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Questions for Written Answer for 10 March 2021

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy The Uyghur Genocide: An Examination of China’s Breaches of the 1948 Genocide Convention, published on 8 March; and what plans they have to discuss its findings with the authors of that report.  HL14024
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for establishing an UN independent investigative mechanism to investigate the situation of Uighurs in China.  HL14025
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Digital and Culture on 11 January (130006), what estimate they have made of the number of online pornography sites which (1) allow, and (2) do not allow, (a) user-generated content, or (b) user interaction; whether they keep a record of those sites; and if so, what plans t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Digital and Culture on 11 January (130006), to which online pornography sites their online harms proposals will apply.  HL14027
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Berridge on 14 January (HL Deb, col 882), what do they consider a reasonable maximum profit for a contractor to make on the new Edenred school food voucher scheme.  HL14028
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to monitor sewerage to track COVID-19 prevalence and outbreaks, or (2) to provide funding to local authorities to do so.  HL14029
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce regulations which standardise the connectors at charging points for electric vehicles.  HL14030
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 3 March to investigate individuals in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel, what assessment they have made of the risk to British Armed Forces personnel of investigation by the ICC into alleged war crimes, regardless of the adequacy of investigations into… 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 International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision on 5 February that its jurisdiction extends to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, what assessment they have made of the implications of that decision for (1) the legitimacy of the ICC, and (2) the enforcement of its subsequent rulings.  HL14032
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for the Israel and Palestine peace process of the decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 5 February that the ICC’s jurisdiction extends to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  HL14033
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have for an immigration centre for women on the former site of Hassockfield Secure Training Centre.  HL14034
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Immigration Compliance and Justice on 8 February (148930), when the recommendations of the independent rapid review by Human Applications will be published.  HL14035
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Immigration Compliance and Justice on 8 February (148930), when they plan to hold roundtables with stakeholders to discuss (1) the recommendations, (2) actions taken, and (3) proposed next steps, arising from the independent rapid review by Human Applications.  HL14036
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord True on 11 February (HL12711) and 8 March (HL13422), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what is their assessment of the equivalent figures for (1) the Labour, and (2) the Liberal Democrat, Party when following a similar methodology to the one used to determine underrepresentati… 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 whether the Public Health England guidance COVID-19: Guidance for maintaining services within health and care settings: Infection prevention and control recommendations, published on 21 January, applies to adult social care in England; and if not, why not.  HL14038
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many care home residents and staff (1) tested positive for, and (2) died as a result of, COVID-19 in (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland, and (d) Wales, in (i) November 2020, (ii) December 2020, (iii) January, and (iv) February.  HL14039
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 4 March (HL13668), what comparison they have made of the cost of Liothyronine (T3) in (1) the UK, and (2) EU member states; and what assessment they have made of any such comparison.  HL14040
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their White Paper Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all, published on 11 February, what plans they have to provide clarity on the scope and limits of competitive tendering in the NHS; and what steps they are taking to reduce the level of bureaucracy for NHS commiss… 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 best practices and lessons learned are (1) shared, (2) adopted, and (3) maintained, among prisons.  HL14042
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise prison staff for receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination.  HL14043
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the average length of time that prisoners spend on remand awaiting trial.  HL14044
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recognise the work of the Governor of HMP Pentonville during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14045
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Defence for Children International Isolated and Alone, published in December 2020; and, in particular, the finding that Palestinian children are routinely detained in solitary confinement for an average of more than 14 days for interrogation purposes.  HL14046
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about their imprisonment of Palestinian politicians ahead of the Palestinian elections due to be held in May.  HL14047
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Public Service Broadcasting Advisory Panel will meet; and when it is expected to complete its work.  HL14048
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 December 2018 (HL Deb, col 1019), whether the definition of a hate crime used by the police and Crown Prosecution Service has been (1) debated, and (2) approved, by Parliament; and if so, when.  HL14049
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 December 2018 (HL Deb, col 1019), how many UK citizens have a non crime hate incident registered on their police record but have not been (1) charged with, or (2) found guilty of, such an offence.  HL14050
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 January (HL11680), as part of their report Group-based Child Sexual Exploitation Characteristics of Offending, published in December 2020, whether (1) the Home Office, or (2) the External Reference Group, considered the report of the Quilliam Foundation Gro… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham, published on 21 August 2014; and in particular the finding that more than 1,400 girls were estimated to be the victims of child sexual exploitation.  HL14052
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 January (HL11680), as part of their report Group-based Child Sexual Exploitation Characteristics of Offending, whether any members of their External Reference Group sought to include Islamic teaching among the cultural drivers for offending; and if so, how… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 1 December 2020 (HL10439), what assessment they have made of any Islamist teaching in mosques in the UK; what assessment they have made of the number of Imams in the UK who cannot speak English; and what plans they have to require services in mosques in the UK… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the funding available through the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility; what plans they have to extend the term for such loans beyond 12 months; and how they intend to make such loans more accessible to the aviation industry.  HL14055
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether universities will be eligible to bid to the Shared Prosperity Fund for funding for research projects.  HL14056
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their national bus strategy; and whether, and if so when, they plan to provide funding for the manufacture and purchase of zero emission buses.  HL14057
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Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to request that the Committee on Toxicity undertakes a toxicological evaluation of (1) snus, (2) non-tobacco oral nicotine pouches, and (3) smokeless tobacco products used primarily by South Asian communities in the UK.  HL14058
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Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty's Government which scientific research they used to inform their decision on whether to maintain the ban on snus.  HL14059
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage (1) banks, and (2) the holiday and travel sector, to pay refunds to customers whose holidays were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14060
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they are spending on the (1) development, and (2) construction, of a Situation Centre in 70 Whitehall.  HL14061
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Lord Smith of Hindhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent gambling operators from using the 'dark' web for illegal activities.  HL14062
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Lord Smith of Hindhead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many unregulated gambling operators were (1) discovered, and (2) stopped, in (a) 2019, and (b) 2020.  HL14063
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what qualifications an individual must have to be a tutor on the National Tutoring programme.  HL14064
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether tutors on the National Tutoring Programme will require enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks; and, if so, how they plan to ensure all these tutors have completed such checks.  HL14065
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Baroness Stowell of Beeston to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate pedicabs.  HL14066
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that mental health literacy is part of all post 16 education programmes.  HL14067
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat to small businesses from cyber-attacks; and what steps they are taking to support small business to improve their cyber defences.  HL14068
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include funding for companies to train employees at further education colleges in the Apprenticeship Levy scheme.  HL14069
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Resolution Foundation, Long Covid in the labour market, published on 17 February; and the estimate in that report that three out of ten self–employed workers are ineligible for COVID-19 financial support.  HL14070
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the investigation to find the individual whose identity was initially unknown who tested positive for the ‘Brazilian’ strain of COVID-19.  HL14071
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 15 September 2020 (HL Deb, col 1187), when they plan to open the “intensive consultation” on a new regulatory framework for farming.  HL14072
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the requirements of Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions 7a: Boundaries, as set out in The guide to cross compliance in England 2021, published on 18 December 2020, as a legal requirement for all farmers and land managers (1) during, and (2) after the end of, their proposed plans… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the requirements of (1) Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions 1: Establishment of buffer strips along watercourses, (2) Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions 4: Providing minimum soil cover, and (3) Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions 5: Minimising soil erosion… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use public funding in the new Environmental Land Management scheme for England to fund measures required by the cross-compliance rules for claiming rural payments.  HL14075
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