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Questions for Written Answer for 4 February 2021

Tabled on 3 February and due for answer by 17 February.

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total value of applications to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme received before that scheme was closed to new applications on 11 January.  HL12924
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications were received from schools for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme; and what was the value of any such applications.  HL12925
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding to organisations which were unsuccessful in their application to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.  HL12926
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) EU, and (2) EEA, citizens with settled status have been denied citizenship because they did not have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance during their qualifying period of residence.  HL12927
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the skills contributed to the UK by academic staff and vocational trainers through the Erasmus+ programme; what plans they have to ensure that the contribution of any such skills is maintained; and what apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities they plan to introduce to replace th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Highways England's plans to use emergency powers to infill or demolish unused bridges without (1) seeking planning permission, or (2) providing information about an urgent need to take action.  HL12929
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the EU, if any, to remove its ban on the import of live molluscs from the UK.  HL12930
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) customs declarations are, or (2) an ATA Carnet is, required for the movement of musical instruments and equipment between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  HL12931 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to put in place a rebate system for employers resident in the UK and workers from EU countries that chose not to join the EU–UK Social Security Coordination Agreement before 31 January.  HL12932 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India about (1) the allegations of torture and mistreatment, and (2) the right to a fair trial, of Jagtar Singh Johal; and what response they have received to any such representations.  HL12933
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the changes to the level of mobility and bureaucracy for touring performers, what plans they have to provide additional funding for the performing arts sector to mitigate against any potential (1) additional costs, and (2) loss of work, for such performers.  HL12934 [I… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Amnesty International on 5 January that Issa Amro is "facing politically motivated charges for his peaceful activism against Israel’s military occupation and illegal settlements"; and what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the conviction of Issa Amr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, since the publication of their report Quarterly Report on progress to address COVID-19 health inequalities on 22 October 2020, what (1) actions have been taken, and (2) progress has been made, in relation to implementing Recommendation 12 of that report, regarding public health advice in languages other than English.  HL12936
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have spent to date on activities relating to the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.  HL12937
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government how much private funding is required for the creation of the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and how much private funding has been raised to date.  HL12938
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what organisations will (1) own, and (2) manage, the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre if planning permission is obtained; and what progress has been made towards setting up any such organisations.  HL12939
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the (1) ownership, and (2) management, of the parts of Victoria Tower Gardens not required for the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.  HL12940
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of Victoria Tower Gardens would be closed to the public during the construction of the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what estimate has been made of the duration of the building works.  HL12941
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by University College London What do Students Know and Understand about the Holocaust, published on 19 April 2018, what plans they have for the reform of holocaust education in schools.  HL12942
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Baroness Donaghy to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the adequate representation of higher education institutions providing initial teacher training in the Department for Education's Initial Teacher Training Market Review.  HL12943
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Baroness Donaghy to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to have the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework (1) fully implemented, and (2) tested; and whether that Framework will be independently assessed.  HL12944
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Baroness Donaghy to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to maintain the stability of the teacher supply in the Initial Teacher Training system, and (2) to uphold the quality of teacher education.  HL12945
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Baroness Donaghy to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they plan to publish the recommendations of the Initial Teacher Training Market Review; and what plans they have to implement a centrally prescribed system for (1) content, and (2) modes of delivery.  HL12946
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Baroness Donaghy to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the link between (1) teachers' professional preparation, (2) the autonomy of universities as independent institutions, and (3) the academic freedom of universities' academic staff.  HL12947
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the recent announcement to provide temporary basic accommodation to support prison leavers at risk of homelessness in five National Probation Service regions will include (1) women-only accommodation, and (2) provisions for specific support for vulnerable women with complex needs.  HL12948
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to record, and (2) to report, on the (a) housing outcomes, and (b) homelessness figures, of female prison leavers as part of the resettlement and reoffending metrics for measuring the success of the Concordat on women in or at risk of contact with the Criminal Justice System.  HL12949
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish regional telephone hotlines for the public to use to ask questions related to COVID-19 vaccines.  HL12950
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Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for the Green Homes Grant scheme have been turned down by International Climate Finance because they were unable to verify the identity of the applicant.  HL12951
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Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many builders have been (1) accredited for, and (2) turned down for accreditation by, the Green Homes Grant Scheme.  HL12952
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the prospectus for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  HL12953
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make provision for (1) the suspension, or (2) the cancellation, of polls on 6 May in the event of a local emergency, including a local surge in COVID-19 cases resulting from an outbreak of a new variant which spreads rapidly, in a particular (a) polling district, (b) electoral division, (c) local authority, and (… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the duties of those employed to carry out the census canvass in May 2021.  HL12955
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they plan to put in place to ensure that applications for a proxy vote for the elections on 6 May (1) are made by the person to whom the vote belongs, (2) are accompanied by clear and full information on why a proxy vote is being requested, (3) are not systematically collected by political parties or candidates at thos… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions will be given (1) to returning officers for, and (2) to persons acting on their behalf at, the elections on 6 May on how to proceed if two or more applications to appoint a proxy are made in respect of the same elector and they purport to appoint different persons as the proxy for that elector; and whether any such ins… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a local authority employee can decline to carry out duties in relation to (1) the operation of polling stations on 6 May, (2) the counting of votes in relation to elections on that day, and (3) other activities involving direct contact with members of the public.  HL12958
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they have made to ensure that vaccination venues are accessible for disabled people; and how that information is made available when booking tests.  HL12959
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of delays to the consideration of the Environment Bill, what assessment they have made of the impact on the proposed deadline of 31 October 2022 in that Bill for establishing long-term environmental targets; and what steps they are taking, if any, to ensure that such deadlines are met if the Bil… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 2 February (HL12281), whether they publicise the availability of Family Reunion Visas in (1) Europe, (2) the Middle East, and (3) North Africa; and if so, whether they advertise such availability (a) at embassies, (b) through the UNHCR, or (c) through other organisations.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any correlation between the conditions in which livestock used for meat are kept and the emergence of novel zoonotic diseases.  HL12962
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of novel infectious diseases in humans that have resulted from industrial animal farming practices over the past 10 years, and (2) the risk of future human pandemics emerging from zoonotic diseases.  HL12963
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any trend in the number of novel zoonotic diseases that have occurred over the past 30 years; and what steps, if any, they intend to take in response to any such assessment.  HL12964
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 2 February (HL12298), whether they will now (1) answer the question put, namely whether they have made any assessment of the possible competitive disadvantages to (a) England, (b) Wales, and (c) Scotland, of not being in the EU Single Market; and if so, what was the result of an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that ceasing to use fossil fuels would have on (1) controlling climate change, and (2) preventing the extinction of species.  HL12966
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to set a target for eliminating the use of fossil fuels by the UK; and if not, why not.  HL12967
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the health situation in Gaza; and how much financial assistance they intend to provide to that region to meet any health-related need.  HL12968
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many arrangements the Pensions Regulator has made with pension schemes with a deficit in excess of £50 million since 2005; with which schemes any such arrangements have been made; and for each such scheme, (1) how the deficit was met, and (2) whether there was any difference in the reported deficit and that which had to be met.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many arrangements the Pensions Regulator has made with pension schemes with a deficit in excess of £25 million but less than £50 million since 2005; with which schemes any such arrangements have been made; and for each such scheme, (1) how the deficit was met, and (2) whether there was any difference in the reported deficit and t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many arrangements the Pensions Regulator has made with pension schemes with a deficit in excess of £10 million but less than £25 million since 2005; with which schemes any such arrangements have been made; and for each such scheme, (1) how the deficit was met, and (2) whether there was any difference in the reported deficit and t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the present security situation in Libya, and (2) the safety of UK citizens resident in that country.  HL12972
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current level of bilateral UK aid to Libya; and whether they co-operate with the government of Italy in its aid programmes in that country.  HL12973
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that farmers involved in the Environmental Land Management Scheme are adequately compensated for the impact of introducing nature-based solutions on future flood risk on their land.  HL12974
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the abstraction of high flow water to reduce the amount of surplus rainwater being wasted.  HL12975
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide local authorities with increased control over Local Skills Improvement Plans.  HL12976
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of increased vulnerability of BAME individuals to unfair employment dismissals; and what plans they have to strengthen unfair dismissal legislation.  HL12977
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase apprenticeship opportunities in the clean energy industry.  HL12978
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all those eligible for a Test and Trace support payment receive such support.  HL12979
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what, declaration forms under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland the Ministry of Defence has to complete to move personnel and equipment to Northern Ireland.  HL12980
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend British Summer Time; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any such extension on (1) energy consumption, and (2) business productivity.  HL12981
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Day Nurseries Association Early Years Funding 2019/20: Underspends and contingency budgets one year on, published in February; and in particular, its finding that over the last two years there has been a £1.5 billion underspend by local education authorities acro… 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 environmental impact of the UK joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.  HL12983
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