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Questions for Written Answer for 27 July 2020

Tabled on 24 July 2020 and due for answer by 31 July 2020.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they receive royalty payments for equipment manufacture by Sage Control Ordnance under licence from Police Ordnance Co Ltd in Canada where the equipment was originally designed by Royal Ordnance.  HL7268
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch Accident Investigation Report 13/2020: Stena Superfast VII and Royal Navy submarine, published on 16 July, what steps they are taking to improve the training of the Royal Navy Submarine Service on the identification of higher speed passenger vessels.  HL7269
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy research paper Stakeholder perceptions of non-financial reporting, published in October 2019, (1) why they commissioned PwC to undertake this research; (2) whether the tendering process took account of any financial interest PwC had in non-financia… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 23 July (HL6931), what plans they have to ensure that the UK’s road vehicle environmental and safety standards will apply to vehicles which are subject to any free trade agreement negotiated with the government of the United States.  HL7271
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the impact of (1) the limited availability of, and (2) the long waiting times for, dental treatments under general anaesthesia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on children and vulnerable adults.  HL7272
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the NHS dental budget to mitigate any effects resulting from the reduction in routine dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7273
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the legal status of the common travel area between the UK, the Crown Dependencies and Ireland.  HL7274
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanism exists to resolve disputes between the UK Government and the government of Ireland over the operation of the common travel area.  HL7275
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, disputes have arisen between the UK Government and the government of Ireland over the operation of the common travel area.  HL7276
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a UK citizen has ever taken legal action against the UK Government over the operation of the common travel area.  HL7277
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 23 July (HL6670), what estimate they have made of how much less carbon dioxide would be emitted if boilers in all large houses were fitted with stored passive flue gas heat recovery technology (1) when such houses are built, or (2) when boilers in such houses are replaced.  HL727… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring and evaluation they have undertaken to ascertain the compliance of NHS continuing healthcare (1) virtual assessments, and (2) associated services, delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic with (a) the national framework for NHS continuing healthcare, and (b) relevant legislation.  HL7279
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to produce guidance on monitoring and evaluating the quality of virtual NHS continuing healthcare assessments.  HL7280
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that virtual NHS continuing healthcare assessments are compliant with the Equality Act 2010 reasonable adjustments duty.  HL7281
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement that they have identified a £2.9 billion package of reductions in their planned Official Development Assistance spend, what steps they are taking to ensure that reductions in such spend are made to programmes that have been found to be less effective at poverty alleviation.  HL7282
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement that they have identified a £2.9 billion package of reductions in their planned Official Development Assistance spend, what plans they have to publish a breakdown of those reductions, including (1) underspends, (2) activity delays, and (3) spending cancellations.  HL7283
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement that they have identified a £2.9 billion package of reductions in their planned Official Development Assistance spend, whether the budgets of other Government departments will be affected by those reductions; if so, which; and in each case, what will be the value of such reductions.  HL7284
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement that they have identified a £2.9 billion package of reductions in their planned Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend, what plans they have to publish the arrangements in place to reduce ODA spending in 2020.  HL7285
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement that they have identified a £2.9 billion package of reductions in their planned Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend, by what process they came to their decision to reduce their planned ODA spend.  HL7286
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all resources recommended or promoted for use by schools by the Department for Education are checked for compliance with (1) safeguarding procedures, (2) the Equality Act 2010, (3) the Public Sector Equality Duty, and (4) the statutory guidance on Relationship Education, Relationship and Sex Education and Health Educ… 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 what assessment they have made of the consistency of the answer on Data Protection Impact Assessments by the Secretary of State for Health on 20 July (HC Deb, col 1865) with section 251(7) of the National Health Service Act 2006.  HL7288
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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 no change to current pesticides protections resulting from any trade deals negotiated; and what plans they have to ensure that pesticides that are currently banned from use in the UK will remain so.  HL7289
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to those who have been refused refunds for cancelled events by the ticket resale site Viagogo.  HL7290
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that no one is discriminated against when booking goods and services online from companies based in the UK on the basis of their name.  HL7291
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to recent decisions by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and the current wholesale cost of fuel, what assessment they have made of the cost of fuel at petrol stations in the UK.  HL7292
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the safety and security of consumers, and (2) the prevalence of criminal activity, in the secondhand mobile phone market.  HL7293
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of contract terms in the new mobile phone market, in particular (1) the fairness of such terms for consumers, and (2) company practices relating to such contracts.  HL7294
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Home Secretary on 21 July (HC Deb, col 2022), what are the terms of reference for the evaluation of the compliant environment policy and measures; whether that evaluation will be designed in partnership with external experts as recommended in the report by Wendy Williams Windrush Lessons… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 20 May (HL4033), what has been the net income to HM Treasury from VAT in each month since March.  HL7296
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to announce details of the financial funding arrangements for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station, in particular the method by which electricity consumers would be protected from future project cost escalation; and what plans they have to publish those details before the Development Consent Order applicatio… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to pause consideration of the application by EDF to construct the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station at the end of the pre-examination stage, until those who are unable to take part in a virtual examination as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may take part in an open examination.  HL7298 [I]
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pre-pack administrations were referred to the Pre Pack Pool in each week since the beginning of February.  HL7299
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the pre-pack administrations referred to the Pre Pack Pool since the beginning of February, what was the amount owed to unsecured creditors.  HL7300
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what support the Pre Pack Pool has received from the Insolvency Service; and what plans they have, if any, to enhance this support.  HL7301
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings have taken place between the Pre Pack Pool and the Insolvency service in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020; and what subjects were discussed.  HL7302
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 26 February (HL1663), what progress they have made on the measures announced in June 2019 to strengthen the role of the Small Business Commissioner.  HL7303
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of ocean plastic debris globally; and what steps they are taking to prevent any increase in the volume of plastic waste entering oceans, in particular as a result of discarded face masks used during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7304
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 July (HL6859), how much they have spent on preparations for the provision of additional lorry parking capacity at Manston Airport.  HL7305
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further (1) to the statement by the Airport Operators Association that airports may have lost at least £4 billion in revenue by the end of 2020, and (2) the job losses in the aviation sector, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what steps they are taking to assist financially the aviation industry. [T]   HL7306
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what savings will make up the £2.9 billion package of reductions to the Government’s planned Official Development Assistance spend for 2020 announced by the First Secretary of State on 22 July, including (1) forecast underspends, (2) delays to planned activity, and (3) cancellation of planned spending.  HL7307
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government which departmental budgets will be affected by the £2.9 billion package of reductions to the Government’s planned Official Development Assistance spend for 2020 announced by the First Secretary of State on 22 July; and what is the value of each department’s reduction in spending.  HL7308
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the First Secretary of State’s announcement of a £2.9 billion package of reductions to the Government’s planned Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend for 2020 on 22 July, what arrangements they have put in place to tailor ODA spending further during the remaining months of the year.  HL7309
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government by what process they reached decisions on the £2.9 billion package of reductions to the Government’s planned Official Development Assistance spend for 2020 announced by the First Secretary of State on 22 July.  HL7310
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that cuts made as part of the £2.9 billion package of reductions to the Government’s planned Official Development Assistance spend for 2020 announced by the First Secretary of State on 22 July will focus on programmes that have been found to be less effective in achieving poverty reduction.  HL7311
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office on 6 July (HC Deb, col 717) that they intend to “undertake a public consultation on whether to make permanent the current COVID-19 measure allowing for home use of early medical abortion pills up to 10 weeks’ gestation for all eligible women”, wh… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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