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Questions for Written Answer for 15 June 2020

Tabled on 11 June 2020 and due for answer by 18 June 2020.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received, if any, about poor employment practices at The Doctors Laboratory.  HL5575
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to conduct a review of employment practices at The Doctors Laboratory.  HL5576
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require statutory inspections of boilers and pressure vessels to be conducted by inspectors who they (1) appoint, and (2) fund.  HL5577
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce dedicated periods of time where those who are shielding from COVID-19 can safely use the extra freedoms being introduced from the reduction of the restrictions in place to address the pandemic. [T]  HL5578
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Prime Minister on 3 June that young people “should be guaranteed an apprenticeship”, what plans they have to introduce a scheme to ensure this guarantee is realised; what (1) ages, and (2) categories of people, will be able to participate in any such scheme; and how will the (a) em… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Citizens’ Basic Income Feasibility Study Steering Group Assessing the Feasibility of Citizens’ Basic Income Pilots in Scotland: Final Report, published on 10 June.  HL5580
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how wildlife crime, including the illegal killing of raptors and illegal use of traps and snares, has been affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.  HL5581
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government why the future support for low carbon heat consultation failed to include the option of large-scale heat pump projects, and proposed support only for off-grid domestic settings and district heat initiatives.  HL5582
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the reasons for delaying the incorporation of amendments to regulations arising from international conventions and obligations into the draft Merchant Shipping (Life Saving Appliances and Arrangements) Regulations 2020; how many such amendments relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea are outstand… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Broers to ask Her Majesty's Government when the proposal for a two-year graduate work visa for international students will take effect.  HL5584
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Lord Broers to ask Her Majesty's Government how long international students in the academic year 2020–21 will have to be physically present in the UK to qualify for the two-year graduate work visa.  HL5585
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Lord Caine to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will bring forward plans to widen the A1 between Darrington and Doncaster; and what steps they are taking to ensure any such plans (1) help boost growth and investment in Yorkshire, (2) reduce congestion on the M1 between Leeds and Sheffield, and (3) support the Northern Powerhouse.  HL5586
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how many court hearings held remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have (1) included the virtual presence of an interpreter, and (2) been rescheduled because an interpreter was needed but not available. [T]  HL5587
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to increase public awareness of the challenges experienced by blind and partially sighted people (1) while the restrictions to address the COVID-19 are in place, and (2) as those restrictions are lifted.  HL5588
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to (1) meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people as the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted, and (2) ensure that blind and partially sighted people are able to play an active role in society.  HL5589
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make the creation of false personas online, for the purpose of coercing people into fraudulent relationships, a criminal offence.  HL5590
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make creating a false identity on a social networking platform, for the purpose of deception, abuse or fraud, a criminal offence.  HL5591
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children who normally attend school in (1) Lancashire, and (2) Pendle, have (a) no access to a computer or laptop, and (b) been provided with a laptop.  HL5592
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Lord Greaves to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are, if any, to survey statues, pictures and items on display on the Parliamentary Estate to assess whether (1) their display is appropriate, and (2) further explanatory materials are required.  HL5593
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the additional costs imposed on dental surgeries that will need to purchase personal protective equipment in order to reopen.  HL5594
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the NHS will cover the additional costs imposed on dental surgeries that will need to purchase personal protective equipment in order to reopen, for (1) NHS practices, and (2) mixed NHS and private practices.  HL5595
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what support is available to dental surgeries to offset any additional costs of personal protective equipment, and to compensate for reduced patient numbers following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5596
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of available appointments in dental surgeries given shortages in personal protective equipment, the requirement to follow social distancing measures and reduced public confidence, and (2) the impact on dental health of reductions in dental services following the Covid-19 pande… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients have been discharged from NHS hospitals to care homes since 19 March.  HL5598
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many care home residents were admitted to hospital for another condition, and died in hospital of COVID-19, since 1 April.  HL5599
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure the calculated grades given to students due to sit A Level exams this summer are fair.  HL5600
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have been released under the End of Custody Temporary Release scheme; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the scheme.  HL5601
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to communicate with those groups most likely to break social distancing guidelines.  HL5602
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish a permanent body to (1) seek to avert future pandemics, and (2) ensure affordable, widespread availability of vaccines and therapies to treat COVID-19 as they become available.  HL5603
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how long it will take, under the test and trace service, to trace people's contacts following a COVID-19 test; and what assessment they have made of whether this is quick enough to isolate people before infection spreads.  HL5604
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require that children's temperatures be monitored during the school day.  HL5605
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation between the Chinese and Indian military along the Line of Actual Control; and what discussions they have had with the governments of India and China about de-escalation.  HL5606
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Chad in relation to security in the Sahel region; and what assessment they have made of the impact of instability in the Sahel region on the UK.  HL5607
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about the death of Iyad Halaq in East Jerusalem on 30 May.  HL5608
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need for a military-to-military channel of communication between the United States of America and Iran, particularly in relation to naval incidents in the Persian Gulf.  HL5609
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation between government-controlled and Arakan Army forces in Rakhine State in Myanmar; and what discussions they have had at the United Nations in relation to the conflict.  HL5610
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the plan submitted by the Palestinian Prime Minister to the United States, Russia, EU and United Nations on 9 June; and, following the remarks by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 11 May (HC Deb, col 20), what steps they are taking to prevent the annexation by the governmen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to assess the economic impact of stamp duty on the residential property market, including the impact on (1) construction, (2) home repairs, (3) consumer expenditure, and (4) inter-generational wealth distribution.  HL5612
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of scientific evidence for allowing children living with a single parent to visit grandparents living together, but not children who live with both parents.  HL5613
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) cleanliness, and (2) hygiene, on passenger trains in England.  HL5614
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Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty's Government how the money raised for the NHS by Captain Sir Tom Moore has been allocated.  HL5615
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of the changes in position of UK universities since 2015 as measured by the QS World University Rankings; and what measures they intend to introduce to support universities to address any additional financial pressures as a result of (1) the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the end of the tra… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, or intend to take, to enforce the requirement for passengers on public transport to use face coverings.  HL5617
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conditions for child refugees in Greece; what humanitarian and medical aid they have provided to those refugees; and what plans they have, if any, to allow them to come to the UK.  HL5618
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prescriptions have been issued for (1) antidepressants, (2) anxiolytics, (3) sedatives and hypnotics, and (4) antipsychotics, in the last six months; how many prescriptions in each of these categories were new prescriptions; and how these figures compare with the same period last year.  HL5619
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many referrals have been made to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services in the last six months; how many appointments have been made for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services in the last six months; and how these figures compare to the same period last year.  HL5620
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the efficiency of the rate of compensation payments to those affected by the Windrush Scandal; and what targets they have set for compensating the individuals involved.  HL5621
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government why Anthony Bryan is yet to receive full compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.  HL5622
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice and training they have given to Home Office caseworkers about (1) the right of abode in the UK, and (2) the level of discretion that caseworkers can use when dealing with Commonwealth Citizens who have resided for a long time in the UK, but who do not have correct documentation.  HL5623
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) gaps in national insurance records where the fault does not lie with the individual, and (2) whether Home Office caseworkers should be able to use discretion when dealing with Commonwealth Citizens, including those with right of abode, who have resided for a long time in the UK, but… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of oversight of sanctions, including denial of employment, health services, benefits and housing, to Commonwealth Citizens who do not have correct documentation but who have (1) right of abode or (2) right to remain in the UK.  HL5625
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the National Curriculum to ensure that it (1) better reflects black history, and (2) gives a more balanced view of the UK’s colonial and imperial past.  HL5626
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Lord Storey to ask the Leader of the House what advice has been given to Ministers in receipt of a salary about participating virtually in Chamber proceedings from their London offices.  HL5627
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