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Questions for Written Answer for 17 March 2021

Tabled on 16 March and due for answer by 30 March.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide surplus COVID-19 vaccines to athletes from Commonwealth countries to ensure that they are vaccinated in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games.  HL14247
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Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide (1) Olympic athletes, and (2) Olympic officials, of any nation with COVID-19 vaccines after all vulnerable groups in the UK have been offered the vaccine.  HL14248
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Lord Berkeley to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether he plans to initiate a review of hybrid Bill procedures; and if so, when he expects to start that review and when it will invite evidence.  HL14249
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest estimated costs of the portions of Old Oak Common station attributable to (1) HS2, (2) Crossrail 1, and (3) Great Western services; and what are the other costs for Old Oak Common station which make up the total estimated cost.  HL14250
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any passport offices are still issuing the burgundy-coloured UK passports; and if so, which ones.  HL14251
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, published on 2 February, what steps they will take in response to the contribution of global population growth to climate change.  HL14252
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had on inviting Pope Francis to COP26.  HL14253
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the additional resources required to implement the provisions of the Domestic Violence Bill; and by when they expect to provide those resources.  HL14254
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 12 March (HL Deb, col 1980), what assessment they have made of the impact of the eligibility criteria for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme on the creative industries; and what plans they have to introduce targeted support to ineligible freelance workers.  HL14255
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 3 August 2020 (HL7208), what discussions they have had about the creation of a Government-backed reinsurance scheme for live performance following the launch of the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme.  HL14256
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the level of funding (1) creative freelancers, and (2) arts institutions, receive from the Cultural Recovery Fund is sufficient to meet requirements; and what comparative analysis they have made of the efficacy of such funding distributed in (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland, and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 12 March (HL Deb, col 1982), what steps they are taking to ensure that cultural institutions are prioritised by local authorities as part of any bids made to the Levelling Up Fund; and what guidance they have provided to assist local authorities with the bidding process.  HL14258
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on performance venues resulting from reduced capacity audiences when they reopen whilst restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic are in place; and what plans they have to introduce proposals (1) to cover the shortfall in ticket sales, and (2) to assist such venues to remain vi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Caine to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to devolve responsibility for corporation tax to the Northern Ireland Executive; what assessment they have made of the expected change in the level of revenue generated from corporation tax from any such transfer of responsibility; and, in particular, whether Her Majesty’s Government would be able to offset a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of regional and local theatres that have permanently closed since March 2020; and the number of areas that have lost their only performance venue since March 2020.  HL14261
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of councils to fund local and regional theatres as a result of COVID-19.  HL14262
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of current age verification tools in protecting children from seeing adult content online; and what plans they have to ensure that the efficacy of such tools are addressed as part of the forthcoming Online Safety Bill.  HL14263
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the (1) safety, and (2) effectiveness, of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.  HL14264
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government which proposals have been awarded funding in round 3 of the Restoring Your Railway Fund in each of the fund's three categories.  HL14265
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter by the Medical Director for Primary Care and the Director of Primary Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement to Primary Care Network (PCN)-led local vaccination sites and community pharmacy-led local vaccination sites, published on 13 February, whether PCN-led local vaccination sites are required to invite anyone… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban (1) sales, and (2) imports, of foie gras.  HL14267
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of their decision to delay the requirement for export health certificates for Products of Animal Origin on the ability of the British Veterinary Association’s members to prevent disease incursion to the UK.  HL14268
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish (1) the conclusions of their consultation, and (2) any proposed changes in policy, following the call for evidence on the non-elephant ivory trade.  HL14269
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to investigate any differences reported in the application of Higher Level Stewardship extensions on common land.  HL14270
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what compensation they provide, if any, to commoners when Natural England make a decision that curtails economic activity on a common on the basis that it contains a site of special scientific interest.  HL14271
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they intend to provide to Higher Level Stewardship agreement holders to ensure a smooth transition to the Environmental Land Management Scheme.  HL14272
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to ensure that the UK is prepared for any impact resulting from a solar superstorm; and which department is responsible for those preparations.  HL14273
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether students studying in Northern Ireland will be eligible for the Turing Scheme.  HL14274
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether forthcoming legislation to require the sale of E10 petrol in 95 grade will apply to Northern Ireland.  HL14275
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that citizens of Northern Ireland have the same rights as citizens of other nations in the United Kingdom.  HL14276
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish a common understanding of the provisions of the Belfast Agreement with the government of the United States.  HL14277
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether funding for palliative care services will meet predicted future demand.  HL14278
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the estimate in the report by Sue Ryder Modelling demand and costs for palliative care services in England, published on 1 February, that the cost of providing palliative care services may reach £947m per year by 2031.  HL14279
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by Sue Ryder Modelling demand and costs for palliative care services in England, published on 1 February, that independent hospice services may be withdrawn unless statutory funding of services increases from 37 per cent to 70 per cent.  HL14280
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Sue Ryder Modelling demand and costs for palliative care services in England, published on 1 February, what assessment have they made of the risk of the independent hospice sector collapsing due to a lack of funding; and what assessment have they made of the cost of the NHS providing palliative care… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they provide to organisations which seek to reduce plastic pollution in oceans.  HL14282
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Sue Ryder Modelling demand and costs for palliative care services in England, published on 1 February, what plans they have to implement a long-term funding package for hospices.  HL14283
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will change the focus of the current round of the Safer Streets Fund so that all applications aimed at protecting women from attack are eligible.  HL14284
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) when, and (2) for what reasons, they withdrew Greensill Capital’s approval as a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lender.  HL14285
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) ministers, or (2) senior civil servants, have met either (a) Mr Lex Greensill, or (b) representatives of Greensill Capital or SoftBank, since 1 January; and if so, (i) who attended the meeting, and (ii) on what dates were the meetings held.  HL14286
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what role the (1) Financial Conduct Authority, and (2) Prudential Regulation Authority, played in granting regulatory approval for Greensill Capital or its associates; and whether they advised BaFin in connection with the acquisition of Greensill Bank in Germany.  HL14287
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 24 June 2019 (HL16211), whether they received a response from the Financial Conduct Authority after it had been made aware of the Parliamentary Question regarding Greensill.  HL14288
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all applicants to police forces in England undergo (1) psychological, and (2) behavioural, assessment as part of the recruitment process; and if not, why not.  HL14289
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they (1) have had, and (2) intend to have, with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency about the (a) safety, and (b) effectiveness, of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.  HL14290
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government under which SNOMED code patients with 'long COVID-19' symptoms are categorised.  HL14291
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients presenting with 'long-COVID' symptoms following (1) diagnosed, or (2) undiagnosed COVID-19, are recommended to participate in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme for medically unexplained symptoms.  HL14292
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they recommend graded exercise therapy for patients with post COVID-19 symptoms.  HL14293
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the e-scooters trials on (1) pedestrian safety, and (2) the capacity of the police to enforce road safety laws.  HL14294
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 10 March (HL13719), whether (1) universities, and (2) independent schools, are permitted to accept payment of course fees in cash.  HL14295
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide environmental training to primary and secondary school teachers to ensure they are equipped to teach sustainable development.  HL14296
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of disabled people undertaking higher education courses.  HL14297
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of changes to the off-payroll working rules due to come into effect from 6 April on freelancers; and what steps they are taking to ensure that it is financially viable for freelancers to continue operating as self-employed individuals.  HL14298
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a recent survey by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Corporate Finance Network, published on 11 March, which found that one in five small business owners are struggling with mental health issues; and what steps they are taking to increase the wellbeing of small busines… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy for contracts with private companies to prohibit those companies from making contributions to (1) political parties, and (2) think tanks by (a) those companies, and (b) their subcontractors; and if so, in what circumstances such a policy is altered.  HL14300
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have issued guidance (1) to schools, and (2) to parents of children who were shielding because of health conditions and who have Education and Health Care plans, concerning the return of these children to school from 8 March.  HL14301
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the scope of the Independent review of children’s social care includes consideration of possible changes to the service and protection rights of children and families provided under the Children Act 1989.  HL14302
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide an update on the progress of the consultation on elective home education, including consideration on the introduction of legislation.  HL14303
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the High Court’s judgement in Harrison v Secretary of State for Justice & others, published on 31 July 2020, what plans they have to introduce legislation to recognise humanist marriages in England and Wales.  HL14304
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation in response to the Law Commission’s forthcoming review on weddings law.  HL14305
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their white paper Skills for jobs: lifelong learning for opportunity and growth, published on 21 January, what steps they are taking (1) to ensure equality of opportunities for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children and young people of compulsory education age who are out of school or not in education, employment or trainin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Cumbria County Council decision to approve the opening of a new coal mine in Cumbria was mentioned in communications between ministerial private offices in the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.  HL14307
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