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Questions for Written Answer for 24 July 2020

Tabled on 23 July 2020 and due for answer by 6 August 2020.

Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding and recommendations of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales in its briefing paper Responsibility of States under International Law to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China, published on 22 July.  HL7189
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken or are planning to take, following the recommendation of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales in its Briefing Paper Responsibility of States under International Law to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China, published on 22 July, to request that an Advisory Opinion be so… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken or are planning to take, following the recommendation of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales in its Briefing Paper Responsibility of States under International Law to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China, published on 22 July, to support the call of the UN independent… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken or are planning to take, following the recommendation of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales in its Briefing Paper Responsibility of States under International Law to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China, published on 22 July, to invoke China’s international responsib… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken or are planning to take, following the recommendation of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales in its Briefing Paper Responsibility of States under International Law to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China, published on 22 July, to use all available offices and legal me… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken or are planning to take, following the recommendation of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales in its Briefing Paper Responsibility of States under International Law to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China, published on 22 July, as recommended by the Bar Human Rights Co… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with churches and faith communities about the difficulties of obtaining broadband access for places of worship which do not have a postcode; and what plans they have to arrange a debate on this issue in the House.  HL7195
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria were used in the Town Deals selection process in rejecting four of the eleven towns in the north east of England that had been recommended by officials to ministers.  HL7196
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 15 July (HL6348), how they propose to be publicly accountable for their investment in OneWeb.  HL7197
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 26 June, what assessment they have made of the accuracy of the statement “there is a possibility that the entirety of the investment is lost and no wide… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provisions of clause 5 of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill are planned to enable Ministers to make regulations which could result in EU citizens with EU settled status receiving less favourable social security benefits than UK citizens.  HL7199
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement (1) the proposals contained in Childhood obesity: a plan for action - Chapter 2, published in June 2018, and (2) the recommendations relating to childhood obesity outlined in the Green Paper Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, published in July 2019.  HL7200
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on people living with obesity, what plans they have to develop a campaign to encourage people to make healthy choices; with whom they have engaged on the development of any such plans; and whether they intend to publish those plans.  HL7201
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the terms of reference of the independent inquiry into COVID-19, announced on 15 July; and whether that inquiry will examine the prevalence of diabetes and obesity as key risk factors for patients with COVID-19.  HL7202
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the evidence that informed their decision to include people with a BMI over 40 on the list of those most at risk of worse outcomes from COVID-19; and why people with a BMI lower than 40 who are overweight or obese were not in included in that category.  HL7203
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 9 July (HC Deb, col 1119) and the decision of the Court of Cassation in Bahrain to uphold the death sentences of Mohammed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa, what plans they have (1) to issue a public statement, and (2) to make representations the governm… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by Alma Research and Education Centre indicating that Hezbollah has located at least 28 missile launch sites in residential areas in Beirut, including next to schools, hospitals and places of worship.  HL7205
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to address at the United Nations Security Council reports that Hezbollah has located missile launch sites in residential areas of Beirut.  HL7206
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Sugg on 15 June (HL4960), 29 June (HL5655) and 22 July (HL6669), whether they will now answer the questions put, in particular, on what date they were informed by the government of Ireland of its plans for passengers travelling from Great Britain to the Republic of Ireland to be subject to quara… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made (1) of the difficulties in obtaining insurance cover faced by people working in the creative industries, and (2) of the effect that such difficulties may have on those people’s creative output; and what plans they have to support such people.  HL7208
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to instruct the intelligence agencies to produce a plan to address any interference by the government of Russia in UK (1) democratic processes, and (2) society.  HL7209
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to introduce legislation to strengthen their ability to deal with (1) espionage, and (2) illegal behaviour, in the UK by (a) the government of Russia, and (b) people associated with that government.  HL7210
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to provide dental treatment for older people (1) in receipt of pension credit, and (2) who are unable to afford dental treatment by private sector providers.  HL7211
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which principal councils are making up the funding shortfalls of town and parish councils resulting from the loss of income from leisure facilities and community centres since the COVID-19 pandemic began; and what guidance they are giving to principal councils on this matter.  HL7212
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the membership of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council; what powers and role that Council will possess; what is its operational budget; how often it will meet; and whether its meetings and papers will be publicly accessible.  HL7213
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation took place with Transport for the North about the establishment of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council; what the relationship between Transport for the North and the Northern Transport Acceleration Council will be; and whether members of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council will also sit on the board of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the creation of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council, what plans they have to amend (1) the constitution, (2) the powers, and (3) the methods of operation and decision-making of Transport for the North.  HL7215
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS dental practices there were in England in (1) 1990, (2) 2000, (3) 2015, and (4) 2020; how many NHS dental practices in each of those years accepted people over the age of 65 as NHS patients; and how many towns of more than 10,000 people have no NHS dental facilities for older people.  HL7216
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance they have made available to the Northern Ireland Executive to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7217
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the treatment of young people with mental health conditions.  HL7218
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to safeguard young people by preventing the use of controlled drugs.  HL7219
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for future (1) funding, and (2) planning, arrangements in the health and social care sector.  HL7220
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made by NICE of the suitability of applying the 1.5 per cent non-reference discount rate for one time gene therapies that offer long-term health benefits.  HL7221
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times NICE (1) has accepted, and (2) has rejected, a manufacturer request to apply the 1.5 per cent non-reference discount rate as part of a single technology appraisal final appraisal determination in the last five years; in which technology appraisal guidance documents that discount rate was applied; and in each c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether NICE applies the recommendations of the HM Treasury's Green Book concerning the application of a 1.5 per cent discount rate for health benefits and costs; and if not, why not.  HL7223
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the case for, and (2) the feasibility of, creating a new institution for détente and dialogue in the Middle East and North Africa; and what plans, if any, they have to make proposals for that purpose.  HL7224
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss the case for creating new permanent Commonwealth specialist agencies at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.  HL7225
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential (1) of creating new, and (2) of improving current, channels for détente and dialogue to prevent violent conflict and foster harmonious development globally.  HL7226
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and intend to have, with UNHCR and other governments and agencies, about (1) the resettlement of refugees and migrants, and (2) preventing existing refugee camps and detention centres becoming permanent.  HL7227
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the proposed changes to the Small Brewers’ Relief will not increase the tax burden for brewers who produce between 2,100 hectolitres and 5,000 hectolitres a year.  HL7228
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there will be an equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine among developing nations, if such a vaccine is developed in the UK.  HL7229
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ethical implications of the creation of emergency funds by multinational corporations to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7230
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress towards the Every Woman Every Child goals.  HL7231
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further (1) to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 22 July (HL6637), (2) reports that remand prisoners’ hearing dates are being set for more than 12 months in the future, and (3) the normal time limits relating to such prisoners anticipating returning home, what steps are being taken to ensure that (a) Hous… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many immigrants have been brought to the UK from the sea between France and England by ships controlled or owned by (1) the Government, or (2) their agencies, in each week during 2020.  HL7233
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 28 May (HL4424), what estimate they have made of the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the UK in each week since 1 May.  HL7234
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances migrants seeking to travel by sea from France to the UK who are picked up in distress from international waters by UK ships can be returned to France.  HL7235
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Lord Marlesford to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how much has been paid in financial support, excluding travel costs, to members of the House of Lords in each of the last 12 months.  HL7236
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding they intend to provide to bus and coach operators to ensure that COVID-19 (1) safety, and (2) additional capacity, requirements are in place when schools return in September; and when they plan to announce their funding decisions for such provision.  HL7237
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 July (HL6684), what additional funding they intend to provide to support bus and tram services outside of London once the current COVID-19-related funding expires on 4 August; and when they intend to announce the arrangements for any such funding.  HL7238
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide long-term financial support to bus, coach and tram services outside of London whilst there is reduced capacity and demand for public transport due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and how any such funding will be dispersed.  HL7239
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 21 July (HL6569), how Highways England was able to determine three possible new routes for the A27 between Polegate and Lewes before completing consideration of (1) environmental impacts, and (2) the impact on the towns and communities at the two endpoints of these rou… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for increasing public health funding in the light of the COVID-19 crisis; and whether future statements to Parliament on COVID-19 will address any such increase of that funding.  HL7241
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase funding for public education campaigns about smoking in order (1) to encourage people who have quit smoking during the COVID-19 lockdown to remain smoke-free, and (2) to motivate people to quit smoking in coming months.  HL7242
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the data included in Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England Quarter 4, 2019–20, published on 7 July, what assessment they have made of Greater Manchester’s Smokefree Pregnancy programme; and what plans they have to implement a national smoke-free pregnancy incentives programme along the lines of th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the recent survey by the Neurological Alliance, Restarting services for people with neurological conditions after the COVID-19 pandemic and planning for the longer term, published on 7 July, that (1) 47 per cent of those surveyed had had their appointments with a neurologist delayed beca… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the First Secretary of State to the Chair of the House of Commons International Development Committee on 22 July, whether the decision to reduce the international aid budget by £2.9 billion this year will affect their commitment to maintain the international aid budget at 0.7 per cent of Gross Na… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government in how many cases the Forced Marriage Unit provided advice or support related to possible forced marriage (1) to a person aged under 16, (2) to a person aged between 16 and 18, and (3) to a person aged between 18 and 20, in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016, (d) 2017, (e) 2018, and (f) 2019.  HL7246
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions were initiated in relation to forced marriage in (1) 2014, (2) 2015, (3) 2016, (4) 2017, (5) 2018, and (5) 2019; and how many such prosecutions were successful in each year.  HL7247
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 July (HL6523), what assessment they have made of reports that political prisoner Hamad Al Mahfood has not yet received the urgent medical treatment required for an ongoing tooth infection despite the assurances they have received from the government of Bahrain about the acc… 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 plans they have to maintain the European Electronic Communications Code beyond the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December; and, if they intend to maintain the Code, what assessment they have made of its impact on the use of digital technologies designed to detect and prevent online harms against children.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the pilot at HMP Wandsworth of the video link booking system developed by the Ministry of Justice to allow both prison and court users to book slots with the Video Conference Centre to minimise the need to interact via telephone or emails has been completed; what lessons have been learned from that pilot to date; and what plan… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service and (2) the judiciary, have evaluated the Video Remand Hearings, Summary and Crown Court trials and Prison to Court Video Links developed by the Video Enabled Justice Programme led by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and currently operating in Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surre… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 21 May (HL4175), what guidance is in place for secondary schools to permit visits for assessment tests in September and October 2020 of prospective pupils whose parents are applying for secondary transfer in September 2021.  HL7252
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding has been allocated to the Oak National Academy in the 2020–21 financial year; and whether there will be an independent assessment of the educational value and value for money of the contract awarded to Oak National Academy.  HL7253
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether academies are obliged to teach all national curriculum subjects at Key Stage 2; and what action will be taken if an academy does not teach modern foreign languages at Key Stage 2.  HL7254
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place to ensure that the £650 million additional catch-up resources for schools and other educational settings will be allocated to the most deprived neighbourhoods.  HL7255
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many laptops each (1) local authority, and (2) multi-academy trust has received since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic; and how many vulnerable pupils are educated by each (a) local authority, and (b) multi-academy trust, in England.  HL7256
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all unregistered education settings are required to register with Ofsted.  HL7257
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with reservist employers about mobilising (1) the Army Reserve, and (2) the Regular Reserves, in the event of any second wave of COVID-19.  HL7258
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for mobilising (1) the Army Reserve, and (2) the Regular Reserves, in the event of any second wave of COVID-19.  HL7259
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to mobilise (1) the Army Reserve, and (2) the Regular Reserves, to deal with any (a) second wave of COVID-19, and (b) any unrest following the end of the Brexit transition period.  HL7260
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 related deployments on the fulfilment of their standing defence commitments.  HL7261
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether military personnel are still assisting with COVID-19 testing; and if not, why not.  HL7262
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have in place for anyone (1) without access to computers, and (2) who is not online, when the Making Tax Digital programme comes into operation  HL7263
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) allowances will be available, or (2) payment will be made, to anyone who is self-employed for the time spent complying with the requirements of the Making Tax Digital programme.  HL7264
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Making Tax Digital programme has been introduced due to reductions in the HMRC workforce.  HL7265
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund any (1) specialised computer software, and (2) training, required by the self-employed for the Making Tax Digital programme.  HL7266
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund appropriate standards of broadband connection for those who live in areas with poor broadband connectivity to ensure that they can participate in the Making Tax Digital programme.  HL7267
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