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Questions for Written Answer for 10 February 2021

Tabled on 9 February and due for answer by 23 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many anti-depressants have been dispensed by the NHS in each of the past ten years; and what was the total cost to the NHS.  HL13150
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many anti-depressants have been dispensed to (1) people under 18 years old, and (2) primary school children in each of the past ten years; and what was the total cost to the NHS.  HL13151
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the side effects of anti-depressants; for how long on average anti-depressants are taken by patients; how many anti-depressants have been dispensed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; and at what cost.  HL13152
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to encourage nurses who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to receive such vaccinations; and when they estimate all nurses will be vaccinated.  HL13153
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding for COVID-19 (1) hotel quarantine accommodation, and (2) quarantine testing, for (a) not-for-profit organisations and charities, whose staff and representatives are involved in essential travel, and (b) individuals with a humanitarian need to travel, who could not otherwise aff… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to ensure that installers of measures under the Green Homes Fund are being paid promptly, and (2) to prevent those installers from (a) laying off staff, or (b) going out of business, due to delays in payment.  HL13155
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 8 February (HL12929), what assessment the Highways Agency has made of imposing weight restrictions on historic railway estate structures as an alternative to demolition; and what plans they have to consult local authorities before deciding on demolition.  HL13156
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that decision-making by the UK Vaccine Task Force relating to COVID-19 vaccines has been delayed by the civil service.  HL13157
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how many legal claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic are currently being pursued against the Department of Health and Social Care; and how much money any such claims are for.  HL13158
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how many legal aid claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been submitted; what is the total amount claimed; and which law firms are making the claims.  HL13159
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have on (1) the number of concentration camps run by the government of China in Xinjiang, and (2) how many people are held in any such camps.  HL13160
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their report UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan, published on 11 January, what criteria they use to assess whether to use the mobile model to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to people experiencing homelessness.  HL13161
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of adult gaming centres that have ceased trading during the past twelve months.  HL13162
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions relating to human trafficking were recorded in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020.  HL13163
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the National Crime Agency is taking to address people smuggling.  HL13164
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current level of police recruitment in England and Wales.  HL13165
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that trucks exporting fish to France are not delayed at the UK–France border.  HL13166
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the fishing catch records service is effective.  HL13167
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat child trafficking.  HL13168
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the types of exploitation experienced by child trafficking victims in the UK; and whether they have identified any change in the types of such exploitation over the past 10 years.  HL13169
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reason why some potential child trafficking victims are recorded as having experienced an unknown type of exploitation; and whether that can influence the outcome of any reasonable grounds decision made under the National Referral Mechanism.  HL13170
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of potential child trafficking victims recorded as facing an unknown type of exploitation under the National Referral Mechanism.  HL13171
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 2 February (HL12282), what year they estimate net zero could be achieved by spending one per cent of the UK’s GDP.  HL13172
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UK's departure from the EU, which countries they have signed continuity trade agreements with.  HL13173
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 6 August 2020 (HL7356), how much have the ten largest deployments of UK armed forces overseas increased or decreased over the past five years.  HL13174
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enforce the UK's fishing rights.  HL13175
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to assist small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13176
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in reducing the price charged for Liothyronine (T3).  HL13177
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they aim to have decided on all asylum applications within six months; and how they will ensure that such decisions comply with international law.  HL13178
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the total overseas aid provided by the UK has gone to (1) Greece, (2) Cyprus, and (3) Malta, in each year since 2015.  HL13179
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of restorative justice; and what plans, if any, they have for encouraging its use.  HL13180
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the closure of the EnAble Fund, what support they plan to provide for people with disabilities to stand for elected office.  HL13181
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the export of fish and meat products from the Falkland Islands to the EU.  HL13182
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact to the Falkland Islands economy of the introduction of tariffs on Falkland Islands exports of fish and meat products to the EU.  HL13183
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to negotiate with the EU on behalf of the Falkland Islands to remove tariffs on the export of fish and meat products from the Falkland Islands to the EU.  HL13184
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of permitting the Falkland Islands to negotiate with the EU to seek to remove tariffs on Falkland Islands exports of fish and meat products to the EU  HL13185
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide the funding to the government of St Helena for a new reservoir; and if so, when such funding will be provided.  HL13186
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide regular assessments of the risks of climate change to the British Overseas Territories.  HL13187
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £23 million promised for the fishing industry affected by disruption following the UK’s departure from the EU has so far been distributed.  HL13188
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban the live export of animals for consumption overseas.  HL13189
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the report by the National Farmers Union NFU digital survey results, published on 8 February, and (2) the finding in that report that more than four in ten farmers do not have access to fast and reliable broadband.  HL13190
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the lack of rural broadband and mobile phone connectivity; and how they plan to address the issue.  HL13191
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have given to the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.  HL13192
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the African Continental Free Trade Area.  HL13193
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what treatments are available on the NHS in England which help to prevent those with ostopenia contracting osteoporosis; and whether those with ostopenia are kept under regular review to assess the risk of developing osteoporosis.  HL13194
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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.  HL13195
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government which projects are 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.  HL13196
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) emotional, and (2) social, impact on university students of remote learning; whether they plan to prioritise the return of such students to classrooms or other physical settings within the next six weeks; and if not, why not.  HL13197
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to develop the technology sector.  HL13198
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to meet their net zero carbon emissions target by 2050.  HL13199
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government further to their Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published on 18 November, what plans they have to promote a 'green recovery' from the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13200
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on preparations for COP26.  HL13201
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had about the global distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.  HL13202
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the government of the United States to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia; and what plans they have to do the same.  HL13203
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many organisations were asked to provide offers for the purchase of laptops and tablets provided to children to use for home learning.  HL13204
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Social Care and the National Police Chiefs Council, which allows police to access NHS Test and Trace data; and if so, when.  HL13205
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the projected total spend of the Green Homes Grant fund for the current financial year.  HL13206
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Green Home Grant vouchers have been issued to date in each Local Enterprise Partnership area.  HL13207
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of Green Home Grant vouchers that will be issued in the next financial year; and how will any applications over the total budget be assessed and dealt with.  HL13208
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Sutton Trust Learning in Lockdown, published in January; and what steps they are taking to assist schools in targeting resources to disadvantaged children.  HL13209
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Mind the Skills Gap, published on 2 December 2020.  HL13210
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to exempt fibre lines from business rates.  HL13211
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the unemployment rate of those aged 65 years old and over; and what steps they are taking to reduce that rate.  HL13212
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Community Security Trust Campus antisemitism in Britain 2018–2020, published on 17 December 2020; and what discussions they have had with (1) the government of Israel, and (2) the Community Security Trust, about (a) the findings of that report, and (2) the causes of antisemitism in u… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wei to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Kaftrio is available to cystic fibrosis patients in England; if not, why not; if it is available to such patients, whether there are any restrictions on that drug's availability; and if so, why.  HL13214
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make representations to the government of Kosovo about allowing Kosovan Roma in other countries the right to vote in the forthcoming elections.  HL13215
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