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Questions for Written Answer for 16 December 2020

Tabled on 15 December 2020 and due for answer by 31 December 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Algeria about the treatment of Ahmadis in that country; and if they have not made any such representations, what plans they have to do so.  HL11461
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that two men were beheaded in the Nagorno-Karabakh region by men in the uniform of Azerbaijani armed forces; and what steps they intend to take (1) to investigate these reports, and (2) to refer this case to the International Criminal Court.  HL11462
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government which higher education institutions have sought to amend their Royal Charters in each of the past three years; which changes were proposed in each case; and why those institutions made any such proposals.  HL11463
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 November (HL10267), what plans they have to establish an inquiry to address the legacies of African enslavement, in particular (1) Afriphobia, (2) colonisation, (3) neocolonialism, and (4) environmental and ecological destruction; and what steps they wil… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend “everything but arms” access (1) to Ghana, (2) to Cameroon, and (3) to other non-least developed countries in Africa, where regional integration is otherwise threatened.  HL11465
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to consult with trade partners in Africa when developing their position on digital trade at the World Trade Organisation.  HL11466
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to extend the UK’s diplomatic presence across Africa, in particular into smaller countries.  HL11467
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that future trade agreements with countries in Africa align with (1) the Sustainable Development Goals, and (2) the Paris Climate Agreement, including committing to conducting sustainable development impact assessments for any usch trade agreements.  HL11468
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their statement at the special OSCE Permanent Council on 29 September, what assessment they have made of whether a sustainable peace in the Nagorno-Karabakh region can be brought about by a negotiated settlement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  HL11469
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of goods and services (1) exported by the UK to, (2) imported to the UK from, (a) Armenia, and (b) Azerbaijan in each year since 2015; and how much Official Development Assistance they provided to those countries in each of those years.  HL11470
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 require the amount of employer’s national insurance contributions in relation to an exit payment to be included when calculating the value of an individual’s total exit payment.  HL11471
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to smaller Commonwealth nations to access COVID-19 (1) tests, and (2) vaccines.  HL11472
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) pressure from activist groups, and (2) decisions not to allow academics to speak at universities, on the amount of research commissioned by universities into the number (a) of girls presenting with gender dysphoria at clinics, and (b) of people who regret that they undertoo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the agreement reached by the UK and the government of France on 28 November to address migrant activity in the English Channel, what plans they have for monitoring and evaluating the impact of (1) this agreement, and (2) any funds spent on its implementation; how, and by what body, any monitoring and evaluat… 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 consensus statement by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies Housing, household transmission and ethnicity, published on 26 November, and in particular its recommendations on (1) the under-occupancy levy, (2) the benefit cap, and (3) the No Recourse to Public Funds rule.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about allegations of fraud connected to the Dolphin Trust; what steps they plan to take to safeguard UK investors' investments in the Trust; and whether the Trust is operating in the UK.  HL11476
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake an independent audit of the clinical outcomes of NHS England; and what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations about undertaking similar audits of the clinical outcomes of (1) NHS Scotland, (2) NHS Wales, and (3) Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland, in order to compare performa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 16 November (HL9859), which Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan lenders have charged interest rates of more than 14.99 per cent per annum; and what is the total value of such loans.  HL11478
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 16 November (HL9859), whether any lenders charging 14.99 per cent per annum or more for Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans also charged arrangement fees of more than 3 per cent per annum.  HL11479
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what value of loans extended by Greensill under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme had annual rates of interest of more than 10 per cent per annum; and what proportion of Greensill loans within the Scheme involved an arrangement fee of 3 per cent per annum.  HL11480
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to bring forward proposals to include registered designs within the scope of the small claims track of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.  HL11481
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the £10,000 cap on the value of claims brought to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Small Claims Track; and what consideration they have given to raising that cap.  HL11482
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing criminal provisions for intentional unregistered design infringement.  HL11483
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support required by the built environment sector to adapt to the Future Homes Standard.  HL11484
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their Heat and Buildings Strategy.  HL11485
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accessibility of voting for blind and partially sighted people.  HL11486
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the local elections due to be held in May 2021 are COVID-19-secure.  HL11487
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of introducing mandatory voter ID on the Traveller and Roma communities’ ability to vote.  HL11488
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate that there will be additional lorries arriving at the Port of Holyhead from 1 January 2021; and where they plan for any additional lorries to park.  HL11489
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to replace the EU's mechanisms for family reunification in relation to unaccompanied children.  HL11490
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry, published on 8 December, what plans they have to ensure that any company that (1) was previously connected to, or (2) has a conflict of interest with, the gambling industry is… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry, published on 8 December, what plans they have to mandate a ban on all gambling transactions via credit cards.  HL11492
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what percentage of the adult population, and (2) how many adults, in England are registered with a general practitioner.  HL11493
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Lord Snape to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their decision to remove the Canary Islands from their travel corridor list for the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to renew their advice on holiday travel to that destination.  HL11494
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government why the speed limit on the M6 motorway northbound from junction 21A to 26 is 60mph while the same stretch southbound is 50mph.  HL11495
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking further to the findings in the report by the Information Commissioner's Office Department for Education: Data protection audit report, published on 7 October, that the Data Protection Officer of the Department for Education is not meeting the requirements of Articles 37 to 39 of the General Data Protection Reg… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the findings in the report by the Information Commissioner's Office Department for Education: Data protection audit report, published on 7 October, what training staff at the Department for Education are receiving about (1) information governance, (2) data protection, (3) records management, (4) risk assessment, (5) data shar… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made Ofsted aware of the Information Commissioner's Office's Department for Education: Data protection audit report, published on 7 October.  HL11498
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, conditions they have in place to require local councils to have completed audits of their accounts in order to receive central government funding; and what assessment they have made of whether Liverpool City Council is compliant with any such conditions.  HL11499
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases have been heard to date in each of the 'Nightingale Courts'.  HL11500
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hours each of the 'Nightingale Courts' have been (1) open, and (2) sitting for court business, in each month since July.  HL11501
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many trials have been completed in the Crown Court of England and Wales in each month of 2020.  HL11502
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what the average wait time between charge and sentence for crimes tried by jury was (1) in each year from 2008 to 2019, and (2) in each month of 2020.  HL11503
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases were outstanding (1) in the Crown Court of England and Wales, and (2) in the magistrates’ courts, in each month of 2020.  HL11504
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many claims before employment tribunals were outstanding in each month of 2020.  HL11505
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to investigate any differences in abortion rates between black women and other ethnic groups in Britain, and (2) to assess the impact of any differences on the black British community.  HL11506
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they plan to provide to children with disabilities and special educational needs who are isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11507
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of work placements in the health and social care sector; and what steps they are taking to increase that availability.  HL11508
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce digital skills programmes targeted at unemployed elderly people.  HL11509
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 11 December (HL11105), where information on the number of children diagnosed as having foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is held.  HL11510
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the Department for Education report Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers and COVID-19, published on 26 October, that 45 per cent of nurseries and pre-schools and 55 per cent of childminders expect to remain financially sustainable for the next year; and what action… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to begin negotiations on a fully-revised free trade agreement in the case of each continuity agreement they have reached in preparation for the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11512
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 25 November (HL Deb, col 254), when they will answer the Written Question tabled by Baroness Whitaker on 21 October (HL9456), namely, what plans they have (1) to mark International Stammering Awareness Day on 22 October, and (2) to develop technology across the NHS which ensures equal acces… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Ofsted COVID-19 series: briefing on early years, October 2020, published on 10 November, what plans they have to support children in early years settings whose communication and language skills have fallen behind since the first COVID-19 national lockdown.  HL11514
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