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Questions for Written Answer for 18 November 2020

Tabled on 17 November 2020 and due for answer by 1 December 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of the United States’ decision to introduce restrictions on (1) Changji Esquel Textile Co. Ltd, (2) Hefei Bitland Information Technology Co. Ltd, (3) Hefei Meiling Co. Ltd, (4) Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories Co. Ltd, (5) Hetian Taida Apparel Co. Ltd, (6) KTK Group, Nanjing Syne… 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 reports that the government of Azerbaijan has taken steps to erase its Armenian cultural heritage by destroying churches, cross-stones, and tombstones in Nakhichevan; what assessment they have made of implications of that erasure on the current situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and wh… 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 steps they have taken to ensure that the Judicial Office and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service assess the needs of hearing impaired users to fully participate in court hearings (1) in person, and (2) remotely, including any advice and guidance provided to the judiciary and court staff.  HL10415
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to facilitate in-person court hearings in line with guidance in place during the COVID-19 pandemic; and if so, (1) how, (2) what will be the process for requesting an in-person hearing, and (3) what steps they will take to make relevant bodies aware that safe facilities can be provided.  HL10416
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 November (HL Deb, col 1272) that the Home Office keeps the UK visa regime under review, what mechanism they have in place to ensure the Home Office regularly hears the views of other departments on the visa regime applied to Peru.  HL10417
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report of the Select Committee on International Relations The UK’s relationship with the Pacific Alliance, published on 26 June 2019, and the recommendation that "Government should seriously consider removing its short-term visa requirements for citizens of Peru and Colombia", what discussions Home Office… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed UK and Andean countries trade agreement includes provisions about visa reform for those travelling on business from Peru to the UK.  HL10419
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that their net zero transport policies are informed by an assessment of the comparable costs of using road and rail, in particular the impact of road user charging.  HL10420
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion of, women remanded in custody at (a) a magistrates' court, and (b) a Crown Court, did not subsequently receive an immediate custodial sentence in each of the last five years.  HL10421 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) male, and (2) female, prisoners in England and Wales are aged 80 or over.  HL10422 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of the Prison Estate Transformation Programme.  HL10423 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork cases have been opened in each of the last five years.  HL10424 [I]
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Lord Cashman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their LGBT Action Plan 2018: Improving the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, published on 3 July 2018, what progress they have made in reviewing the blood donation deferral period for men who have sex with men; who is leading that review; when they estimate that review to publish its recommendations; an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Barran (HL10058) from 11 November, on what basis they propose to use age assurance as opposed to age verification to prevent children accessing online pornography; what is the difference between the two measures; and what assurance they can give that they are equally effective.  HL10426
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 November (HL Deb, col 1272), when were visa requirements for visitors to the UK from Peru last reviewed; and what criteria will be used to decide whether further review is required.  HL10427
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government at which stations passengers will be able to board (1) between London and Birmingham, and (2) between Birmingham and Crewe, when HS2 is completed.  HL10428
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be (1) the top speed, and (2) the average speed, of HS2 (a) between London and Birmingham, and (b) between Birmingham and Crewe.  HL10429
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government when a decision will be made on whether HS2 is going to terminate at Euston station or Old Oak Common.  HL10430
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh RCSEd responds to cancellation of elective surgery, lack of testing and concerns over NHS staff wellbeing, issued on 10 November.  HL10431
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what risk assessment has been conducted on the requirement of the Home Office for asylum seekers to report in person.  HL10432
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential increase in capacity for commuter services on the West Coast Main Line south of Northampton after the introduction of HS2.  HL10433
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to increase the capacity, and (2) to reduce journey times, of rail services between London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour stations.  HL10434
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the papers of Sir Malcolm Arnold are preserved for future historical study.  HL10435
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Independent Schools Council’s Partnership Week 2020.  HL10436
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement that they have secured five million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, whether that contract has any conditions relating (1) to the number of doses, and (2) to the date of delivery; and whether there are any material conditions that could affect availability of that vaccine.  HL10437
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average waiting time for callers to the self-assessment helpline of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in each month so far of the current tax year.  HL10438
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the anti-terrorism measures proposed by the government of (1) France, and (2) Austria; whether they intend to introduce similar measures in the UK; and if not, why not.  HL10439
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 October (HL8424), whether they intend any extradition from the UK to any EU jurisdiction after the end of transition period to be possible only with a court ruling that there is a prima facie case to answer; and if not, why not.  HL10440
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 4 November (HC Deb, col 318), whether literacy is intended to be a part of the tutoring programme; and if so, (1) what plans they have to survey literacy levels across all age groups, (2) whether the tutoring will be available to all schools across England, and (3) what steps they ar… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include bookshops on the lists of businesses permitted to remain open in all areas subject to restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic should tiers of restrictions be reintroduced from 2 December.  HL10442
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  HL10443
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will establish the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  HL10444
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they will allocate annually to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; and what proportion of such funding will be given to each of the devolved administrations.  HL10445
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Royal Mail Group about the potential to mirror the decision of An Post in Ireland to deliver post for free to care homes.  HL10446
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether George Pascoe-Watson participated in any (1) telephone call, (2) verbal discussion, (3) written communication, or (4) other meeting, during his time as an adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care which covered (a) policy, or (b) operational, information about plans (i) to put London into Tier 2 restrictions, and (ii)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government when Lord Feldman was appointed as an adviser to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care; and (1) when, and (2) where, any such appointment was made public.  HL10448
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care spoke with representatives of (1) Tulchan Group, and (2) Meller Designs, on 6 April; and if so, whether (a) the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) was discussed, (b) whether any records were kept of that discussion, and (c) wh… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 9 November (HL Deb, col 808), what proportion of the £119 million of funding available through Arts Council England has been paid directly to individual freelance workers; and what is the breakdown of payments by (1) art form, and (2) category of freelance worker.  HL10450
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their guidance Testing for coronavirus: privacy information - quick read, last updated on 11 November, which states that users’ data collected during testing for COVID-19 may be shared “for research purposes”, (1) what are the research purposes, (2) who will the data be shared with, (3) how long will the data be kept, an… 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 plans they have (1) to widen the scope, and (2) to extend the length, of Permitted Paid Engagement visas after the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU has ended.  HL10452
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish updated guidance on which business activities are permitted under visa rules after the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL10453
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation by the Law Society and the Bar Council in its joint paper Immigration priorities for the legal services sector, published in November, that they should seek to "secure an EU-level treaty commitment to Permitted Paid Engagements throughout the entire period of a business visi… 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 plans they have to include the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course as admissible courses to attain a visa to the UK via the graduate immigration route after the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU ends.  HL10455
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish guidance to employers on the obligation to conduct right to work checks of EU nationals once the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU has ended.  HL10456
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, in response to the statement by the Commissioner-General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East on 9 November about that Agency's financial challenges.  HL10457
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, if any, to support Palestinians in the West Bank who have legal title deeds to their land from having their property and resources demolished by the government of Israel.  HL10458
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Israel has (1) prevented Palestinian farmers from reaching their land, and (2) subsequently used the lack of use of such land as evidence that the land has been abandoned and can be used to expand settlements; and what steps they are taking, if any, to support those affe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government, whether the governments of other countries will be providing support when HMS Queen Elizabeth is deployed in the South China Sea.  HL10460
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government when a new UK armed forces families' strategy will be published.  HL10461
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish (1) the names of members of the Veterans Advisory Board, and (2) the minutes of the Board's meetings.  HL10462
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the British Society for Immunology The ageing immune system and COVID-19, published on 10 November.  HL10463
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 23 October (HL9102), whether the Local Air Quality Management framework requires that local authorities monitor air quality in streets into which traffic has been displaced by road closures.  HL10464
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