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Questions for Written Answer for 10 December 2020

Tabled on 9 December 2020 and due for answer by 23 December 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the re-designation of Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern by the government of the United States; and whether they intend to take similar steps.  HL11262
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of arrests by Faylaq Al-Sham of people in Yazidi villages near Afrin in northwest Syria on 4 December; what assessment they have made of the wellbeing of those who have been arrested; and what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about (1) the release of any such… 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 HSBC has frozen the bank accounts of (1) the Good Neighbourhood North District Church in Hong Kong, and (2) its pastor and his wife; and what assessment they have made of whether such action has been taken because of that Church’s links with pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong… 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 representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about reports that it has refused the offer of international co-operation in investigating the Mai Kadra massacre; if they have, what response they received; and, if not, whether they intend to make representations.  HL11265
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about its publication Policy Brief by National Commission on the Rights of the Child on Forced Conversion with Recommendations after Analysis of Arzoo Case, published on 7 December; and what steps they are taking to prevent the practices analysed in the publica… 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 assistance they have given to the government of Pakistan (1) to expedite prosecutions of those responsible for, and (2) to secure redress for those affected by, forced marriages and conversions.  HL11267
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many loans were taken out by students aged between 18 and 24 studying for (1) Higher National Certificates, and (2) Higher National Diplomas, for the years (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019 and (d) 2020; and how many of these students also took out maintenance loans.  HL11268
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average value of (1) fee loans, and (2) maintenance loans, taken out in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019, and (d) 2020, by 18 to 24-year-old students studying for (i) Higher National Certificates, and (ii) Higher National Diplomas.  HL11269
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) promote, (2) encourage, and (3) support, charitable status for public interest journalism.  HL11270
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the new Immigration Rules applying from 1 January 2021, including those which make rough sleeping grounds for refusing and cancelling someone’s right to remain in the UK, do not deter people experiencing homelessness from accessing support.  HL11271
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with HSBC Bank about the freezing of the bank accounts of pro-democracy campaigners from Hong Kong; what assessment they have made of the implications of such practices for the continued eligibility of HSBC to have a headquarters in London; and what specific plans they have to prevent f… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of ecological damage to the banks of the River Lugg; and what plans they have to prevent similar events occurring elsewhere in England.  HL11273
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the campaign by Crisis to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824.  HL11274
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult on raising the penalties for cyclists and delivery drivers using heavyweight electric bicycles who (1) ride on the pavement, and (2) leave their bikes blocking the pavement, to (a) a fine of up to £5,000, and (b) six months imprisonment.  HL11275
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the adoption of the resolution by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace (A/75/L.36/Rev.1), published 1 December, and (2) the reference by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, in his address relating to that resolu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government how effective (1) an adenovirus vector, and (2) an mRNA, COVID-19 vaccine is if a person only receives one of the two doses required under the vaccination protocols.  HL11277
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the incidence of vaccinated people being able to pass on COVID-19 to those who have not been vaccinated in the trial COVID-19 vaccination programmes.  HL11278
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government for how long a person who has received the two-doses of the COVID-19 vaccine required under the vaccination protocols can remain asymptomatic.  HL11279
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether a person who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 can acquire COVID-19 asymptomatic status without indicators and transmit the virus on to another person who has not been vaccinated.  HL11280
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether (1) an adenovirus vector, and (2) an mRNA, COVID-19 vaccine (a) does not prevent a vaccinated person from contracting COVID-19 but suppresses the symptoms of the disease, or (2) prevents a vaccinated person from contracting COVID-19.  HL11281
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support for the teaching and learning of German in British universities of the German Academic Exchange Service programmes for (1) the German lektor scheme and (2) the German Language Assistant scheme.  HL11282
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make an exemption for (1) German lektors and (2) German language assistants participating in the German Academic Exchange Service programmes, from the standard skilled worker visa regulations in respect of the salary threshold.  HL11283
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Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures Ofwat has taken to increase competition in the non-household retail marketplace.  HL11284
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Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Parent Company Guarantees by water wholesalers to their associated retailers in the English water retail market; and their impact on market (1) competition, and (2) distortion.  HL11285
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Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Ofwat is allowing SME customers in the English water retail market to be charged in advance.  HL11286
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Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures Ofwat has taken to enable new entrants to the English water retail market to meet their credit support requirements.  HL11287
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Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits the English water retail market has delivered for SMEs; and how many SMEs switched retailers in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.  HL11288
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to maintain public order during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11289
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove foreign national offenders from the UK.  HL11290
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the UK’s asylum system.  HL11291
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to extend the visas of health and care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11292
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to replace the role of Special Envoy on Girls Education; and, if so, when will that be announced.  HL11293
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to replace the role of Special Envoy on Gender Equality; and, if so, when will that be announced.  HL11294
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with international partners to reduce the number of refugees and migrants in Greece.  HL11295
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide more polymerase chain reaction machines and swabs to Gaza.  HL11296
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent on 6 November by homelessness organisations about making homelessness and rough-sleeping a discretionary ground for deportation; and what steps they intend to take in response to the representations they have received.  HL11297
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of only permitting deportation following a recommendation to do so by the courts.  HL11298
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) HMP Belmarsh, and (2) healthcare providers, about the provision of care for Julian Assange; and what assessment they have made of the case for reviewing his care.  HL11299
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education, the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the University of Sussex Music Education: State of the Nation, published in January 2019; and what steps they have taken to improve music education in schools.  HL11300
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities about the commencement of their new, consolidated, global resettlement scheme and the resettlement of 5,000 refugees in one year at the conclusion of the Vulnerable Persons’ Resettlement Scheme; and what was the outcome of any such discussions.  HL11301
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have given to the government of Lebanon following the explosion in Beirut on 4 August.  HL11302
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the avian influenza outbreak; and what assessment they have made of the risk of transfer to the human population.  HL11303
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of (1) the economic and (2) the political, situation in Zimbabwe.  HL11304
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of (1) the economic and (2) the political, situation in Sri Lanka.  HL11305
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of (1) the economic and (2) the political, situation in Venezuela.  HL11306
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many retail businesses that have traded throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have offered to repay any business rates relief they have received.  HL11307
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 19 November (HL9485), why parents of children who have to self-isolate because of contact with someone outside their household who has tested positive are not eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment when they also have to self-isolate; and whether there are any p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have (1) applied for, (2) had an application rejected for, and (3) received, the Test and Trace Support Payment.  HL11309
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 22 July (HL Deb, col 2294) and the “pledge to resettle a further 5,000 vulnerable people seeking refuge, from not just Syria but anywhere in the world”, when they estimate they will begin to resettle the 5,000 refugees pledged to occur within one year under the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when the review on how immigration (1) status, and (2) restrictions, in particular no recourse to public funds, interact with free school meals and other educational entitlements will be (a) completed, and (b) published.  HL11311
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place between the Home Office and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government about ensuring that the new Immigration Rules applying from 1 January 2021, including those which make rough sleeping grounds for refusing and cancelling someone’s right to remain in the UK, do not det… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of mindfulness teaching in (1) schools, (2) colleges, and (3) universities.  HL11313
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about (1) the reported killing of a Palestinian child near Ramallah on 4 December, and (2) reports that the child was shot by the Israel Defence Force.  HL11314
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about (1) their decision to designate the Yemeni Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, and (2) the impact of such a designation on the ability of aid agencies to deliver humanitarian supplies in that region.  HL11315
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification’s assessment of the Food Insecurity Situation in Yemen that (1) 16,500 Yemeni’s are facing a “catastrophic, famine-like situation”, and (2) that this number could increase to 47,000 by June 2021; and what plans they have to increase aid spendi… 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 incoming US presidential administration about the future of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran, Germany and the UN Security Council permanent members.  HL11317
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support the statement by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 6 December (1) that they do not recognise the result of the illegitimate Venezuelan National Assembly election held on 6 December, and (2) calling for democracy to be restored in Venezuela.  HL11318
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to address any shortfall in funding for the World Health Organization-led Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, and (2) to ensure global equitable access (a) to tests, (b) to treatments, and (c) to vaccines, to prevent economic damage to low and lower middle income countries; and what representa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether anyone representing (1) the Northern Ireland Office, or (2) the Ministry of Defence, attended the meeting at Lambeth Palace on 2 November to discuss the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland; and if so, who authorised any such attendance.  HL11320
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial reserves of each of (1) Belfast, (2) Birmingham, (3) Bristol, (4) Cardiff, (5) Glasgow, (6) Leeds, (7) Liverpool, (8) Manchester, (9) Newcastle, (10) Nottingham, and (11) Sheffield, local authorities; and what information they hold on such reserves in each case.  HL11321
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of appointments of councillors who lack specialist knowledge being appointed to the boards of council-owned companies.  HL11322
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Liverpool City Council about their process of awarding contracts to developers.  HL11323
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include hospitality on the level 3 Lifetime Skills Guarantee qualification list.  HL11324
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in post-16 education hubs for (1) specialist, and (2) minority, provision.  HL11325
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional emergency funding for student counselling and wellbeing services.  HL11326
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in gambling treatment and support services.  HL11327
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 8 December (HL11055), what DAC codes are used to calculate all the listed annually estimated FCDO spending.  HL11328
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 28 January (HL435), how they calculated the 13.6 per cent of UK Official Development Assistance spent on sexual and reproductive health and rights in 2017–18.  HL11329
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential benefits of including blood donors in the priority groups of those to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  HL11330
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made since the UK–Africa Investment Summit in January in relation to their (1) trade policy for, (2) investment in, (3) exports to, (4) trade, but not export, finance with, and (5) trade agreements with, countries in Africa; and how UK trade objectives support the objectives of the Africa Continental Free Tr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of when the UK will have a fully functional 5G infrastructure in place.  HL11332
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any possible future negative impacts of the revision of procurement plans in July on the UK’s 5G roll-out targets.  HL11333
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the technical capabilities of Ofcom to implement the Telecommunications (Security) Bill under the revised powers proposed for Ofcom in that Bill.  HL11334
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