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Questions for Written Answer for 15 September 2020

Tabled on 14 September and due for answer by 28 September.
Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support victims of the fire at the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos; and whether they plan to bring any of those affected, including children, to the UK.  HL8041
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 4 February 2008 (HL Deb, col 904), what conclusions were reached by the review of practices in informing donor-conceived children of the fact of their donor conception; what changes in the law were consequently made to ensure that donor-conceived children are informed o… 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 plans they have to lead the initiative at the UN General Assembly to request an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the legality of the veto power, where the exercise of the veto by one of the permanent five members of the UN Security Council would have the effect of (1) facilitating continuing vi… 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 have taken in response to the proposals to block veto powers of the permanent members of the UN Security Council in cases of (1) genocide, and (2) other international crimes.  HL8044
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government how many religious denominations which had no registered places of worship for the purpose of solemnising opposite-sex marriages prior to 2013 have registered such places of worship since 2013; and to list those denominations and places by the date of their first registration.  HL8045
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 3 August (HL7029) and by Lord Keen of Elie on 4 August (HL7031), what is the timetable for (1) their proposed interim reform of the law governing approved premises for marriages and civil partnerships, (2) the proposed limited reform and non-legislative options r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 3 August (HL7029) and by Lord Keen of Elie on 4 August (HL7031), why they are pursuing reforms of marriage law separately to the ongoing Law Commission review; whether they plan to bring forward legal recognition of humanist marriages before the conclusion of tha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to commemorate Black History Month in October; which Departments, if any, are supporting specific initiatives to promote a better understanding of the contribution of Black people (1) to the UK, and (2) to the history of the British Isles; and what is the nature of any such initiatives.  HL8048
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of examination boards in  promoting a better understanding of British history; and which such boards examine modules that cover (1) the history of migration, (2) the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, (3) the contribution of Black people to British history from the Roman invasion to the end of the 20t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Borwick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many vehicles have been stopped for reasons which include overloading in each region in England in the last 12 months; how many such vehicles have been tested for gross weight; and how many drivers have been arrested for being found to have overloaded their vehicle.  HL8050
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 8 September (HL7080), whether they informed either House that an agreement would be needed with, and there would be an uncapped unspecified fee payable to, a company registered in Delaware for making instruments of UK law available to the public when the European Public… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 8 September (HL7080), whether this example of Parliament not maintaining copyright over the publication of UK-adopted international accounting standards has a precedent; and if not, what other examples there are where they have granted the copyright of the publication… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 6 August (HL7506), and in the light of the fact that the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has indicated that a 'true and fair' override exists in both UK law and the standards of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), why the FRC's Accounting and Reporti… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the meeting that took place between Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Ministers and the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 7 September, whether they discussed (1) the cases of death row inmates and torture victims Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa, (2) political prisoners in Bahrain, (3) medical neglige… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the meeting that took place between Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Ministers and the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 7 September, what plans they have to increase cooperation with Bahrain.  HL8055
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 tests return a false-positive result in relation (1) to the total number of tests conducted, and (2) as a ratio of positive results in England; and how such figures compare with the figures for such results in (1) Northern Ireland, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales.  HL8056
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Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) changes to the law in Georgia which discriminate against foreign investors in that country's digital telecommunications network, (2) reports that such changes were due to pressure from the government of Russia, and (3) the impact of any such changes on Georgia's membership of internat… 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 a British national (overseas) citizen who is ordinarily resident in Hong Kong but is in the UK for a permitted six-month, visa-free stay would be allowed to remain in the UK for the duration of their application process for a new Hong Kong BN(O) Visa, even if this exceeded the initial six-month period.  HL8058
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Malta about migrants and refugees alleged to be detained on ill-equipped ferries in Maltese waters.  HL8059
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Greece about reports that that government has expelled over one thousand refugees.  HL8060
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to exclude products which are not sustainably produced from future trade deals; and if not, why not.  HL8061
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to prevent species extinction, and (2) to work with other nations and international organisations to implement worldwide measures to protect species at risk of extinction.  HL8062
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they provide to developing countries for family planning services.  HL8063
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to produce a list of laws which can be broken in a specific and limited way without penalty; and if so, when such a list would be available.  HL8064
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how the draft trade agreement with Japan differs from that which the European Union already has in place with Japan.  HL8065
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recognise the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on 26 September.  HL8066
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government at what level they will be represented at the United Nations General Assembly special high-level meeting on 2 October to recognise the significance of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.  HL8067
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what extra financial provision they plan to make available to schools who do not have the budget to meet the requirements of operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8068
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) independently, and (2) with the governments of other European nations, to provide political and financial support to opposition parties and individuals in Belarus.  HL8069
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Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport that "due to the incubation period of this disease, and even using highly accurate tests, the capture rate of those carrying COVID-19 may be as low as seven per cent" on 7 September (HC Deb, cols 366–7), what scientific evidence was used to calculate the capture rate; what… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people living with urinary incontinence have access to high quality medical devices after Brexit.  HL8071
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been their involvement in Urology Awareness Month 2020; and what steps they are taking to raise awareness around urological health and diseases.  HL8072
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of their guidance on hand sanitiser for people who cannot use alcohol-based hand rubs due (1) to eczema, (2) to dermatitis, and (3) to other skin conditions.  HL8073
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effect of alcohol-based hand sanitisers on people with skin conditions, and (2) the effectiveness of the alternative products available to people who cannot use such hand sanitisers due to (a) skin conditions, or (b) allergies.  HL8074
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to review their guidance on hand sanitisers, and (2) to adopt the British Standards Institution kitemark for hand sanitiser.  HL8075
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a kitemark of minimum standards for all hand sanitisers, benchmarked against alcohol.  HL8076
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish any advice or briefings prepared by the civil service on the impact of the provisions of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland relating to state aid.  HL8077
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any reason not to reach an agreement with the EU on state aid which uses the wording and intent evidenced in the free trade agreement reached with Japan.  HL8078
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the potential risks for UK investors by H2O Asset Management's approach to valuing unlisted investments held in open-ended funds, and (2) whether any group of investors, including associates and other clients of H2O Asset Management and its executives and owner, have been treated preferentially.  HL8… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any requests for information from the Autorité des Marchés Financiers in connection with the Financial Conduct Authority’s supervision of the valuation of investments in public funds managed by H2O Asset Management.  HL8080
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to apply to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.  HL8081
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the state of preparedness of the Smart Freight Service; and when they expect to be in a position to start testing the system.  HL8082
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to waive the rules applying to the use of slots by airlines; whether they plan to make a statement to this effect; and if so, when.  HL8083
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they have made available for people who do not have their own transport who have been told they must travel for a COVID-19 test.  HL8084
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the number of people who can meet indoors ahead of the Christmas period.  HL8085
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU beyond 31 December, in the light of the progress of negotiations.  HL8086
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, what plans they have to make new arrangements for the welfare of asylum seekers following the UK’s departure from the EU.  HL8087
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government what has delayed the publication of the inquiry into the leaking of confidential messages from Lord Darroch of Kew when he was UK Ambassador to the United States.  HL8088
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase access to online learning for all university students.  HL8089
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide social care professionals with legal training and information on COVID-19 emergency measures.  HL8090
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research by the Learning and Work Institute, published on 27 August, that suggested young people have lost apprenticeship opportunities at a faster rate than any other age group.  HL8091
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report Education at a Glance 2020, published on 8 September, which suggests that the teacher pay gap in England is twice that of the OECD average.  HL8092
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with industry and other sector bodies about the role that decarbonising the maritime sector can play in achieving the UK's target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.  HL8093
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about that government's proposals to build 5,000 new homes in the West Bank for Israeli settlers.  HL8094
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about reports that (1) classroom chairs and tables, and (2) roof panels, from an elementary school in Ras al-Tin have been confiscated by that government.  HL8095
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian National Authority about the protection of the education of Palestinian children in the West Bank.  HL8096
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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 bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israel Defense Force are being withheld.  HL8097
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Israel demolished 51 Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem in August.  HL8098
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about the uprooting of olive trees for the construction of a settler-only road in Ras Karkarby by that government.  HL8099
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Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Police Foundation and The People’s Pension Protecting People’s Pensions: Understanding and Preventing Scams, published on 7 September, what action they are taking to protect people from pension scams.  HL8100
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Baroness Wyld to ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis the Department of Health and Social Care has made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the take-up of routine childhood vaccinations.  HL8101
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to conclude their investigation into allegations of bullying of officials by the Home Secretary; and when the report of that investigation will be published.  HL8102
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