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Questions for Written Answer for 23 November 2020

Tabled on 19 November 2020 and due for answer by 3 December 2020.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the report by the World Benchmarking Alliance 2020 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, published on 16 November; and what steps they plan to take, if any, to address the findings of that report.  HL10497
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide extra support to legal aid practitioners to address additional (1) pressures from remote working, (2) demands from vulnerable clients, and (3) workload from domestic violence cases, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10498
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government why they voted to support amendments to International Maritime Organisation rules in relation to limiting the carbon intensity of ships; and what assessment they made, if any, of the potential impact on the climate of these amendments before casting their vote.  HL10499
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of plans by the Welsh Government to allow councils to adopt the Single Transferable Vote system for local government elections; and whether they intend to introduce such powers for English councils.  HL10500
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake public consultation on the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to different age groups and other distinct population groups.  HL10501
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review and update the document 'Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs: the rules' (1) to permit all classes of invalid carriage to use bus lanes and cycle-only lanes on roads, (2) to permit all classes of invalid carriage to use cycle-only tracks and paths, and (3) to replace the term 'invalid carri… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Home Secretary to the Migration Advisory Committee, published on 23 October, on what evidence they based their decision "not to immediately accept the recommendations" contained in the report by the Migration Advisory Committee Review of the Shortage Occupation List: 2020, published on 29 September, … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided guidance to GP practices about the responsibility to provide personal protect equipment to public service interpreters who are needed for face-to-face patient appointments; and if not, what plans they have to provide such guidance immediately.  HL10504
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of local renewable energy supply in (1) achieving net zero carbon emission targets, and (2) reducing emissions of CO2.  HL10505
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of local renewable energy supply in (1) enabling all homes to achieve Energy Performance Certificate band C, and (2) alleviating fuel poverty.  HL10506
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable the release on temporary licence of people in prison during the Christmas period.  HL10507
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made, if any, to enable people in prison to maintain contact with family members where neither in-cell telephony or secure mobile phones are available.  HL10508
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government which prisons currently have video calling facilities to allow people in prison to maintain contact with family members; what plans they have, if any, to expand such facilities across the prison estate; and what the cost of video calls will be under any such plans.  HL10509
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of their proposal to abolish section 106 agreements on the provision of necessary new community infrastructure in areas where (1) the local authority has set the Community Infrastructure Levy at zero, and (2) such infrastructure is currently funded through such agreements.  HL10510 [I]
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government which local planning authorities in England have set the Community Infrastructure Levy at zero.  HL10511 [I]
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have (1) to encourage, or (2) to ensure that the environmental and other enhancements that will be included in Environmental Land Management Schemes will also take place on farmland where the owners and land managers have decided not to take part in such Schemes.  HL10512
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) is the timetable, and (2) are their plans, for ending the Governance for Railway Investment Projects scheme; what, if anything, will replace that scheme; and what will be the relationship between any such replacement and the Rail Enhancement Projects Pipeline.  HL10513
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government which projects are presently included in the Governance for Railway Investment Projects scheme; and at which stage is each such project at.  HL10514
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of the New Homes Bonus scheme.  HL10515 [I]
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Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to address the issue of vulnerable children in public care being placed in unregistered accommodation, (2) to ensure that such facilities fulfil their responsibilities to the children placed in their care, and (3) to prevent these children being exposed to (a) sexual exploitation, and (b) recruitment to Cou… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Saint Helena Airport on the economy of St Helena since that airport opened, broken down by (1) year, and (2) economic sector.  HL10517
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the conflict in the Tigray Region, what assessment they have made of the security situation in Ethiopia.  HL10518
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk posed to the lives of NATO troops in (1) Afghanistan, and (2) Iraq, as a result of the proposed drawdown of United States troops in those countries by 15 January 2021, as announced on 17 November; and what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about such… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, as part of their coordinated international efforts to address climate change, when they last discussed with the government of Indonesia (1) the issue of increased deforestation in Papua, and (2) allegations of illegal and deliberate fire setting by commercial interests in Papua’s rainforests in order to clear the land for pa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Turkey following the visit by President Erdogan to the reopened area of Varosha in Famagusta on 14 November about the potential impact of his comments on efforts to achieve a comprehensive settlement for the reunification of Cyprus on the basis of the principle… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Qatar about the impact of the Israel–United Arab Emirates normalisation agreement, signed on 15 September, on a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.  HL10522
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council on 9 November that the government of Iraq’s decision to close displacement camps could leave more than 100,000 people homeless; and what assistance they have offered to prevent a humanitarian crisis for displaced Iraqis.  HL10523
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Iran has threatened to retaliate against the government of Belgium if Assadollah Assadi is found guilty of participating in preparations for bombing an international gathering near Paris in June 2018; and what support, if any, they have offered the government… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about reports that that government has threatened to retaliate against the government of Belgium if Assadollah Assadi is found guilty of participating in preparations for bombing an international gathering near Paris in June 2018.  HL10525
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to lift the ban on the pharmaceutical use of pooled plasma from UK donors; and what assessment they have made of the impact of allowing the use of such plasma on national self-sufficiency in immunoglobulin and other plasma-derived medicinal products.  HL10526
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that the first plasma derived medicinal products sourced from UK plasma donors will become available for the treatment of NHS patients.  HL10527
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the report of the Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability.  HL10528
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will announce details of the Shared Prosperity Fund arrangements for Cornwall before the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL10529
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to negotiations on a trade agreement between the UK and the EU, what assessment they have made of the impact of Rules of Origin requirements on (1) the UK tobacco industry, and (2) finished tobacco products imported into the UK from the EU from 1 January 2021.  HL10530
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact of the imposition of the UK Global Tariff on imports of tobacco products from the EU from 1 January 2021, in the event that a free trade agreement includes Rules of Origin requirements which require more than 10 per cent originating leaf.  HL10531
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the imposition of the UK Global Tariff on the import of finished tobacco products from 1 January 2021 on forecast levels of smuggling of (1) tobacco products, and (2) counterfeit tobacco products, into the UK.  HL10532
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the economy of uncertainty of the UK’s future relationship with the EU.  HL10533
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what amount in total has been paid to claimants under the Windrush Compensation Scheme to date; and how much remains to be paid.  HL10534
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants have received compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme to date; and how many claimants are yet to receive compensation.  HL10535
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what aid, if any, they are sending to the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.  HL10536
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees were settled in the UK in (1) 2010, (2) 2014, and (3) 2019.  HL10537
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government who will represent the UK at the inauguration of the new President of the United States of America.  HL10538
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the level of overseas aid in 2021.  HL10539
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on charitable hospice care providers.  HL10540
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have put in place to financially support charitable hospice care providers; and what assessment they have made of the impact of visiting restrictions in hospitals on the level of demand experienced by such providers.  HL10541
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the three contracts given to Hotel Logistics Ltd for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) were awarded via the high-priority lane used to assess and process potential PPE procurement leads.  HL10542
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) company, due diligence was carried out on Hotel Logistics Ltd before it was awarded its first contract for COVID-19 related personal protective equipment; and what rating and funding resulted from any such due diligence checks.  HL10543
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Lord Snape to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish the evidence supporting the case for specific travel advice for cruise ships.  HL10544
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Lord Snape to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the need to update travel advice for cruise ships.  HL10545
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Lord Snape to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the Global Travel Taskforce on its objectives; when that Taskforce expects to report; and when they expect to make public its findings.  HL10546
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Lord Snape to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made by the Global Travel Taskforce on the development of a COVID-19 testing regime for international arrivals and departures to and from the UK; and when such a regime might be implemented.  HL10547
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a list of all companies who were contracted to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) as a result of the high-priority lane used to assess and process potential PPE procurement leads; if so, (1) when, and (2) to include (a) the name of the person who recommended the company for the process, (b) each con… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that a triage tool has been used to deny elderly patients access to intensive care during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what guidance, if any, they circulated to hospitals about the use of any such tool.  HL10549
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any national triage system has been put in place in hospitals for the upcoming winter period; if so, (1) what are the criteria of that system, (2) what guidance they have circulated to hospitals about that system, and (3) whether any such guidance states that all patients should be triaged based on care need rather than age. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of deaths from (1) dehydration, (2) malnutrition, and (3) bed sores, in (a) care homes, and (b) hospitals, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL10551
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support immunocompromised people who will not be able to benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine.  HL10552
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to prevent COVID-19 infection in immunocompromised people who will not be able to benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine.  HL10553
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of immunocompromised people in England who will not be able to benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine; and what discussions they have had with the (1) Scottish, (2) Welsh, and (3) Northern Irish, Governments about the numbers of those people in those countries.  HL10554
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government which health conditions or treatments they categorised as resulting in a patient being immunocompromised when making their estimate of the total number of immunocompromised people who will not be able to benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine.  HL10555
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a breakdown (1) by health condition or treatment, and (2) by age group, of any estimate of the number of immunocompromised people who will not be able to benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine.  HL10556
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