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Questions for Written Answer for 7 October 2020

Tabled on 6 October 2020 and due for answer by 20 October 2020.
Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that existing customers within the mobile, broadband and mortgage markets cease to pay more than new customers.  HL8790
Answered
Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been paid out by local authorities as a result of Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigations into adult care complaints each year in the last five years; and how they plan to support local authorities to improve adult care services.  HL8791
Answered
Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an individual’s pension contributions to a relief at source pension scheme reported to HMRC via Real Time Information are automatically deducted from the claimant’s earned income figure when calculations are made regarding their Universal Credit entitlement.  HL8792
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 October (HL8353), what is their process for triggering an assessment of indications of the existence or risk of atrocity crimes; and what mechanism is in place to oversee the assessment process.  HL8793
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 October (HL Deb, col 407), what criteria are being used by Public Health England to assess when it will be safe to restart refugee resettlement.  HL8794
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about safeguarding the Ahmadi Muslim community, following the killings of Naeem-ud-dine Khattak and two other Ahmadi Muslims in Peshawar; when they last discussed Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the government of Pakistan; and… 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 remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 October (HL Deb, col 407), what discussions Public Health England has had with comparable public health bodies in other countries which have restarted refugee resettlement about how they assessed the public health implications of doing so in the light of the COVID-… 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 discussions they intend to have with the government of Nigeria about (1) the abduction of Ezra Bako, Miracle Saitu Danjuma, Favour Danjuma, Happiness Odoji, and Christiana Madugu, from a school in Kaduna, and (2) Christian churches being attacked in Nigeria; and what assessment they have made of the reasons for those occ… 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 assessment they have made of the decision for inspectors from the Care Quality Commission to be permitted to visit care homes without having undergone a COVID-19 test; and what evidence they have that this does not pose a risk to the residents of those homes.  HL8798
Tabled
Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey regarding President Erdogan's statement on 1 October that "Jerusalem is our city".  HL8799
Answered
Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of gardens which would be paved over, and (2) the consequent loss of wildlife habitats, as a result of each of the three options set out in their consultation on reforming pavement parking.  HL8800
Answered
Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to assist injured members of the British Armed Forces including the Ulster Defence Regiment and their relatives to claim from the Victims' Payment Scheme.  HL8801
Answered
Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to provide training to members of the House of Lords to assist them with preparing concise and succinct supplementary questions.  HL8802
Answered
Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their equity investment in OneWeb has been completed; and if not, whether there are any approvals from the government of the United States which are required before any such investment is completed.  HL8803
Answered
Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government when is the Space-Based Positioning Navigation and Timing Programme due to report.  HL8804
Answered
Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement on 24 September that they "will explore new options for a UK satellite navigation and timing capability programme to support the nation’s critical infrastructure", whether OneWeb can be used to provide such support.  HL8805
Answered
Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have agreed with their investment partners that OneWeb's manufacturing capability will be brought back from the United States to the UK.  HL8806
Answered
Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a launch mechanism for OneWeb satellites which is independent of Roscosmos.  HL8807
Answered
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the terms of the free trade agreement with Japan.  HL8808
Answered
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in negotiations over joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.  HL8809
Answered
Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 28 September (HL8057), what plans they have to accelerate their assessment of the government of Georgia's amendment to their communications law following the expropriation of telecoms provider Caucasus Online; and whether they plan to raise concerns with the government of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the steps being taken to address cross-border crime involving (1) people, and (2) fuel smuggling, between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  HL8811
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Comprehensive Spending Review will conclude.  HL8812
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 September (HL7652) and (HL7653), when their review of Transport for London's future financial sustainability is due to report.  HL8813
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with (1) the government of Iraq, and (2) the Kurdistan Regional Government, about the installation of another pontoon bridge over the river Tigris at Faysh Kharbur.  HL8814
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of default on national debt in Zambia and other states which are receiving temporary relief; and what steps they are taking to limit the damage caused by any such defaults.  HL8815
Answered
Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of Vitamin D in promoting good health and resistance to COVID-19 and other infections.  HL8816
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role credit unions have played in supporting vulnerable people during the COVID–19 pandemic.  HL8817 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what role they envisage for the cooperative model in renewable energy.  HL8818
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to social enterprises to help with the changed circumstances and increased costs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8819
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Locality, Communities Work: How community organisations can lead the post-Covid jobs recovery, published on 16 September.  HL8820
Answered
Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what forecast they have made of the potential fall in VAT revenue following the end of the VAT Retail Export Scheme on 31 December.  HL8821
Answered
Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what contact they have had from organisations in support of the decision to end the VAT Retail Export Scheme.  HL8822
Answered
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Environment Agency, and (2) water companies in England, about testing waste water for COVID-19; and what plans they have to use the results of such tests to detect early warning signs of community COVID-19 outbreaks.  HL8823
Answered
Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the location of residential university students who test positive for COVID-19 is recorded in national statistics according to (1) their GP's address or (2) their university address.  HL8824
Answered
Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 7 September (HL5229), whether at any point since 31 January a COVID-19 test comprising of a swab of the back of the throat and the nose (1) taken at the same time, (2) at the same testing venue, and (3) from the same person, was counted as (a) one test, or (b) two tests.  HL8825
Answered
Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to providing temporary additional funding to schools to help fund the increase in cleaning costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8826
Answered
Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish guidance on how solo singers can perform in a COVID-19-safe way either (1) inside, or (2) outside.  HL8827
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 1 October (HL8296) and the White Paper Planning for the Future, published on 6 August, what assessment they have made of the reasons for low market absorption rates as the responsible factor for stalled developments.  HL8828
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what scheme they intend to establish to replace Natural England's Wood-Pasture Restoration Option within the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.  HL8829
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for 16 and 17 year olds to be disqualified from the Kickstart Scheme because they are unlikely to receive Universal Credit.  HL8830
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that vouchers granted through any future programme providing meals for schoolchildren during school holidays are only used to purchase food.  HL8831
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government why the statistics for appeals of Education, Health and Care plans are not kept centrally.  HL8832
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to speed up the 5G rollout.  HL8833
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute of Race Relations How Black Working-Class Youth are Criminalised and Excluded in the English School System, published on 28 September.  HL8834
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the campaign launched on 1 October by the Confederation of British Industry and others to increase the diversity of racial and ethnic participation in British businesses.  HL8835
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address homelessness amongst BAME groups who are at greater risk from COVID-19.  HL8836
Answered
Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the demolition of Palestinian property by the government of Israel, and (2) the impact of any such demolitions on people living in such property, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8837
Answered
Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that prominent Palestinian cultural and academic figures have been arrested by that government and are being held without charge.  HL8838
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the government of Colombia's compliance with the UK–Andean countries trade agreement, specifically with regard to labour rights commitments.  HL8839
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to enforce protections for food and product safety and standards in trade deals.  HL8840
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy for future trade relations with the Indian subcontinent.  HL8841
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy for future trade relations with the Commonwealth.  HL8842
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy for future trade relations with the African Union.  HL8843
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy for future trade relations with Latin America.  HL8844
Answered
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