and Safety Executive, and (2) local councils, to ensure that any responsibilities to make workplaces safe from COVID-19 are met. [T]  HL4477
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential health benefits of using outdoor spaces to teach; and what plans they have to (1) support, and (2) encourage, schools to make increased use of outdoor spaces as learning environments during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4478
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how long they plan to postpone Ofsted inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4479
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the commissioning of public artworks as a mechanism to support the cultural sector during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; and if they have any such plans, how they intend to do so.  HL4480
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the food in parcels being distributed to those shielding from COVID-19 in England is ultra-processed food.  HL4481
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Chartered Institute of Building Understanding Mental Health in the Built Environment, published on 11 May; and what steps they are taking in response.  HL4482
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase provision of services to address alcohol-related issues related to any increase in the consumption of alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4483
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of properties required for the development of HS2 Phase 1 have received full compensation in accordance with the Compensation Code.  HL4484
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government why patients have been discharged to care homes from hospitals without prior testing for COVID-19.  HL4485
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) clinical negligence claims, and (2) compensation claims, have been brought against the NHS since 28 February; how many claimants there are; and what was the amount of damages sought in each case.  HL4486
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how many compensation claims have been brought against Government departments, except the Department of Health and Social Care, since 28 February; how many claimants there are; and what was the amount of damages sought in each case.  HL4487
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) local authorities, and (2) local NHS centres, have full access to COVID-19 test data from commercial laboratories.  HL4488
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Baroness Corston to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) security, and (2) privacy, provisions are being used to protect the data of the users of the NHSX COVID-19 contact tracing application; and what steps they have taken to ensure that the information gathered by that application is what is required by (a) epidemiologists, and (b) public health officials.  HL4489
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 11 February (HL833), what further steps they have taken to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.  HL4490
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the statistics detailing the number of families and children affected by the two-child limit benefit policy up to April.  HL4491
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the statistics detailing the number of families affected by the two-child limit benefit policy broken down by (1) parliamentary constituency, and (2) local authority.  HL4492
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the expiration of the UN conventional arms embargo on Iran in October on human rights advocates in the country.  HL4493
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure British dual-use exports to Iran will not be deployed for non-civilian purposes following the expiration of the UN conventional arms embargo in October.  HL4494
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to augment customs arrangements between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland after 1 January 2021.  HL4495
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether goods moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain will be subject to customs inspections once the UK has fully withdrawn from the EU.  HL4496
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what documentation businesses will have to provide to send goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain after 1 January 2021.  HL4497
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether customs officers will have powers to prevent goods moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain following the UK's withdrawal from the EU.  HL4498
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to announce the timetable for introducing the Liberty Protection Safeguards, which were established in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019.  HL4499
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of carbon monoxide poisoning risks in the home, what steps they have taken to (1) raise awareness of the availability of free call-out gas services, (2) ensure that every pregnant woman has a carbon monoxide alarm following the suspension of antenatal screening for carbon monoxide, (3) amend the symptoms algorith… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 7 May (HL3380), and following reports of threats to journalists in Northern Ireland, when they expect to (1) set up the National Committee for the Safety of Journalists, and (2) publish their National Action Plan for the Safety of Journalists.  HL4501
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Lord Grade of Yarmouth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks associated with the Iranian trade in arms following the expiration of the UN Security Council arms embargo on Iran in October.  HL4502
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the ability of supermarkets to identify vulnerable people to ensure that they are able to arrange food deliveries, and (2) the concerns raised by many disabled people that personal information may be sold on via marketing companies.  HL4503
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of COVID-19 home tests which have been sent out have been (1) returned within three days, (2) returned but found to be unusable, (3) found to be positive, (4) found to be negative; and what assessment they have made of the proportion of such tests that deliver a (a) false positive, or (b) a false negative, res… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capability of dental practices to continue to operate after the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that the public have access to full dental services when COVID-19 restrictive measures are relaxed to allow routine dental treatment to resume.  HL4505
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of teachers infecting each other with COVID-19 when schools reopen.  HL4506
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what reassurance they can give to teachers, parents and children that they will be safe from contracting COVID-19 when schools reopen; and what financial and other support will be provided should anyone in those categories catch the virus.  HL4507
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Lord Lansley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow local authorities to extend the validity of all planning permissions for an additional six months or more as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4508 [I]
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Lord Lansley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the cut-off date for the completion of Help to Buy properties by six months in view of the delay to construction activity.  HL4509 [I]
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Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by Sir Simon Stephens to all NHS Trusts on 29 April which stated "on a precautionary basis we recommend employers should risk-assess staff at potentially greater risk and make appropriate arrangements accordingly"; and what action NHS Trusts should take in response.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that “data suggests a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic and minority groups” from COVID-19; and whether the CDC study has direct implications for the control of the virus in the U… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following reports of the differential impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities, all relevant public authorities in the UK should be gathering data on the ethnic profile of those dying with the condition; and if not, what plans they have to instruct such authorities to do so.  HL4512
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when the last statutory review of the benefit cap under section 96A(1) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 took place; when they plan to conduct the next review; and what factors determine when the review takes place during a parliament.  HL4513
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what would the levels of the benefit cap be if they represented the same percentage of average earnings as they did when introduced in 2016; and what would be the cost of raising the cap to those levels.  HL4514
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the independent evaluation of the benefit cap.  HL4515
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 13 May (HL Deb, cols 677–8), what estimate they have made of the proportion of new Universal Credit claimants since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic who will be exempt from the benefit cap for the nine month grace period; whether they plan to raise the current level… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the deployment of staff to address Universal Credit claims on the average times taken to process disability benefit claims and appeals.  HL4517
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 May (HL3266), whether local authorities have specifically been told they should offer support to survivors of domestic abuse with a condition of no recourse to public funds; if so, whether it has been advertised so women in communities experiencing suc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 May (HL3707), what is the current status of their Suspicious Emails Reporting Service.  HL4519
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to clarify their relationship with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea; and when they expect to conclude the agreements that are necessary before 31 December.  HL4520
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on cybercrime rates; and what plans they have to address any rise in cybercrime linked to COVID-19.  HL4521
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the budget of the National Cyber Security Centre in (1) 2016/17, (2) 2017/18, (3) 2018/19, and (4) 2019/20; and what is it for 2020/21.  HL4522
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make additional resources available to the National Cyber Security Centre to address any rise in cybercrime linked to COVID-19; and, if so, what those resources will be.  HL4523
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Baroness Morgan of Cotes to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their standard operating procedure for children’s hospices and community-provided children’s palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4524
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been (1) an increase, or (2) a decrease, in the cutting of roadside verges and hedges by English local authorities since January.  HL4525
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) the environment, and (2) road safety, of the cutting of roadside verges and hedges in English local authority areas since 2015; and whether they have plans for a review of these practices.  HL4526
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements have been made to ensure prompt and universal COVID-19 testing for those (1) providing home care, and (2) receiving care at home.  HL4527
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether local resilience forums and local authority directors of public health are being provided with the results of COVID-19 tests carried out on people whose home address is within the local authority boundary.  HL4528
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 5 May (HL3280), whether councils will be failing in their democratic duties if they do not hold a formal meeting within a six-month period; and what plans they have to advise local councils that the six-month rule should not apply during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4529
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed trial of e-scooters on public roads will include (1) rental schemes only, (2) privately owned e-scooters only, or (3) both rental schemes and privately owned e-scooters.  HL4530
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided to those researching the gender impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.  HL4531
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that diagnosed diabetics in the UK will have sufficient medication to prevent diabetic ketoacidosis, in the event that the UK leaves the transition period without a trade agreement with the EU on 31 December.  HL4532
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure there will be no delay (1) to the supply of radiopharmaceuticals, and (2) to the treatment of patients with serious conditions, in the event that the UK leaves the transition period without a trade agreement with the EU on 31 December.  HL4533
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that medication prescriptions will be guaranteed in the event that the UK leaves the transition period without a trade agreement with the EU on 31 December.  HL4534
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that sufficient personal protective equipment is available for purchase by the general public.  HL4535
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Royal Society for Public Health Problem gambling and suicidality in England: secondary analysis of a representative cross-sectional survey, published on 12 May; and what regulatory measures they have changed as a result of evidence linking gambling-related harm and suic… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with theme parks about ensuring that (1) rides are accessible for disabled children, and (2) all reasonable adjustments are made to enable such children to participate; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL4537
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided to the White Helmets in Syria since 1 January; and what assessment they have made of that organisation’s alleged links to terrorist groups.  HL4538
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase Stamp Duty Land Tax for foreign buyers.  HL4539
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 May (HL3564), whether any single authority or body was responsible for monitoring and assessing individual departmental plans to ascertain the level of national readiness for a pandemic; and if not, why not.  HL4540
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remain a member of the EU–US Open Skies Agreement.  HL4541
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about remaining part of the EU–US Open Skies Agreement.  HL4542
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Goldie on 11 May (HL3566 and HL3735), whether COVID-19 safety measures have caused any delay to ASTUTE hulls 5, 6 and 7; and what were the expected planned approximate dates for the commissioning of ASTUTE hulls 5,6 and 7.  HL4543
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that 58 per cent of Roma, and 43 per cent of Travellers, who have been tested for COVID-19 in Ireland have had a positive result, and (2), plans by the government of the Republic of Ireland to set up a mobile unit to test and treat marginalised groups in inner cities, with rapid deliver… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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