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Questions for Written Answer for 13 July 2020

Tabled on 10 July 2020 and due for answer by 17 July 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the introduction of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, what plans they have (1) to follow the government of Australia’s decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, and (2) to encourage other countries to emul… 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 assessment they have made of the report by the Oxford University Disability Law and Policy Project and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights An Affront to Dignity, Inclusion and Equality, published on 2 July, in particular its recommendations (1) that all legislation passed during the COVID-19 pandemic should be reviewe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that ageing continues to be identified as a ministerial responsibility within an inclusive societies portfolio when the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is established.  HL6705
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to in response to the report by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority Annual Report on Major Projects 2019–20, published on 9 July, and its finding that in relation to the HS2 programme, the "successful delivery of the project appears to be unachievable".  HL6706
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority Annual Report on Major Projects 2019–20, published on 9 July, which shows that the successful delivery (1) of 32 projects were in doubt and categorised as amber-red risk, and (2) 11 projects appeared to be unachievable and categorised as a red risk, what cross-departme… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect those civil servants who have been working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to resume working physically in departments. [T]  HL6708
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Lord Blunkett to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to make printed papers, including (1) select committee reports, (2) government publications, and (3) Hansard, available to members; and what consideration they have given to outsourcing the production of such papers.  HL6709
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of reports that US military exports to Colombia were used for illegal surveillance activities.  HL6710
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to recent reports of illegal surveillance by Colombian Military Intelligence on civil society organisations, what steps they have taken to establish whether cryptographic equipment exported by the UK to Colombia has been used in this type of activity.  HL6711
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the killing of human rights defenders in Colombia and recent reports of illegal surveillance by Colombian Military Intelligence on civil society organisations, whether they are reassessing the licensing of UK arms exports, including cryptographic equipment, to Colombia.  HL6712
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the duties on local government to support students with education or training after the age of 16 in relation to the Opportunity Guarantee, announced by the Prime Minister on 30 June.  HL6713
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the organisation Justice 4 Troops, established on 5 June to address military grievances.  HL6714
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to request that the UN Secretary General appoint a Special Envoy to monitor and report on the government of China’s imposition of national security legislation in Hong Kong.  HL6715
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the threat to human rights in Hong Kong at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council.  HL6716
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women are (1) in receipt of, and (2) entitled to, Pension Credit; and when they last ran a campaign to raise awareness of Pension Credit to women of an eligible age.  HL6717
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an employer who has served notice on an employee can leave them on furlough for their notice period and continue to claim a grant under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  HL6718
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to shorten the response time for calls to the COVID-19 helpline for businesses and the self-employed.  HL6719
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of eligible pensioners are claiming Pension Credit; and what steps they are taking to improve its take-up following the BBC’s decision to confine free TV licences to those in receipt of Pension Credit.  HL6720
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the increased provision of low dead space needles in needle and syringe exchanges in England.  HL6721
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) testing, and (2) treatment, for hepatitis C continues in prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6722
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Lord Scriven to ask the Leader of the House why the question for Topical Written Answer (1) HL3844, tabled on 5 May and due for answer on 13 May, and (2) HL4440, tabled on 13 May and due for answer on 20 May, have not been answered. [T]  HL6723
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that an inclusive approach, which includes older people, to humanitarian responses will continue to be one of the priorities of the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.  HL6724
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the number of fines levied by private car park operators in the past ten years.  HL6725
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what checks are made by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on the fitness of the operators of private car parks to issue valid fines.  HL6726
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of motorists who have received invalid fines caused by malfunctioning equipment in private car parks in each of the last three years.  HL6727
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government why a fine levied in a private car park can be more than one levied in a car park operated by a local authority.  HL6728
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff were employed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the past three years to respond to requests for the personal details of motorists by private car park operators.  HL6729
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing an advertising tax credit as part of their COVID-19 economic recovery package in order (1) to help stimulate consumer spending, and (2) to assist the retention of employment in the advertising industry.  HL6730
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make regulations under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 to protect museum collections from sale when holding bodies go into administration.  HL6731
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 9 July (HC Deb, col 1099), what plans they have to ensure that the universal rollout of gigabit-capable broadband is completed by 2025.  HL6732
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government to provide a list of the data collected for the NHS COVID-19 Data Store which is to measure compliance with social distancing, including the “intelligence” referred to by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in his evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on 29 April.  HL6733
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the most recent contracts between NHS England and (1) Palantir, (2) Faculty, (3) Google, and (4) Amazon, which relate to the NHS COVID-19 Data Store.  HL6734
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government why Palantir’s contract with NHS England for the NHS COVID-19 Data Store allows that company to process sensitive personal data such as “political affiliations, religious or similar beliefs”.  HL6735
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish an ethics board to oversee the NHS COVID-19 Data Store.  HL6736
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 15 June (HL4726), whether the COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements authorised NHS Trusts to make incentive payments to care homes to admit patients discharged from acute hospitals, irrespective of whether they posed an infection risk to other residents in the care homes; and w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 15 June (HL4730), how many (1) claims, and (2) payments,  have been made to the families of deceased care homes staff under the terms of the life assurance scheme for frontline National Health Service and social care staff; and what steps they have taken to draw the attention of families… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government on what dates any guidance on COVID-19 was issued to care homes by (1) Public Health England, (2) the Care Quality Commission, and (3) any other public body, between 1 February and 30 June; and whether any such guidance has been made available to Parliament.  HL6739
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what review arrangements are in place to assess whether care homes’ access to personal protective equipment, including masks, meets their requirements; and what national schemes are in place to ensure an adequate supply of such equipment to care homes (1) now, and (2) in the future.  HL6740
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government to publish the latest waiting times for key NHS hospital diagnostic tests, including (1) MRI, (2) CAT, and (3) ultrasound, scans; and the equivalent figures for (a) six, and (b) 12, months previously.  HL6741
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Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty's Government what extra funding has been made available in 2020 to (1) GPs, (2) NHS community health services, and (3) Public Health England, to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6742
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