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Questions for Written Answer for 7 January 2021

Tabled on 6 January and due for answer by 20 January.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) applications have been made to, and (2) vouchers issued under, the Green Homes Grant scheme; what is the total value of any such (a) applications, and (b) vouchers; and what is the regional distribution of (i) the applications, (ii) issued vouchers, and (iii) payouts, relating to that scheme.  HL11794
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to publicise the changed conditions of GL40 licences to kill or take certain wild birds to conserve wild birds and to conserve flora and fauna, and (2) to inform licence holders and affected bodies about the changes to the conditions of such licences.  HL11795
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on greenhouse gas emissions of the replacement of the Erasmus+ Scheme with the Turing scheme; and what plans they have to mitigate any such impact.  HL11796
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of people aged (1) over 80, and (2) over 90, had been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus by 1 January 2021.  HL11797
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer financial assistance to the owners of small businesses that are required to close as a result of restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic and who can furlough their employees but not themselves.  HL11798
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the government of the United States' sanctions against Iran in their discussions about Iran returning to the obligations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  HL11799
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United States about the effect of its sanctions against Iran on the return of the government of Iran to the obligations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  HL11800
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what administrative arrangements are in place to ensure that people comply with the requirement to receive a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; and what information is being retained as to the identity of those who do not receive a second dose of a vaccine having been scheduled to do so.  HL11801
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in total were vaccinated against COVID-19 in the UK using (1) the Oxford/AstraZeneca, and (2) the Pfizer/BioNTech, vaccine in each week since the beginning of 1 December 2020.  HL11802
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the duration of protection from COVID-19 provided by (1) the Oxford/AstraZeneca, and (2) the Pfizer/BioNTech, vaccine; and what estimate they have made of the length of time a person who receives (a) only a first dose, and (b) two doses, of (i) the Oxford/AstraZeneca and (ii) the Pfizer/BioNTech,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and what percentage of the total of, (1) care home residents, (2) care home staff, (3) frontline health workers, and (4) patients over 80, have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, and (d) Northern Ireland.  HL11804
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the optimum gap between the first and second dose of (1) the Oxford/AstraZeneca, and (2) the Pfizer/BioNTech, COVID-19 vaccine for securing the longest period of protection against COVID-19.  HL11805
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances AstraZeneca gave about its commitment to manufacture the Oxford vaccine prior to either (1) a successful testing programme, or (2) approval by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.  HL11806
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial resources are being made available to the Northern Ireland Executive to erect border inspection posts at ports in Northern Ireland.  HL11807
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the arrangements contained in the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland constitute a regulatory border in the Irish Sea.  HL11808
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee about COVID-19 vaccinations; and what has been the outcome of any such discussions.  HL11809
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to international sporting organisations about the adoption of human rights principles for nations chosen to host international sporting events.  HL11810
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they have proposed to sports administrators for the assessment of applications for the acquisition by foreign investors of (1) total, or (2) majority, ownership of sporting assets in the UK.  HL11811
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to reduce levels of light pollution; and if so, how they intend to do so.  HL11812
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what policies exist to encourage local authorities and other public bodies to reduce light pollution levels.  HL11813
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of light pollution on wildlife and the environment.  HL11814
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of excess CO2 created as a result of light pollution.  HL11815
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, how they define "unfettered market access for goods moving from Northern Ireland to other parts of the United Kingdom's internal market."  HL11816
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government how they define (1) a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and (2) a hard border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  HL11817
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Lord Howard of Rising to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have given to police forces in England and Wales on the recruitment of staff to implement diversity and inclusion policies; and whether any such advice included consideration of the value for money requirements of any such recruitment.  HL11818
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the NHS Redress Act 2006 in resolving clinical negligence claims.  HL11819
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the NHS Redress Act 2006.  HL11820
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to hold discussions with the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 organising committee and Network Rail over the case for improving the signage at Birmingham New Street Station for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.  HL11821
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have agreed (1) a budget, and (2) a programme, to support the legacy of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.  HL11822
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the steps taken by Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in response to the report by the Care Quality Commission following its inspection on 25 to 29 January 2016 Specialist community mental health services for children and young people Quality Report, published on 27 May 2016, in part… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of the Community Housing Fund.  HL11824
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of potential new build homes that are dependent on the Community Housing Fund.  HL11825
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether students in Northern Ireland will have access to the Turing scheme.  HL11826
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allocate further resources to monitor incidents of money laundering associated with trade finance involving (1) misleading invoices, (2) bills of lading, and (3) the role of banks and other finance specialists in this field.  HL11827
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK no longer participating in Erasmus+ on the number of international students studying at UK universities.  HL11828
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 5 January (HL11614), whether they have (1) received any further requests for funding from Port of Dover authorities, and (2) had any discussions with those authorities about increasing funding to provide capacity for increased border checks; and if any such requests for funding have b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) delaying local, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections taking place in May, or (2) making these elections entirely postal.  HL11830
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children and young people have been provided with free WiFi to enable virtual working from home.  HL11831
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their White Paper, Planning for the Future: planning changes in England in 2020 and future reforms, published on 6 August 2020, what assessment they have made of the impact of those changes on the viability of the neighbourhood plans process.  HL11832
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government how many neighbourhood plans are now in force; and where there are neighbourhood plans, how many additional homes in aggregate have been granted approval compared to the pre-existing local and district plans.  HL11833
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their White Paper Planning for the Future: planning changes in England in 2020 and future reforms, published on 6 August 2020, what plans they have to safeguard the existing rights of neighbourhood plans to determine land use within their area.  HL11834
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that local communities retain the ability to establish a new neighbourhood plan in accordance with the principles established in the Localism Act 2011.  HL11835
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the Football Association, and (2) the Premier League, about the compliance of players with COVID-19 protocols.  HL11836
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Football Association about the classification of the Women’s FA Cup as a ‘non elite’ competition.  HL11837
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the English Football League about the impact of the ‘Rooney Rule’ on the racial diversity of football managers.  HL11838
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Football Association's Football Leadership Diversity Code since its introduction in October 2020; and what discussions they had with the Football Association about the creation of that Code before it was launched.  HL11839
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of the use of (1) force, and (2) firearms, by Israel Defence Force soldiers on Palestinians seeking to prevent the confiscation of property.  HL11840
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 28 January 2020 (HL435), whether funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights provided by Official Development Assistance is allocated by (1) financial, or (2) calendar, year.  HL11841
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Lord Tope to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Office of Product Safety and Standards intends to address the sale on online marketplaces of unsafe electrical goods.  HL11842
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Lord Tope to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring forward legislation on online safety.  HL11843
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Lord Tope to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards preparing the Building Safety Bill for introduction into Parliament.  HL11844
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Lord Tope to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Working Group on Electrical Safety in the social rented sector to commence.  HL11845
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Lord Tope to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the consultation on electrical safety in the social rented sector to commence.  HL11846
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Israel's approach to administering COVID-19 vaccinations.  HL11847
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Greenhalgh on 5 January (HL Deb, col 11), whether they plan to introduce legislation relating to leasehold reform by 2022.  HL11848
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the evidence on which they based their decision to allow early years settings to remain open while all other education settings have been closed for the physical attendance of the majority of students; and if not, why not.  HL11849
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) advice, and (2) additional support, (a) special schools, and (b) alternative provision settings, will receive to enable them to stay open safely for those students who need to attend physically while there are restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11850
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise the provision of COVID-19 vaccines to school staff and other keyworkers to ensure that essential public services can be safe working environments.  HL11851
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial support to parents unable to work due to the demands of home-schooling children while schools are closed due to the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11852
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the consultation paper by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Raising Accessibility standards for New Homes, published on 8 September 2020, when they plan to publish a response; and what plans they have to align the mandatory baseline for accessibility standards for new homes with the accessibl… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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