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Questions for Written Answer for 21 January 2021

Tabled on 20 January and due for answer by 3 February.

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of apprentices in England leaving apprenticeships early during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of (1) furlough, and (2) redundancy, broken down by industry sector.  HL12327
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement from the UNHCR on 19 January concerning the impact of the conflict in Tigray on Eritrean refugee camps in the region.  HL12328
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the damage to cultural monuments and artefacts caused by the conflict in Tigray; and whether they intend to ask UNESCO for its response to any such assessment.  HL12329
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the proposed reduction in the rail budget for Transport for the North will have on their levelling-up agenda.  HL12330
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, what planning permissions have been sought and given for the White Cliffs inland border facility near Dover; what other permissions are (1) needed, (2) have been sought, and (3) have been given; what works have started without any planning permission; what consultation with local residents has taken place; what compensation will be pa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the presidential election in Uganda, and (2) whether that election was free and fair; and what representations they have made to (a) President Museveni, and (b) the government of Uganda, about the conduct of the security forces (i) during, and (ii) in the period after, that election towards oppositi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government when their High Commissioner to Uganda last met (1) Bobi Wine, and (2) President Museveni; what assessment they have made of continuing to provide any Overseas Development Assistance to Uganda; and what plans they have to make representations to the government of Uganda about (a) the release from house arrest of Bobi Wine, and (b) endin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current waiting times for NHS child and adolescent mental health services in each region of England.  HL12334
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of (1) Oxford/AstraZeneca, and (2) Pfizer/BioNTech, COVID-19 vaccine vials allocated to the UK held in stock in each month in (a) 2019, and (b) 2020.  HL12335
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus will be fully operational for the manufacture of vaccines.  HL12336
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their investment in the rapid deployment facility for COVID-19, announced on 17 May 2020, has been allocated; and whether the facility is operational.  HL12337
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated vaccine production manufacturing capacity of the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus.  HL12338
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the details of the contract they have with AstraZeneca for the supply of 30 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and vials; if so, (a) when, and (b) how; and if not, why not.  HL12339
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the details of their contracts with (1) Pfizer/BioNTech for the supply of 30 million MRNA COVID-19 vaccines, (2) Janssen for the supply of 30 million doses  of the AD26COV25 vaccine, (3) GSK Sanofi Pasteur for 60 million doses of the proton adjuvanted vaccine, (4) Novavax for 60 million doses of the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the replacement of field drains will qualify for support under the new Environmental Land Management schemes.  HL12341
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they plan to commence hosting "reconciliation events" with individuals from the Windrush generation.  HL12342
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the US Secretary of State's description on 19 January of the government of China's treatment of Uighurs as a genocide.  HL12343
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of local authorities (1) to support the administration of elections scheduled to take place during the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) to enable the provision of staff to administer such elections on 6 May.  HL12344
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the performance of Royal Mail in providing a universal postal service during the COVID-19 pandemic; how many instances they have recorded of a failure to provide such a service in specific areas; and (1) where, and (2) when, any such failures have occurred.  HL12345
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) electrification, (2) junction improvements, (3) improved signalling, and (4) new terminal facilities, for rail freight networks are assessed through (a) the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline, or (b) the Governance for Railway Investment Projects scheme and its successor; and if so, how, in each case, they are assessed as pr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 19 January (HL11665), what steps they are taking to ensure that the vaccine record card which will be issued to patients by the NHS will be recognised as an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis.  HL12347
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish (1) the Dunlop Review into the UK Government Union capability, and (2) the Review of Intergovernmental Relations.  HL12348
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any aspects of their free trade agreement with the government of Turkey could (1) apply to, or (2) include, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.  HL12349
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the evacuation of foreign military forces from Libya began on 23 January, as scheduled in the ceasefire agreement of 23 October 2020; and if they have made no such assessment, what assessment they have made of how this process of evacuation may begin.  HL12350
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet any funding shortfall as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on charitable donations for research projects into brain tumours.  HL12351
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make the UK a global leader in addressing brain tumours.  HL12352
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) patients, (2) care homes, and (3) hospices, of brain tumour operations which have been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12353
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential additional costs since 1 January 2021 to a five-member musical troupe of touring in three countries in the EU.  HL12354
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Tunisia.  HL12355
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Malawi.  HL12356
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the African Union in Africa.  HL12357
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the validity of the presidential and parliamentary elections held in Ghana in December 2020.  HL12358
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many disabled benefits claimants were sanctioned in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020; how those figure compare to the number of non-disabled such claimants who were sanctioned; how many of those sanctions were appealed and upheld; and what steps they have taken to ensure that disabled people claiming benefits are not discriminated… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise seeking the reversal of the designation of the Houthi movement as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation by the government of the United States in their discussions with the new government of that country.  HL12360
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to guarantee that all adults in the UK will be offered a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  HL12361
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current (1) political, and (2) security, situation in Tunisia.  HL12362
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many households have been made homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what additional support they have offered to those households, in particular to families, which have been made homeless as a result of the pandemic.  HL12363
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Minister for Africa on 16 January about the presidential elections in Uganda, what practical assistance they are offering to ensure that concerns about the political climate and the electoral process in Uganda are investigated and resolved appropriately; and what representations they have made… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the change in rates of sexual abuse by women reported to police, and (2) the impact of reports of sexual abuse committed by transgender women in contributing to any such change; and what plans they have, if any, to undertake further research into these issues.  HL12365
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list all projects funded by UK Research and Innovation to support research on vaccine responses in groups of immune-supressed individuals; and, in each case, what is (1) the level of funding, and (2) the project timetable.  HL12366
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government which scientific advisory committees made the evaluations of which projects UK Research and Innovation should fund to support research on vaccine responses in groups of immune-supressed individuals; and who are the members of each such committee.  HL12367
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they (1) intend to allocate, or (2) would consider allocating on the basis of scientific advice, further funding to UK Research and Innovation to support research on vaccine responses in groups of immune-supressed individuals.  HL12368
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have received that the research supported by UK Research and Innovation on vaccine responses in groups of immune-supressed individuals is adequate to support advice on responses for all blood cancers; and whether they have consulted Blood Cancer UK on this matter.  HL12369
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment and research they have undertaken in support of advice or guidance for (1) the treatment of, (2) evaluating the risk of, and (3) recommending the most effective vaccine for, Follicular Lymphoma.  HL12370
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government which research projects UK Research and Innovation are funding into vaccine responses for (1) individuals with inflammatory disorders, (2) high risk cancer patient groups, (3) patients with severe kidney and liver disease, and (4) other immune-suppressed individuals.  HL12371
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the (1) financial, and (2) advisory, aid assistance they give to (a) Morocco, (b) Algeria, and (c) Tunisia, is targeted at youth unemployment.  HL12372
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Spending Review 2020, published on 25 November 2020, by what date they estimate that orders for the "800 cleaner, greener, quieter zero emission buses" will need to be placed for delivery in financial year 2021/22.  HL12373
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Spending Review 2020, published on 25 November 2020, what analysis they have undertaken on how the "800 cleaner, greener, quieter zero emission buses" can be delivered in financial year 2021/22; and whether they plan to publish any such analysis.  HL12374
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they (1) have provided to date, and (2) plan to provide in the future, to companies providing coach services to ensure that those companies can remain in business to provide essential services once schools return to normal patterns of attendance; and what assessment they have made of the impact that the rest… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Spending Review 2020, published on 25 November 2020, how they plan to fund the “800 cleaner, greener, quieter zero emission buses" in financial year 2021/22; and when they plan to begin the procurement of such buses.  HL12376
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise crematorium and funeral workers for receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination.  HL12377
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in (1) mass vaccination hubs, (2) GP surgeries, and (3) community pharmacies.  HL12378
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered (1) to mass-vaccination hubs, (2) to GP surgeries, and (3) to community pharmacies.  HL12379
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that vulnerable patients who cannot travel to vaccination hubs are vaccinated for COVID-19 in the community.  HL12380
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on setting up COVID-19 mass vaccination hubs to date.  HL12381
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many GP surgeries have had to stop administering COVID-19 vaccines due to supply shortages; and what is the average time they have had to suspend vaccinations in such instances.  HL12382
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of workers are paid less than the statutory minimum wage.  HL12383
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what fees have been paid to PriceWaterhouseCoopers for acting as special managers assisting the official receiver in relation to the liquidation of Carillion.  HL12384
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals who are enrolled on an approved pension scheme do not receive tax relief on their contributions.  HL12385
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to authorise the Prudential Regulation Authority to carry out stress tests on the adequacy of capital at (1) hedge funds, and (2) private equity firms.  HL12386
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement of an independent inquiry into the governance of the British Virgin Islands, what plans they have (1) to support the expansion of its terms of reference to include, and (2) to support any consideration of, the Islands' role in global tax avoidance and money laundering as part of the inquiry.  HL12387
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to create databases setting out the number of (a) personal, and (b) corporate, bankruptcies caused by the impact of COVID-19; and (2) to publish these numbers at monthly intervals.  HL12388
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Learning and Work Institute Unleashing talent: Levelling up opportunity for young people, published in December 2020; and what plans they have to create a youth allowance within Universal Credit.  HL12389
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide practical support for employers to ensure racial and ethnic diversity amongst their Higher Level apprentices.  HL12390
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on securing mortgages for those who have accessed their COVID-19 support schemes.  HL12391
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that employees in the UK have the same standard of legal protection as employees in the EU.  HL12392
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria were used in the appointment of the chair of the review of children's social care, announced on 15 January.  HL12393
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the chair of the review of children's social care, announced on 15 January, was appointed; what is the duration of this appointment; and what is the total budget allocated to the review.  HL12394
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) organisations, and (2) individuals, were (a) invited to, and (b) attended, the launch of the review of children's social care on 15 January.  HL12395
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the charity Frontline received from the Department for Education in each of the last five financial years.  HL12396
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