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Questions for Written Answer for 23 September 2020

Tabled on 22 September 2020 and due for answer by 6 October 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 September (HL Deb, cols 1589–1592), what assessment they have made of the key factors that have led to atrocities in Nigeria; what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) climate change, and (2) land scarcity, as the main cause rather than extremist ideology; if s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizenship ceremonies have been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; what assessment they have made of the impact such cancellations have had on the ability of applicants to (1) work, and (2) study; and what plans they have to introduce a mechanism to (a) grant citizenships, and (b) hold citizenship ce… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 September (HL8043 and HL8044), what action they have taken at (1) the UN General Assembly, and (2) the UN Human Rights Council, to address human rights violations against Uighur Muslims in China; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the government… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 September (HL8043 and HL8044), what criteria they use to determine when genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes have been perpetrated to inform their decision not to veto any credible UN Security Council resolution in line with their commitments under th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 September (HL8043 and HL8044) and their commitments under the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency Group's Code of Conduct, what plans they have to review their position on the determination of genocide.  HL8354
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports (1) that Uighur Muslim women have been subjected to forced abortions and womb removals, (2) that Uighur children are being separated from their parents and placed in orphanages, and (3) of the treatment of those children in such orphanages, in China.  HL8355
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have conducted with industry regarding suitable vehicles for H licence driving tests.  HL8356
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government how many changes to the H licence driving test requirements regarding (1) vehicles, and (2) locations, have been communicated to the relevant training providers in the last five years.  HL8357
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency permits the use of armoured or automatically commanded vehicles for H licence driving tests; and if so, what assessment they have made of any such policy.  HL8358
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect changes to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's vehicle requirements for H licence driving tests have had on defence contractors' H licence acquisitions.  HL8359
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that, following its acquisition by a Swiss private equity firm, Essential Pharma has increased the price of one of its branded lithium carbonate tablets from £3.22 to £87.00 a packet, and withdrawn its other brand of lithium carbonate tablet; what estimate they have made of the time it would take… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their relationship with the European Medicines Authority on the time taken to find a new manufacturer for the drug Camcolit; and what plans they have, if any, to change that relationship.  HL8361
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their powers to deal with pharmaceutical companies that make significant increases to the cost of their drugs.  HL8362
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Medicines Agency's Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee's recommendation to revoke the marketing authorisation of ulipristal acetate as a treatment for uterine fibroids; and whether they intend to implement the same revocation in the UK.  HL8363
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to cooperate with the European Medicines Agency's Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee from 1 January 2021; whether this cooperation will include (1) participating in the Committee's reviews, and (2) accepting the Committee's findings; and if so, what level of participation in the decision making process they forese… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether migrants who have crossed the English Channel and were subsequently detained by Border Force have been tested for COVID-19; and if so, what percentage of such migrants have so far tested positive.  HL8365
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 22 September (HL7928), whether value added tax rates in Northern Ireland have the potential to rise above value added tax rates in Great Britain after (1) the end of the transition period, and (2) the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and any new state aid rules are operational.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 16 September (HL7638), what assessment they have made of the letter sent by the Rural Services Network to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 18 August which stated that the definition of “designated rural areas” in section 157 of the Housing… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the estimated cost of the external management review of the House of Lords.  HL8368
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have been released on bail in each month since 1 March because they have reached the maximum permissible period of remand.  HL8369
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to announce proposals this year for the reorganisation of local government in England; and whether county council elections will take place in May 2021.  HL8370
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have received from Lancashire County Council for the reorganisation of local government in that county; and what plans they have to consider any such proposals.  HL8371
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, not to follow the provisions of the UK–Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, agreed on 11 September.  HL8372
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing waste incineration capacity on rates of recycling.  HL8373
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they include carbon emissions from incineration, including energy from waste, as a separate category in their (1) calculations, and (2) international reporting, of total UK greenhouse gas emissions.  HL8374
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that waste incineration contracts do not hinder the delivery of the target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.  HL8375
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Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report Prolonged Siberian heat of 2020, published on 15 July, what assessment they have made of whether the report's sample size is large enough to justify the use of a GEV asymptotic approximation when analysing the Verkhoyansk temperatures.  HL8376
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Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report Prolonged Siberian heat of 2020, published on 15 July, whether they will place a copy of a quantile-quantile plot of a GEV distribution against the distribution of June maximum temperatures at Verkhoyansk during 1926–2020 in the Library of the House.  HL8377
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Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report Prolonged Siberian heat of 2020, published on 15 July, whether the Met Office's analysis assumes that all the months of June during 1926–2020 have the same statistical distribution for their daily temperature maxima at Verkhoyansk; and if so, why.  HL8378
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about its national security legislation for Hong Kong, in particular with regard to (1) human rights concerns, and (2) the impact of that legislation on human rights defenders; and how those representations have been raised.  HL8379
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about (1) the enactment and imposition by China of national security legislation for Hong Kong, and (2) ensuring that people who peacefully exercise their rights to assembly, freedom of expression and association are protected.  HL8380
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the Lammy Review, published on 8 September 2017.  HL8381
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve resettlement for prison leavers.  HL8382
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in renationalising probation services.  HL8383
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a reduction in the provision of the Standard Monthly Payments to criminal legal aid firms on the number of criminal defence lawyers.  HL8384
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sustainability of publicly funded criminal defence.  HL8385
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths of individuals under the age of 65 have been attributed to COVID-19 since 1 February; and of those, how many of those individuals did not have comorbidities.  HL8386
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that university maintenance loans reflect student living costs.  HL8387
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make academic qualifications more accessible for adults.  HL8388
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove barriers to online education courses for adults.  HL8389
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they plan to provide for companies to continue to offer apprenticeship training during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL8390
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the diversity of students taking STEM subjects at university.  HL8391
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what self-care intervention sexual and reproductive health and rights services they support in developing countries.  HL8392
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what self-care intervention sexual and reproductive health and rights services they support in the UK.  HL8393
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on people living in the Palestinian Occupied Territories of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the government of Israel and the government of Bahrain.  HL8394
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the treaty establishing diplomatic relations between the government of Israel and the government of the United Arab Emirates on (1) religious sanctuaries in Jerusalem, and (2) the rights of Muslims to pray in that city.  HL8395
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Green Homes Grant Scheme has now been launched; and if so, how many (1) people have applied, and (2) vouchers have been provided, to date.  HL8396
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) businesses, and (2) tradespeople, have to attain the PAS 2030-2019 Specification to take part in the Green Homes Grant Scheme.  HL8397
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of spare capacity between 1 April and 1 September in hospitals operated by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network under their partnership agreement with the NHS.  HL8398
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Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures they put in place to ensure the maximum use of capacity between 1 April and 1 September in hospitals operated by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network under their partnership agreement with the NHS.  HL8399
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