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Questions for Written Answer for 25 March 2021

Tabled on 24 March and due for answer by 9 April.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make at the UN Human Rights Council regarding alleged violations of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the government of China, in connection with restrictions on (1) BBC broadcasts, (2) media freedom, and (3) freedom of speech, in (a) China, and (b) Hong Kong.  HL1455… 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 role they envisage for the commissioners overseeing elements of the (1) planning, (2) highways, and (3) regeneration departments of Liverpool City Council; what is their (a) purpose, and (b) objectives; and how long they expect the commissioners will be involved in the running of these departments of Liverpool City Counc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government to provide details of (1) the "pervasive and rotten culture", and (2) the "culture of intimidation", within Liverpool City Council, described by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in a statement on 24 March.  HL14552
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government to provide details of what the report of the findings of the Best Value inspection into Liverpool City Council, published on 24 March, identified as a "secret cabal" operating within Liverpool City Council; what assessment they have made of which documents, if any, have been destroyed in any of the Council’s departments; 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 assistance they are providing to citizens of Myanmar currently in the UK who cannot safely return to their country; and what plans they have to (1) offer visa extensions to, and (2) adapt the Leave outside the Immigration Rules for, those people.  HL14554
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of (1) Australia, and (2) the United States, about the situation in Myanmar; and what plans they have to replicate the special measures introduced by those countries for Myanmar citizens unable to return to their country safely.  HL14555
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 26 April 2018 (HL7046), whether they will require the UK Endorsement Board to publish terms of reference that are (1) not subject to legal professional privilege, (2) developed independently of (a) current, or (b) former, advisers to accounting firms which have contribut… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 26 April 2018 (HL7046), whether they will publish terms of reference for the UK Endorsement Board that are (1) not subject to legal professional privilege, and (2) developed independently of (a) current, or (b) former, advisers to accounting firms which have contributed… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently in prison serving a determinate sentence of 20 years or more; and of these how many (1) have never been released, or (2) have been recalled.  HL14558 [I]
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the level of violence in prisons.  HL14559
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the digitalisation of banking and billing services on elderly people.  HL14560
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support infrastructure projects in Northern Ireland through the Levelling Up Fund.  HL14561
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote (1) tourism, and (2) investment, in Northern Ireland.  HL14562
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British armed forces personnel were recruited between 1 January 2020 and 1 March 2021.  HL14563
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of frontline police officers.  HL14564
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ratify the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.  HL14565
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will formally observe Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day on 24 April.  HL14566
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 12 March (HL13797), whether the principle of ‘do no harm’ also applies to economic sanctions on Syria; and what assessment they have made of the statement by the UN Office of the High Commissioner on 7 August 2020 that sanctions “are bringing suffering and death" in countries… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the types of weapons used by Fulani herdsmen involved in fighting in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, and (2) from which countries these weapons originate.  HL14568
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people killed by Fulani herdsmen during fighting in Nigeria’s Middle Belt in each of the previous five years.  HL14569
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of diplomatic protection accorded to the EU Ambassador to the UK; and what plans they have, if any, to grant them full diplomatic status.  HL14570
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of staff working for asylum accommodation providers have received the training specified in the Asylum Accommodation and Support Statement of Requirements; and whether training for staff who have face-to-face contact with service users is stipulated in Home Office contracts with providers.  HL14571
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures they have established to (1) monitor, and (2) evaluate, contracts with asylum accommodation providers.  HL14572
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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 11 February 2021 (150977), what are the timescales for ending the use of (1) Napier, and (2) Penally, barracks to accommodate asylum seekers.  HL14573
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 1 March (HL12487), whether they will now commission a report from the Head of the Civil Service on the conduct of civil servants involved in (1) the preparation for the trial HM Advocate v Salmond, and (2) the alleged collusion in the Scottish Government regarding the bringing of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to (1) the government of Russia’s seizure of Crimea, and (2) the government of Azerbaijan’s attack on Nagorno-Karabakh, what plans they have to review their policies for (a) nuclear, and (b) other deterrence.  HL14575
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 22 March (HL14145), what plans they have to assess the annual cost of removing interest payments from the student loans of (1) health, and (2) social care, workers.  HL14576
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government when reciprocal social security arrangements were made with (1) Bermuda, and (2) Gibraltar, whereby UK state pension holders resident in those territories receive the annual uprating of their state pensions.  HL14577
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress on implementing the request by the governments of British Overseas Territories during the December 2015 Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council on the uprating of pensions for UK state pension holders residing in those territories.  HL14578
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the request on 16 December 2020 by members of the Canadian Parliament to establish a reciprocal agreement on the uprating of pensions for UK state pension holders residing in Canada.  HL14579
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to (1) peace builders, (2) women’s rights organisations, and (3) human rights organisations, working in Yemen.  HL14580
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the value of student loan debt for each of the past five years.  HL14581
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of student debt has been sold in each of the past five years; and at what value.  HL14582
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the write off value of the sale of student loan debt in each of the last five years.  HL14583
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what calculation they use to decide the level of write off of student loan debt.  HL14584
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of graduate earnings in their calculation of the write off of student loan debt.  HL14585
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UK's departure from the EU, what assessment they have made of the ability of (1) UK citizens to work in the EU, and (2) the earnings potential of graduates, in calculating the write off of student loan debt.  HL14586
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remark by Baroness Goldie on 23 March (HL Deb, col 808) that "We are satisfied that we are compliant with the non-proliferation treaty", what assessment they have made of the statement on 17 March by a UN spokesperson that the decision of the Government to increase their nuclear weapons arsenal is… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce how much funding they will contribute as part of the UK's participation in Horizon Europe.  HL14588
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government who was responsible for the appointment of Lex Greensill as a Crown Representative in March 2014, including him being issued a Cabinet Office entry pass; whether Bill Crother's appointment to the UK Board of Greensill Capital was (1) reviewed, and (2) approved, by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments; and, if so, when.  HL1458… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government to which entities owned by Sanjeev Gupta did the British Business Bank extend the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme; who was responsible for (1) credit assessment, and (2) due diligence; and from which accounts were any loans issued.  HL14590
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will disclose the names of (1) borrowers, and (2) amounts borrowed, under (a) the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, and (b) the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.  HL14591
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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 lessons they have learned from the anti-terrorism measures introduced by the governments of (1) France, and (2) Austria; and what new anti-terrorism measures they plan to introduce as a result.  HL14592
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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 22 March (HL14054), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, 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 th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to work with local government to deliver national strategies for carbon reduction.  HL14594 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that (1) electricity networks have capacity to facilitate the mass rollout of electric vehicles, and (2) the process of connecting electric vehicle charging points to those networks is effective and efficient.  HL14595 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to periodically review the £700 million education recovery package for children and young people, announced on 24 February, to ensure that those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are being supported.  HL14596 [I]
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost of literature reviews commissioned by the Cabinet Office.  HL14598
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the panel overseeing the tendering process for the Cabinet Office’s systematic review of the lived experience of disabled people (CCZZ21A07) (1) includes, or (2) is chaired, by a disabled person.  HL14599
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government which disabled peoples' organisations were involved in (1) developing the criteria for the tendering process of the Cabinet Office’s systematic review of the lived experience of disabled people (CCZZ21A07), and (2) appointing the body responsible for the review.  HL14600
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the criteria for the tendering process of the Cabinet Office’s systematic review of the lived experience of disabled people (CCZZ21A07).  HL14601
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Cabinet Office’s systematic review of the lived experience of disabled people (CCZZ12A07) will be made publicly available.  HL14602
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of interest in NHS apprenticeships; and what estimate, if any, they have made of the number of people they expect to apply to such schemes in the next 12 months.  HL14603
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what schemes are available to students on vocational courses to assist them in gaining employment.  HL14604
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional financial support to retail businesses who do not trade online.  HL14605
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to expand the capacity of the National Tutoring Programme.  HL14606
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Goldie on 23 March (HL Deb, col 811), what meetings they have had with the board of BA Systems to discuss the Type 26 frigate programme.  HL14607
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they next plan to order F35B aircraft; and how many they plan to order.  HL14608
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many frigates they plan to be in commission on (1) 1 April 2026, and (2) 1 April 2027.  HL14609
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Goldie on 23 March (HL Deb, col 811), whether the review of reserves by Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton will cover the provision of soldiers for 'Military Aid to the Civil Power', including (1) resilience, and (2) disaster relief, following the recent cut in the size of the armed forces.  HL14610
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the contribution made to aiding reconciliation by, and (2) the vulnerability of, religious groups in Myanmar.  HL14611
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the cuts to UK Research and Innovation funding on (1) the role of the UK in supporting the global health response to COVID-19, and (2) the capacity of the UK to provide expertise to assist international development as proposed in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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