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Questions for Written Answer for 24 June 2020

Tabled on 23 June 2020 and due for answer by 30 June 2020.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government which consultants have been commissioned to study the efficiency of the proposed HS2 Euston station, including the station approaches.  HL6038
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) review, and (2) update, the imagery used on awards given in the honours system.  HL6039
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The Lord Bishop of Birmingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to ensure the UK’s continued access to critical minerals on the international market up to, and following, 31 December.  HL6040
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The Lord Bishop of Birmingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the growth of UK-based green industries and the resultant need for high levels of critical mineral supplies.  HL6041
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the celebration of Windrush Day on 22 June.  HL6042
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to conducting COVID-19 checks at (1) airports, and (2) other points of entry into the UK.  HL6043
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many buildings above 18 metres in height still have aluminium composite material cladding.  HL6044
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the details of the owners of buildings above 18 metres in height with aluminium composite material cladding have been disclosed.  HL6045
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to deter parking on pavements.  HL6046
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to encourage exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6047
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to implement the recommendations of the report by the Equality and Human Rights Commissions Inclusive Justice: a system designed for all, published on 22 April.  HL6048
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 16 June (HL4922), what plans they have to enable the submission of photographic evidence by (1) local authorities, and (2) local action groups, of any abuse of weight restriction orders.  HL6049
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether members of national park planning boards are bound by collective responsibility under rules approved by a Secretary of State.  HL6050
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the rules on the role, responsibilities, and accountability of members of national park planning boards within the UK follow a national model rule book, consistent across national park authorities; and whether applications to vary such rules have to be approved by a Secretary of State.  HL6051
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the 'R' rate for COVID-19 includes an assessment of the number of people who self-treat at home with no hospital or emergency services intervention.  HL6052
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what contractual arrangements, if any, exist between the House of Lords room booking service and Trimble Manhattan Space Scheduling.  HL6053
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to either local or national sponsored initiatives for the UK-manufacture of masks to protect against COVID-19.  HL6054
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether statistics on testing for COVID-19 undertaken by private companies at the home of people being tested are entered into published statistics.  HL6055
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of applicants to pharmacy schools in England.  HL6056
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) expand the use of electronic repeat dispensing in the community pharmacy sector, and (2) optimise the use of technology to make community pharmacies fully integrated with other parts of the NHS.  HL6057
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether pharmacy teams and other primary care health professions will have equal access to the personal protective equipment portal.  HL6058
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the government of Nigeria that “in concert with our American and British allies, Nigeria’s military have pushed back the terrorists” on 19 June, what is the mandate of the British Armed Forces operating in north-east Nigeria.  HL6059
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the United Nations Security Council about protecting civilians displaced by terrorist activity in (1) northern, and (2) central, Nigeria.  HL6060
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate the recycling rate for waste from British households will exceed the former EU target of 50 per cent; and whether, following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, they have dropped that target.  HL6061
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK's progress in reducing the human consumption of veterinary antimicrobials; how this progress compares with that of other European countries; and whether the collection of data at farm level is adequate.  HL6062
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that any application designed to track people who have been in contact with COVID-19 (1) works on a broad range of mobile phones and operating systems; (2) can send notifications to contacts within minutes of symptoms having been reported; (3) can detect hacking attempts and prevent notifica… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 22 June (HL Deb, cols 17–18), (1) when, and (2) where, the record of the governance processes used to inform the decisions to discontinue work on the NHSX COVID-19 application will be published.  HL6064
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 22 June (HL5467) and given that notice payments to employees who are being made redundant are not redundancy payments, whether they will now answer the question put, namely whether it is their intention that employers are reimbursed under the Coronavirus Job Retention… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Department for International Development's (1) effectiveness, and (2) transparency, in spending overseas development aid.  HL6066
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the case for merging the Department for International Development into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  HL6067
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the public health implications of merging the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the COVID-19 pandemic (1) globally and (2) for the UK.  HL6068
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation, if any, took place with humanitarian and development experts before the decision was made to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  HL6069
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government why the decision to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was taken before the conclusion of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL6070
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make the possession of nitrous oxide for personal recreational purposes an offence.  HL6071
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make urgent representations to the government of Croatia about ending the alleged beatings and forced pushback of migrants and asylum seekers at the border with Bosnia Herzegovina.  HL6072
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an employer can claim a grant under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for those employees who were furloughed for three weeks prior to 30 June, who have since returned to work full-time, but where the employer wants them to work part-time from 1 July.  HL6073
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of consumers to cancel and claim refunds for flights booked before the COVID-19 pandemic because one or more of their party have developed mental health difficulties resulting from the restrictions put in place to address the pandemic.  HL6074
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the application of VAT to sales of audiobooks.  HL6075
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, as part of the merger of the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to broaden the brief of the British Council to promote activities, including higher education, outside of the developing world.  HL6076
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the research paper by the Taxpayers' Alliance Tax reforms to secure a recovery from coronavirus, published on 3 June, what assessment they have made of the impact of employers’ national insurance contributions on the sustainability of supply chains; and what plans they have, if any, (1) to abolish the requirement f… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have put in place for carers who are (1) having to rely on food banks, and (2) not paid for the care they are providing to vulnerable family members, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6078
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the existing support provided to young carers, what plans they have to ensure such carers are paid for their work.  HL6079
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest additional resources into public health to help public health teams meet any backlog in the demand for services which had to be stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6080 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give councils long-term, devolved infrastructure and public transport budgets.  HL6081 [I]
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of easing COVID-19 shielding restrictions on ill and disabled people in England.  HL6082
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the suspension of gender pay gap reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic on gender pay gap inequality.  HL6083
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of women who have left the workforce as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6084
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support pregnant women who have been unable to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6085
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the ending of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme on women.  HL6086
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government when the members of the Intelligence and Security Committee will be nominated.  HL6087
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) encourage people to become foster carers, and (2) support foster carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6088
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of Germany's 'R' rate for COVID-19 reportedly increasing to 2.88.  HL6089
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage greater diversity in UK film and TV.  HL6090
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prepare for a potential second peak of COVID-19 infections.  HL6091
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the cost to the NHS of the long-term health effects caused by COVID-19.  HL6092
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to diversify the curriculum in schools to include a broader range of culture heritage history.  HL6093
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 16 June about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and  Commonwealth Office (HC Deb, cols 666–8), what plans they have for the role of the Department for International Development's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Team in the Foreign, Co… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Aid Transparency Index 2018, published by Transparency International, in particular the score for aid transparency of (1) 90.6 for Department for International Development, and (2) 34.3 for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and what steps they are taking to ensure that the appro… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 12 June (HC55145), what discussions have they had with the Palestinian Authority about the holding of elections in the West Bank and Gaza.  HL6096
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the views of people who live in the Palestinian Territories on the proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank by the government of Israel; and what steps they are taking to ensure that any such views are reflected in their policies towards the government of Israel's proposals.  HL6097
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 16 June about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (HC Deb, cols 666–8), what assessment they have made of the impact of this merger on their support available to people living in Africa; and what steps they are taking to e… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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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 (1) crops have been burnt by Israeli settlers, and (2) that Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinians putting out the fire.  HL6099
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many discrimination cases concerning racism have been brought against the Ministry of Defence by (1) current, and (2) former, employees in each year since 2010.  HL6100
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees at the Ministry for Defence have lost their jobs due to (1) discriminatory, and (2) racist, behaviour towards other employees since 2010. [T]  HL6101
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total level of subsidy given to (1) private, and (2) commercial, users in 2019 to encourage the burning of woodchip; and what was the total level provided to all users from 2015 to 2019 inclusive.  HL6102
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