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Questions for Written Answer for 30 September 2020

Tabled on 29 September 2020 and due for answer by 13 October 2020.
Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of maintaining (1) the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, and (2) the Job Retention Scheme, at the current level for businesses that are unable to open as a result of restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8569
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of live music performances taking place in England in September 2020 in comparison to the same period last year.  HL8570
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how successful the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have been in retaining workers in (1) the creative, and (2) the music, sector.  HL8571
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of (1) job losses, and (2) business closures, in (a) live music venues, (b) the live music supply chain, and (c) the music sector as a whole, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8572
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of live music venues in England that have re-opened under stage 4 of the phased return to professional performing arts.  HL8573
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to respond to the open letter from the leaders and chief executives of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds city councils to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care which raised concerns that local restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic pose a "huge, disproportionate” economic impa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 28 September (HL8106), how they will ensure that people will "limit social contact as much as possible” given that rules permit drinking in public houses with different groups of up to five others at different times.  HL8575
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to consult the Joint Committee on Human Rights when assessing prospective trade deals.  HL8576
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the then Minister for Asia and the Pacific on 26 February 2019 (HC Deb, col 145), what progress they have made in developing the cross-Government soft power strategy.  HL8577
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their free trade agreement with the government of Japan on Northern Ireland.  HL8578
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support UK (1) shipping, and (2) ports, with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8579
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Iceland regarding access to Icelandic fishing waters for UK fishers following the end of the transition period.  HL8580
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to prevent increased costs being incurred by Northern Ireland businesses as a result of provisions within the Northern Ireland Protocol.  HL8581
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 24 July that the “most comprehensive flu programme in UK history will be rolled out this winter”, what steps they took to ensure that a supply of flu vaccines would be available; and what assessment they have made of the reported shortage of such vaccines for autumn 2020.  HL8582
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the suspension of driving tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to extend the validity period of driving test theory certificates.  HL8583
Answered
Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the MOT process during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8584
Answered
Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about business rates relief in Northern Ireland.  HL8585
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time for people who pass the recruitment process for the British Armed Forces before they receive a job offer.  HL8586
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the uptake of their scheme to provide digital devices and internet access for care leavers.  HL8587
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure every care leaver in England has access to a digital device and the internet for at least 12 months when they first live independently.  HL8588
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all services provided by local authorities for care leavers include access to a digital device and the internet.  HL8589
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet with organisations which work with care leavers to discuss access to digital devices and the internet.  HL8590
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support hop growers in the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8591
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have provided to British farmers about the decision to ban the use of metaldehyde.  HL8592
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect high streets and shopping parades in England.  HL8593
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, other than the Business Interruption Loan Scheme, what support they are providing to plant and flower growers in England.  HL8594
Answered
Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Indonesia about police action in response to peaceful protests by students at Cendewasih University in West Papua.  HL8595
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the accuracy, and (2) the efficacy, of the use of algorithms in (a) the planning, and (b) the implementation, of their policies.  HL8596
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what algorithmic modelling they have used to identify and plan for (1) the location, and (2) the number, of new homes to be built in England; and whether they will publish the outputs of this modelling.  HL8597
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government at what stage of development is the Electronic Travel Authorisation system; and when they intend the system to come into use.  HL8598
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about tackling online abuse targeted at women.  HL8599
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 on trans people.  HL8600
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle race inequality in the workplace.  HL8601
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about the potential merits of including black British history in the national curriculum.  HL8602
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about reducing the number of maternal deaths among Black, Asian and minority ethnic women.  HL8603
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about tackling hate crime.  HL8604
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide to low-income families to help pay for the funeral costs of family members who have died of COVID-19.  HL8605
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure insurance companies compensate those whose holidays were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8606
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government where there is a publicly available list of state benefits and other financial support available to bereaved families.  HL8607
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that vessels from the Republic of Ireland have access to the port of (1) Fishguard, and (2) Holyhead, following the end of the transition period.  HL8608
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how much land they estimate will be required for the parking of lorries travelling through the port of Holyhead following the end of the transition period.  HL8609
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support those who are at higher risk from COVID-19 and may not be entitled to a refund for a booked holiday that they wish to cancel on health grounds.  HL8610
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey conducted by The Diana Award, published in September, which found that 32 per cent of the children surveyed had overheard racist comments at school.  HL8611
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support universities to provide more mental health and wellbeing support to students whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place.  HL8612
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Job Support Scheme on future levels of redundancy.  HL8613
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase pupil premium funding for economically disadvantaged children.  HL8614
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 September (HL8094), what advice they have given to the Palestinian Authority about what steps can be taken to prevent the government of Israel from building settlement housing on Palestinian land in the West Bank.  HL8615
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