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Questions for Written Answer for 28 October 2020

Tabled on 27 October 2020 and due for answer by 10 November 2020.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 16 October (HL 8845), what are the Universal Credit earnings for a claimant earning £1,000 a month and paying £100 a month in relievable pension contributions into (1) a net pay arrangement pension scheme, and (2) a relief at source pension scheme.  HL9607
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial stability of care home providers in England and Wales in the light of any additional pressures arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9608
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fees paid by local authority commissioners to private care home providers in each area of the country; and whether the fees paid are sufficient to cover the costs of care provision.  HL9609
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fees paid by privately funded residents in care homes, relative to the fees paid by local authority funded residents in the same homes in the past three years.  HL9610
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed reports of abductions, forced conversions and forced marriages of women and girls from religious minorities in Pakistan with the government of Pakistan; and what was the outcome of those discussions.  HL9611
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan about the case of Arzoo Raja and her abduction, forced conversion and forced marriage.  HL9612
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise (1) forced conversion, (2) forced marriages, (3) abductions, and (4) abuse, of religious minority women and girls at international fora dealing with human rights.  HL9613
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to target their Official Development Assistance to Pakistan on methods and programmes that provide effective measures to prevent abductions, forced conversions and forced marriages of girls from minorities in Pakistan.  HL9614
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they made to the government of Zimbabwe about joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; and what has been the outcome of any such representations.  HL9615
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their hosting of the Global Conference for Media Freedom in 2019, what project work they have (1) undertaken, or (2) supported, to address issues with media freedom in Zimbabwe.  HL9616
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by their Ambassador to the WTO and UN in Geneva at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Zimbabwe on 30 September  that "the UK has rapidly reprogrammed £21.24 million to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19" in Zimbabwe, which Departmental budget has been used to fund the reprogrammed £21.24 million; an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they estimate will be raised through the imposition of value added tax on face masks and personal protective equipment.  HL9618
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they commissioned the Institution of Civil Engineers to independently review the options for the HS2 tunnel approaches to Euston; if so, when they will publish the report of that review; and where that review will be published.  HL9619
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what geographic protection has been secured for (1) English products, (2) Northern Irish products, (3) Scottish products, and (4) Welsh products, in the Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom and Japan for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership.  HL9620
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what tariffs have been agreed for the sale of meat from (1) the UK to Japan, and (2) Japan to the UK, in the Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom and Japan for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership.  HL9621
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many offenders were transferred from prisons in England and Wales to prisons in Northern Ireland in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020 to date.  HL9622
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how much value-added tax was collected from adult gaming centres in England and Wales in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020 to date.  HL9623
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many adult gaming centres are currently in operation in the UK.  HL9624
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of training HM Revenue and Customs officers in Northern Ireland in the use of vehicle stop and search powers since January 2019.  HL9625
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 12 October (HL8578), whether they intend to carry out similar Scoping Assessments on the potential impact on Northern Ireland of other new Free Trade Agreements.  HL9626
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of their progress to date in relation to their membership of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  HL9627
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will evaluate the success of the proof of concept pilot for the outsourcing of asylum interviews.  HL9628
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the benefits of consulting with civil society groups, and those who are engaged in supporting asylum seekers through interview processes, before establishing the system for the proof of concept pilot for the outsourcing of asylum interviews without such a consultation.  HL9629
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proof of concept pilot for the outsourcing of asylum interviews, whether the claimants will be informed that they are being interviewed by a third party rather than a Home Office employee; and if not, whether this information will be available upon request.  HL9630
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 October (HL Deb, col 1598), when the review into "safe and legal routes to the UK for asylum seekers, refugees and their families" will be completed; and whether that review will be published.  HL9631
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 October (HL8918), what assessment they have made of any difficulties in reconciling the objective for a full investigation into the origins of COVID-19, with the statement that the government of China "has to be part of the solution".  HL9632
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Lord Empey to ask the Leader of the House what guidance or training is given to Ministers on the requirements to answer written questions from Members of the House comprehensively.  HL9633
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any EU officials will be involved in inspecting (1) agricultural produce, (2) foods, or (3) other goods, entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain after 31 December.  HL9634
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children who were living with people now in prison, are currently living with the prisoners' partners.  HL9635
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update the study by the Home Office Research Directorate Imprisoned Women and Mothers, published in 1997; and what assessment they have made of the finding in that report that only five per cent of female offenders’ children remain in the family home while their mother is in prison.  HL9636
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the demand for allotments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assistance they intend to provide to local authorities, including parish councils, to increase the provision of allotments.  HL9637
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reach an agreement with the EU on aircraft certification standards.  HL9638
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fishing vessels, registered in England, are currently in operation in the UK.  HL9639
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made to date on their plans to reinvigorate fishing towns and communities.  HL9640
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the devolved administrations, and (2) the government of the Republic of Ireland, about legal high psychoactive substances.  HL9641
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have commissioned into the UK's success rate at treating breast cancer compared with other countries, namely in Europe.  HL9642
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government how many former military sites are currently vacant in the UK.  HL9643
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions for the sale or distribution of counterfeit pharmaceutical products there were in each of the last four years.  HL9644
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to appoint another Special Envoy for Gender Equality; and, if so, when any such appointment will be announced.  HL9645
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan (1) to investigate, and (2) to report on, whether white phosphorous was used as a result of considering samples of skin tissue from victims of Turkish military operations in east and north east Syria in 2019 to 2020; and if not, why not.  HL9646
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about reports that that government has refused to provide new visas for the staff of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  HL9647
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the request by the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, for the repatriation of foreign nationals in Al-Hol camp; and whether they raised the number of British nationals in any related discussions.  HL9648
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of migrants arriving in the Canary Islands from West Africa, and (2) the case for agreed European policies.  HL9649
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted an environmental impact assessment of the disposal of single use face masks; and if so, what was the outcome of any such assessment.  HL9650
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish annual league tables of the performance of water companies in tackling leakage.  HL9651
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the target date for the completion of the planting for the Northern Forest; and whether they are on target to meet that date.  HL9652
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support people suffering from mental health problems either caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9653
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how (1) surgeries, (2) stroke treatments, (3) cancer detections, and (4) admissions for chemotherapy, have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9654
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the argument that restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 indirectly cost more lives than they save.  HL9655
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect Christians from persecution around the world.  HL9656
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to stop older people from being targeted by scam telephone calls.  HL9657
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the lack of direct flights from the UK to Ercan International Airport, and (2) the reasons why there are no such flights; and what discussions they have had with airline operators about how long it is intended to divert such flights via Turkey.  HL9658
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many reported breaches of the COVID-secure workplace guidance have been received by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); what proportion of those were investigated by the HSE; and what proportion of such investigations triggered formal advice to the relevant employer.  HL9659
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) JCVI: updated interim advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, published on 25 September, how the JCVI will define which underlying health conditions present the greatest risk of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19; and what evidence it… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government which firms have been selected to run electric scooter trials in areas where trials are being undertaken.  HL9661
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that electric scooter trials test a range of (1) models, (2) providers, and (3) local circumstances.  HL9662
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of firms that would need to be involved in electric scooter trials for an evidence based policy decision to be made.  HL9663
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that firms providing electric scooters under the current trials can meet their undertakings; and what requirements must local and combined authorities operating such trials meet.  HL9664
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any firms that were successful in bidding to run an electric scooter trial are, as part of the contractual arrangement, providing additional infrastructure or other benefits.  HL9665
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what R rate for COVID-19 a Tier 3 area has to reach, and (2) for how long, before it is lowered to Tier 2.  HL9666
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last conducted a review of the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns and the related costs; and what were the results.  HL9667
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support local independent (1) newspapers, and (2) radio stations, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9668
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support creative freelancers who do not qualify for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.  HL9669
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that stage 5 of their plan to re-open live performance venues will begin.  HL9670
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of swimming pool and gym closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL9671
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial position of the grassroots sports sector.  HL9672
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the report by Sir John Jenkins Muslim Brotherhood review: main findings, published in December 2015, what recent assessment, if any, they have made of the Muslim Brotherhood.  HL9673
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Minister or Government representative has met Ibrahim Mounir since his appointment as Secretary General of the International Organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood.  HL9674
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the use of Pyronix-Hikvision technology in UK infrastructure in the light of reports of the alleged use of that company’s technology in Uighur detention facilities.  HL9675
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) 16, and (2) 17, year olds are not in education, employment or training.  HL9676
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) 16, and (2) 17, year olds are unemployed and claiming Universal Credit.  HL9677
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) 16, and (2) 17, year olds are participating in the Kickstart Scheme.  HL9678
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sustainability of the current university funding model.  HL9679
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support self–employed and freelance workers within the live music industry.  HL9680
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies Ethnic diversity in UK economics, published on 26 October; and what discussions they have had with universities about the diversity of academic staff.  HL9681
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to close the educational attainment gap between wealthy and deprived areas.  HL9682
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 October (HL8837), whether they have identified “any provocative action” by Palestinians which has (1) undermined cooperation between the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and (2) led to the (a) demolition of property, (b) destruction of farmland, or (c)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government with which governments they have discussed the case for having dedicated budget lines for contraception in national sexual and reproductive rights strategies.  HL9684
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they recommend that a client has a consultation with a clinician prior to the purchase of emergency contraception.  HL9685
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pharmacies in England are unable to provide emergency contraception in (1) a confidential, and (2) a COVID-19 secure, way.  HL9686
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of confidentiality in pharmacies for women who request emergency contraception.  HL9687
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to reclassify emergency hormonal contraception as a general sales list medication.  HL9688
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish detailed guidance on the type of cough that should prompt a person to book a COVID-19 test.  HL9689
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of people who have had a (1) positive, (2) negative, and (3) inconclusive, COVID-19 NHS test result after requesting a test because of (a) a cough, (b) a temperature, (c) a loss of taste, and (d) multiple symptoms.  HL9690
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in total have referred themselves for a NHS COVID-19 test; and what estimate they have made of the percentage of those people who self-referred who had (1) a cough, (2) a temperature, (3) a loss of taste, (4) multiple symptoms, and (5) no symptoms.  HL9691
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £27million of COVID-19 related funding allocated to domestic abuse services has so far been paid out; and how much they have allocated for use by such services in each (1) region, and (2) local authority.  HL9692
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they estimate the total spend on the #YouAreNotAlone domestic abuse campaign to be; and which media channels they intend to use to disseminate that campaign.  HL9693
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the implementation of their codeword scheme for domestic abuse victims, announced on 21 May; and what assessment they have made of the success of that scheme so far.  HL9694
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many written submissions they have received in connection with the first part of their internal review of Police and Crime Commissioners; and what plans they have to publish those submissions.  HL9695
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 26 October (HL9091), how many of the 33 full and part-time BAME staff employed by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services are (1) Black, (2) Asian and (3) Minority Ethnic.  HL9696
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 26 October (HL9090), how many of the 60 full and part-time BAME staff employed by the College of Policing are (1) Black, (2) Asian, and (3) Minority Ethnic.  HL9697
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 26 October (HL9092), how many of the 168 full and part-time BAME staff employed by the Independent Office for Police Conduct are (1) Black, (2) Asian and (3) Minority Ethnic.  HL9698
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