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Questions for Written Answer for 22 July 2020

Tabled on 21 July 2020 and due for answer by 28 July 2020.

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government why NHS dental practices have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assessment they have made of adequacy of the operation of such practices that have now reopened.  HL7065
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Bethell on 15 July (HL Deb, col 1738) that “the Primodos case is subject to legal dispute, so I cannot comment on it from the Dispatch Box”, which aspects of that legal dispute prevent an independent re-examination of the contested conclusions of the report by the Expert Working Group of the… 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 steps they will take, when determining the eligibility of British National (Overseas) passport holders to settle in the UK, to ascertain whether the applicants (1) have supported the Chinese Communist Party in the past, and (2) are committed to democracy, human rights and the rule of law.  HL7067
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the statement by the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, in a letter of 20 July to the Ambassador of China to the UK that “the world will neither forgive nor forget a genocide against the Uyghur people.”  HL7068
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to seek international support for a full and impartial investigation into the detention of Uighur Muslims in camps in Xinjiang.  HL7069
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed the detention of Uighur Muslims in camps in Xinjiang with the Ambassador of China to the UK; and what response they received to any such discussions.  HL7070
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of China about (1) its rejection of Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and (2) whether that government will support Article 18 in the future.  HL7071
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Foreign Secretary on 20 July (HC Deb, col 1832) that he will not consider reactivating extradition arrangements with Hong Kong “unless and until there are clear and robust safeguards that can prevent extradition from the UK being misused under the new national security legislation”, whethe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 20 July (HL5350), how many COVID-19 tests have been sent by post and subsequently returned to laboratories, for each day since the scheme began; and how many of the tests sent by post have been discounted because swabbed material was not collected correctly.  HL7073
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 20 July (HL6147), whether they will publish the data on how many people (1) received test results within 24 hours, (2) who tested positive were reached within 24 hours for non-complex cases, and (3) who were identified as contacts were reached within 24 hours for non-complex c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to the £3.1 million in service credits charged to Mears Group between September 2019 and January 2020 for poor performance in its contract to provide accommodation to asylum seekers.  HL7075
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to prohibit CDC Group from investing in companies based in tax havens or linked to companies based in tax havens.  HL7076
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow off-peak tickets on Northern Rail services into Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford or Manchester to be used between 4.00pm and 6.30pm.  HL7077
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what role they expect the Health and Safety Executive to play in (1) breaking transmission chains, and (2) establishing what allowed the transmission of the virus, in respect of workplace outbreaks of COVID-19; and what, if any, extra resources they have provided to enable any such role.  HL7078
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide income and other support for individuals forced to self-isolate or find a safe place to remain during a geographically-defined or workplace-related COVID-19 lockdown.  HL7079
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there will be any licensing charges or similar arrangements for the publication of accounting standards endorsed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under the International Accounting Standards and European Public Limited-Liability Company (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulation… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 24 March that 900 secure phone handsets were to be provided to prisons to support family contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, how many minutes prisoners have spent on calls to date (1) in total, and (2) in each prison in which such phones have been allocated.  HL7081 [I]
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Turkey is recruiting Syrian troops to fight for the Azerbaijani military against the Armenian military.  HL7082
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Education on 12 February (HCWS110), what plans they have to engage with the children’s social care sector to develop the terms of reference for their review of the care system; and when those terms of reference will be published.  HL7083
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the lessons that they learned from allocating funding under the European Social Fund that have influenced the design of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  HL7084
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the findings of the Special Representative on UK victims of Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism.  HL7085
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that meat and poultry imported from overseas has been raised in compliance with UK guidelines on the use of antibiotics in farming; what tests are carried out on imported meat and poultry; and whether the results of such tests are published.  HL7086
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development enables the maintenance of good quality, poverty-focused aid.  HL7087
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development on the world's poorest people.  HL7088
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that (1) development and humanitarian concerns are heard at the highest levels of the Government, and (2) there is policy coherence in those areas across Departments.  HL7089
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take (1) to maintain standards of independent scrutiny of the UK aid budget, and (2) to ensure accountability for that expenditure.  HL7090
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they can provide the information set out in figure 5 on page 50 of the NHS Resolution annual report and accounts 2019/20, published on 16 July, in respect of clinical negligence cases only.  HL7091
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal for Lebanon to become a permanently neutral state, as advocated by the Rt Rev Bechara Boutros Al-Rai.  HL7092
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the government of Turkey about the release from prison of Mr Deniz Yildirim of the People's Democratic Party.  HL7093
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with the government of Turkey (1) the reported reduction in the flow of Euphrates river, (2) its impact on northern Syria, (3) how the present situation accords with the 1977 Agreement on Water Sharing, and (4) the current situation with the Allouk Water Station in Heseke Canton, Syria.  HL7094
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with the government of Turkey that country's military commitments in Libya, Syria and Iraq; and in particular the compatibility of those commitments with NATO membership.  HL7095
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government what practical support there is to assist pupils with special educational needs and disabilities to learn a musical instrument at school.  HL7096
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the judgment in R (Pantellerisco) -v- The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that the "earned income calculation is irrational and unlawful" in relation to the Universal Credit and the benefit cap. [T]  HL7097
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether resources have been made available to pursue the recommendations of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission in its report Living with beauty, published on 30 January; and if so, (1) what is the extent of those resources, (2) where they have been allocated, and (3) whether the ongoing work on the recommendations include… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 July (HL6506), what is the median length of time that foreign national crew have spent stranded in UK ports; what is the cost of the repatriation programme; and whether they claim back the costs of repatriation from ship owners.  HL7099
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that part of the budget of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is ring-fenced for the provision of international aid.  HL7100
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments that make up the African Group about the draft proposal for a UN Human Rights Council inquiry into systemic racism against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement agencies.  HL7101
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the death of Harry Dunn.  HL7102
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to protect global press freedom during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7103
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide protection and support for LGBT+ communities in eastern Europe.  HL7104
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Lord Russell of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish (1) the criteria that they will use to determine whether, and on what basis, they will legalise the use of e-scooters following the current trials, and (2) the specification for the data they have required local authorities to collect in association with those trials, to inform their decision… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Russell of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment was made of the equalities impacts of their decision to increase the speed, power and weight limits of e-scooters involved in trials, as compared with those originally proposed in their consultation on such trials.  HL7106
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Lord Russell of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will set lower regulatory limits for the maximum speed, power and weight limits of e-scooters if the current trials suggest that these are too high in relation to their impacts on (1) road safety, (2) environmental outcomes, (3) physical activity levels, or (4) other impacts.  HL7107
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Lord Russell of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish any assessment made of the legal implications of their advice to local authorities planning to hold e-scooter trials that such authorities should convert cycle tracks to cycle lanes in those areas so that e-scooters can be permitted to use them.  HL7108
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess the quality assurance of providers of supported internships in relation to (1) the programme structure, (2) the programme content, and (3)  the cohort outcomes. [T]  HL7109
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether people under the age of 18 have been allowed to submit questions to the daily Downing Street Covid-19 briefings; and if not, why not.  HL7110
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have given to deaf children and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7111
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to ensure that deaf children and young people can catch-up on missed schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7112
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the diversity of NHS senior management.  HL7113
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games about the diversity of its workforce.  HL7114
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their proposed First Homes policy on the provision of social and affordable rented homes.  HL7115
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what statistics they have on the number of Israeli soldiers who have been charged with crimes of unlawful killing.  HL7116
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their conditions for trade with the government of Israel, following the UK's withdrawal from the EU/Israel Trade Association Agreement.  HL7117
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about the future of Gaza.  HL7118
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Secretary of State for Defence received an invitation from the Intelligence and Security Committee to give evidence to that committee's inquiry into Russia; and if so, what are the reasons for that invitation not being accepted. [T]  HL7119
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the present backlog of cases awaiting trial in (1) the Crown Court, and (2) the Magistrates' Court.  HL7120
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average delay in terms of weeks before solicitors are able to consult their clients in prison via video link.  HL7121
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament Russia, published on 21 July, what assessment they made of the open source studies which found evidence to suggest that Russia was attempting to influence the outcome of the EU referendum and which “pointed to the preponderance of pro-Brexit or anti-EU… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament Russia, published on 21 July, what assessment they have made of why Russia may have attempted to influence the outcome of the EU referendum.  HL7123
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a UK resident must quarantine when arriving into the UK from Portugal yet departing back to that country on the same day.  HL7124
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons why the report by the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament Russia, sent to the Prime Minister on 17 October 2019, was not published until 21 July.  HL7125
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