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Questions for Written Answer for 2 July 2020

Tabled on 1 July 2020 and due for answer by 8 July 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many batches of surgical face masks delivered to care homes and GPs during the COVID-19 pandemic were recalled because they were faulty; what assessment they have made of reports that some of those masks were out of date by seven years but were still used; where any such masks were sourced; and at what cost.  HL6338
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of analysis by the Office for National Statistics which, after comparing death certificates from 2 March to 15 May with data from the 2011 census, found that of all COVID-19 related deaths (1) 30.3 per cent were among people who said their daily activities were “limited a lot” because of a healt… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 30 June (HL Deb, col 574), what assessment they have made of the impact of the “no recourse to public funds” policy on the prevalence of poverty among people without residential status and the dependence on charities for food, housing and survival.  HL6340
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 30 June (HL Deb, col 574), how many applications from asylum seekers for refugee status are currently being assessed; how long it takes on average to resolve each application; how many applicants are currently neither told that they will be (1) removed, or (2) allo… 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 intend to take through the implementation of Project Defend to reduce the UK’s reliance on imports from authoritarian states and to increase national resilience.  HL6342
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Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  further to any societal changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans there are to establish a Select Committee to consider (1) the membership, and (2) the role, of the House of Lords.  HL6343
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether postgraduate research students who (1) are EU citizens, and (2) were due to start courses at UK universities in the autumn and have deferred by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be exempt from Tier 4 student visa rules. [T]  HL6344
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not published data on the results of community testing for COVID-19; and whether they plan to publish this data.  HL6345
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter sent by the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets to the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee on 15 May which stated that the “UK’s position on subsidies for the trade agreement negotiations with the EU … does not necessarily require a domestic regulator”, whether they could provide… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 26 June (HL3499), where in the report Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and Mitigating Measures, published on 4 June, “the latest research on the amount of time that the COVID-19 virus remains potent on different kinds of surface” is addressed; and whether they will now answer the question put, na… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the collapse of OneWeb in March; and, further to reports that they are considering investing in that company, why they are considering such an investment.  HL6348
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the studies published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the University of Sydney and China Agricultural University on the G4 influenza virus.  HL6349
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are monitoring (1) the prevalence, and (2) the pandemic potential, of the G4 influenza virus.  HL6350
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Baroness Clark of Calton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that people, including pedestrians, are protected from the risk of negligent injury and death caused by users of hired e-scooters in the e-scooter rental trials; and whether any such plans include (1) requiring compulsory insurance by users of hired e-scooters; (2) establishing a Government-fun… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Fertility treatment 2018: trends and figures, published on 30 June, which reported that "since 2013, the number of egg and embryo storage cycles increased fivefold to just under 9,000 cycles in 2018", what plans they have to expedite legislation to remove the 1… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow casinos to reopen.  HL6353
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learned from the rapid operation of COVID-19 clinical trials; and what plans they have to use that learning after the COVID-19 pandemic to speed up the approval process for all clinical trials.  HL6354
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the call coordinated by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC and The Children’s Society of more than 150 children's organisations to put the needs of children at the centre of their COVID-19 recovery plans; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL6355
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded under (1) pillar 1, and (2) pillar 2, testing in (a) each London Borough, and (b) the City of London, on each day since records began.  HL6356
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded under (1) pillar 1, and (2) pillar 2, testing in the City of Bradford on each day since records began.  HL6357
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded under (1) pillar 1, and (2) pillar 2, testing in the City of Leeds on each day since records began.  HL6358
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded under (1) pillar 1, and (2) pillar 2, testing in Nottingham on each day since records began.  HL6359
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded under (1) pillar 1, and (2) pillar 2, testing in Coventry on each day since records began.  HL6360
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded under (1) pillar 1, and (2) pillar 2, testing in Birmingham on each day since records began.  HL6361
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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 stakeholders advising the COVID-19 roadmap taskforce on pubs and restaurants.  HL6362
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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 stakeholders advising the COVID-19 roadmap taskforce on non-essential retail.  HL6363
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions employers face if they breach the guidance set out in Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19), published on 11 June, in relation to (1) people with caring responsibilities, and (2) new and expectant mothers.  HL6364
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect to complete the annual review of cash allowances paid to asylum seekers by the end of July; and if not, when they expect to complete the review.  HL6365
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 29 June (HL5692), when they intend to issue guidance to local authorities on the use of money for local welfare assistance schemes.  HL6366
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether guidance to Universal Credit work coaches on the resumption of conditionality, including claimant commitment, includes an exemption in relation to COVID-19; and whether the guidance will be published.  HL6367
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the call coordinated by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC and The Children’s Society of more than 150 children's organisations to put the needs of children at the centre of their COVID-19 recovery plans, what steps they are taking to do so.  HL6368
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to endorse the advice relating to children with special educational needs and disabilities outlined in the report by Stonewall An Introduction to Supporting LGBT Children and Young People: A guide for schools, colleges and settings, published in March; and what plans they have to issue their own guidance.  HL6369
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to (1) reports that the Northern Ireland Executive has failed to implement the Victims’ Payment Scheme for victims of terrorism successfully, and (2) the UK’s historical responsibility and involvement in the 1969–1994 counter terrorism campaign in Northern Ireland, what plans they have to take direct responsibilit… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of compensation available to the providers of electricity, gas and water when the supply of such services has been affected as a result of damage caused by third parties, such as interruptions caused by road works or agricultural machinery.  HL6371
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development on the delivery of (1) conservation, and (2) environmental, projects overseas.  HL6372 [I]
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) other, assistance they have offered each of the UK Overseas Territories as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6373 [I]
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the defence industry.  HL6374
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent estimate they have made of the number of armed forces personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19.  HL6375
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of the armed forces in tackling the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6376
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to veterans of the armed forces during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6377
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on veteran's welfare of the temporary closure of the Veterans UK telephone helpline during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6378
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to restart the work of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.  HL6379
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the work of the British Army's BAME network.  HL6380
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were prosecuted for making a false declaration about a medical condition on applications for grant renewal of (1) shotgun, and (2) firearms, certificates in the most recent three years for which records are available.  HL6381
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how many general practitioners in the last three years for which records are available have placed markers on the medical notes of shotgun and firearm certificate-holders in compliance with Home Office guidance.  HL6382
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government at which meetings held by Ministers and officials with representatives of the British Medical Association since May 2016 the subject of medical involvement in firearms licensing was discussed.  HL6383
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of possible human rights, modern slavery, and security concerns relating to exports from China, what plans they have to establish a trade agreement with the government of China; what sectors any such agreement would cover; and what assessment they have made of whether any such agreement would meet the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for providing childcare for the children of key workers during the school summer holiday.  HL6385
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Premier League, (2) the English Football League, and (3) the Professional Footballers' Association, about BAME coaching representation.  HL6386
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support BAME community organisations which have lost heritage funding as a result of the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6387
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the cross-departmental governance board, referenced in their paper UK Biological Security Strategy, published on 30 July 2018, was set up.  HL6388
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the cross-departmental governance board, referenced in their paper UK Biological Security Strategy, published on 30 July 2018, had its first meeting.  HL6389
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Biological Security Strategy Governance Board had with the Minister for Security in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.  HL6390
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials from the Ministry of Defence were members of the Biological Security Strategy Governance Board in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.  HL6391
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Biological Security Strategy Governance Board had with the Secretary of State for Defence in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.  HL6392
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many drone strikes British Armed Forces carried out against ISIL in June.  HL6393
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