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Questions for Written Answer for 16 July 2020

Tabled on 15 July 2020 and due for answer by 29 July 2020.

Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a comprehensive strategy to clear the backlog of hospitalisations that are unrelated to COVID-19; and what plans they have for consultation with stakeholders to achieve this outcome.  HL6873
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are planning to ensure that students registered at universities for the 2020–21 academic year who undertake courses through remote learning have (1) sufficient contact hours with tutors, and (2) effective learning support.  HL6874
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Lord Berkeley to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker why Queen's Consent was required in respect of the Pensions Schemes Bill.  HL6875
Answered
Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement on 24 March that 900 secure phone handsets have been provided to prisons to support family contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, how many phones have been (1) allocated to each prison, and (2) used by prisoners to place calls.  HL6876 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total budget allocated to HM Prisons and Probation Service for the COVID-19 Special Payment Scheme.  HL6877 [I]
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government with which countries they are pursuing free trade agreements on matters which include the automotive sector; and on which agreements the negotiations are furthest advanced.  HL6878
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the views of the UK automotive industry regarding vehicle safety standards in future free trade agreements.  HL6879
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish further details about any changes to the routes of entry to the UK for overseas domestic workers.  HL6880
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the results of the seasonal workers pilot.  HL6881
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government whether overseas domestic workers will still be eligible for visas to work and reside in the UK after 1 January 2021.  HL6882
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord True on 14 July (HL Deb, col 1546), whether they will place a copy of any correspondence relating to their expenditure so far on the possible relocation of the House of Lords to York in the Library of the House.  HL6883
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 14 July (HL6304), whether the advice in their Safer Transport guidance “that people should consider all other forms of transport, such as cycling and walking, before using public transport” includes the use of private motor vehicles; whether they intend to discourage the use… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to end the restrictions in place in prisons to address the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular (1) 23-hour daily cell confinement, and (2) the ban on family visits.  HL6885
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Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Housing Benefit claimants who (1) are currently self-isolating or shielding from COVID-19, and (2) are temporarily absent from their main dwelling within the UK and who intend to return when medically safe to do so, (a) have been granted extensions for a temporary absence from home for 52 weeks, and (b) have had ap… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to those making decisions on applications by Universal Credit claimants for a temporary absence from home on medical grounds during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6887
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Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the effectiveness of (1) the process for applying for, and (2) the application of the policy for, temporary absences from home on medical grounds for (a) Housing Benefit, and (b) Universal Credit, claimants during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6888
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Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has made of the domestic value added as a proportion of the total cost of capital investment in renewable energy capacity installed in the last five years, and in particular of the domestic value added as a proportion of the cost of (1) electric photo voltaic panel… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how long the consultation period on a national ban on pavement parking, announced on 12 March, is planned to be; and when there will be a detailed plan with a time frame for action to address issues caused by pavement parking.  HL6890
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when the planned review of the trade envoy programme will be completed; and what that review will cover.  HL6891
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with international partners to protect oceans and seas from the impact (1) of rising temperatures, (2) of melting sea ice, and (3) of the depletion of fish stocks.  HL6892
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last discussed with the President of Brazil (1) the consequences for the global environment, and (2) the level, of deforestation in the Amazon.  HL6893
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the statement by the Syrian Democratic Forces in May requesting that the international community to take full responsibility for the numbers of ISIS prisoners in Syria and to set up international courts, under UN jurisdiction, and try them in North East Syria.  HL6894
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to the briefing by Oxfam The hunger virus: how COVID-19 is fuelling hunger in a hungry world, published on 12 July, on potential deaths from hunger globally caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Afghanistan.  HL6895
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech on a New Deal for Britain by the Prime Minister on 30 June, what are the 29 road network projects that they have committed to funding this year; and how much money they will allocate to each such project.  HL6896
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech on a New Deal for Britain by the Prime Minister on 30 June, who are the members of the Infrastructure Delivery Taskforce named ‘Project Speed’; and when that taskforce will first meet.  HL6897
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Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech on a New Deal for Britain by the Prime Minister on 30 June, what are the individual local growth projects in England to which they have allocated £900m; how much funding has been granted to each project; what infrastructure projects will be undertaken in each; and when the funding will be given to each such p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will allow county cricket grounds to open to members only in the light of their ability to provide track and trace information through membership controls and to manage their grounds to ensure social distancing.  HL6899
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the issue of debt relief for the world's poorest nations during any forthcoming meetings of the G20.  HL6900
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the landscape value, and (2) the level of landscape protection, of the Somerset Levels.  HL6901
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 13 July (HL6245), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they have made of whether Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan, and Qari Abdul Rauf have connections in (1) the Home Office, or (2) UK Visas and Immigration, which have had an impact on… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 13 July (HL6246), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what progress they have made towards the deportation of (1) Adil Khan, (2) Qari Abdul Rauf, and (3) Abdul Aziz.  HL6903
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) hate incidents, and (2) cases of burglary and theft, have been recorded by the police in each of the last five years; and how many of the cases of burglary and theft have resulted in a successful prosecution.  HL6904
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers in England were allocated accommodation in a hotel or similar accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6905
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers in England were reported in their latest count of rough sleepers; and when that count was conducted.  HL6906
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the current number of rough sleepers in England not accommodated in hotels or similar accommodation.  HL6907
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Financial Conduct Authority's report Gender diversity in UK financial services, published in November 2019, and its finding that women constitute 17 per cent of FCA-approved individuals.  HL6908
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Clive James Race and ethnicity in the UK film industry: an analysis of the BFI diversity standards, published on 15 July.  HL6909
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Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty's Government how many media officer posts there were in each Government Department in July (1) 2019, and (2) 2020; and what plans they have to (a) increase, and (b) reduce, the number of those posts in the next 12 months.  HL6910
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of cyber attacks by foreign governments against (1) the UK, and (2) its allies.  HL6911
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the difference between a hostile act and an act of war; and what types of action would fall under each definition.  HL6912
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impacts of any cyber attacks by the government of China which they consider hostile to trade economy, national security, and critical infrastructure; and what communication strategy they have planned for all stakeholders who would be affected, including the public.  HL6913
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to send the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier to the South China Sea; and if so, (1) when the decision was made, and (2) what will be the objective.  HL6914
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of recent Russian submarine deployment into the Mediterranean and Baltic seas.  HL6915
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any increase of political instability in Libya; and whether they expect mass movement of refugees into southern Europe as a result of any such instability.  HL6916
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the additional finance recently announced for the arts and culture sector in England will be (1) by way of grant, and (2) by way of loans.  HL6917
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last spoke to the First Ministers of (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland, in relation to actions being taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6918
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the registered number of deaths of all causes between 1 March and the most recent available date; and what is the figure for deaths per 100,000 population this number represents for (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Northern Ireland, and (4) Wales.  HL6919
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent advice on playing the game of rugby (1) in schools, and (2) between clubs, in England.  HL6920
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government which towns, counties or communities in England had an 'R' rate for COVID-19 reinfection in excess of 1.0 during June; what specific steps were taken in each of these areas to reduce the figure to below 1.0; and by what date this was achieved in each case.  HL6921
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