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Questions for Written Answer for 3 March 2021

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the motions passed by the Canadian House of Commons on 22 February and Dutch Parliament on 25 February to declare that the treatment of the Uighurs in Xinjiang amounts to a genocide; and what plans they have to make such a determination  HL13778
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to assess whether to impose global human rights sanctions under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018; why they (1) have imposed such sanctions on the government of Myanmar, and (2) have not imposed such sanctions on the government of China; and what plans they have to write to the House of L… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 12 January about the introduction of measures to help ensure that UK organisations are not complicit in, nor profiting from, human rights violations in Xinjiang, what progress they have made in (1) seeking to amend the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to introduce financial penalties for organisations… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about (1) the BBC report on the treatment of Uighur women in Xianjiang who said they had been subject to sexual violence in re-education camps, published on 2 February, and (2) its decision to ban BBC World News broadcasts; and what plans they have to raise these… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International of atrocities in Tigray; what steps they are taking in response to the report by Amnesty International Ethiopia: The massacre in Axum, published on 26 February, which asserts that mass killings of civilians in Axum may amount to crimes a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the United States Secretary of State Atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, published on 27 February; and what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the imposition of sanctions on Eritrea until its troops have left Ethiopia.  HL13783
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government on what evidence they based their decision to open non-essential retail, hairdressers, and beauty parlours no sooner than 12 April but not open museums, galleries and heritage buildings until 17 May at the earliest; and what plans they have to publish the data which supported that decision.  HL13784
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) educational, (2) well-being, and (3) cultural, impact of allowing museums, galleries and heritage buildings to re-open.  HL13785
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the impact of the loss of business during (1) Easter, (2) other school holidays, and (3) May, on museums, galleries and heritage buildings.  HL13786
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what comparative analysis they undertook of the risk of COVID-19 infection posed by (1) museums, galleries and heritage buildings, and (2) non-essential retail, hairdressers, and beauty parlours.  HL13787
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that occupational health services are in place to support people with long-term effects from COVID-19 with adjustments and rehabilitation to facilitate their return to work.  HL13788
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish the National Institute for Health Protection.  HL13789
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to advertise the National Tutoring Programme to disadvantaged pupils.  HL13790
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote healthy eating.  HL13791
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage (1) cycling, (2) walking, and (3) other forms of exercise.  HL13792
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote internationally the application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.  HL13793
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enforce coronavirus restrictions relating to indoor social gatherings in premises other than (1) private dwellings, or (2) education establishments.  HL13794
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Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the decision by the Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court Prosecution request pursuant to article 19(3) for a ruling on the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in Palestine ICC-01/18-143 on 5 February that the "Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in Palestine extends to the territo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mobilise international action in response to reports of the use of lethal force against protesters in Myanmar on 28 February.  HL13796
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce targeted sanctions against (1) Myanmar’s generals, and (2) enterprises owned by the Myanmar military.  HL13797
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mobilise the international community in support of a global arms embargo on Myanmar.  HL13798
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the UN Secretary-General to lead a high level delegation to Myanmar to exert political and diplomatic pressure on the military to (1) desist from further use of force in response to protests, (2) step down, and (3) seek a political solution that recognises the legitimate will of the people of that count… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the Association of South-East Asian Nations to increase efforts to address the crisis in Myanmar including (1) withholding recognition of the military junta, and (2) suspending Myanmar from its membership of the organisation until a legitimate, elected, civilian-led government is restored.  HL13800
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech on 26 February by the Ambassador of Myanmar to the UN and his subsequent dismissal from that role, what engagement they have had with the (1) Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw; and (2) the former Ambassador of Myanmar to the UN; and if no such engagement has taken place, what future engagement they propose… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban the import of dogs with cropped ears.  HL13802
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the financial support provided to the aviation sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was allocated to (1) airports, (2) airlines, and (3) other companies in that sector.  HL13803
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government how much, in total, they have provided in (1) grants, and (2) loans, to the aviation sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13804
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the financial support provided to airports during the COVID-19 pandemic was issued through (1) loans, and (2) grants.  HL13805
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for industries including aviation, which do not expect to return to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels in the short term.  HL13806
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what specific tests they plan to use to determine whether or not tobacco industry plans for a voluntary approach to preventing littering of cigarette filters will be sufficient; and what plans they have to assess such plans against the potential benefits of a mandatory extended producer responsibility scheme.  HL13807
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs incurred by local authorities in dealing with cigarette butts when littered or disposed of in public bins; what that cost is estimated to be; and what is the basis on which any such cost has been calculated.  HL13808
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government, what plans they have to ensure that there are enough vets in place to create and sign off Export Health Certificates, ahead of the implementation of a new import regime.  HL13809
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove Mauritius from the 'red list' of countries from which entry to the UK is banned; and if they have no such plans, when they expect to review that country's position on the list.  HL13810
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their decision to reduce humanitarian aid to Yemen; and why they decided to reduce such aid.  HL13811
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to respond to the request from the government of Canada for a reciprocal agreement on state pensions.  HL13812
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for indefinite leave to remain from spouses of UK citizens are outstanding; and what is the target response time for such applications.  HL13813
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government why reciprocal agreements on state pensions are in place for some but not all of the British Overseas Territories; and when they plan to have agreements in place for all.  HL13814
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the role of parish councils in England.  HL13815
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role that parish and community councils have played in raising awareness of (1) flood risks, and (2) flood prevention measures.  HL13816
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the false positive rate from rapid lateral flow test carried out on asymptomatic school children.  HL13817
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of impact of false positive results from a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test on the number of children who will not be permitted to attend school.  HL13818
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government why they are ending pilot schemes for community-based alternatives to detention for female asylum seekers.  HL13819
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Paymaster General on 1 March that "trans men are men and trans women are women", how they intend this phrase be understood.  HL13820
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a hard copy passenger locator form on all (1) flights, (2) ferry journeys, and (3) Eurostar train journeys, arriving into the UK, to improve tracking of passengers and their compliance with self-isolation rules.  HL13821
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any meeting took place between the then Cabinet Secretary and Lex Greensill on 7 November 2017; and if so, what record exists of that meeting.  HL13822
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Searching the Person prison service instruction (PSI 48/2010) issued on 12 October 2010, that “female prisoners, visitors and staff must only be searched by female staff”.  HL13823
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government whether female prisoners can be searched by transgender prison staff (1) with, and (2) without, a Gender Recognition Certificate.  HL13824
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of quantitative easing on the (1) value weighted maturity of government funding, and (2) sensitivity of government finance to interest rate changes.  HL13825
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) they, (2) the Financial Conduct Authority, or (3) the Prudential Regulation Authority, have taken any action in respect of the decision by Credit Suisse Asset Management to suspend dealing in supply chain finance funds managed by Greensill Capital because of uncertainties with respect to accurate valuation.  HL13826
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government which financial regulator has primary responsibility for supervising Greensill Capital and its affiliates.  HL13827
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions over the last six months ministers and civil servants in (1) the Cabinet Office, (2) HM Treasury, and (3) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, hosted meetings with (a) Lex Greensill, or (b) representatives of Greensill Capital; and whether David Cameron was present at any of the meetings.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) value, and (2) number, of Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loans made through Greensill Capital or its subsidiaries and associates; what is the (a) value, and (b) number, which were at annual interest rates of 14.9 per cent or higher; and what the reasons are for Greensill having now been withdrawn from the list of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the valuations of investment funds investing in supply chain finance are true and fair; and that such funds are suitable to enable a daily dealing facility for investors.  HL13830
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there has been any inappropriate use of do not attempt resuscitation orders in (1) hospitals, and (2) care homes, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13831
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK universities about the provision of university courses in countries where they have concerns about (1) governance, or (2) human rights, in those countries.  HL13832
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the payment rate per COVID-19 vaccination administered by (1) a GP in a GP surgery, (2) a qualified pharmacist in a setting outside a GP surgery, and (3) other trained personnel in a mass vaccination location; what is the cost breakdown for each payment; and what is the reason for adopting a differential payment structure.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that policies on higher education and freedom of speech are based on (1) accurate research, and (2) evidence which reflects a balance of information.  HL13834 [I]
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake a review of aviation policy following the COVID-19 pandemic; and if any such review will include taxation of aviation.  HL13835
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, what steps they are taking following the 2019 consultation on the future of aviation.  HL13836
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide the Civil Aviation Authority with increased powers, including the ability to issue fines, to tackle problems faced by consumers in obtaining refunds on booked flights following travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13837
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the rules on how airlines hold customer payments so that payments cannot be accessed by the airlines until the flight takes place.  HL13838
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make changes in funding to the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in South Sudan.  HL13839
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make changes in funding to the South Sudan Council of Churches; and what assessment they have made of the effects of any such change.  HL13840
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of attacks on Christian and Muslim buildings in East Jerusalem; and what steps will they take to ensure that religious buildings are protected from such attacks.  HL13841
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of attacks on Palestinian shepherds on their grazing land by armed Israeli settlers.  HL13842
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of unregistered schools which have closed down and reformed into home education hubs.  HL13843
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care on 16 February (151601 and 150684), what consideration the Human Tissue Authority gave to the ethics of the home use of abortion pills, approved in March 2020; and what assessment that Authority has made of the impact of at home abort… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Education Policy Institute, Measuring the disadvantage gap in 16–19 education, published on 1 March; and what steps they are taking to reduce the A-Level attainment gap of disadvantaged students.  HL13845
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage small and medium-sized businesses to develop sustainability strategies.  HL13846
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on job losses within the UK airline sector.  HL13847
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate for the number of UK workers who are ineligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme; and what plans they have to update this estimate.  HL13848
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many days per week the Chair of the independent review of children’s social care has been contracted to work; and what is his remuneration.  HL13849
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria were used to select the Experts by Experience Group for the independent review of children’s social care; who assessed the applications; and who comprised the interview panel for those shortlisted for interview.  HL13850
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the staff comprising the secretariat of the independent review of children’s social care were recruited (1) from within the Department for Education, or (2) externally.  HL13851
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to reply to the joint letters of 5 and 18 February sent by Article 39 to the Secretary of State for Education concerning the independent review of children’s social care.  HL13852
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Department for Education's 2018 guidance Charging for school activities, whether “other equipment” includes (1) laptops, (2) broadband, and (3) data, where the guidance states “school governing bodies and local authorities, cannot charge for … education provided during school hours (including the supply of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review regulations regarding fluorinated gas ahead of COP26.  HL13854
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