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Questions for Written Answer for 9 July 2020

Tabled on 8 July 2020 and due for answer by 22 July 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports (1) that care home managers have not followed COVID-19 safety procedures, (2) that care home staff and residents had concerns about exposure to COVID-19 which warranted investigation by the Care Quality Commission, and (3) that care home providers may be subject to compensation claims… 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 plans are in place (1) to acquire, (2) to stock, and (3) to distribute, gowns, masks, eye protection, gloves and other personal protective equipment, which is sufficiently adequate to protect clinical and care workers in the NHS and care sector in preparation for a potential second wave of COVID-19; and where any such pl… 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 how many licences have been issued by Natural England for the killing of starlings in each year since 2000; and how many starlings they estimate have been killed under such licences in each year since 2000.  HL6603
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisons are currently using the Security Categorisation Policy Framework; and when they expect all prisons in England and Wales to be using this framework.  HL6604
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the weekly cost of the Eatwell Guide diet; and whether that cost is affordable (1) for recipients of Universal Credit, (2) for apprentices, and (3) for those on minimum wage, including the minimum wage rates for those under 25.  HL6605
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a healthy and nutritious school lunch programme for the forthcoming academic year.  HL6606
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to launch a nutrition skills training programme for community workers, including those from health, social care and third sector organisations, similar to the Nutrition Skills for Life programme by NHS Wales.  HL6607
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the findings of the report by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review First Do No Harm, published on 8 July, what plans they have to appoint an independent patient safety commissioner to monitor the relevant financial interests of medical professionals offering advice or oversight of me… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by advising officials that rail travel should be the preferred option for business trips if the journey is less than six hours; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the introduction of such measures in Switzerland.  HL6609
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what protections they have put in place for property guardians who do not have a tenancy agreement.  HL6610
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the exploitation of (1) property guardians, and (2) all those living in a property under a licensing arrangement.  HL6611
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to pursue organised criminal gangs who exploit (1) property guardians, and (2) all those living in a property under a licensing arrangement.  HL6612
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the effective prosecution of those who commit crimes related to modern slavery.  HL6613
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to bring forward measures to safeguard against predatory marriages, particularly those involving older people.  HL6614
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have set a date by which prohibited aluminium composite material cladding is to be removed from buildings; and if so, what is that date.  HL6615
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to those living in residential blocks with prohibited aluminium composite material cladding who wish to sell their property.  HL6616
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to make the Written Ministerial Statement that provides notification that work on the Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review has been formally paused.  HL6617
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Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by disability status, England and Wales: 2 March to 15 May 2020, published by the Office for National Statistics on 19 June, what plans they have to hold an inquiry to determine (1) the reasons for the deaths of a large number of disabled people during the COVID-19 p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that any future review of social care they commission will (1) treat social care in parity with the National Health Service, and (2) explore how personalised and community-based social care may be provided to enable recipients to lead socially-connected and fulfilling lives.  HL6619
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Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that home ventilation users in England have been refused adequate supplies of anti-bacteria and anti-viral filters for use in their home ventilators due to shortages in the NHS; and whether they have commissioned an Equality Impact Assessment so that the likely impact of this on… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that home ventilation users in England have access to adequate supplies of anti-bacteria and anti-viral filters for use in their home ventilators from the NHS.  HL6621
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what was the value of each contract awarded to Trimble Manhattan Space Scheduling by the House of Lords administration in each of the last four years.  HL6622
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a requirement for the same protections that exist for content in cinemas and on DVDs to be present for online content; and whether they are working with the film industry to seek the voluntary adoption of British Board of Film Classification age ratings for online content.  HL6623
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have conducted on children’s access to pornographic content online; what plans they have to conduct research on such access; and whether they have monitored whether there has been any increased access to such material by children during the COVID-19 lockdown.  HL6624
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the government of the United States that foreign students will not be able to stay in that country if universities have moved classes fully online, what steps they are taking (1) to protect, and (2) to support, British students planning on studying in the United States in the autumn.  HL6625
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have provided to businesses to facilitate an improved gender balance in the workplace since February.  HL6626
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government how they have worked with businesses to increase female representation in senior leadership positions, including executive roles on boards, since February.  HL6627
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they have taken to reduce the gender pay gap since February.  HL6628
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provisional dates for the return of (1) socially distanced, and (2) non-socially distanced, indoor live performances.  HL6629
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward sector-specific support for the commercial live music sector.  HL6630
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of jobs that will be lost in the live commercial music sector without further Government support.  HL6631
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what feedback stakeholders have given on the economic viability for live music venues to operate under social distancing guidelines.  HL6632
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of international examples of sector-specific support for live music during the COVID-19 pandemic; and, if so, whether they intend to provide similar support.  HL6633
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of granting (1) free parking, and (2) free public transport, to (a) NHS, and (b) care, workers.  HL6634
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of the Global Human Rights sanctions regime, what actions they are taking to pursue those responsible for the abuse, torture and disappearances in Chechnya since the late 1990s.  HL6635
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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 17 June (HL5219), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, how many people have been transferred from (1) a prison to an immigration removal centre or (2) one immigration removal centre to another, since 23 March.  HL6636
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) Housing Benefit, and (2) Universal Credit in respect of rent, is paid to prisoners on remand.  HL6637
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to investigate the actions of JD Sports in relation to its decision to place its wholly owned subsidiary Go Outdoors into administration and then subsequently to reacquire that company from the administrators in a pre-pack deal without creditor liability.  HL6638
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of the amphibious capability of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.  HL6639
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they intend to make available to enhance the availability of skills training at privately owned and operated skills training centres in the Midlands.  HL6640
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many apprentices have had their places cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6641
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of research published on 8 July from the University of Manchester suggesting that BAME communities are underrepresented in local government.  HL6642
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government whether work has been postponed on (1) plans to introduce 100 per cent business rate retention, and (2) the Fair Funding Review; and what steps they are taking to progress reforms to local government finance.  HL6643
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice the Ministry of Defence has provided to other Government departments on the military capability of the OneWeb satellite system.  HL6644
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the Ministry of Defence has made of the military capability of the OneWeb satellite system.  HL6645
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Ministry of Defence has spent on training related to (1) the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and (2) preventing sexual violence initiatives, in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018, (d) 2019, and (e) 2020 to date.  HL6646
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.  HL6647
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many reports of domestic abuse (1) the Royal Military Police, (2) the Royal Air Force Police, and (3) the Royal Navy Police, dealt with in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018, (e) 2019, and (f) 2020 to date.  HL6648
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Ministry of Defence's Suicide Prevention Working Group met in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020 to date.  HL6649
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the proposed White Paper on social care will include greater support for the care home work force than has previously been available.  HL6650
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed White Paper on social care will address the case for social care to be closely integrated with the NHS, as has been achieved in some areas like Salford.  HL6651
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the United Nations to renew the sanctions on Iran when they are due for review in October.  HL6652
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential to reduce carbon emissions by introducing a road usage duty, and whether they will publish any such assessment.  HL6653
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