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Questions for Written Answer for 19 October 2020

Tabled on 15 October and due for answer by 29 October.
Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to proceed with the electrification of a Transpennine rail route from Manchester to Leeds; which towns and cities they plan to serve by such a route; and when such work would commence.  HL9208
Answered
Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government how many state schools in England were closed to physical attendance by pupils because of COVID-19 at any point during the week of 12 October.  HL9209
Answered
Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recommence Ofsted inspections of schools.  HL9210
Answered
Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest cost estimate for the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace.  HL9211
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their view has changed as to whether the national security legislation in Hong Kong constitutes a breach of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration; and why British judges are permitted to serve in Hong Kong courts that have responsibility for the implementation of that legislation.  HL9212
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Burma Campaign’s response to the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation Annual review April 2019 to March 2020, published on 9 October, in particular, the concerns of that Campaign that sanctions targeting 16 individuals from the Burmese military and security services have not resulted… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what the process is for determining a change in the local COVID-19 alert level; and why the Liverpool City Region is subject to a higher alert level than other cities facing similar levels of cases.  HL9214
Tabled
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Greenhalgh on 14 October (HLWS505), how the additional support for rough sleepers will be accessed by those evicted from asylum accommodation after a negative decision; and what plans they have to review their policy requiring such evictions to ensure that people are protected “from life threate… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 12 October (HL8659) and Lord True on 24 June (HL5754), which UK citizens will be entitled to a UK-issued European Health Insurance Card that remains valid for travel in the EU after 31 December.  HL9216
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Bill before the French National Assembly to recognise the Republic of Artsakh; and what plans they have to introduce similar such legislation.  HL9217
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union letter to the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor published in July calling on the International Criminal Court to act against the “pernicious genocide” in northern Nigeria.  HL9218
Answered
Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the outcome of the consultation on egg, sperm and embryo storage limits.  HL9219
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 October (HL Deb, col 407), whether they have revised their aim of resettling 5,000 refugees in 2020/21 under the UK's new resettlement scheme as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and, if so, what is the revised aim for resettlement this year.  HL9220
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 September (HL7752), what discussions they have held with local authorities about their capacity to restart refugee resettlement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and whether any local authorities have confirmed that they are ready to restart resettlem… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the final 232 refugees within the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme will be resettled in the UK when it is safe to do so.  HL9222
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce their long term refugee resettlement commitment beyond 2021.  HL9223
Answered
Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the level of demand for flu jabs, and (2) reports that pharmacies and GPs have not had sufficient stock to meet demand; and what steps they are taking to ensure that pharmacies and GPs are supplied with enough vaccines to meet community need.  HL9224
Answered
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they make any assessment of the estimated costs arising from an amendment agreed to by the House of Lords to a Government Bill; and if so, (1) how, and (2) whether they publish that estimate.  HL9225
Answered
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the estimated costs arising from an amendment agreed to by the House of Lords to the Agriculture Bill; and if so, (1) how, and (2) whether they publish that estimate.  HL9226
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Consulate in Hong Kong is monitoring and assessing (1) resignations from, (2) appointments to, and (3) moves of members within, the judiciary in Hong Kong; what assessment they have made, if any, of the desirability of members of the British judiciary being seconded to serve in the courts of the region to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs has been invited to attend a session of the House of Commons International Development Committee; if so, whether any such invitation has been accepted; and if not, why not.  HL9228
Answered
Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Royal National Institute of Blind People Turned Out 2019, published on 13 October; and what steps they are taking to address the findings of that report.  HL9229
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of combined heat and power plants in the UK.  HL9230
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to address light pollution in the countryside.  HL9231
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential social benefits of reopening railways in the countryside.  HL9232
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of BBC radio on (1) attitudes, and (2) lives, in Africa.  HL9233
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Burkina Faso on the issue of forced marriage.  HL9234
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Russia about Yulia Tsvetkova.  HL9235
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of countries defaulting on repayments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9236
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the situation in Afghanistan.  HL9237
Answered
Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the missile attack on 11 October on Ganja was a breach of the agreed ceasefire in relation to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict; how many civilians were killed; and to whom they have made representations about this attack.  HL9238
Answered
Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they recognise the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh as part of the nation of Azerbaijan.  HL9239
Answered
Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of refugees from the Nagorno-Karabakh region since 1990.  HL9240
Answered
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Burning as a tool for the restoration of upland blanket bog: Position Statement by Natural England, published in February 2019, which advises that "in exceptional circumstances it may be appropriate to carry out a one-off burn for the purposes of restoration"; and what steps they inten… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of Nigeria about human rights abuses in that country, in particular those in relation to police brutality, illegal detentions, and assaults carried out by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.  HL9242
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they proceeded with their announced investment of £400 million in the company OneWeb; and what additional capability they planned to acquire through any such investment.  HL9243
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in developing a UK position navigation and timing satellite and earth observation system; how much they have spent on developing this project to date; and how much funding they plan to invest in this in each of the next four years.  HL9244
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of procedures being followed by train operating companies (1) to train new drivers; and (2) to refresh the training of existing drivers, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9245
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how they have made decisions on the frequency of train services since taking over financial responsibility for each rail franchise; and how they intend to make decisions on the future pattern of services in the event of economic recovery.  HL9246
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are now responsible for making decisions on the conditions applying to refunds requested for cancelled or delayed train journeys.  HL9247
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the outcome of the Williams Rail Review.  HL9248
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reach their tree planting target as set out in the Tree Planting Strategy; and if they have not reached that target, what assessment they have made of the reasons why they have not done so.  HL9249
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Institute of Zoology Living Planet Report, published in September, what steps they are taking to work with business to address species and habitat destruction caused by UK supply chains.  HL9250
Answered
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have allocated to Sheffield City Council to support the local NHS Test and Trace scheme.  HL9251
Answered
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of technical capability notices in the light of the international statement End-to-end encryption and public safety, signed by the Home Secretary on 11 October.  HL9252
Answered
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any technical capability notices have been issued under section 253 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016; if so, (1) how many, and (2) over what period; and whether any such notices have had the desired effect in each circumstance.  HL9253
Answered
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a technical capability notice would be unsuitable in the cases cited in the international statement End-to-end encryption and public safety, signed by the Home Secretary on 11 October.  HL9254
Answered
Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government what support and funding, if any, they are providing to (1) the Internet Watch Foundation, and (2) other organisations, working to prevent online sexual abuse; and when they plan to make any decisions about the future funding of the Internet Watch Foundation.  HL9255
Answered
Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure the UK distant waters fishing fleet has access to fishing opportunities from the year 2021 in (1) the Norwegian exclusive economic zone (EEZ) north of 61 degrees latitude, (2) the Faeroe EEZ, (3) the Greenland EEZ, and (4) the seas around Svalbard.  HL9256
Answered
Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking (1) to improve, or (2) to restore, the UK’s former access after 31 December to fishing opportunities in Icelandic waters.  HL9257
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the health needs of people with no fixed abode (1) are considered, and (2) are facilitated, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9258
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they have made to their (1) policies, and (2) practice, relating to (a) sourcing personal protective equipment, and (b) the methodology used to assess need and stockpile reserves of such equipment, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9259
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the average rate of pay of a qualified nurse with ten years experience in (1) 2010, and (2) 2020; and if adjusted for the purchasing value of the pound, what would be the percentage change in remuneration since 2010.  HL9260
Tabled
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Prime Minister met with the First Minister of Wales, either physically and virtually, between 1 June and 1 October.  HL9261
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that any decision to place a contract to procure (1) services, and (2) equipment, during the COVID-19 pandemic is not influenced by any individual involved in the procurement process having a personal connection to the company providing such services or equipment.  HL9262
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposals by the Welsh Government to impose a ban on those travelling from areas in the UK with a high prevalence of COVID-19 to Wales.  HL9263
Tabled
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