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Questions for Written Answer for 18 March 2021

Tabled on 17 March and due for answer by 31 March.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the government of the United States of America to impose sanctions on officials of the governments of China and Hong Kong whose actions they deem to have "reduced Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy"; and what plans they have to impose similar sanctions on these officials.  HL… 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 decision of the government of the United States of America to impose sanctions on (1) 14 vice chairs of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, and (2) officials in (a) the National Security Division of the Hong Kong Police Force, (b) the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and… 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 that deaths from COVID-19 in prisons in England and Wales rose by 50 per cent in a month in December 2020; what percentage of prisoners have now been vaccinated against COVID-19; and what other measures they have taken to decrease the risk of COVID-19 being transmitted to prisoners an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the financial support they provided to the aerospace sector during the COVID-19 pandemic was allocated to aerospace manufacturers in the UK.  HL14311
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether teachers are prioritised to receive a COVID-19 vaccination regardless of age; and if not, what plans they have to prioritise teachers to receive such vaccinations.  HL14312
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether disabled persons' (1) railcards, and (2) bus passes, are only valid for use after 9.30am; and if so, (a) why, and (b) what assessment they have made of the impact of such time restrictions on the use of those passes to commute to work.  HL14313
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on the principles of (1) transparency, and (2) accountability, of their proposed changes to NHS Procurement in England.  HL14314
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend their proposals for the reform of NHS procurement in England so that, once a decision in principle to proceed to a competitive tender has been made, the procurement rules are the same as those applicable to the rest of the public sector.  HL14315
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the proposed reform of procurement by the NHS in England will (1) prevent, and (2) address, conflicts of interest within integrated care systems in which providers and commissioners are working together.  HL14316
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to support the economic role of UK English Language Schools accredited by the British Council following the reduction in their income during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14317
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the remit of the Healthcare Safety Investigative Branch to conduct overarching, independent investigations into patient safety concerns in residential care homes in England.  HL14318
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government which national body or agency is responsible for conducting overarching, independent investigations into patient safety concerns in residential care homes in England.  HL14319
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to protect Palestinian children from being arbitrarily arrested by Israeli security forces.  HL14320
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about reports of the (1) blocking of a road, and (2) destruction of a water line, serving two Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills.  HL14321
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Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the (1) numbers, (2) names, and (3) countries of origin, of (a) businesses, and (b) investors, the Office for Investment has met with since it was launched in 2020.  HL14322
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Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty's Government how much total investment has been secured by the Office for Investment since it was launched in 2020; and in which sectors this investment has been secured.  HL14323
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Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office for Investment seeks investment from (1) companies, or (2) investors, who are operating in the (a) oil, (b) gas, and (c) coal, sectors.  HL14324
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government what recommendations have been made by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regarding the prominence of warnings concerning mental health risks associated with the use of Montelukast in children; and what is the timescale for implementation of any such recommendations.  HL14325
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to facilitate a coordinated response from UK political, economic and faith leaders to the situation in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique; and, in coordinating any such response, how they will take account of the influence of (1) natural disasters, (2) insurgents aligned with Islamic State, and (3) the recruitmen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of intermittent self-catheterisation with single use catheters on the level of hospital admissions in England for urinary tract infections; and what steps they are taking to ensure that patients with urinary continence challenges have access to single use catheters.  HL14327
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the UK's obligations under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.  HL14328
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of lifting the cap on the number of Trident nuclear warheads the UK can stockpile on nuclear non-proliferation.  HL14329
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the UK's obligations as a depositary government of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; and what steps they take to fulfil the responsibilities of that role.  HL14330
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of lifting the cap on the number of Trident nuclear warheads the UK can stockpile on negotiations at the next Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.  HL14331
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Bank of England’s actions to insulate public funding to interest rate increases by issuing debt with larger maturities; and the effect of quantitative easing on that strategy.  HL14332
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 16 March (HL13828), what records they hold of (1) correspondence, or (2) telephone conversations, between ministers and officials in (a) Her Majesty’s Treasury, (b) the Cabinet Office, or (c) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy about (i) Lex Greensill, (ii)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government what costs were incurred by (1) the UK Statistics Authority, and (2) the Cabinet Office, in the judicial review proceedings against the UK Statistics Authority brought by Fair Play for Women in relation to the 2021 census.  HL14334
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Minister for the Cabinet Office was listed as an interested party in the judicial review proceedings brought by Fair Play for Women against the UK Statistics Authority in relation to the 2021 census.  HL14335
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the declaration in the Order of Consent following the judicial review proceedings brought by Fair Play for Women against the UK Statistics Authority, what plans they have to review how (1) government departments, and (2) public sector bodies, use the word “sex”.  HL14336
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conduct of (1) the UK Statistics Authority, and (2) the National Statistician, in relation to the determination of how questions on sex in the 2021 census and the related guidance were framed.  HL14337
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to (1) the Civil Service, and (2) public bodies, to ensure that consultations on policies or practices in relation to sex and gender receive responses from a broad range of respondents.  HL14338
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the estimated cost of providing ‘Valuing Everyone’ training to all (1) Peers, and (2) staff of the House of Lords; and out of which budget it is paid.  HL14339
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to compensate companies that recruited additional qualified veterinarians to administer checks on meat and dairy products entering the UK from the EU from 1 April who may now face redundancy following the decision to delay the introduction of these checks and health certificates; and what plans they have to meet… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 12 March (HL13839 and HL13840), what plans they have to reduce the level of funding to the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund in South Sudan; and what assessment they have made of the impact of changes to their conflict strategy on African countries in conflict, in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Economic Crime Centre of the National Crime Agency has received any (1) sponsorship, or (2) funding, from Lloyds Banking Group.  HL14342
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the City of London Police Fraud unit has received any (1) sponsorship, or (2) funding, from Lloyds Banking Group.  HL14343
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any department has given directions to the Financial Conduct Authority in connection with its investigation of the alleged frauds identified in the 2013 'Project Lord Turnbull Report' at (1) Halifax Bank of Scotland, and (2) Royal Bank of Scotland.  HL14344
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish an independent inquiry into the handling by the Financial Conduct Authority of the alleged frauds at (1) Royal Bank of Scotland, and (2) Halifax Bank of Scotland.  HL14345
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the judgment by the Court of Appeal in the case of GDF Suez Teesside Led v Revenue And Customs [2018] EWCA Civ 2075 on 5 October 2018, what action they have taken, if any, against Ernst & Young for designing and marketing an unlawful tax avoidance scheme.  HL14346
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the penalties levied on accounting firms for designing and marketing unlawful tax avoidance schemes.  HL14347
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) funding, and (2) operations, of music hubs.  HL14348
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the attainment gap between ethnic minority university students and other university students.  HL14349
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of small business owners who have foregone their personal salaries to provide additional investment for their businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14350
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of planned corporation tax increases on the profitability of small businesses.  HL14351
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of apprentices for which small businesses who do not pay the apprenticeship levy can claim cash incentives.  HL14352
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Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 4 March (HL13627), whether there are funds remaining from (1) the £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund, announced on 4 March 2019, and (2) the £675 million Future High Streets Fund, announced on 29 October 2018; whether any such remaining funds are now included as part of the t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 16 March (HL13849), for what reasons they redacted the section entitled ‘Terms of Reference and ways of working’ in the contract of the chair of the independent review of the children’s social care sector.  HL14354
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the percentage of apprentices required to complete Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications in (1) Maths, (2) English, and (3) Information and Communication Technology, during the course of their apprenticeship; and how this figure varies by ethnicity.  HL14355
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