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Questions for Written Answer for 30 December 2020

Tabled on 17 December 2020 and due for answer by 5 January.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 11 December (HL10795), what was the total number of paid employees residing in (1) each of region in England, and (2) each country of the UK, from April 2019 to March 2020 recorded in HMRC Pay As You Earn Real Time Information data.  HL11560
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to undertake trade with a state if a court has predetermined that a genocide is underway; and what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK’s ability to undertake international trade of amendments to the Trade Bill relating to trade agreements with states accused of committing genocide.  HL11561
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much HS2 Ltd spent on consultancy services in each financial year since 2015/16.  HL11562
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on the purchase of land and property in connection with (1) HS2 Phase 1, and (2) HS2 Phase 2A.  HL11563
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made, if any, of the resale value of land and property sales purchased in connection with (1) HS2 Phase 1 and (2) HS2 Phase 2A, in the event that part or all of these projects are cancelled.  HL11564
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current estimate for the (1) outturn cost, and (2) date to start exporting power to the National Grid, of Hinkley Point C.  HL11565
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the (1) funding, and (2) operational sustainability, of small charities working in the field of international development.  HL11566
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the Small International Development Charities Network on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continuing viability of such charities; and what plans they have to meet with representatives of the Network.  HL11567
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of small international development charities on (1) the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and (2) furthering the international reputation of the UK and its contribution to overseas development.  HL11568
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) publicise, and (2) facilitate access to, COVID-19 vaccinations for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.  HL11569
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effect of implementing IFRS 17 in the UK on the reported capital of insurance companies, and (2) the financial effect of implementing IFRS 17 for the 10 largest insurance companies in the UK; and, if they have made no such assessments, why not.  HL11570
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the involvement of the insurance sector and the Investment Association in their decision to endorse the IFRS 17 financial reporting standard; whether the Investment Association will be excluded from endorsement activities in connection with this standard; and if so, how.  HL11571
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have for the prevalence of COVID-19 in waste matter globally.  HL11572
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have commissioned on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine which can be administered in a single dose.  HL11573
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have from the UK of COVID-19 appearing in blood samples.  HL11574
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with the World Health Organization (WHO) about when the governments of (1) Italy, and (2) France, first reported the emergence of COVID-19 to WHO; if so, when in (a) 2019, and (b) 2020, any such emergence was reported by those countries; what assessment they have made of reports of COVID-19… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any evidence of variants of COVID-19 which can be traced to specific countries of origin; and if so, what proportion of reported COVID-19 cases have been linked to the variant of COVID-19 from Italy.  HL11576
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the article by Giovanni Apolone et al Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the prepandemic period in Italy, published in the Tumori Journal on 11 November.  HL11577
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The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure sufficient funding to enable adequate passport checking facilities at the Port of Dover following the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11578
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they have made of the impact of bilateral agreements with African countries falling outside the UN category of Least Developed Countries.  HL11579
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Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the African Union about the UK's pursuit of bilateral agreements with African countries falling outside the UN's category of Least Developed Countries.  HL11580
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in discussions with the government of Ireland on ensuring the unfettered movement of goods which travel from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK via the Republic of Ireland.  HL11581
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have appointed an independent reviewer to carry out a review of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration; and if not, when such an appointment will be made.  HL11582
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of UNICEF to commence feeding children in the UK.  HL11583
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban the consumption of meat derived from (1) a cat, or (2) a dog, in the UK.  HL11584
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to conclude the review of the evidence of the government of China's use of Uighur forced labour in Xinjiang; whether they plan to designate identifiable officials of that government as pursuant to the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020; and if so, when.  HL11585
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to review the evidence of the government of China’s non-compliance with international human rights law and respect for human rights in Hong Kong; whether they plan to designate identifiable officials of that government as pursuant to the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020; and if so, when.  HL11586
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 14 December (HL11081), whether a local authority which (1) has used, or (2) is expected to use, all of the funding provided for the costs of discretionary £500 payments to people who do not fulfil the main eligibility criteria but will still face hardship if they have to self-isolate sho… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their requirements for the continuation of the UK's participation in the Erasmus+ programme beyond the 2021/22 academic year; whether they have any plans for a UK-only scheme if an agreement for such participation is not reached; and if so, what are the (1) principles, and (2) requirements, of any such scheme.  HL11588
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the rate of (1) erosion, and (2) widening, of footpaths in upland, coastal and other popular areas due to any increased usage during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have to provide extra funding to national parks and other relevant authorities for any resulting extra costs for t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan for the North of England has been deferred to 2021; if so, (1) why, and (2) when they now expect it to be published.  HL11590
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the eradication of Japanese Knotweed; and what programmes of action they are proposing for 2021.  HL11591
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Frozen British Pensions 2020 inquiry, published on 16 December, and (2) the finding of the report that the governments of Australia and Canada wnt to cooperate with them to end their policy of freezing state pension payments to British p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Frozen British Pensions 2020 inquiry, published on 16 December, that half of pensioners residing abroad whose state pension payments are frozen receive a UK state pension of £65 per week or less.  HL11593
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Frozen British Pensions 2020 inquiry, published on 16 December, that a majority of pensioners emigrating to countries where a freeze on state pension payments applies were not informed that their pension would be frozen before… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to end the freeze on state pension payments to UK pensioners residing in countries where this policy applies.  HL11595
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of an increase of COVID-19 cases in Gaza, what action they are taking with international partners to support the health care system in that region.  HL11596
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of food insecurity in Palestine during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11597
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the shortage of oxygen supplies for COVID-19 patients in Gaza; and what steps they are taking, if any, to address any such shortage.  HL11598
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK Anti-Doping Agency's capability to test for (1) gene editing, and (2) synthetic messenger RNA, to meet the ban on the non-therapeutic use of genes, genetic elements and cells as set out in the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, that have the capacity to enhance athletic performance; and whether they… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a directly funded scheme for installing energy efficiency measures and efficient heating for (1) home owners, and (2) private renters, who are fuel poor.  HL11600
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a fully funded network to provide comprehensive, independent and trusted advice on energy efficiency measures in England similar to the Home Energy Scotland network.  HL11601
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK ski instructors will have ongoing access to the Common Training Test for Ski Instructors after the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU; and whether they have reached an agreement with the EU Alpine member states that they will continue to recognise the British Association of Snowsport Instructors qualificati… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have completed negotiations on the continuation of the Tripartite Agreement to permit the free movement of racehorses between Ireland, the United Kingdom and France following the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11603
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to offer COVID-19 vaccines for (1) professional sportspeople, and (2) members of the British Olympic and Paralympic Teams for the Games in Tokyo 2021.  HL11604
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) linear motor technology developed in the UK, and (2) how such technology can be used to decarbonise the transfer and delivery of goods.  HL11605
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to support the introduction of (1) linear motors, and (2) other new technologies, which can be used to decarbonise the transfer and delivery of goods.  HL11606
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how they can support local authorities to work together in granting permissions across multiple council areas for automated goods movement systems.  HL11607
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for existing road and rail corridors to be utilised for automated goods movement systems; and whether they have included technologies such as linear motors in any such assessment.  HL11608
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to enable below surface automated delivery systems to be built in UK cities.  HL11609
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the opportunities for urban fulfilment centres to connect warehousing and factories to urban customers using automated delivery systems.  HL11610
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their report Group based child sexual exploitation characteristics of offending, published on 15 December, whether they plan to require the police to record the (1) ethnicity, and (2) religion, of offenders; and if not, why not.  HL11611
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 February (HL711) and on 1 October (HL8244), and their report Group based child sexual exploitation characteristics of offending, published on 15 December, whether the majority of members of the External Reference Group wanted to include a reference to any r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they granted funding from the Port Infrastructure Fund for infrastructure at the entrance to the Port of Dover; if not, (1) why not, and (2) what other funding they consider will be available for this purpose.  HL11613
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the criteria for funding bids to the Port Infrastructure Fund from (1) ports, and (2) airports.  HL11614
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were eligible for free school meals in (1) October 2018, and (2) October 2020; and what financial support they are providing to help pay for these meals.  HL11615
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement in Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry, published on 8 December, that gambling advertising did not correlate to gambling participation among 11 to 24 year olds, what plans they have to undertake a revie… 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 Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry, published on 8 December, how many gambling operators have been sanctioned due to breaches of rules committed by contracted affiliates.  HL11617
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The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Callanan on 14 December (HL Deb, col 1410), what specific steps they are taking to meet their tree planting target for (1) 2020, (2) 2021, and (3) any future years.  HL11618
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people employed by NHS Test and Trace have left their roles; and how many such people were subject to the Business Appointment Rules for Civil Servants.  HL11619
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards establishing the £500 million Youth Investment Fund.  HL11620
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress in increasing the number of businesses which are TrustMark registered and certified to install insulation measures in park homes under the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme; and what steps they are taking to ensure an appropriate geographic distribution of such registered and certified busi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult with local authorities on the development of targets for new homes.  HL11622
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that any reforms to the planning system protect the environment.  HL11623
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible impact the changes proposed in the Planning White Paper will have on the delivery of affordable housing.  HL11624
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reconsider the scheduled end of the Stamp Duty holiday on 31 March 2021.  HL11625
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