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Questions for Written Answer for 21 July 2020

Tabled on 20 July 2020 and due for answer by 27 July 2020.

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group's recent offer of a 90-day ceasefire, what steps they are taking to help achieve a negotiated end to the conflict in Colombia.  HL7056
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the implementation of the 2016 peace agreement between the government of Colombia and Farc rebels.  HL7057
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the authenticity of the drone footage reported to show shackled and blindfolded Uighur Muslims being led from trains in China. [T]  HL6990
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic more than 4,000 people were discharged from hospital into care homes without being tested for the virus.  HL6991
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the influence of Daesh has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic; what is their current assessment of the risk posed by Daesh in the Middle East; and what steps they are taking to address any such risk.  HL6993
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist religious minorities in Iraq, in particular those who have (1) been victims of genocidal acts, and (2) who are at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assistance they have provided to the government of Iraq to assist with the prosecution of Daesh fighters in that country.  HL6995
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Chief Minister of Haryana that he intends to introduce a freedom of religion law to ensure that anyone involved in "unlawful conversions" will be brought to justice, what plans they have to make urgent representations to the government of (1) India, and (2) Haryana, about the impact such a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Daesh fighters are known to have returned to the UK; how many such fighters and individuals assisting Daesh in different capacities have been prosecuted in the UK courts, including anyone who has (1) financed, or (2) recruited for, Daesh; on what charges any such individuals have been prosecuted; and what progress th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what comparative analysis they have undertaken of the success rates of COVID-19 contract tracing applications in other countries against that of the NHS Test and Trace scheme; and what plans they have to publish any such analysis.  HL7053
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) social, (2) economic, and (3) demographic, trends they have identified among those who have not been successfully traced via the NHS Test and Trace system; and what plans they have to implement measures to (a) target specific groups, and (b) use different methods of communication, to ensure that underrepresented grou… 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, following the introduction of new security laws in Hong Kong, what assessment they have made of whether British judges should continue to sit on Hong Kong’s courts.  HL7017
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold on the (1) recent, (2) current, and (3) planned future, service of British judges in Hong Kong’s courts.  HL7018
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to be able to respond to the application by river users and residents to turn part of the River Wharfe in Ilkley into a bathing water area; and by what process they are considering that application.  HL7019
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue a response to the study by RunRepeat Racial Bias in Football Commentary, published on 10 July.  HL7021
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when negotiating future trade arrangements with the EU, they plan to adopt a policy of linking greenhouse gas trading systems in relation to common operational procedures and technical standards, similar to that included in the proposed agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation (COM (2020) 255).  HL7044
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on plans to (1) move to an electronic system of marriage registration, (2) add mothers' names to marriage certificates, (3) allow conversions between opposite-sex marriages and civil partnerships, and (4) bring into force reforms to divorce, dissolution, and separation.  HL7029
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what reforms to marriage law they are currently working on; whether they plan to bring forward proposals for legal recognition of humanist marriages; and if not, why not.  HL7031
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on 2 August.  HL6994
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about their plans to restore Crown Preference in insolvency proceedings from December.  HL6996
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that children, in particular those from low-income families, are not negatively affected by missed schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic and can catch-up on lessons.  HL6997
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the manufacture of personal protective equipment in the UK.  HL6998
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of their review of the HM Prisons and Probation Service COVID-19 Special Payment Scheme.  HL7048 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the HM Prisons and Probation Service COVID-19 Special Payment Scheme budget has been spent to date by (1) prisons, and (2) probation services.  HL7049 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total budget allocated to the HM Prisons and Probation Service Payment Plus scheme for the current financial year.  HL7050 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the budget allocated to the HM Prisons and Probation Service Payment Plus scheme has been spent so far in the current financial year.  HL7051 [I]
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of additional prison sentences likely to be imposed if the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill is passed in its present form; and how many longer sentences are likely to be imposed as a result.  HL7042
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UNWRA about any additional funding required to meet costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assessment they have made of the decision of the governments of Germany and Italy to increase contributions to that organisation.  HL6992
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have died from inhaling nitrous oxide.  HL7033
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of restrictions on the supply of nitrous oxide to young people; and what plans they have to strengthen those restrictions.  HL7052
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 17 July (HL5874), what information they hold on (1) the number of children who have been given GnHR, or any other gender re-assignment treatment, by the NHS, (2) the amount of compensation paid to patients who received such treatments but who were subsequently deemed to have b… 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 steps they are taking to maintain the size of the regular Armed Forces as set out in the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, published in November 2015.  HL7016
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the affordability of The defence equipment plan 2019, published on 27 February.  HL7020
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with international partners about securing a permanent ceasefire in Yemen.  HL7023
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the risk of Russian interference in UK democratic processes; and what steps they are taking to enable the rapid publication of the report by the Intelligence and Security Committee Russia, sent to the Prime Minister on 17 October 2019.  HL7026
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Ladakh.  HL7030
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.  HL7032
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take action to protect diagnosed diabetics returning to work in the hospitality industry from the risk of COVID-19 infection.  HL7015
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what agreement they have reached, if any, with the EU to resolve regulatory differences with regard to driving hours for truck drivers travelling from mainland Europe to the UK.  HL7022
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what agreement they have reached, if any, with the EU to resolve regulatory differences with regard to overloading of vehicles for truck drivers travelling from mainland Europe to the UK.  HL7024
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what agreement they have reached, if any, with the EU to resolve regulatory differences with regard to vehicle roadworthiness for truck drivers travelling from mainland Europe to the UK.  HL7025
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the provision of apprenticeships.  HL7027
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to lower the income requirement for those from outside the UK seeking employment in the care sector.  HL7028
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Callanan on 8 July (HL Deb, col 1119) that OneWeb “has many applications that the UK can leverage, including defence applications” and the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 14 July (HL6644) which stated that “the investment in OneWeb is not a Defence matter”, whether OneWeb has any cur… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated costs, to date, (1) of preparing for the UK's participation in the Unified Patent Court, and (2) of any future wind down costs consequent on their decision to withdraw their ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court and the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the Unified Patent Co… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 17 July (HL6182), what is their expected timeframe for introducing the necessary legislation to extend the mandatory display of ratings to England.  HL7038
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government sought advice from officials as to whether the Westferry Printworks scheme would proceed if the Community Infrastructure Levy was applied to it; and, if so, what advice he received on this matter.  HL7007
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Question for Written Answer HL5806, tabled on 16 June and due for answer on 30 June, how many contracts they have entered into with Pestfix Ltd; on what dates those contracts were entered into; and when they will publish the contract award notices.  HL7014
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the study Socio-demographic heterogeneity in the prevalence of COVID-19 during lockdown is associated with ethnicity and household size, published in the EClinicalMedicine journal on 19 July, suggesting COVID-19 cases in Leicester have been concentrated amongst the BAME community.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study by researchers from the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester on the impact of social determinants of health on patients with SARS-COV-2 infection in Birmingham, published on 19 July; in particular its finding that air pollution may have contributed to the impact of COVID-19 on B… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that Tier 2 and Tier 3 Environmental Land Management Schemes are complementary to, and coordinated with, Nature Recovery Networks at a local and regional level.  HL7041
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on affordable housing provision of permitted development rules on the conversion of buildings into homes; and what plans they have to review these rules in response to any emerging evidence indicating a detrimental impact on affordable housing.  HL7004
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of homes resulting from permitted development rights to convert offices to residential use.  HL7005
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government when their review of permitted development rights for the conversion of buildings to residential use in respect of the quality standard of homes delivered will be published.  HL7006
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government how many homes resulting from permitted development rights meet their nationally described space standard.  HL7008
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the expansion in permitted development rights with the integrity of the locally led planning system.  HL7009
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of their First Homes policy for the locally led planning system in respect of addressing local housing needs.  HL7010
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Khalil Tafakji was arrested without a stated reason.  HL7059
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that rolling blackouts are being implemented in Palestine as a result of a contested accusation that electricity bills have not been paid.  HL7060
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the demolition order notice by the government of Israel of a COVID-19 field hospital on the outskirts of Hebron which was built on Palestinian land.  HL7061
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made (1) of reports that recent attacks on military sites in Iran have been authorised by the government of Israel, and (2) of the possible consequences of such attacks.  HL7062
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that the rights of Palestinian detainees, including children, are being routinely violated in prisons in Israel.  HL7063
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the responses they receive from the government of Israel when they have raised reports of violations of (1) human rights, and (2) international law, by that government with that government; what assessment they have made of the UK Government’s policy of raising concerns directly with that government a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend COVID-19 antigen testing to the entire population.  HL7002
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Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of limited home testing for COVID-19, what plans they have to simplify the requirements involved in taking a test.  HL7003
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the timely identification of lessons to be learnt from their approach to the COVID-19 pandemic which do not assign blame would help in better addressing a possible second wave of COVID-19.  HL7043
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they decided to allocate responsibility for parliamentary questions relating to cyber and national defence to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; and what assessment they have made of the response of foreign governments to the UK’s inclusion of such matters in a ministerial portfolio also including s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of the United States has plans to conduct a demonstration nuclear test explosion.  HL6999
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate the construction of Sizewell C nuclear power station will begin; and what funding model will be used for that construction.  HL7000
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate the development consent order for the proposed nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd will be approved.  HL7001
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to utilise OneWeb in their future defence and commercial strategies; and how many jobs they estimate will result from their investment in OneWeb in the UK.  HL7011
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Callanan on 8 July (HL Deb, col 1119), how long they estimate it will take OneWeb to provide the UK with sovereign-controlled satellite capabilities.  HL7013
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with ACU Strategic Partners about the future construction of nuclear power stations.  HL7058
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government in which circumstances marriages in England and Wales are legally recognised by virtue of (1) the building in which the marriage takes place, (2) the registrar or officiant conducting the ceremony, and (3) the religion of the marriage.  HL7035
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Keen of Elie on 15 July (HL Deb, cols 1659–61), how the situation of Black and other minority ethnic defendants, including those from Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities, will be taken into account in (1) the membership, and (2) the terms of reference, of the Royal Commission on criminal justice.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 17 July (HL6542), what has been the total cost to the public purse of the UK’s participation in recent proceedings before the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965.  HL7037
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