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Questions for Written Answer for 3 February 2021

Tabled on 2 February and due for answer by 16 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about parity of treatment between British National (Overseas) passport holders and full British citizens for visa purposes; and what plans they have to seek such parity with other governments.  HL12877
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they provide to people in Hong Kong who only hold a British National (Overseas) passport who wish to travel to the UK.  HL12878
Answered
Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress achieved by the Latin America and Caribbean Investor Club since its establishment by the Department of International Trade in April 2019.  HL12879
Answered
Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by the UN Secretary General to expand negotiations relating to the future of Cyprus to include the government of (1) Greece, (2) Turkey, (3) the Republic of Cyprus, and (4) the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, alongside the UK and UN; whether they support such a proposal; if not, why not;… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 18 December (HL11112), why a tunnel cannot be granted at Wendover for HS2 using a Transport and Works Act 1992 Order; and what are the criteria for deciding whether to propose a Transport and Works Act 1992 Order.  HL12881
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the current cost of the tunnel proposal at Bromford on HS2 Phase One; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the Transport and Works Act 1992 Order procedure used for its construction on the time it will take to introduce HS2 Phase One services.  HL12882
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the HS2 Phase One main works contractor for the section of the line past Wendover has produced any assessment of the Wendover Mined Tunnel Proposal; and if so, whether they will place a copy of any such assessment in the Library of the House.  HL12883
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to order that operational noise surveys are conducted by an independent body or the Nominated Undertaker in accordance with the requirements of HS2 Information Paper F4: Operational Noise and Vibration Monitoring Framework, published on 23 February 2017.  HL12884
Answered
Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in receipt of (1) Disability Living Allowance, and (2) personal independence payment, received an additional Child Trust Fund (CTF) payment in each year since 2005; and what estimate they have made of the number of such children who have been able to access savings held in a CTF (a) with, and (b) without, a court orde… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments have relationships with Askham Bryan College; and which Department has overall responsibility for policies towards that college.  HL12886
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the requirement of 'wash certificates' for all second-hand agricultural vehicles moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland; and what plans they have to provide financial assistance to traders of agricultural vehicles to cover the cost of those certificates.  HL12887
Answered
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government when the next iteration of the NHS People Plan will be published; and what assessment they have made of the recommendations by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine RCEM Cares Retention of A&E staff: policy brief, published in February, (1) to recruit an additional 2500 Emergency Medicine Consultants, and (2) to increas… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new homes that have an energy efficiency rating below EPC band C were built in each of the last three years; and what steps they are taking, or intend to take, to ensure that in all new homes are built with at least an EPC band C rating.  HL12889
Answered
Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Independent Monitoring Board, Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Berwyn, published on 17 September 2020, what assessment they have made of complaints that prisoners have been threatened with sanctions for speaking Welsh; and what steps are they taking following those complaints.  HL12890
Answered
Lord Grade of Yarmouth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring into force all of the provisions of Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 to ensure that children are not exposed to online pornography.  HL12891
Answered
Lord Grade of Yarmouth to ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learnt from the government of Israel’s campaign in response to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in that country; and what steps they are taking to apply any such lessons to the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines in the UK.  HL12892
Answered
Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of contracts awarded to ICF to run the Green Homes Grant scheme.  HL12893
Answered
Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings Ministers had with ICF before the Green Homes Grant scheme contract was awarded.  HL12894
Answered
Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average number of days people wait to receive a voucher from the Green Homes Grant scheme after the application has been approved.  HL12895
Answered
Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the target number of days for vouchers to be sent out once an application to the Green Home Grant scheme has been approved.  HL12896
Answered
Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who have received a voucher from the Green Homes Grant scheme are (1) recipients of benefits, (2) not recipients of benefits, and (3) landlords whose applications will benefit their tenants.  HL12897
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Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for the Green Homes Grant scheme have been declined.  HL12898
Answered
Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to administer COVID-19 vaccinations in prisons and other places of custody.  HL12899
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support efforts to close detention centres in Libya for refugees and migrants.  HL12900
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the European Anti-Fraud Office about its investigation into allegations of harassment, misconduct and migrant pushback.  HL12901
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the government of Saint Helena in any future negotiations to secure market access for the export of (1) fish, and (2) coffee products to the EU.  HL12902
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the government of Tristan da Cunha in any future negotiations for a trade agreement with the EU.  HL12903
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in resolving the issues which caused EU member states to not be notified of criminal convictions in the UK.  HL12904
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all historic data of criminal convictions in the UK affected by the technical issues with the Police National Computer, reported in January, have now been passed to relevant EU member states; and if not, why not.  HL12905
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The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a facility in Northern Ireland which will be able to carry out the batch testing and certification by a qualified person of packs of medicines being traded from Great Britain to Northern Ireland from 1 January 2022; and if so, whether any such facility will have (1) responsibility for, and (2) capacity to, proce… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the coup d’état which took place in Myanmar on 1 February, and (2) its potential impact on (a) the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, and (b) the process of democratisation in that country.  HL12907
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce sanctions on members of the Burmese military linked to human rights abuses and the recent coup d’état in Myanmar.  HL12908
Answered
Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU about extending the grace periods contained in the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and which specific grace periods they have discussed.  HL12909
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many transfer pricing specialists are employed by HMRC for dealing with the tax practices of multinational corporations.  HL12910
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) bodies, and (2) individuals, have been prosecuted each year under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 for failure to prevent tax evasion; and what outcome was secured in each such case.  HL12911
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the fine issued by the US Department of Justice to Goldman Sachs for its role in a conspiracy to bribe high-ranking foreign officials to obtain business, what discussions they have had with financial regulators in the UK about investigating Goldman Sachs for any similar practices in the UK.  HL12912
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) commercial organisations, and (2) individuals, have been prosecuted each year under the Bribery Act 2010 for failure to prevent bribery; and what outcome was secured in each such case.  HL12913
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation under which anyone on Universal Credit or other social security benefits would be entitled to a free broadband subscription.  HL12914
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted a survey to ascertain how many school pupils do not have access to (1) a computer, laptop or tablet, and (2) home broadband; and if not, what plans they have to conduct such a survey.  HL12915
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to launch a campaign to encourage consumers to support local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12916
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on shop closures of ending the business rates holiday.  HL12917
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total cost to HM Treasury of providing COVID-19 financial support to those who are ineligible for such support.  HL12918
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey by Simply Business, published on 27 January, which found that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of 82 per cent of small business owners; and what steps they are taking in response.  HL12919
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the number of indictments of Israeli citizens by the government of Israel for charges relating (1) to the assault of Palestinians, and (2) to damage to Palestinian property; and if so, what steps they are taking in the light of any such assessment  HL12920
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Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UK's departure from the EU, what system has been put in place to scrutinise illegal state aid complaints in the UK.  HL12921
Answered
Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK complaints to the European Commission under the Competition Directive made prior to the UK's departure from the EU are scrutinised by the EU in a timely fashion.  HL12922
Answered
Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking in relation to the underspending by local education authorities of funding earmarked for children’s early education and care which has been instead channelled into other areas of education spending.  HL12923
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