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Questions for Written Answer for 23 July 2020

Tabled on 22 July 2020 and due for answer by 5 August 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received (1) from the Association for Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests on behalf of families affected by Primados, and (2) following the report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review First do no harm, published on 8 July; and when they intend to respond to any… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many GCSE entrants there were in (1) art, (2) music, (3) dance, and (4) drama, in (a) the 2010, and (b) the 2020, academic years.  HL7127
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary schools taught computer coding in the current academic year.  HL7128
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools have installed a 3D printer.  HL7129
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of Council Tax warrants paid at compliance stage, without enforcement visits taking place; and what assessment they have made of the adjusting of inflation in providing an economic incentive for resolving cases at compliance stage.  HL7130
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of Violence Reduction Units in preventing gang and knife crime committed by those from families where there is little or no father involvement.  HL7131
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the current, and (2) the potential future, role of family hubs in preventing knife crime.  HL7132
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government how much NHS England has saved since over the counter medicines were taken off the prescription list in 2018.  HL7133
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have had to pay for an additional prescription each year if their medication has been recalled due to safety concerns in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, (4) 2018, and (5) 2019.  HL7134
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people paid for a prescription each year in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, (4) 2018, and (5) 2019.  HL7135
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have benefitted from the NHS low income scheme (HC2 certificate) each year in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, (4) 2018, and (5) 2019.  HL7136
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to suspend prescription charges with immediate effect for all people with long-term conditions in England.  HL7137
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to conduct a review of the current system for prescription charges and exemptions in the light of COVID-19 and its impact.  HL7138
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 July (HL6842), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, 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 y… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how long they estimate it will take to clear the NHS waiting lists caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7140
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to clear the backlog of healthcare cases caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7141
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to use the private healthcare sector to help clear the backlog of healthcare cases caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7142
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of targeted killing as a counter-terrorism strategy.  HL7143
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the targeting of people directly participating in hostilities towards the UK who are located in non-belligerent states.  HL7144
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for public consultation over the creation of the UK Strategy on Protection of Civilians; and when they expect to publish the Strategy.  HL7145
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to bring forward proposals for the regulation of Prepack Administrations; and if so when.  HL7146
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UN Human Rights Council Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, published on 29 June, which found that the killing of Iranian General Soleimani by a US drone strike violated international law, what representations they have made to the government of the United… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the legality of a state taking presumptive self defence under Article 51 of the Charter of the UN.  HL7148
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government by how much the prison population of England and Wales would decrease if prisoners (1) over 65 years old, (2) over 70 years old, and (3) over 75 years old, were released.  HL7149
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have seen recent proposals for ending violence in Libya put forward by (1) some members of the Libyan House of Representatives and (2) the Speaker of that House; and what plans they have to facilitate further negotiations.  HL7150
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to support the work of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission towards a ceasefire in Libya, and (2) to take steps to limit any further inflow of weapons to that country.  HL7151
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide guidance about (1) employment rights, and (2) COVID-19-related health and safety issues, to all employees and employers in the UK from 1 August.  HL7152
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the willingness of employers to comply with Public Health England guidance in relation to COVID-19; and what plans they have to review the current health and safety inspection regime to ensure that (1) employers are following that guidance, and (2) workplaces are safe.  HL7153
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to protect people over the age of 60 who may be made redundant as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they are taking to assist those who have been made redundant to return to work.  HL7154
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to strengthen the right of employees to request flexible working, and (2) to ensure that employers prioritise arrangements for staff to work from home rather than in offices, from 1 August.  HL7155
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote volunteering opportunities in the UK after 31 December for young people from EU countries.  HL7156
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current Tier 5 Visa arrangements for non-EU citizens to be engaged as volunteers by registered sponsoring organisations for periods of up to a year will be extended to include EU citizens; and if not, what plans they have to put in place alternative arrangements to enable non-EU and EU citizens to volunteer… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Immigration Health Surcharge exemption will extend to international volunteers from other countries working, or currently applying to work, in (1) Camphill communities, and (2) other health and social care settings, under Tier 5 visa arrangements.  HL7158
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been recorded as having contracted COVID-19 in 2020 to date.  HL7159
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount in remittances sent abroad from the UK in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.  HL7160
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total amount of uncollected poll tax, post poll tax abolition.  HL7161
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) army cadet forces, (2) sea cadet forces, and (3) air training cadet forces, there were in the UK in (a) 2018, and (b) 2019.  HL7162
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration into family reunion was delivered; and when they plan to publish it.  HL7163
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of new claimants of Universal Credit are moving from legacy benefits in each month of this year.  HL7164
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made in the Reducing Parental Conflict programme for welfare rights advice.  HL7165
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the intersection between relevant dimensions of inequality and the impact of COVID-19.  HL7166
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the national test and trace system in deprived areas.  HL7167
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to recent fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani soldiers, what assessment they have made of the current security situation on the Armenia–Azerbaijan state border; and what discussions they have had with international partners on ways to prevent further escalation.  HL7168
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to recent violent street protests against the government of Mali, what assessment they have made of the current security situation in Mali; what representations they have received from the government of the United States about a decision on the status of US armed forces in West Africa since January; and whether they… 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 many accidents in England involving (1) pedestrians, (2) motor vehicles, and (3) other cyclists, have been caused by cyclists using mobile phones while cycling (a) in the past 12 months, and (b) in the past five years.  HL7170
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports by the World Health Organisation that there has been a significant decline in the global vaccination of children against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough in the first four months of this year, what urgent action they are taking (1) to reverse this decline, (2) to minimise the disruption of immunisat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comment by the Foreign Minister of Israel on 5 July that in regard to Iran "we take actions that are better left unsaid"; and when they last discussed with the government of Israel their policy towards the government of Iran.  HL7172
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current security situation in the Gedo region of southern Somalia; and what discussions they have had at the UN with the governments of Ethiopia and Kenya in view of their respective support for the Federal Government of Somalia and the Jubaland regional state.  HL7173
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have introduced compulsory relationships education for children attending primary school.  HL7174
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government whether parents of children attending primary schools can ask for their children to not participate in relationships education lessons.  HL7175
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent they expect explicit sexual and gender issues to be introduced in relationships education for six to 11 year olds in primary schools; and what plans they have to make a statement to both Houses of Parliament about this issue.  HL7176
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government why they are proposing that Parliament should not ratify future trade deals after the UK leaves the EU trading bloc on the 31 December.  HL7177
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what further plans they have to change regulations relating to COVID-19; and how any such plans have been influenced by the behaviour of any ministers or advisors who may have previously violated those regulations.  HL7178
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make certain that no future (1) election, or (2) referendum, in the UK will be subject to outside interference.  HL7179
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans for Parliament to ratify future trade deals involving the NHS; and if they have no such plans, why.  HL7180
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to work with local authorities to provide additional leisure facilities, especially for young people, in areas of high unemployment following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7181
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 18 June (HL5486), whether it is their policy not to answer questions about the deployment of RAF Reaper drones; and if so, when this policy was agreed.  HL7182
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent progress they have made on the Zephyr High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite programme, following the reported mishaps in 2019.  HL7183
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Watchkeeper airframes are currently in-service; and how many have (1) undertaken flights in the past 12 months, and (2) been in storage for longer than 12 months.  HL7184
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the research from University College London, published on 20 July, which suggests that teenage boys have more ambitious aims regarding higher education which contributes towards the gender pay gap.  HL7185
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the recent Higher Education Statistics Agency statistics which suggest that gender and race inequalities are established immediately after university graduation.  HL7186
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to expand the Hydrogen Advisory Council as part of the formation of a wider UK hydrogen strategy.  HL7187
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement on COVID-19 by the Prime Minister on 17 July, what plans they have for the return of staff of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to work in offices.  HL7188
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