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Questions for Written Answer for 2 March 2021

Tabled on 1 March and due for answer by 15 March.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities in relation to North Korea.  HL13724
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, published on 7 February 2014; and what steps they (1) have taken and (2) are taking, to address human rights abuses in North Korea.  HL13725
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have implemented any of the recommendations made in the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, published on 7 February 2014; and if so, which.  HL13726
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how they changed their engagement with (1) the government of North Korea, and (2) the UN in relation to North Korea, following the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, published on 7 February 2014.  HL13727
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to hold to account those responsible for crimes against humanity in North Korea; what consideration they have given to referring reports of such crimes to the International Criminal Court; and what plans they have to review the efficacy of the mechanisms in place to ensure that such accountability i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage investment in maritime decarbonisation.  HL13729
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the issue of the conflict in Cameroon in the UN Security Council in the near future; and what plans they have to ensure that there are no further delays to the publication of the report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights following her 2019 visit to Cameroon.  HL13730
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The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office on 7 October 2020 (96911), what further plans they have to publish guidance on what constitutes reasonable grounds for missing the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme.  HL13731
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Lord Broers to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on innovation of moving Innovate UK from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to UK Research and Innovation.  HL13732
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to issue new guidance to amateur choirs and orchestras on their ability to rehearse and perform; and if so, when.  HL13733
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 12 February (HL12786), whether the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre will have unlimited free entry; and what measures are in place to ensure that costs can be met if the estimated £6 million annual running cost is exceeded.  HL13734
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 12 February (HL12938), whether construction of the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, if permitted, is projected to start before the £25 million aimed to be raised through charitable donations has been secured; and what measures are in place should they fail to rais… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 12 February (HL12785), who will hold management responsibility for the planned UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; whether that Centre will own the leasehold; if not, who will be its leaseholder; and whether any such lease will include the whole of Victoria Tower Gardens or o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 12 February (HL12940), whether, in the event that any lease of the planned UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre relates to only the portion of Victoria Tower Gardens that it occupies, Royal Parks, as managers of the remainder of Victoria Tower Gardens, will receive an increased… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a formal agreement between the Imperial War Museum and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government or the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre Foundation relating to cooperation or sharing of content of their respective Holocaust exhibitions; and whether agreement has been reached as to how the gran… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, assessment they have made of the level at which child benefit would need to be paid to ensure that no more than 100,000 children of single-parent families are in poverty.  HL13739
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of children living in poverty, broken down by (1) single-, and (2) two-, parent households.  HL13740
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of children who would be living in poverty if their household income fell by (1), £1,000, (2) £2,000, (3) £3,000, (4) £4,000, (5) £5,000, (6) £10,000, (7) £15,000, or (8) £20,000, per annum.  HL13741
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent call by the President of France for any future dialogue with the government of Iran on its nuclear programme to include Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region.  HL13742
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the inclusion of neighbouring countries to Iran in any future dialogue with the government of Iran on its nuclear programme.  HL13743
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the two per cent increase in the number of fly-tipping incidents dealt with by local authorities in England in 2019/20 compared to 2018/19; and what plans they have to address fly-tipping.  HL13744
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish guidance on reasonable grounds for a late application to the EU Settlement Scheme; and if so, when.  HL13745
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government how many places in immigration removal centres are (1) currently occupied, and (2) available; and what assessment they have made of the number of immigration removal centre places for (a) men, and (b) women, that will be required within their current planning period.  HL13746
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of (1) women, and (2) men, currently held in immigration removal centres are classed as ‘foreign criminals’ according to section 32 of the UK Borders Act 2007.  HL13747
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average salary of a full-time equivalent member of staff in an immigration removal centre.  HL13748
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the role of Detention Gatekeepers in immigration removal centres.  HL13749
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend legislation relating to transparency in supply chains to businesses whose turnover is below the current threshold of £36 million; and what assessment they have made of the implications of such action for (1) compliance with the level playing field provisions of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for setting alcohol duty rates at a level where revenue from alcohol duty will match the costs of alcohol to society.  HL13751
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for increasing alcohol duty to raise additional revenue to support the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13752
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Office for National Statistics release Quarterly alcohol-specific deaths in England and Wales: 2001 to 2019 registrations and Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) to Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2020 provisional registrations, published on 2 February; and what assessment they have made of the case… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the responsibilities of the government of Israel in relation to the provision of COVID-19 vaccinations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and what plans they have to make representations about this matter to the government of Israel.  HL13754
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Investment Fund, Consolidated Contractors Company and the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company on the development of off-shore gas near Gaza; and what plans they have to contribute UK (1) technical expertise, and (2) funding, to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the statelessness of the 150 British nationals who have had their citizenship removed since 2010.  HL13756
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that vulnerable female prison leavers, in particular those with complex needs, have access to safe and secure accommodation immediately on release.  HL13757
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to the recommendations of the report by the Safe Homes for Women Leaving Prison initiative Safe Homes for Women Leaving Prison, published in October 2020.  HL13758
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discourage the sale of (1) puberty blockers, and (2) cross-sex hormones, over the internet to children who do not have (a) a prescription, or (b) parental permission.  HL13759
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a new section to their publication Procedures for searching people: PSI 07/2016, published on 26 July 2016, (1) on the conduct of searches by transgender prison officers, and (2) to confirm that the right of women prisoners to be searched only by officers of female sex assigned at birth will be maintaine… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, plans they have to give the Monetary Policy Committee greater freedom in the interpretation of that Committee’s inflation target following the lifting of the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13761
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to alleviate famine in Yemen.  HL13762
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any requests from Commonwealth countries to discuss reciprocal pension agreements in the last two years; and if so, which countries have made such requests.  HL13763
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of their report Understanding progress in the 2020/21 academic year: Interim findings, published on 24 February, relating to estimated overall learning loss in reading in primary schools; and what powers the new Education Recovery Commissioner will have to direct the use of (1) additiona… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty's Government what role the new Education Recovery Commissioner will play in helping to close the attainment gap in reading and maths between pupils in schools with high levels of disadvantage and those in schools in more affluent areas.  HL13765
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow individual local authorities to request that applicants for postal or proxy voting arrangements provide proof of (1) identification, and (2) residence; whether (a) they, or (b) the Electoral Commission, have approved the addition of any such requests to relevant application forms; and what assessment they h… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government why moral considerations are not included in the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria used to assess arms export licence applications.  HL13767
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 15 February (HL12870), what steps they have taken to ensure that Palestinians in territory occupied by Israel are able to access local healthcare facilities.  HL13768
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 February (HL12565), what steps they intend to take to prevent the destruction of schools and other infrastructure in the West Bank.  HL13769
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses are involved in the Kickstart Scheme; and how many 16-year olds have been offered placements through that scheme.  HL13770
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sustainability of small and medium-size businesses.  HL13771
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase financial support for social enterprises.  HL13772
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of small businesses to repay loans provided by the Government during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13773
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by The City of London Corporation and EY The City of London: an ecosystem enabling international trade, published on 24 February.  HL13774
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that deliberately set fires destroyed over 500 structures in Gijet, Tigray; whether they have received any reports about the alleged use of white phosphorus in those attacks; and what steps they intend to take in response to any such reports.  HL13775
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the decline in fish populations, in particular eels, in UK rivers.  HL13776
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Naval ships were in commission on (1) 1 March 2009, (2) 1 March 2015, and (3) 1 March 2021.  HL13777
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