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Questions for Written Answer for 8 January 2021

Tabled on 7 January and due for answer by 21 January.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent killings of Hazaras in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan; and what discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan about these deaths.  HL11854
Answered
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that bank customers can check continuous payment authorisations with ease to help prevent (1) fraud, and (2) unwanted payment.  HL11855
Answered
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk to consumers of untransparent terms and conditions for online payments, and in particular, the risk of signing up to continuous payments in error; and what steps they plan to take to address any such risk.  HL11856
Answered
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that those people from EU member states due to participate in the Eramus+ scheme in the UK have access to the Turing scheme.  HL11857
Answered
Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the most common situations in which COVID-19 was transmitted in December 2020, and (2) why some areas of England experienced higher levels of transmission than others in that month.  HL11858
Answered
Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of requiring VI-1 certificates for wine imported from non-EU countries.  HL11859
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether COVID-19 vaccines must be stored in glass vials; if so, why; and if not, what plans they have to use plastic containers to address any shortage of glass vials.  HL11860
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to limit travel into the UK to those who have had a negative COVID-19 test.  HL11861
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many vials of COVID-19 vaccine are currently held in the UK.  HL11862
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to deliver a 24 hour a day COVID-19 vaccination programme.  HL11863
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make it easier to use volunteers to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme.  HL11864
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure compliance with legal requirements to wear masks to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  HL11865
Answered
Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of glass vials for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.  HL11866
Answered
Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the quantity of glass vials that will be needed to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, (2) the capacity to manufacture these vials, and (3) any procurement or delivery issues that may arise.  HL11867
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the requirements of the contract they awarded to Wockhardt Ltd, to help in the production of COVID-19 vaccines, are currently being fulfilled.  HL11868
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have entered into any contracts with (1) Oxford Biomedica, (2) Cobra, and (3) Halix, in relation to the production of COVID-19 vaccines; and, if so, what plans they have to make the terms of these contracts available to the public.  HL11869
Answered
Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 May 2020 (HL3768) and the letter sent by the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration on 9 June 2020 in the response to the letter from Lord Craig of Radley on 19 March 2020, whether they have made a decision on the requests of 64 Hong Kong Military Servi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the High Court judgment in R (Jackson and Simpson) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2020] EWHC 183 on 7 February 2020, when they intend to lay the Remedial Order to remove the incompatibilities from the legislation governing Bereavement Support Payment by extending that benefit to cohabitees with children.  HL1… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs last met the Ambassador of the State of Libya to the UK; and when the Foreign Secretary last discussed with the Ambassador the issue of compensation for victims of Irish Republican Army terrorism carried out using Semtex purchased from Libya.  HL11872
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the paper by Julian Guest et al Cohort study evaluating the burden of wounds to the UK’s NHS in 2017/18: update from 2012/13, published in the British Medical Journal on 22 December 2020, what plans they have to make structural changes to the NHS to improve the outcomes of patients with a wound.  HL11873
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the paper by Julian Guest et al Cohort study evaluating the burden of wounds to the UK’s NHS in 2017/18: update from 2012/13, published in the British Medical Journal on 22 December 2020, what steps they are taking to address the finding that "the annual prevalence of wounds increased by 71 per cent between 2012/… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the paper by Julian Guest et al Cohort study evaluating the burden of wounds to the UK’s NHS in 2017/18: update from 2012/13, published in the British Medical Journal on 22 December 2020, what steps they are taking in response to the finding that (1) the percentage of adults with a wound who were less than 65 yea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the paper by Julian Guest et al Cohort study evaluating the burden of wounds to the UK’s NHS in 2017/18: update from 2012/13, published in the British Medical Journal on 22 December 2020, what steps they are taking to address the annual cost to the NHS of wound care.  HL11876
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of the report by the Care Quality Commission following its inspection from 25 to 29 January 2016 Specialist community mental health services for children and young people Quality Report, published on 27 May 2016.  HL11877
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 25 February 2020 (HL793) and 17 December 2020 (HL11131) and the payment of damages in the majority of litigated clinical negligence claims, what assessment they have made of (1) the value for money, and (2) the quality, of the legal representation used by the NHS in such cla… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the President of the United States about the outcome of the United States Presidential Election and following the riots at the United States Capitol on 6 January, what plans they have to prohibit Donald Trump from entering the UK in future.  HL11879
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all those who were displaced due to the fire at Grenfell Tower are in permanent residential accommodation.  HL11880 [I]
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people who are (1) homeless, and (2) rough sleeping.  HL11881 [I]
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of electric charging points for vehicles in England.  HL11882
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the availability of biodiesel made from used cooking oil for vehicles in England.  HL11883
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of energy generated from wind power each day in the UK.  HL11884
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of energy generated from solar power each day in the UK.  HL11885
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what rights to consular assistance British citizens have if they are falsely accused or imprisoned abroad.  HL11886
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on cross-border security of the loss of real-time access to the Schengen Information System; and how many requests for information from that System have been made by the UK since 31 December 2020.  HL11887
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines.  HL11888
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that violence prevented people from voting in elections in the Central African Republic, what assessment they have made of the current (1) political, and (2) security, situation in that country.  HL11889
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to stop the distribution of messages that purport to offer people access to a COVID-19 vaccine in an attempt to steal personal and financial information.  HL11890
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure patients in rural areas receive the COVID-19 vaccination in a timely manner; whether any such steps take into account the (1) isolation of such patients, and (2) the distances such patients have to travel to medical facilities.  HL11891 [I]
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to work with dispensing doctors for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to patients in rural areas.  HL11892 [I]
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they are providing for research into COVID-19 vaccines for medically extremely vulnerable groups.  HL11893
Answered
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the risks to, and (2) the most effective treatment and vaccination options for, blood cancer patients in relation to COVID-19; and what discussions they have had with health agencies on this subject.  HL11894
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have provided to ensure the continued operation of Eurostar services; and whether they have provided any such support to assist with the cost of UK track access charges.  HL11895
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of individuals who are entitled to claim Bereavement Support Payments fail to do so; and how information on these payments and their criteria for eligibility are disseminated to the general public.  HL11896
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Eritrean soldiers are stealing religious artefacts from churches in Tigray.  HL11897
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 3 November 2020 (HL9440), what resources are available for training new officers in the British Armed Forces to identify those under their command who are experiencing financial difficulties caused by gambling.  HL11898
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the cost of gambling addiction to the NHS in each of the last five years; and (2) the likely cost in each of the next five years.  HL11899
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards introducing Integrated Domestic Abuse Court pilot schemes.  HL11900
Answered
Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they collect data on people's experience of remote court hearings; and, if not, what plans they have to do so.  HL11901
Answered
Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to include (1) community, and (2) independent, pharmacies in their plans for the administering of COVID-19 vaccines.  HL11902
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission at (1) vaccination centres, and (2) associated transport hubs.  HL11903
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to extend the renewal date for driving licences that expire in January 2021.  HL11904
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government how long they expect members of the British Armed Forces to remain in Mali.  HL11905
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the current risk to the Home Office of a cyber attack; and (2) whether adequate resources are in place to respond to that risk.  HL11906
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on their cyber security of the use of third-party digital services and software.  HL11907
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the hacking of government department emails in the United States in December 2020; and whether they have identified who was responsible for that hacking.  HL11908
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct additional road maintenance while there are restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11909
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