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Questions for Written Answer for 9 March 2021

Tabled on 8 March and due for answer by 22 March.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much Official Development Assistance has been provided to Pakistan in each of the past ten years; and what proportion of that funding was awarded to educational projects in each of those years.  HL13947
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many doses of COVID-19 vaccines they intend to provide to the government of Pakistan; in providing any such vaccines, what account they will take of reports of inequalities affecting minority communities in that country; and what action the UK High Commissioner to Pakistan will take to ensure the fair operation of the COV… 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 report by Human Rights Watch Ethiopia: Eritrean Forces Massacre Tigray Civilians, published on 5 March; and what steps they are taking to hold those responsible for reported mass killings in Axum to account.  HL13949
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to the remarks by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator on 4 March that (1) “a campaign of destruction” is taking place in Tigray, (2) that at least 4.5 million people need humanitarian assistance, and (3) that Eritrean forces should lea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to subsidise non-standard cycles for disabled people in line with existing subsidies for accessible motor vehicles.  HL13951
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many heavy goods vehicles subject to roadside checks between 2018 and 2020 had major defects; and how many of those were registered (1) in the UK, and (2) abroad.  HL13952
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of attacks by Fulani herders against Yoruba communities in south-west Nigeria.  HL13953
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made (1) of allocating Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Middle Belt in Nigeria, and (2) targeting any such ODA to those displaced by farmer-herder conflict.  HL13954
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 19 February 2016 (HL6037), whether the Crown Prosecution Service's IT systems can undertake electronic searches of relevant records by character string; and if not, whether a system update is planned.  HL13955
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the new cabotage rules for touring performers and orchestras introduced by the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement; and whether they will provide details of all official meetings held between the UK government and the EU at which those rules have been discussed.  HL13956
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of children exposed to gambling advertising through professional sports.  HL13957
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rates of problem gambling among the professional football community.  HL13958
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government how the £500 million for mental health services announced in the Spending Review 2020, published on 25 November 2020, will be allocated.  HL13959
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the £500 million for mental health services announced in the Spending Review 2020, published on 25 November 2020, to provide mental health services to those with Parkinson's.  HL13960
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government how many services have been commissioned through Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for People with Long-term Physical Health Conditions for people with (1) Parkinson's, and (2) neurological conditions.  HL13961
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the report of the Independent Review of Administrative Law.  HL13962
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution that will be made by the creation of eight freeports to levelling up the north of England with the south and south-east.  HL13963
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how much of the trade through each of the proposed new freeports will be (1) existing trade through that port, (2) new trade, and (3) trade diverted from other UK ports.  HL13964
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, after 7 May, local authorities will be permitted to hold (1) remote proceedings, or (2) hybrid proceedings, for (a) council meetings, (b) Executive meetings, (c) committee meetings, (d) sub-committee meetings, or (e) other meetings at which members of the public are able to be present.  HL13965
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of British National (Overseas) passport holders and their dependants who may apply to work in the UK; and how many of these would meet the English language requirements that apply to migrants from elsewhere.  HL13966
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Lord Howell of Guildford to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on plans for the construction of a new nuclear power-generating facility at Bradwell-on-Sea.  HL13967
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a new section to Procedures for searching people: PSI 07/2016, published on 26 July 2016, on the conduct of searches by transgender prison officers.  HL13968
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that their review of Procedures for searching people: PSI 07/2016, published on 26 July 2016, takes account of the Equality Act 2010.  HL13969
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to revise the current policy that women prisoners have the right to be searched only by officers of female sex assigned at birth, as outlined in Procedures for searching people: PSI 07/2016, published on 26 July 2016, as part of their review of those procedures.  HL13970
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch COVID-19 transmission in hospitals: management of the risk – a prospective safety investigation, published in October 2020, what steps they are taking to support NHS staff who have experienced fatigue and emotional distress during the COVID-19 pandemic; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch COVID-19 transmission in hospitals: management of the risk – a prospective safety investigation, published in October 2020, what steps they are taking to develop staff health and wellbeing initiatives to assist with the emotional impact of the COVID-19 pand… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch COVID-19 transmission in hospitals: management of the risk – a prospective safety investigation, published in October 2020, what steps they are taking to develop a national strategic focus on adapting NHS work systems to mitigate any risks associated with s… 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 ensure that all adult Palestinians in East Jerusalem are able to vote in the upcoming Palestinian elections; and what plans they have for the independent observation of the elections in all the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  HL13974
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the President of the United States' statement on 4 February that the conflict in Yemen has created a "humanitarian and strategic catastrophe"; and what steps they are taking in partnership with the government of the United States (1) to press for an end to the conflict, and (2) to avoid further acute food… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to review the designation of the Houthi movement as a terrorist organisation.  HL13976
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to ban all arms exports to countries that are not part of NATO or in a formal alliance with the UK.  HL13977
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that overseas food producers growing food for UK consumption are assisted to transition to a low carbon economy.  HL13978
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) bilateral and (2) multilateral plans they have to avert a humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region; and what assessment they have made of (1) the short-term, and (2) the long-term impacts of (i) water shortages, (ii) scarcity of arable land, and (iii) conflict and terrorism, on migration in the Lake Chad region.  HL13979
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government why they are reducing the amount of aid they provide to Yemen.  HL13980
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) harassment, and (2) unlawful eviction, offences under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 have been recorded by each of the police forces in England and Wales in each of the past three financial years.  HL13981 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions have been brought under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 for (1) harassment, and (2) unlawful eviction, offences by each police force in England and Wales in each of the past three financial years.  HL13982 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions there were under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 for (1) harassment, and (2) unlawful eviction, offences broken down by each police force in England and Wales in each of the past three financial years.  HL13983 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many interim management orders were made by the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in each of the last three financial years.  HL13984 [I]
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Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce smoke and diesel pollution from canal boats moored in residential areas; and what assessment they have made of the case for removing the exemption for such vessels from the Clean Air Act 1954.  HL13985
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of take up of Pension Credit; and what discussions they have had with the BBC about publicising eligibility for Pension Credit alongside advertising to the same group their eligibility for free television licences.  HL13986
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that pensioners with (1) vision, and (2) hearing, impairments are able to apply for Pension Credit.  HL13987
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Save the Children on 3 February that the "number of displaced Palestinian children is at a four-year high as demolitions in the West Bank continue".  HL13988
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the next (1) Rail Network Enhancement Pipeline, and (2) Integrated Rail Plan.  HL13989
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish statistics on UK–EU trade based on information gained from the additional border checks now in place.  HL13990
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of Border Force staff at Heathrow Airport; and what steps they have taken to verify the accuracy of reports of excessive waiting times for border checks at that airport.  HL13991
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake a consultation on mechanisms to support (1) the development, and (2) the uptake, of sustainable aviation fuels; and when they plan to launch any such consultation.  HL13992
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the provision of freight services by charter airlines based in the UK.  HL13993
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether UK ports will have the necessary facilities (1) prepared, and (2) able to operate, in time for the introduction of additional border checks in July; and if the facilities will not be ready, what contingency arrangements they plan to introduce.  HL13994
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL13995
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings of the Joint Working Consultative Committee have taken place between the UK and the EU to discuss the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL13996
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government on which days between 1 January to date the UK–EU Joint Working Consultative Committee has met to discuss the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and what issues were discussed at those meetings.  HL13997
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on the use of Napier Barracks as contingency asylum accommodation; and what steps they will take further to those findings.  HL13998
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries are having the amount of aid provided by the Government reduced.  HL13999
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees were accommodated at (1) Napier Barracks, and (2) Pennally Camp, on (a) 1 December 2020, and (b) 1 March 2021.  HL14000
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to recruit fully trained veterinary professionals to carry out the necessary veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland.  HL14001
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fully qualified (1) veterinarians, and (2) meat hygiene inspectors, were employed to conduct veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland from 1 January to 31 December 2020.  HL14002
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fully qualified (1) veterinarians, and (2) meat hygiene inspectors, they estimate will be required to conduct veterinary controls and inspections in Northern Ireland when the grace period provided for by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland expires.  HL14003
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities in England delivering adult social care have increased their adult social care precept for 2021/2022 by (1) 3, (2) 2–2.99, (3) 1–1.99, and (4) 0–0.99, per cent.  HL14004
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the human rights situation in the Philippines, and (2) the impact of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (Republic Act No. 11479) on human rights in the Philippines.  HL14005
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the rights of the Lumad indigenous people in the Philippines.  HL14006
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made as a member of the UN Human Rights Council about the exercise of human rights in the Philippines.  HL14007
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to include human rights provisions in any future trade agreement between the UK and the Philippines.  HL14008
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the Philippines about the arrest and detention of Lumad students and teachers from the University of San Carlos-Talamban on 15 February.  HL14009
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their consultation on restricting online advertising for products high in fat, sugar and salt, published on 10 November 2020, what assessment they have made of restricting advertisements for such products on social media.  HL14010
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place for assessing A-Levels for private candidates.  HL14011
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 6 August 2020 (HL7091), in how many of the 2,712 litigated clinical claims in 2019/20 for which damages were paid was (1) liability, or (2) causation, at issue.  HL14012
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional financial support to outdoor educational centres.  HL14013
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the retention of school headteachers is improved.  HL14014
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of remote learning on the attainment gap between students at state and private schools.  HL14015
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a longer school day on the mental health of students.  HL14016
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 16 December 2020, to which specific year or years "early 2020s" refers.  HL14017
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have ordered any new ships for the Royal Navy since the Prime Minister's statement on the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy on 19 November 2020.  HL14018
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how someone in England with at least one protected characteristic who considers that their local authority is in breach of its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 can escalate a complaint once the local authority complaints process has been exhausted.  HL14019
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman about the equalities duties of local authorities.  HL14020
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what organisations or persons have a duty to enforce the equalities obligations of local authorities towards persons with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.  HL14021
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 November 2020 (HL10409), what organisation is responsible for dealing with complaints resulting from the annual air quality report produced by local authorities in England.  HL14022
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 November 2020 (HL10411), whether they will now answer the question put, namely what steps citizens can take to ensure that local authorities are reviewing air quality.  HL14023
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