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Questions for Written Answer for 11 March 2021

Tabled on 10 March and due for answer by 24 March.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of mass killings of civilians in the Oromia region of Ethiopia; and what steps they are taking in response.  HL14076
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of NICE draft guidance on using Sapropterin for treating phenylketonuria, published on 25 February; and what plans they have to meet with the authors of that guidance.  HL14077
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to widen consultation on the operation of elections in future to include (1) independent representatives, and (2) parties with at least one MP.  HL14078
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 9 March (HL13562), what changes, if any, they made to the Fire Safety Bill after discussions with the Royal Estate following their request for Queen's Consent; for what purpose any such changes were made; and with whom the discussions were held.  HL14079
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what communications they have had with education trade unions since the reopening of schools on 8 March; and, further to any such communications, what assessment they have made of the current view of education trade unions on the merits of reopening educational settings.  HL14080
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 9 March (HL13570), what consideration they have given to the views of women prisoners regarding the possibility of being searched by people identifying as transgender women in their review of the national policy on the searching of prisoners.  HL14081
Answered
Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to suspend without pay any NHS front line staff, and (2) to dismiss any administrative NHS staff, who refuse a COVID-19 vaccination.  HL14082
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will prioritise the sending of surplus COVID-19 vaccines to Commonwealth countries following the conclusion of the UK vaccination programme; and whether any such prioritisation will be confined to those countries with a ranking below 90 in the Transparency International Corruption Index.  HL14083
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about its reported refusal to share the raw data on the first 174 COVID-19 cases to be identified in December 2019 with the World Health Organization.  HL14084
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 26 January (HL12049), how they define the word 'ensure' in the context of their stated commitment "to ensure that as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C, by 2030".  HL14085
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the proposed United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons; and what assessments they have made of the potential risks of ratifying this convention, including the risk that older people may be classified as having different human rights to other adults.  HL14086
Answered
Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 22 February (HL13173) and 9 March (HL13586), to list in the body of their answer which specific countries they have secured continuity trade agreements with since the UK’s departure from the EU.  HL14087
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 8 March (HL13434), how they are selecting women’s civil society organisations to be consulted in relation to COP26; and whether they will publish a list of all those consulted.  HL14088
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to NHS commissioners on the principles of value-based procurement (VBP); whether such commissioners have to abide by those principles when making decisions on the provision of healthcare products and services to patients; if not, what plans they have to ensure that they do; and when they estimate t… 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 number of state schools providing (1) breakfast clubs, (2) food banks, and (3) food and other parcels, to the families of pupils; and what plans they have to support schools to continue this provision in the long-term.  HL14090
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 March (HL13597), (1) whether, and (2) if so, why, the Falkland Islands have been excluded from the definition of the South Atlantic Overseas Territories; and whether the Falkland Islands have benefited from the Blue Belt programme.  HL14091
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the report by the Commission of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on Housing, Church and Community Coming Home: Tackling the housing crisis together, published on 21 February, and (2) proposals to use church-owned land to build affordable housing developments; and what plans they h… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Turkey's expulsion of 60 Protestant and Evangelical Christians resident in Turkey, on security grounds.  HL14093
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government, since March 2016, what estimate they have made of how many British citizens have been expelled by the government of Turkey because of their religious belief, where the stated grounds for expulsion concern security.  HL14094
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of the works to make the toilets in the Home Office unisex; what assessment they have made of staff satisfaction with the unisex toilets; whether any female (1) staff, or (2) visitors, have refused to use the unisex facilities; and if so, how many.  HL14095
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to respond to the letter from Lord Pearson of Rannoch to Baroness Williams of Trafford, sent on 19 February; and if so, when.  HL14096
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of bycatch on populations of (1) harbour porpoises, (2) common dolphins, (3) humpback whales, and (4) other species sensitive to the effects of bycatch.  HL14097
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of fisheries bycatch on the welfare of (1) porpoises, (2) dolphins, (3) whales, (4) seabirds, and (5) other species sensitive to the effects of bycatch; and what steps they are taking to prevent any negative effects caused by such bycatch.  HL14098
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to prevent, and (2) to monitor, fisheries bycatch to protect  (1) porpoises, (2) dolphins, (3) whales, (4) seabirds, and (5) other species sensitive to the effects of bycatch; and what methods they intend to use to monitor such bycatch.  HL14099
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, when Napier Barracks was last used continuously to house military personnel.  HL14100
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, on how many occasions Napier Barracks was used for short-term training purposes in each year since 2016.  HL14101
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers have contracted COVID-19 while staying at (1) Napier Barracks, and (2) Penally military training camp.  HL14102
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Independent Chief Inspector, published on 8 March, of the asylum accommodation at (1) Napier Barracks, and (2) Penally military training camp.  HL14103
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the report of the consultation required under section 60 of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Act 2021.  HL14104
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many submissions were made to the consultation required under section 60 of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Act 2021; and, of these submissions, how many mentioned (1) Woore, and (2) Aldersey's Rough.  HL14105
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultants they have used in the (1) planning, and (2) rollout, of the COVID-19 test and trace system.  HL14106
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount they have spent to date on consultants in the (1) planning, and (2) rollout, of the COVID-19 test and trace system.  HL14107
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what targets they set for each consultancy appointed to work on the COVID-19 test and trace system; and when each of these targets was met.  HL14108
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent to date on the COVID-19 test and trace system; and, of the total amount, how much has been spent on consultancy fees.  HL14109
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish a regulatory framework for the audits of local authorities; and whether any such plans would include the appointment of a regulator to assess and advise on such audit reports.  HL14110
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what guarantees they have established, if any, that primary schools in receipt of Space for Sports and the Arts funding since 2003 will have the full duration of the funding honoured.  HL14111
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the payment rate for tutors delivering the National Tutoring Programme.  HL14112
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support educational institutions in protecting themselves from cyber threats.  HL14113
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to include artificial intelligence awareness in the education curriculum.  HL14114
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the business readiness survey by Ready for Brexit, published on 9 March; and what plans they have to provide detailed guidance to businesses on VAT reporting requirements.  HL14115
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the British Business Bank Small Business Finance Markets Report 2021, published on 10 March.  HL14116
Answered
Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the changing costs of medical litigation; and what steps they are taking to address such costs.  HL14117
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that visa applications from COP26 attendees are dealt with efficiently.  HL14118
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests have been (1) received, and (2) accepted, by the Prime Minister for a meeting with another head of government in each of the past 12 months; from which governments they have received any such requests; and when any such meetings (a) occurred, and (b) are due to take place.  HL14119
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests have been (1) received, and (2) accepted, by the Secretary of State for International Trade for a meeting with a trade minister from another government in each of the past 12 months; from which governments they have received such a request; and when any such meetings (a) occurred, and (b) are due to take place.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many requests have been (1) received, and (2) accepted, by the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs for a meeting with a foreign affairs minister from another government in each of the past 12 months; from which governments they have received such a request; and when any such meetings (a) occurre… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require COP26 attendees to show proof that they have received a COVID-19 vaccination before granting admittance to the event.  HL14122
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 9 March (HL13634), when the (1) second, and (2) third, ship will enter service  HL14123
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