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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department for Transport
Public Transport: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 May (HL4129), whether their plans include the return of public transport services, following the eventual ending of restrictions on movement, broadly to levels that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Public Lavatories: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that public toilets reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to participate in discussions with UNHCR about the relocation of unaccompanied refugee children now in Europe, in particular those in Greece; and if not, why not.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Health Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of exempting (1) NHS and care workers, and (2) all workers, from overseas and their families from the immigration health surcharge; and what plans they have to review their policy on that surcharge.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Insulation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the private sector to remediate the use of unsafe aluminium composite materials on high rise buildings.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Buildings: Fire Prevention
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the total cost of remediating all buildings within the scope of the Building Safety Fund.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Buildings: Fire Prevention
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total number of buildings that are eligible for funding from the Building Safety Fund.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Insulation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to deal with buildings with cladding made from unsafe non-aluminium composite materials which are less than 18 metres in height.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of high-rise buildings both in the private and public sector with serious fire safety defects relating to compartmentation and fire stopping failures.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Building Regulations
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for setting and changing building regulations.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that any new claimants of Universal Credit who are also claiming an ‘exempt benefit’ are not subject to the benefit cap because of the current three month pause in the assessment of entitlement to some exempt benefits.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the rationale for applying the benefit cap to Universal Credit claimants who have been furloughed, or whose working hours have reduced, but who do not qualify for the grace period when those in a similar situation but claiming working tax credit are still able to receive their full entitlement.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Universal Credit claimants have been subject to increased repayments from their weekly benefit following the increase in the Universal Credit standard allowance announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer; and what proportion of all claimants making repayments that represents.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Vitamin D: Health Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Public Health England's advice on year-round Vitamin D supplementation for care home residents and people from BAME communities is promoted widely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Cabinet Office
Office for Tackling Injustices
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to establish the Office for Tackling Injustices, created in July 2019; and what are that Office’s priorities.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Immigrants
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current expected annual revenue from the immigration health surcharge; of that, how much is collected from (1) NHS workers, and (2) care workers; and in each case what proportion of the total NHS budget this represents. [T]
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Bees: Conservation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, following World Bee Day on 20 May, to raise awareness of the (1) importance of bees in the survival of ecosystems, and (2) role they play in the process of pollination; and what impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the beekeeping sector.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Justice
Reading Prison: Change of Use
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their decision to reject Reading Council’s bid to convert HM Prison Reading into an art centre; and what consideration they gave to the preservation of the building as an arts venue.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burundi: Politics and Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the current political situation in Burundi, following the presidential elections on 20 May, and (2) how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Burundi.
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Syria: Armed Conflict
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Amnesty International Syria: 'Nowhere Is Safe For Us’: Unlawful Attacks And Mass Displacement In North-West Syria, published on 11 May, which states that Russia and Syria have deliberately hit hospitals on the UN ‘do not target’ list and that there is “strong evidence of Russia’s direct involvement in unlawful air strike”.
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