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Questions for Written Answer for 8 February 2021

Tabled on 4 February and due for answer by 18 February.

Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU, what steps have they taken to review the terms and conditions of the EU Payment Services Directive; and what assessment they have made of how they can support greater competition and transparency in the market for money transfer companies in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in increasing the number of countries giving their support to the Call to Action 'Remittances in Crisis: How to Keep them Flowing', co-launched with Switzerland in May 2020; which countries now support the Call; and what progress has been made to counteract the decrease in remittances due to th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government to define whether hybrid companies, which offer both services and recruitment services in the EU, would be categorised as agencies or as service companies under the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  HL12986
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government how exempted professionals, including those in IT and engineering, who are UK citizens and resident in the EU should evidence their status on entry to an EU country under the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  HL12987
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government why the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement restricts service provision to a maximum of 12 months.  HL12988
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their understanding of the term 'agency' as it appears in the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement in the context of the employment of 'contractual service suppliers' under Article SERVIN.4.1: Scope and definitions 5(b); and whether this definition includes recruitment or language services.  HL12989
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, contract brokers are to be treated as service providers in a business-to-business relationship with the contracted services provider, or as recruitment agencies.  HL12990
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have established targets for the number of miles of railway line that will be reinstated for passenger use as part of the Restoring Your Railway Fund (1) within five years, and (2) within ten years; and what estimate they have made of the total length of reinstated lines, in miles, that will be achieved in those time period… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number, and (2) the circumstances, of Hong Kong residents of South Asian descent who are UK citizens, including UK citizens by descent, who do not have British National (Overseas) status; in what ways such citizens and their families can emigrate to the UK; and what steps they intend to take to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of local newspapers' (1) importance to local communities and towns, and (2) economic health and future viability; and what plans they have to provide support to local newspapers.  HL12993
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of Highways England in maintaining disused railway structures; what assessment they have made of the efficacy of existing procedures relating to disused railway structures; and what plans they have to review such procedures.  HL12994
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their current plans in relation to the Queensbury tunnel.  HL12995
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include family members of care home residents in Category 6 of their COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups.  HL12996
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to lay before Parliament the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 drafted by the Joint Committee on Human Rights.  HL12997
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the concerns expressed by the Alzheimer’s Society on 1 February about the impact of delaying the second dose of COVID-19 vaccination on care home residents.  HL12998
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Lord Heseltine to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their devolution white paper.  HL12999
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation is in place that expressly recognises animals as “sentient beings” and requires Government to pay full regard to animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing policy, now that Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU no longer applies in UK law.  HL13000
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of labour shortages in the construction industry on (1) their plans to support house building; and (2) costs in the construction sector.  HL13001
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, (1) to review the immigration criteria for construction industry specialists, and (2) to amend the shortage occupation list to include (a) bricklayers, (b) plasterers, (c) plumbers, (d) carpenters, and (e) quantity surveyors.  HL13002
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of China about the political situation in Myanmar since the UN Security Council statement condemning the military coup in Myanmar was not adopted.  HL13003
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation in the Central African Republic; and what action they are taking to support the UN Secretary-General in his call for all parties in that country to cease hostilities ahead of the second round of legislative elections expected on 14 February.  HL13004
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been an increase in the number of children arriving in accident and emergency departments with mental health issues since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in England; what evidence they have collected that severe mental health conditions, including self-harm, eating disorders and overdoses, are now affecti… 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 action they are taking, if any, to increase support to Lebanese citizens following the recent protests in Lebanon.  HL13006
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are currently providing to advance the peace process in the Middle East; and what discussions they have had with the Secretary-General  of the Arab League about this process since 31 December 2020.  HL13007
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 3 February (HL Deb, col 2168), whether they have made a decision to proceed with the construction by EDF of the new nuclear power station Sizewell C; and, if so, when this decision was made.  HL13008 [I]
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Lord Marlesford to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how much was paid to Members of the House of Lords in financial support (excluding travel costs) in each month during 2020.  HL13009
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Lord Marlesford to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what has been the total cost to public funds to date for Members of the House of Lords undertaking Valuing Everyone training.  HL13010
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have supplied to the UN Human Rights Council any (1) redacted, and (2) unredacted, copies of despatches written by Lieutenant Colonel Gash, the former defence attaché of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka about events in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009 relating to the civil war.  HL13011
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to retain a hybrid system of virtual and physical attendance at local council meetings, including meetings of council committees and full council meetings, after the COVID-19 national restrictions are lifted.  HL13012
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the capacity of (1) the port of Dover, and (2) the Channel Tunnel, to process lorries and other commercial vehicles on a peak day; and how they calculated that capacity.  HL13013
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the existing flexibilities and procedures for problem solving contained within the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, in relation to trading matters between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  HL13014
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any representations over the past 30 years in relation to the death of George Taylor following a bomb explosion in Abergele on 1 July 1969; and if so, (1) from whom they received any such representations, and (2) what was their response in each case.  HL13015
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted a risk analysis of the consequences of the UK invoking Article 16 of the Protocol on Ireland/ Northern Ireland; and, if so, whether they will publish it.  HL13016
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of deaths per year recorded as suicide where the person had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.  HL13017
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to collecting data on deaths recorded as suicides where a terminally ill person has taken their own life.  HL13018
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people per year who die as a result of suicide and, prior to their deaths, (1) had been diagnosed with, and (2) had been treated for (a) cancer, (b) neurological disease, (c) respiratory disease, or (d) heart or circulatory disease, in the previous 12 months.  HL13019
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people per year who have attempted suicide and, prior to their deaths, (1) had been diagnosed with, and (2) had been treated for (a) cancer, (b) neurological diseases, (c) respiratory diseases, or (d) heart or circulatory diseases, in the previous 12 months.  HL13020
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 3 February (HL12379), without naming individual locations or the number of stockpiles held, how many COVID-19 vaccines have been administered at (1) mass-vaccination centres, (2) GP surgeries hubs, and (3) community pharmacies.  HL13021
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase manufacturing jobs in the UK hydrogen market.  HL13022
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to incentivise private investment in the UK hydrogen market.  HL13023
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Lord Swinfen to ask Her Majesty's Government whether honey bees moved from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK must be destroyed; and if so, why.  HL13024
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Lord Swinfen to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland impacts the movement of Italian bees from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK.  HL13025
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to carry out a national security risk assessment as part of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; whether any such assessment will be published; and if so, where.  HL13026
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of unregistered out-of-school settings providing religious tuition to children to adhere to restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13027
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have put in place to ensure that any unregistered religious schools which do not allow pupils to use technology cannot use exceptions pertaining to vulnerable children in the regulations in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to teach full-to-capacity classes whilst also claiming pupils ar… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of unregistered schools continuing to operate whilst restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic are ongoing; and what plans they have to prevent the operation of such schools in future.  HL13029
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from Ofsted about changing legislation to ensure that out-of-school settings providing a religious or narrow curriculum can only operate legally if they are registered with the Department for Education; and what steps they intend to take in response to any such representations.  HL13… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a Department for Education Mental Health Action Group.  HL13031
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their White Paper Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth, published on 21 January, whether they have appointed a bill team to work on the primary legislation they intend to introduce to implement the reforms to the further education and technical training system; if so, how many staff hav… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to determine which (1) countries. (2) regions, and (3) markets, have a Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy appointed to them.  HL13033
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