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Questions for Written Answer for 1 February 2021

Tabled on 28 January and due for answer by 11 February.

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to train operators on serving food and drink on trains.  HL12691
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Delaware-based shell companies for (1) international money laundering, and (2) financing international terrorism; and what plans they have, if any, to raise this at the next G7 summit.  HL12692
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their guidance Managing parole-eligible offenders on licence policy framework, published on 11 November 2020, which (1) non-government organisations, and (2) individuals, were consulted prior to their decision to extend the qualifying period for suspension of supervision periods for people serving (a) a life sentence of betw… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their guidance Managing parole-eligible offenders on licence policy framework, published on 11 November 2020, how their decision to extend the qualifying periods for the suspension of licence conditions has been communicated to people (1) in custody, and (2) in the community, who are (a) serving a life sentence, and (b) on a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to include a review of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme in their forthcoming National Bus Strategy; and what steps they will take to ensure that the Scheme is fair (1) to operators, and (2) to local authorities.  HL12695
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make (1) regulatory, or (2) licensing, changes to improve the viability of community transport.  HL12696
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The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 26 January (HL Deb, col 1500), what assessment they have made of the level of household income that would be needed to afford a home defined as "affordable".  HL12697
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The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether their target for the number of affordable homes that they want to see built is sufficient to meet the demand for such homes.  HL12698
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 19 January (HL Deb, col 1085), on what date their proposals for enabling musicians to travel and perform in the EU without work permits was rejected; and what explanation they were given for this rejection.  HL12699
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 19 January (HL Deb, col 1085), whether their proposals for enabling musicians to travel and perform in the EU without work permits included musicians being considered Short-Term Business Visitors; and, if so, what assessment they have made of whether this would remove the requirement… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the EU’s definition of Short-Term Business Visitor allows for the selling of services, including by musicians, to the general public during such visits.  HL12701
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of precedents for reciprocal arrangements for touring musicians in existing trade agreements, and in the EU–Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement in particular.  HL12702
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether UK musicians require a work permit to undertake unpaid performances in the EU.  HL12703
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 19 January (HC Deb, col 773), when they will publish guidance on the criteria that each EU Member State has for allowing UK performers and artists to work there.  HL12704
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Shan Human Rights Foundation Blackening our future: Burma Army-linked coal mining expansion in war-torn northern Shan State, published on 27 January, what representations they have made to the government of Myanmar about (1) the expansion of coal-mining operations by their army and Ngwe Yi Pale in Shan Stat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to provide humanitarian support for people who have been internally displaced from Shan State in Myanmar due to the expansion of coal-mining operations by the Myanmar Army and Ngwe Yi Pale.  HL12706
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to award the George Cross to the National Health Service.  HL12707
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on Lough Neagh eel fishermen of no longer being able to sell their produce to Great Britain; and what steps they will take to ensure that businesses in Northern Ireland can trade freely with Great Britain.  HL12708
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what priority they will give to (1) COVID-19 testing, (2) ensuring that people with COVID-19 isolate, (3) contact tracing, and (4) tracking the movements of people with COVID-19, as part of their strategy for preventing the spread of COVID-19 as the number of cases reduce.  HL12709
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the probability of being infected with COVID-19 as a result of contact with items that are delivered to a household compared with other means of infection.  HL12710
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord True on 27 January (HL Deb, col 1600), what is the statistical basis for the statement that "the Conservative Party has been underrepresented in your Lordships’ House".  HL12711
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current financial situation of self-employed people whose income in 2018/19 was over £50,000; and what plans they have, if any, to offer financial support to those people during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12712
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use information from 2019/20 income tax returns to assess whether people previously disqualified from financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic should now be entitled to such support.  HL12713
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recognise Taiwan as an independent country.  HL12714
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the ban on the import of soil in potted plants from garden centres in Great Britain to garden centres in Northern Ireland, as required by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL12715
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the 454 chilled items of food withdrawn from sale in Northern Ireland following the UK's departure from the EU can be sold again in stores in Northern Ireland.  HL12716
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that food products made in Great Britain, including (1) Fray Bentos steak and kidney pies, and (2) Birds Eye beefburgers, can be brought from Great Britain into Northern Ireland.  HL12717
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow pets to be moved from Great Britain to Northern Ireland without restrictions and in the same way that they can be moved from England to Scotland.  HL12718
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cyber-attack on the Woodland Trust; and what assistance, if any, they have provided to that charity as a result.  HL12719
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether any UK-trained Somali National Army units were involved in clashes on the Kenya–Somalia border between 24 and 26 January.  HL12720
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether any Kenya Defence Forces personnel assisted the forces loyal to the Jubaland state government that were involved in clashes on the Kenya–Somalia border between 24 and 26 January.  HL12721
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Kenya about the clashes on the Kenya–Somalia border between 24 and 26 January.  HL12722
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by KPMG Northampton Borough Council: Report in the public interest regarding the Council’s loans to Northampton Town Football Club, published on 27 January.  HL12723 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review the procedures whereby local authorities can provide loans to organisations.  HL12724 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the accommodation provided in the UK for members of the British Armed Forces does not have en-suite facilities.  HL12725
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the spending limits for candidates standing for (1) local authority, (2) mayoral, and (3) Parliamentary, elections in the UK.  HL12726
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the local authority arrangements in Nottinghamshire.  HL12727 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the local authority arrangements in Kent.  HL12728 [I]
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by General Zaw Min Tun that the Myanmar Army would “take action” if allegations of electoral fraud during the general election in Myanmar on 8 November were not investigated, what assessment they have made of the political situation in Myanmar.  HL12729
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used to determine which countries should be placed on the list of countries from which they have banned travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; what plans they have to add further countries to that list; and what steps they are taking to ensure that any arrivals from those countries who cannot be refus… 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 safeguards they have put in place to ensure that the authorisation for the emergency use of pesticides containing thiamethoxam for use on sugar beet crops will not put pollinators at risk.  HL12731
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Russia about the detention of Alexei Navalny; what steps they will take in response to that detention; and whether they have considered imposing sanctions against Russian individuals in response.  HL12732
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers there are in England; and what plans they have to deliver the same level of support as the ‘Everyone In’ campaign, launched on 26 March 2020 for the duration for which restrictions are in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12733
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to support, and (2) to expedite, the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines; and what consideration they have given to donating vaccine doses to countries that are unable to afford them.  HL12734
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of children experiencing long-term effects of COVID-19.  HL12735
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to advise schools to provide space for pupils experiencing long-term effects of COVID-19 to take rest breaks during the school day.  HL12736
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic on travel companies' ability to raise revenue as a result of staff being (1) engaged in processing refunds to customers unable to fulfil booked travel arrangements, and (2) ineligible for the furlough scheme; and what alternative financia… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require all new-build (1) residential, and (2) commercial, developments to have electric vehicle charging points.  HL12738
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to set a target for the creation of new native woodland; and what steps they are taking (1) to avoid reliance on imported trees, and (2) to manage and increase native woodland while ensuring that such woodland remains in good ecological condition.  HL12739
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice on teaching the Holocaust they have given to academies and multi-academy trusts that do not follow the national curriculum.  HL12740
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support district councils (1) to provide, and (2) to protect, leisure services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12741
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the National Leisure Recovery Fund.  HL12742
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 18 March 2020 (HL2250), whether they will now answer the question put, namely when they intend to publish (1) each of Her Majesty's trade commissioners' latest annual reports setting out the strategy, objectives and overarching priorities for each delegated region, and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the diversity of the market in relation to 5G infrastructure in the UK; and what plans they have, if any, for the diversification of that market.  HL12744
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 15 January (HL11793), what assessment they have made of the resilience of UK merchant ships’ ability to receive position, navigation and timing data in the event of a failure of satellite provision.  HL12745
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