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Questions for Written Answer for 15 July 2020

Tabled on 14 July 2020 and due for answer by 21 July 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of Islamic State (IS) insurgency in northern Mozambique and reports (1) of the displacement of 200,000 people, (2) of wide-spread killings, and (3) of the seizure of towns by IS in Cabo Delgado; what discussions they have had with the government of South Africa about reports th… 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 recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, published in June 2019, what assessment they have made of reports (1) of churches being burned down, and (2) of Christians being attacked, in northern Mozambique; and what discussions… 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 what assessment they have made of (1) the level of corporate debt in companies providing essential public services through outsourcing, and (2) any risks such outsourcing presents to the continuation of public services.  HL6824
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in the implementation and roll out of the retrofitting standard PAS 2035; and whether they anticipate the implementation and roll out of the standard to be completed in time for the planned start of the Green Homes Grants.  HL6825
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the outcomes of the Leeds Red Light Zone review; what plans they have to encourage the application of similar managed approaches to sex work in other parts of the country; and what support they will offer to Leeds to strengthen and support implementation there.  HL6826
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for introducing proportional electoral systems on either a trial or permanent basis; and whether this issue will be included in the White Paper on the reorganisation of local government in England.  HL6827
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the White Paper on the reorganisation of local government in England will include consideration of writing off, or otherwise covering, existing local government debt so any new authorities could begin debt-free.  HL6828
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on the provision of cash machines; and what plans they have to ensure the availability of cash in vulnerable and remote communities in the future.  HL6829
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding by way of loans or guarantees they have provided under COVID-19 assistance schemes (1) to international airline operators, (2) to international rail operators, and (3) to international shipping operators.  HL6830
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the updated design of the Lower Thames Crossing allows for the Tilbury link road; and whether they have established a timeline for the design, business and funding cases for the Tilbury link road in the Road Investment Strategy 2.  HL6831
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the decision to convert the Hagia Sofia into a mosque.  HL6832
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of schemes in schools and colleges to raise awareness of the dangers of online gambling.  HL6833
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of detail involved in the checks being planned at ports in Northern Ireland.  HL6834
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that information hygiene ratings in hospitals and other public spaces are displayed.  HL6835
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of programmes in place to address mental health issues in primary and post-primary schools.  HL6836
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have offered to carers of adults with learning disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.  HL6837
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the powers of the police to enforce provisions related to COVID-19, in particular in relation to (1) mass gatherings, and (2) large celebrations.  HL6838
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Target Ovarian Cancer Voices of women with ovarian cancer: the coronavirus pandemic and its impact, published on 13 July; and what steps they are taking to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the diagnosis and treatment of, and support for, women with ovarian cancer.  HL6… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Justice and Care UK and the Centre for Social Justice It still happens here: Fighting UK slavery in the 2020s, published on 13 July; and what plans they have to implement its recommendations.  HL6840
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for an increase in children and young people requiring support from social care services following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions; and what support they will provide to local authorities to ensure that they are resourced appropriately to support such children and young people.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number of holders of British National (Overseas) status in Hong Kong, and (2) their dependants, who are expected to migrate to the UK in the next five years. [T]  HL6842
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent attacks in northern Iraq and Syria by Turkish warplanes.  HL6843
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that airstrikes by Turkish warplanes in Northern Iraq have hit internally displaced people and refugee camps in Sinjar; and what steps, if any, they intend to take in response to such reports.  HL6844
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of statements by the government of Turkey that they have 40 “military points” in the Kurdistan region of Iraq; and what steps, if any, they intend to take in response to this.  HL6845
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have for ending the use of plastics in fishing lines and nets.  HL6846
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that child refugees in (1) Greece, (2) France, and (3) other European countries, who have relatives in the UK can reunite with their families in the UK.  HL6847
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to offer unaccompanied child refugees currently in (1) Greece, (2) France, and (3) other European countries, the option to live in the UK.  HL6848
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of child refugees attempting illegal crossings to the UK from mainland Europe, and (2) the impact that providing safe and legal routes would have on this number.  HL6849
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce a system of independent legal guardianship of unaccompanied migrant children in England and Wales similar to that which exists in Scotland and Northern Ireland; and what assessment, if any, they have made of the impact the introduction of such provisions would have on the system of independent a… 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 have had with the Social Workers Union about the results of its survey which estimates that one third of social workers are now considering leaving the profession as a result of the deterioration in working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they are taking in response.  HL6851
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for their policies of the review by Professor Philip Calder of the University of Southampton Nutrition, immunity and COVID-19, published on 20 May in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health.  HL6852
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the review by François Trotten of the University of Lille and Harry Sokel of the Sorbonne Université Potential Causes and Consequences of Gastrointestinal Disorders during a SARS-CoV-2 Infection, published in Cell Report on 3 July.  HL6853
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any member of (1) the British Armed Forces, and (2) a police force, has been sent on a leadership course run by Common Purpose; and, if so, (a) how many during each of the last 20 years, and (b) for what reason.  HL6854
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Common Purpose receives financial support from (1) the EU, and (2) any external sources; and if so, how much.  HL6855
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of re-wilding in England on established fauna and flora.  HL6856
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks to humans arising from re-wilding in England.  HL6857
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their new post-Brexit fast track visa system on the availability of care workers in the UK; and what plans they have to ensure that those care workers currently resident in the UK who would not qualify for a visa under that system can continue to work in this country.  HL6858
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made (1) in preparing for any increased traffic, and (2) in providing additional lorry parking capacity, in Kent in preparation for the impact of new trade agreements following the exit from the single market.  HL6859
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Literacy Trust Children, young people and audiobooks before and during lockdown, published in June, and its finding that listening to audiobooks can increase children's reading skills and emotional intelligence and wellbeing; and, in the light of these findings, what consid… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of their preparations for the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL6861
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the outcome of UK–EU negotiations on arrangements after the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU will not be detrimental to the UK’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6862
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of (1) masks, and (2) respirators, distributed to workers in health and social care settings since March from the stockpile established under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness programme.  HL6863
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for health, social care and other key workers to prepare for any second wave of COVID-19.  HL6864
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the new National Security Adviser being a political appointee on his ability to carry out the full functions of that role.  HL6865
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the size of the civil service workforce on their ability to implement policies; and what plans are in place to mitigate any potential reduction of that workforce.  HL6866
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many drug-related offences occurred on educational premises in (1) 2015–16, (2) 2016–17, (3) 2017–18, and (4) 2019–20.  HL6867
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the new post-Brexit fast track visa system on recruitment in the care sector.  HL6868
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Social Metrics Commission Measuring Poverty 2020, published on 1 July, which suggests that BAME households are more likely to live in poverty.  HL6869
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of grade predictions for BAME students in schools.  HL6870
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the access of local authorities and adoptive parents to therapeutic services provided through the Adoption Support Fund during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6871
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of court proceedings concerning children in care being put up for adoption have been adjourned or otherwise delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6872
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