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Questions for Written Answer for 15 October 2020

Tabled on 14 October 2020 and due for answer by 28 October 2020.
Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) jobs, and (2) public finances, of the ending of participation in the VAT Retail Export Scheme; and what action they plan to take to offset any such impact.  HL9165
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the ending of air-side tax free concessions on (1) jobs, and (2) public finances; and what action they plan to take to offset any such impact.  HL9166
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the benefit to the UK economy of tax-free shopping being available to non-EU visitors, and (2) the impact of ending participation in (a) the VAT Retail Export Scheme, and (b) air-side tax free concessions, on (i) the number of tourist visits to the UK, (ii) the total shopping spend of to… 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 Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 October (HL8617), what prosecutions for breaches of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, in connection with Uighur slave labour, are either under way or being prepared; what assessment they have made of the United States' Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act; and wha… 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 election of China, Cuba and Pakistan to the United Nations General Assembly’s Human Rights Council in view of the human rights records of those countries; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that the right to freedom of religion or belief and other human rights are protected and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by End Child Poverty Child poverty in your area 2014/15 – 2018/19, published in October, which found that more children are living in poverty.  HL9170
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools have delayed the introduction of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education until summer 2021 due to complaints from parents and pressure groups; and what assessment they have made of the impact of complaints made following the publication of the Pl… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have provided to schools to assist with the provision of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education, in particular with the provision of lessons that include teaching on LGBT relationships.  HL9172
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to schools who consulted parents about the provision of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education but have since experienced complaints from parents and pressure groups which have resulted in delays to the introduction of those subjects to the curriculum.  HL9173
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support schools which have experienced complaints and pressure from parents about the provision of teaching about LGBT relationships on the curriculum; and what discussions they have had with such schools about ensuring the delivery of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what support and assistance they have provided to schools which have received communications threatening legal action from parents and pressure groups that seek to prevent the teaching of any form of relationship and sex education, including on LGBT relationships.  HL9175
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to reassure schools that they are not at risk of legal action for providing Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education on the curriculum.  HL9176
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of unowned cats in the UK.  HL9177
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new HIV infections have been recorded in each of the last ten years, broken down by age group; and what proportion of those infections were a clinical late diagnosis.  HL9178 [I]
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the report by the Migration Advisory Committee Review of the Shortage Occupation List: 2020, published on 29 September, that (1) teachers of modern foreign languages in secondary schools, and (2) interpreters, should be included on that list; and what plans they have to imple… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the State Department of the United States about reports that that Department is drawing up a revised draft sanctions list for the government of Turkey should that government continue to encourage and promote conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region, Armenia and Azerbaijan; if they have not had any such dis… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of powers under the Coronavirus Act 2020 to enable councils to hold remote meetings; and whether they plan to change the Local Government Act 1972 to allow councils to retain these powers beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9181
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that members of the public who have been instructed to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic on polling day will still be able to vote in the 2021 local elections.  HL9182
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of potential new testing measures for COVID-19 for air travellers entering the United Kingdom; and whom they have consulted about this (1) nationally, and (2) internationally.  HL9183
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum level of fine they can impose on freeholders of flat blocks where dangerous cladding has not been removed; and how many such fines have been imposed since the Grenfell Tower Inquiry started.  HL9184
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential merits of establishing a gambling ombudsman.  HL9185
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how many officials have been (1) recruited, and (2) redeployed to deliver the Government’s planned customs and border arrangements with the EU; and, if they have made such an assessment, how this compares with the number of officials employed by the European Commission.  HL9186
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for more toilets in Kent for lorry drivers due to potential congestion post-Brexit, and whether they have assessed how many lorries could be caught up in any such delays.  HL9187
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to prepare for potential delays in Anglesey, and at or near other ports in the UK, after 31 December.  HL9188
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards exist to ensure that weapons sold to other countries are not used on civilian populations.  HL9189
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the effectiveness of the Electoral Commission.  HL9190
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the levels of charitable donations.  HL9191
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of raising the recordable and reportable donation thresholds for registered political parties in the UK.  HL9192
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Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of households in London that are unable to insulate their lofts under the Green Homes Grant scheme due to a shortage of qualified contractors.  HL9193
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reciprocal benefits that independent schools and schools maintained by their local authority have derived from working together during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9194
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 13 October (HL8595), what was the reply given by the government of Indonesia to Heather Wheeler’s representations about West Papua at their meeting in January 2020.  HL9195
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce an NHS-led and commissioned treatment system to treat gambling addiction.  HL9196
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact of problem gambling; and what estimate they have made of how likely problem gamblers are (1) to experience family break up, (2) to commit crime, (3) to be unemployed, (4) to lose their homes, and (5) to have compromised life expectancy, compared with the rest of the p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ethnicity pension gap; and what steps, if any, they are taking to reduce it.  HL9198
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Employer Skills Survey 2019, published on 14 October, what steps, if any, they plan to take to encourage businesses to increase the amount of training provided to staff.  HL9199
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many police custody suites have been brought online since the introduction of the Cloud Video Platform.  HL9200
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of when all police forces in England and Wales will be connected to the Cloud Video Platform.  HL9201
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of hearings in courts and tribunals used audio or video technology either for the whole of the hearing, or in part, during September 2020.  HL9202
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) magistrates' courts, (2) crown courts, (3) civil courts and (4) family courts were using the Cloud Video Platform as of 1 October 2020.  HL9203
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with (1) the government of Russia, and (2) the government of the United States, about a New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.  HL9204
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many GP surgeries in the Folkestone area are not delivering a full range of services; whether this is occurring in other parts of the country; and whether such surgeries not delivering a full range of services is pursuant to any NHS strategy.  HL9205
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of limiting the number of nuclear warheads held by Russia and the USA.  HL9206
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for the Tempest programme of the announcement of an American sixth generation fighter.  HL9207
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