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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they are providing to schools to teach LGBT-inclusive Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what role Ofsted will play in ensuring that LGBT-inclusive statutory Relationships Education or Relationships and Sex Education is taught in all schools from September.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 5 May (HL3330), what is meant by schools developing Relationships Education or Relationships and Sex Education “that is sensitive to the ... backgrounds of their pupils”.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources have been requested by (1) teachers, (2) schools, and (3) teaching unions, to teach statutory Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education from September.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) Football Association, (2) Premier League, and (3) English Football League, to ensure the provision of a police presence at venues where closed football matches are due to take place to discourage the congregation of fans and to enforce social distancing outside such venues.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to developing a post-COVID-19 recovery strategy for (1) elite, and (2) grass roots, level sports.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been (1) tracked, and (2) traced, for each day since the launch of the current scheme; and how many people have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days as a result. [T]
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for International Trade
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what quantity of (1) tear gas, (2) rubber bullets, and (3) riot shields, have been exported in the past three years from the UK to the United States; whether they plan to suspend exports of such products to the United States in view of the use to which they are being put by police in response to the protests following the death of George Floyd; and whether they have asked the government of the United States to ensure that already exported materials are not being used for this purpose.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any extension of the Central London Congestion Charge to Sundays on (1) the ability of people to attend places of worship in the zone, and (2) the financial sustainability of Churches in the zone.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide an update on plans to support HIV testing initiatives across England; and if so, when.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have been made of the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of people living with HIV across the UK; and what support is being provided to those individuals.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Building Safety Fund applies only to buildings over 18 metres in height but not to those which are six stories high.
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Asked by Lord Cashman
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 December 2016 (HL Deb, col 1021) that Her Majesty's Government was committed to addressing historical wrongs experienced by homosexual and bisexual men who were convicted of actions that are no longer crimes, what plans they have to use the power contained in section 166 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 to expand the list of now repealed or abolished offences contained in section 92 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 in order that gay people previously cautioned for, or convicted of, offences, such as solicitation, can apply for a disregard and, if successful, obtain a pardon.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will move to a grants-based system for funding legal services as recommended by the Low Commission report following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to using unspent funds from the legal aid budget for this financial year to fund law centres and other legal aid providers based on what they would have received in any six month period to ensure their viability.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the lack of COVID-19 information and advice in relevant languages on the death rate among BAME communities.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases have been adjourned in (1) family courts, (2) civil courts, (3) magistrates courts, (4) crown courts, and (5) tribunals, in each of the last three months.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Ministry of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 4,066 hearings in England and Wales as of 27 April were adjourned to be determined at a future date.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the statistics for deaths from COVID-19 in local authority areas are based on the home addresses of the people who have died or the location in which they die.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future prospects for (1) Chester Zoo, (2) other major zoos and (3) small zoos; and what plans they have to secure the future of zoos and their animals.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of local authority Public Health Directors and Departments in the COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolating system in (1) drawing up plans, (2) data sharing of positive cases, and (3) tracing contacts (a) in Lancashire, and (b) generally.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what the role is in the COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolating system of local authority Environmental Health Departments and their staff who are ordinarily engaged in such work, particularly in District Councils in two-tier areas.
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Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what is their policy on the negotiation of reciprocal healthcare agreements with (a) the European Union and (b) each member country of the European Union, and (2) what progress has been made in each case.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the effect of an increase in temperature on the (1) environmental endurance, and (2) transmission, of COVID-19.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the possibility of the UK population achieving herd immunity to COVID-19.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 1 June (HL4699), in what format the information on the number of people reporting to accident and emergency departments with serious non-COVID-19 related conditions is held.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British journalists and camera crews covering the recent protests in the United States have been affected by the United States security forces’ use of force; and (1) whether, (2) when, and (3) to whom in the United States authorities, they have made it clear that the use of force, including tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray, against all journalists is an unacceptable violation of press freedom.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for setting the COVID-19 alert level.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the fourth factsheet of the UK COVID-19 news and information project published by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism on 1 June, what assessment they have made of the results of the survey fielded from 21–27 May which reported that trust in Her Majesty's Government as a source of information about COVID-19 had “declined substantially since April”, and which showed a “significant increase in the percentage of people who say they are concerned about false or misleading information about coronavirus from the UK government”; and how they intend to tackle the issue of the loss of public trust in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the formation of an international alliance to coordinate a joint response to the China-Hong Kong crisis, in order to protect the freedoms guaranteed by the Basic Law and the commitment to the one country, two systems principle.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the statement made by that government’s Defence Minister on 1 June, that he had ordered Israel’s military to prepare for the annexation of parts of the West Bank in accordance with the peace plan announced by the President of the United States on 28 January.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what further information they have on the current political situation in Sri Lanka in view of fears of a constitutional crisis, further to the government of Sri Lanka’s announcement of its intention to rule without parliamentary oversight.
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Asked by Lord Lucas
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update guidance on their websites to refer individuals who have received suspicious emails to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service, which currently refer only to Action Fraud.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the relevant legislation in order to limit rights of representation at the UK Intellectual Property Office for new UK trade mark and design applications and existing UK trade mark and design rights, to persons with a UK or Channel Islands address for service, following the end of the transition period, if there is no reciprocity.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Overseas Territories' marine protected areas are part of the Blue Belt; if not (1) why not, and (2) what plans they have to include those areas in future.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consulted the (1) Northern Irish, (2) Scottish, and (2) Welsh, governments about their proposals to cap the number of English students who can be admitted to universities elsewhere in the UK; if not, why not; on what date the relevant ministers of those governments were informed of Her Majesty's Government's proposals; and what representations they have received from such ministers about those proposals. [T]
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the measures to be taken in order to ensure that Nissan retains its Sunderland plant following the end of the Brexit transition period.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for International Trade
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met the Director of the Confederation of British Industry to discuss the impact on businesses of changes to export and import arrangements which will be required following the end of the transition period in December.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are prioritising transport workers for COVID-19 testing; and whether those tests are currently available in such workers’ workplaces.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety Roads Policing and its contribution to road safety, published on 4 June; and what consideration they have given to the reasons why road deaths in the UK have not declined since 2010.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term support they plan to offer to community transport providers to help them adapt vehicles to improve safety for passengers while COVID-19 remains a threat.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Transport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have fully to implement Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 to enable councils to manage traffic offences including the obstruction of cycle routes.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with hotels and guest houses about the accommodation of asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Home Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which hotels have accommodated asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how many asylum seekers are in each such hotel.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
The Senior Deputy Speaker
Lords
The Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration has been given to implementing arrangements for Members of the House of Lords to vote in person in divisions in line with the method used by the House of Commons on 2 June.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review trading arrangements with the EU.
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that financial support to fossil fuel-intensive and high carbon producing industries is in line with (1) their Paris Agreement obligations, (2) their target for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050; and (3) their commitment to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2035.
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on academic performance in those countries who have banned contract cheating services; and what plans they have, if any, to adopt similar policies.
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current requirements for commercial radio stations to be awarded a radio broadcast licence.
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Asked on: 04 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS England or NHSX is liaising with the Intellectual Property Office and, if so, whether those discussions will result in publication of patent applications which flow from access to the COVID-19 datastore under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.
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