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Questions for Written Answer for 5 October 2020

Tabled on 1 October 2020 and due for answer by 15 October 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of news reports of protests in Inner Mongolia about (1) the suppression of the Mongolian language, and (2) the destruction of the Mongolian ethnic identity.  HL8656
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children in each EU and EEA country who are UK citizens; which Government department or body has responsibility for looking after the interests of such children; what plans they have to provide special consular, or other, support services to those children after 31 Decemb… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Supreme Court of Ireland's ruling in Bookfinders Ltd -v- Revenue Commissioners on 29 September that the bread used by Subway cannot (1) be defined as bread, or (2) classed as a staple food, due to the amount of sugar it contains; what plans they have to review the Bread and Flour… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any agreement in principle has been reached on continuance of the European Health Insurance Card scheme for UK citizens visiting the EU after 31 December 2020.  HL8659
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 16 September (HL7614), whether any agreements in principle have been reached with EU Member States regarding mutual recognition of drivers' licences and disabled blue badges.  HL8660
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given (1) to introducing a national and regional skills strategy to provide reskilling opportunities within low carbon sectors, and (2) to the benefits of investing in reskilling and retraining in low-carbon and climate resilient industries, to address unemployment arising from the impact of the CO… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an assessment of funding for (1) a low carbon reskilling strategy, and (2) a public engagement strategy, will be included in the Net Zero Review  HL8662
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Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people diagnosed with COVID-19 on admission to hospital have died while still an in-patient after 28 days.  HL8663
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) places of worship were registered for solemnising opposite-sex marriages, and (2) denominations those registered places of worship belonged to, in each of the years from 2013 to present.  HL8664
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) places of worship were registered for solemnising opposite-sex marriages, and (2) denominations those registered places of worship belonged to, in each of the years from 2013 to present.  HL8665
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend legal recognition to humanist marriages.  HL8666
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term effects of (1) gambling advertising in sport, and (2) loot boxes, on young people.  HL8667
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about gambling company adverts and sponsorships displayed on the kit of professional sports teams.  HL8668
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal for the creation of a new task force on meeting the current and future housing and care needs of people as they age in communities, as recommended by the Associated Retirement Community Operators in its report Planning for retirement: How retirement communities can help meet the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in ensuring the continuation of the Erasmus programme after 31 December.  HL8670
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what alternative provision has been put in place if association to the Erasmus programme after 31 December cannot be negotiated.  HL8671
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have abandoned any proposals to move applicants for asylum in the UK to Ascension Island; what other proposals for the movement of such applicants to other countries are still under consideration; and whether they will place a copy of any documentation relating to such proposals in the Library of the House.  HL8672
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the governments of (1) Moldova, (2) Morocco, and (3) Papua New Guinea, about their suitability as UK asylum processing centres; whether each of these governments has indicated their willingness to agree to the establishment of a UK asylum processing centre; and what estimate they have mad… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 30 September (HL8064), what penalty they expect to incur if the UK Internal Market Bill is enacted unamended.  HL8674
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Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark the 25th anniversary of the charity CO-Gas Safety.  HL8675
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many advance payments have been made to defence contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic by (1) total value, and (2) number of recipients.  HL8676
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many advance payments have been made to pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic by (1) total value, and (2) number of recipients.  HL8677
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government how long it will take to achieve mass vaccination of the population against COVID-19.  HL8678
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what cost savings they have achieved to date through the TyTAN Typhoon aircraft programme; and where any such savings have been reallocated.  HL8679
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what NATO and EU exercises the Ministry of Defence intends to participate in during 2021.  HL8680
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they next intend to participate in the Baltic air-policing mission.  HL8681
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths from COVID-19 there were among patients in hospital aged under 60 with no pre-existing medical conditions; and what assessment they have made of these deaths.  HL8682
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions have taken place under the Coronavirus Act 2020 as a result of court proceedings.  HL8683
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what the estimated cost per week is for each asylum seeker staying in an accommodation centre.  HL8684
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they carried out any analysis of the potential cost of moving and accommodating asylum seekers to Ascension Island; and if so, what those costs were.  HL8685
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities about whether they have capacity to welcome refugees to their area.  HL8686
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with faith communities in the UK about any new proposals for the settlement of refugees.  HL8687
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term effects of gambling advertising on young people and their future participation in gambling activities.  HL8688
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government who owns (1) the intellectual property rights, and (2) the commercial rights, of the algorithm that was developed for the NHS COVID-19 app to determine the distance between users and the length of time users have spent in proximity to each other.  HL8689
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce a register of all parents who are teaching children at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8690
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that trade agreements will contribute to the UK's net zero carbon emissions target.  HL8691
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the membership of the trade advisory groups established in July includes trade union representation; and if not, why not.  HL8692
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government which, if any, of the Expert Trade Advisory Groups continue to exist; and how the remaining Groups will work alongside the trade advisory groups announced in July.  HL8693
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government how the trade advisory groups will interact with the Strategic Trade Advisory Group; and what the remit of each group is.  HL8694
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the creation of trade advisory groups, what plans they have to carry out consultation on trade agreements with (1) civil society, (2) trade unions, (3) consumers, and (4) the general public.  HL8695
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the vacant leadership positions at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on the operational capability of the OSCE; and what discussions they are having with OSCE participating states about (1) filling those positions promptly, and (2) mediating hostilities b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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