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Questions for Written Answer for 11 January 2021

Tabled on 8 January and due for answer by 22 January.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a value for money test is applied to all quotations submitted for partial support under the Green Homes Grant scheme; and if so, whether any such assessments are required to be made by appropriately qualified persons with knowledge of local conditions.  HL11910
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Callanan on 15 December (HLWS646), what plans they have to consult with civil society groups and the wider public as part of their review into how regulatory impacts are assessed in advance of setting the next Business Impact Target.  HL11911
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities (1) have used up the Government grant provided in September 2020 to make payments under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, (2) are topping up such payments from other sources, and (3) are no longer making those payments; and what is the average wait time between an application being… 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 how much of the UK Official Development Assistance spend is directed towards agriculture; and what percentage of that spend is directed towards (1) agroecological approaches, and (2) small farms; and whether they benchmark those figures against the level of such provision from other countries.  HL11913
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Environmental Land Management Schemes are being established on an open data basis; and what plans they have to ensure that (1) data are available to inform local and national knowledge, and (2) rapid feedback loops are put in place so that best practice can be shared and incentivised, through such Schemes.  H… 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 how artworks created in the UK but from materials originating elsewhere will be treated by the EU under the region of origin rules as set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement reached between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published on 24 December 2020.  HL11915
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 January (HL Deb, col 288), in what ways "China continues to be an important international and strategic partner" for the UK.  HL11916
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the interests of Gibraltarians.  HL11917
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what priority have (1) NHS dentists, (2) NHS dental staff, (3) non-NHS dentists, and (4) non-NHS dental staff, been given for access to COVID-19 vaccinations.  HL11918
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Lord Cashman to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of behavioural science in driving personal responsibility to ensure (1) continued hand hygiene, (2) social distancing, and (3) mask wearing; and what plans they have to launch public information campaigns to underline those messages and promote hygienic behaviour as a life-long habit amongst th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Cashman to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of implementing a targeted hygiene approach in the health sector and its applicability to wider societal settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11920
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Stewart of Dirleton on 6 January (HL Deb, col 131), what progress they have made with the review of financial provision law.  HL11921
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) domiciliary carers, and (2) hospice staff who provide care at home, have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in the same cohort as homecare staff.  HL11922
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that NHS estates can reduce the viral load of COVID-19 in the ambient air; and what plans they have to undertake wide-scale deployment of professional high-efficiency particulate air purifiers to reduce the risk of nosocomial infection.  HL11923
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential benefits of the (1) procurement, and (2) deployment, of professional high-efficiency particulate air purifiers in enclosed workspaces.  HL11924
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total UK net public sector contribution to the (1) European Economic Community, and (2) EU, budget since the accession of the UK to the European Communities in 1973 at real 2019 prices.  HL11925
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-visa nationals whose permission to be in the UK expired, and for whom there was no record of departure, there were in each of the past five years.  HL11926
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many visa nationals on (1) six-month visit visas, (2) long-term visit visas, and (3) long-term work, study or family visas, whose permission to be in the UK expired, and for whom there was no record of departure, there were in each of the past five years.  HL11927
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish statistics about the operation of the new points-based immigration system under which employers could apply from 1 December 2020 to sponsor skilled workers; and which data (1) have been collected, and (2) they intend to publish.  HL11928
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include British Transport Police officers in the first round of those receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.  HL11929
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the proposal by the United Nations for the provision of monitors for the ceasefire in Libya, and in particular to oversee the withdrawal of foreign forces.  HL11930
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that any existing unlimited-value open licences for the export of military equipment do not permit any governments considered to have human rights concerns to receive weapons or ammunition without sufficient scrutiny and end-use verification; and what plans they have to cease the issue of such licences to s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that EDO MBM Technology Ltd supplied Hornet bomb-racks and fuel pumps for the Bayraktar TB2 drones used by the government of Turkey in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and if so, what action they have taken in response to such reports.  HL11932
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to investigate reports that the government of Turkey has used drones against Turkish citizens in 11 regions of that country since 2016; and what representations they have made to the government of Turkey to request an explanation for the deaths of Zehra Berkel, Hebun Mele Xelil and Amina Waysi in June 2020.  HL11933
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks by the Executive Director of UNICEF on 10 December 2020 at the Averting famine in Yemen: What can we do now and in 2021 event in New York; and what plans they have to coordinate international action for (1) disease prevention, (2) child nutrition, and (3) peace building in Yemen.  HL11934
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government why only 975 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are scheduled for delivery to Newbury Racecourse; and what plans they have to increase the number of such doses (1) delivered to, and (2) administered at, Newbury Racecourse.  HL11935
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord True on 19 November 2020 (HL Deb, cols 1535–9), whether they are now in a position to publish the Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability.  HL11936
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the principal measures they have taken to strengthen the union between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.  HL11937
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the principal measures they have taken to strengthen the Union between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.  HL11938
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government when the United Kingdom Government–Northern Ireland Executive Joint Board last met; and what was discussed.  HL11939
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on the sovereignty of the UK.  HL11940
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to mark the centenary of the opening of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.  HL11941
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of time between (1) the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine doses manufactured outside the UK and their arrival at the facility in the UK at which they will be administered, and (2) between such vaccine doses arriving at the facility in which they will be used and their actual administration; and how many… 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 partner with the sport and entertainment sectors to underwrite contingency insurance for live events.  HL11943
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the evidence on which they based their policy to only allow two-ball golf matches to be played during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11944
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government, what progress has been made in agreeing a replacement of the Tripartite Agreement between the UK, France and Ireland to provide for the free movement of thoroughbred courses for racing and breeding purposes, underpinned by high standards of animal health.  HL11945
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of negotiations between the UK and European Alpine Nations to allow the qualifications of UK ski instructors to be granted recognition in EU member states.  HL11946
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a requirement, once possible, for air, sea and rail passengers arriving in England to have had a vaccination against COVID-19 as an alternative to such passengers being required to have a recent negative test result before entry.  HL11947
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what reasons were given to Portsmouth Port for the decision to grant £17.1 million for the development of the border infrastructure required as a result of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement; what additional sources of funding (1) Portsmouth Port, and (2) other ports in a similar situation, are being directed to; why ports… 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 what assessment they have made, if any, of the potential impact of the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on the processing of Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa applications; and what steps they are taking to address any such impact.  HL11949
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial contributions they made during the transition period of the UK's departure from the EU; and what financial commitments they have made to the EU for future years.  HL11950
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many employers have been prosecuted for their failure to comply with regulations relating to the National Minimum Wage in each of the last five years; and what was the outcome of each such prosecution.  HL11951
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks to the economy of shadow banking.  HL11952
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated how much additional tax revenue would be raised by abolishing the Capital Gains tax-free allowance; and if so, how much additional such revenue they estimate would be raised.  HL11953
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK-registered companies have failed to submit corporation tax returns to HMRC in the last five years.  HL11954
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional resources they plan to make available to (1) schools, (2) colleges, and (3) universities, to administer the Turing scheme.  HL11955
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