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Questions for Written Answer for 10 July 2020

Tabled on 9 July 2020 and due for answer by 16 July 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the death of Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding following his arrest and disappearance in China in 2003.  HL6654
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to respond to the concerns raised by the Cavendish Coalition, on behalf of UK health and social care groups, that their current immigration proposals would not allow enough overseas workers to be recruited for the care sector; and how they intend to address any shortfall of such workers in the Immigration and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the HS2 land and property acquisition programme review, announced in May; what are the review's terms of reference; and whether external independent inputs will be taken into account as part of the review.  HL6656
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to share complete details of COVID-19 cases with Directors of Public Health in local authorities as soon as cases are identified. [T]  HL6657
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 6 July (HL5987) and the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 July (HL5985), why the gov.uk website for the National Security Council states that there are sub-committees of the Council on (1) threats, hazards, resilience and contingencies, (2) nuclear deterrence an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Cashman to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of service providers such as hairdressers, dentists, and others, requiring customers to pay additional fees to cover the cost of necessary personal protection equipment and other COVID-19 related protective measures; and whether any such requirement is in breach of their COVID-19 guidance for reopening clo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of local government in supporting the Government's jobs and skills recovery plan following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6660
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a more localised system for delivering support to (1) young people, and (2) the long-term unemployed.  HL6661
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for increased investment in local employment support.  HL6662
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase skills investment to help retain those affected by job loss into local jobs.  HL6663
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for skills funding for adults at risk of unemployment due to COVID-19 to enable them to enrol onto adjustment courses to retrain for jobs for which there is a local demand.  HL6664
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how investment in training and employment support as part of their COVID-19 recovery plan can best reach local communities.  HL6665
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the UK's performance in addressing antimicrobial resistance in animals compared to (1) the 27 Member States of the EU, and (2) other developed economies.  HL6666
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government, whether, in the High Court of Northern Ireland, they instructed a Queen's Counsel to argue that an application by a victim of the Troubles in Northern Ireland be set aside in favour of another application; and if so, why.  HL6667
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of delays by the Northern Ireland Executive in administering the payment of pensions to victims of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, what plans they have, if any, to ensure that these payments take place.  HL6668
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they were notified by the government of Ireland that passengers travelling from Great Britain to the Republic of Ireland would be required to quarantine for fourteen days.  HL6669
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 7 July (HL6124), whether they can answer the question put with regard to stored passive flue gas heat recovery technology rather than passive flue gas heat recovery technology.  HL6670
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Stored-Flue Gas Heat Recovery technology will be included within their grant scheme for energy saving projects for homeowners.  HL6671
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they gave to the actions of the government of Saudi Arabia (1) in that country, and (2) in Yemen, when deciding to resume granting export licences for arms sales to Saudi Arabia; and what assessment they have made of the compatibility of that decision with the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, announced on 6 July.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with international development related non-governmental organisations; and how they plan to incorporate the experience of such organisations into the future policy of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.  HL6673
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports by the Copernicus Climate Change Service that there was a heatwave in March, April and May in the Arctic Circle, what recent discussions they have had with other parties to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement on the impact of prolonged high temperatures in the Arctic on the global climate.  HL6674
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of the incident at the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran on 2 July.  HL6675
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have sought guarantees that, further to the government of the United States' formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) from 2021, that government will meet the conditions for withdrawal set out in the 1948 Joint Resolution Providing for membership and participation by the United States… 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 are the implications of the government of Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank on the UK–Israel trade and partnership agreement, in particular UK preferential imports from Israel; and whether any such implications have been discussed with the government of Israel.  HL6677
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the postponement by the Somalia National independent and Elections Commission of parliamentary and presidential elections from November 2020 to August 2021, what assessment they have made of the current political situation in Somalia.  HL6678
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Lord Patten of Barnes to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pets have (1) entered, or (2) re-entered, the UK under the PETS Travel Scheme since it was launched; and how many cases of rabies have been diagnosed in relation to the scheme.  HL6679
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Lord Patten of Barnes to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in arranging for a new system of pet travel requirements between the UK and the EU after 1 January 2021; and whether they intend to acquire status as a Part 1 listed country of the PETS Travel Scheme.  HL6680
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the decision by Ofcom to uphold the Complaint by Mr Peter Humphrey about China 24 and News Hour, published in the Ofcom Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin on 6 July, what steps they are taking to protect UK journalists from serious breaches of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code by broadcasters owned by the government of China.  HL6681
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of financial difficulties faced by local football and other sports clubs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, what assessment they have made of the role that sports clubs play in the community life of their respective towns; and what steps they are taking to provide financial assistance to clubs as a matter of urgenc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to support the bus and coach industry after the current COVID-19 financial support expires in August; and what discussions they have had with the bus and coach industry to understand that industry's strategic requirements.  HL6683
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how much new COVID-19 funding they have spent to date (1) in total, and (2) per passenger, on (a) roads, (b) rail, (c) bus, (d) coach, (e) light-rail, (f) walking, and (g) cycling.  HL6684
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on the COVID-19 communications campaign advising people to avoid using public transport; and what (1) plans they have for, and (2) associated spending they have allocated to, a communications campaign to encourage people to resume using public transport.  HL6685
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the different requirements in the guidance for social distancing for (1) airlines, and (2) bus operators; whether that assessment demonstrated that the guidance for one is more prescriptive than the other; and if so, why.  HL6686
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of registered UK seafarers who have been stranded abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic who have been repatriated; and what plans they have to ensure that all seafarers are given assistance to enable them to return to the UK.  HL6687
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the reduction in VAT announced on 8 July to the purchase of electric vehicles.  HL6688
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how tests for COVID-19 taken at Lighthouse Laboratories are linked to an individual's NHS number.  HL6689
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of tests for COVID-19 taken at Lighthouse Laboratories are linked to an individual's NHS number.  HL6690
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to support BAME–led television organisations during the COVID-19 economic recovery.  HL6691
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many?houses on the defence estate are available to survivors of domestic abuse.  HL6692
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many days, on average, it takes for the British Armed Forces chain of command to engage with the Royal Military Police on reports of domestic abuse.  HL6693
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to analyse 'Whole Force' data (1) to identify the prevalence of domestic abuse and potential risk factors, and (2) to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention measures and interventions, in order to refine and improve the policy and practice of the British Armed Forces.  HL6694
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding has been spent by the Ministry of Defence to implement the Armed Forces Families' Strategy in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020 to date.  HL6695
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Jobcentre Plus districts (1) have, and (2) do not have, an Armed Forces lead.  HL6696
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Armed Forces support posts there are in each Jobcentre Plus district.  HL6697
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practicality of social distancing for secondary school pupils travelling to and from school, in particular in rural areas; and what assessment they have made of the findings in the analysis by the Education Policy Institute Getting pupils back into school: the unresolved problem of tra… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely effect of the decision to end the Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium on pupils who do not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.  HL6699
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what effect they expect the COVID catch-up fund to have on the ability of schools to attract additional funding under the National Funding Formula for pupils in Years 7 to 11 with lower attainment who need support to catch up.  HL6700
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Ofsted visits to schools due to take place after the summer holidays will differ from formal inspections other than they will not result in the school being graded.  HL6701
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what sources of funding will be available to secondary schools to support low attainment pupils following the decision to end the Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium.  HL6702
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