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Questions for Written Answer for 22 June 2020

Tabled on 18 June 2020 and due for answer by 25 June 2020.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the England Peat Strategy.  HL5886
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many peatland burning incidents have occurred in the 2019-20 burning season on (1) blanket bog and (2) other upland habitats.  HL5887
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many voluntary agreements to end the burning of peatland are still in place; and what is the level of compliance with these agreements.  HL5888
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when Natural England’s Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme will resume.  HL5889
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development will merge, what will be the effect on the Independent Commission for Aid Impact.  HL5890
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the RAF Voyager would need to be repainted should it be required for operational military purposes; and if so, what the likely cost would be.  HL5891
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received the recent report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services on roads policing; and when they expect that report to be published.  HL5892
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include an assessment of roads policing in their annual assessments of the efficiency of police forces.  HL5893
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of increased information sharing between agencies responsible for road safety, including the police ,the Health and Safety Executive, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Highways England and the Traffic Commissioners, as well as private sector bodies such as the Motor Insurers’ Bureau;… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the annual reviews by Police and Crime Commissioners include significant sections dealing with the effectiveness of their forces’ road policing obligations; and what plans they have to make inclusion of roads policing in those annual reviews mandatory.  HL5895
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect that all police forces will adopt the use of the CRaSH road collision and casualty reporting system.  HL5896
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of population growth on climate change; and what discussions they have had (1) with other governments, and (2) within intergovernmental agencies in which they are a member, about any such impact.  HL5897
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government which intergovernmental agencies in which they participate involve representatives of churches and faith organisations.  HL5898
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on climate change.  HL5899
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on population growth.  HL5900
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with faith leaders about the impact of population growth on climate change.  HL5901
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to recognise the contribution of nursing students during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have to (1) end nursing student tuition fees, and (2) reimburse current debt for all nursing students.  HL5902
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) review the success, and (2) extend the duration, of the Traffic Orders Procedure (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020.  HL5903
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how many homeless people in England who were previously sleeping on the streets have been housed in (1) hotels, (2) hostels, or (3) other accommodation during the COVID-19 lockdown; how many of these people are still in such housing; and what will happen to them as the lockdown eases and the hospitality industry returns to normal.  HL59… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support people who are (1) destitute, or (2) without accommodation, as a result of having no recourse to public funds (a) during the COVID-19 lockdown, and (b) after the lockdown has been lifted.  HL5905
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of regional broadcasting in the process of levelling up the regions of England; and what discussions they (1) have had, or (2) intend to have, with the BBC about proposed cuts to English regional television.  HL5906
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to schools in England on the process for reopening for the autumn term.  HL5907
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the ability of schools in England to reopen in September will be affected by (1) social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures, (2) staffing levels, (3) accommodation capacity, and (4) financial resources; and whether responsibility for these matters lies with (a) schools, (b) the Department… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the expected (1) timetable, and (2) programme, for the electrification of rail services in the North of England; and which railway lines they are considering for future electrification as part of (a) the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline, (b) the Governance for Railway Investment Projects process, (c) the programme to reverse t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to put the guidance contained within A guide to using artificial intelligence in the public sector, published on 27 January, on a statutory footing. [T]  HL5910
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all asylum applicants receive sensitive and fair hearings when interviews are resumed in remote form.  HL5911
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Freedom from Torture Beyond Belief, published on 16 June, on asylum interviewing; and what measures are in place to prevent pre-judgment and a lack of compassion from harming the cases of vulnerable people, who claim to have suffered torture and severe maltreatment.  HL5912
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, and intend to make, to the governments of Turkey and Iraq, about assisting the reunion of Yazidis in those countries with family members currently living in territory under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government; and what responses they have received.  HL5913
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the supply chain is sufficiently robust enough for non-medical face coverings in the UK.  HL5914
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many transport authorities in England have had bailout deals agreed with the Department for Transport.  HL5915
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of mental health and other occupational health support for staff employed by the NHS in England.  HL5916
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of mental health support for students in (1) further, and (2) higher, education in England to deal with issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5917
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the latest studies about seroprevalence on antibodies and the implications of these results for future immunity from COVID-19.  HL5918
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the international aid response to COVID-19 will be affected by the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.  HL5919
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Tocilizumab in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.  HL5920
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Remdesivir in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.  HL5921
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many planning applications the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has called in since 1 January.  HL5922 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many planning applications were called in by the Secretary of State with responsibility for planning in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, (4) 2018, and (5) 2019.  HL5923 [I]
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Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) personal confidentiality agreements, and (2) non-disclosure agreements, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has signed with (a) businesses, (b) individuals, and (c) third parties, advising the Department on its response to COVID-19. [T]  HL5924
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to call for restraint and a de-escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula, further to the destruction of the Inter-Korean Joint Liaison Office near Kaesong on 16 June.  HL5925
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to (1) support the UN Secretary-General’s appeal on 23 March and reiterated on 3 April for a global ceasefire in response to COVID-19, and (2) ensure that appeal does not lose momentum, given the current overall levels of violence worldwide.  HL5926
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that rail companies communicate effectively with passengers about the season ticket refund process; and whether the length of time it is taking to refund such claims is acceptable in view of the Secretary of State for Transport’s commitment to such refunds on 23 March so that "no one is un… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the current security situation in Kirkuk, and (2) the prospects for an eventual settlement of Kirkuk’s status.  HL5928
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any evidence that al-Qaeda is attempting to exploit the protests which have followed George Floyd’s death in the United States for their own propaganda purposes, further to the latest edition of their online magazine, One Ummah; and if so, how.  HL5929
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current policy on the resettlement of unaccompanied child refugees in the UK.  HL5930
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any scientific evidence that proves that filters in planes and air conditioning units prevent COVID-19 particles from passing through.  HL5931
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis the decision to permit the development of private property within British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus was made; whether the Turkish-Cypriot community was consulted about this decision; if not, why not; and what is their current evaluation of the validity of the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, in relation to this… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent conflict on the border of India and China; what discussions they have had with other governments about that conflict; and whether they intend to take any action in response.  HL5933
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of council-run recreational facilities such as leisure centres, parks, and green spaces in tackling obesity; and what plans they have to invest in these services to support their continued financial viability.  HL5934 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the timeframe in which local authorities must spend retained Right to Buy receipts from three years to five years.  HL5935 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that future lending terms for the Public Works Loan Board do not restrict councils' access to borrowing, in particular for projects to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in areas such as (1) housing, (2) infrastructure, and (3) regeneration.  HL5936 [I]
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients were in each NHS Nightingale Hospital on the Monday of each week between 23 March and 8 June. [T]  HL5937
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the NHSX centralised COVID-19 contact track and tracing application cost to develop to date.  HL5938
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures have been put in place since the publication of the National Audit Office report, Supporting Disabled People to Work, to better measure the outcomes of their job centre offer, specifically around measuring (1) progress towards work; (2) time spent with customers; (3) customer satisfaction; and (4) data on satisfaction or… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what improvements have been made to measuring the outcomes since 2017 of nationally contracted programmes that support disabled people to work.  HL5940
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government, since the additional £300 million funding for Access for All was provided in April 2019, what progress has there been in each of the 73 stations ear-marked to benefit from the fund.  HL5941
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government how many disabled people have been furloughed as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, as (1) a number, and (2) a proportion, of all employees furloughed under that Scheme. [T]  HL5942
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when the Ministry of Defence wish to close and dispose of a site and inform the original landowners or their successors in title that Crichel Down Rules will not apply, they are under a duty to provide a detailed explanation to the former landowners as to why they believe such Rules do not apply.  HL5943
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of GPs offer self-injectable contraceptives in the UK.  HL5944
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of women who opt for self-injectable contraceptives in the UK.  HL5945
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how much it has cost to paint and carry out works on RAF Voyager.  HL5946
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME personnel hold senior leadership or managerial roles in (1) the Royal Air Force, (2) the army, and (3) the Royal Navy.  HL5947
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Wigston Review into inappropriate behaviours in the Armed Forces, published on 15 July 2019, how the Ministry of Defence implemented the necessary training interventions to tackle the issue of overrepresentation of minority groups in the complaints process.  HL5948
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Wigston Review into inappropriate behaviours in the Armed Forces, published on 15 July 2019, what focal point has been established in the Ministry of Defence to own, track and inform defence culture and behaviours.  HL5949
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Wigston Review into inappropriate behaviours in the Armed Forces, published on 15 July 2019, what Defence Authority has been established to be responsible for cultures and inappropriate behaviours.  HL5950
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Wigston Review into inappropriate behaviours in the Armed Forces, published on 15 July 2019, what two-tier complaints system has been implemented for bullying, harassment and discrimination.  HL5951
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Turkey's drilling for energy in Cyprus’ sovereign waters; and whether they have received any request to join an EU maritime force in those waters.  HL5952
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any agreement with the government of Cyprus that the UK would aid Cyprus if its sovereignty were threatened.  HL5953
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of Turkish military actions against a French warship on a NATO mission.  HL5954
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they give to policies for reducing the use of fossil fuels by 2050 when developing trading links with least developed countries.  HL5955
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish any correspondence with the Welsh Government relating to the cancellation by Roche Diagnostics of orders for supplies relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5956
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to safeguard the export of lamb products from the UK to EU markets in their negotiation for a trade agreement with the EU.  HL5957
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the Prime Minister has discussed matters relating to securing a trade deal between the UK and the EU with the First Minister of Wales since 1 June.  HL5958
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total additional financial allocation, over and above the budgeted amounts for 2019–20 and 2020–21, respectively, they have made available to the Welsh Government to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences.  HL5959
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government in which regions of England the COVID-19 R transmission rate has been recorded as being above 1.0 during (1) May, and (2) June.  HL5960
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 29 January (HL Deb, col 1439), what representations they have received regarding citizens' engagement in the proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission; and what progress they have made in establishing that Commission.  HL5961
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