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Questions for Written Answer for 14 April 2021

Tabled on 13 April and due for answer by 27 April.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses they received to the call for evidence on pensions tax relief administration published in July 2020; when they plan to publish the outcome; and what plans they have to carry out further consultation on the issue of low earners in net pay administration schemes who are paying 25 per cent more for their pensions tha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) women, and (2) men, over the age of 80 living in the UK received less than £80.45 a week in state pension in the past year.  HL14861
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of monetary policy on the distribution of wealth across different (1) age groups, and (2) regions of the UK.  HL14862
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of quantitative easing on the reliability of capital asset pricing models and volatility of different asset classes (1) in the UK, and (2) in other countries.  HL14863
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to appoint trade envoys for (1) Mongolia, (2) Uzbekistan, (3) Kazakhstan, (4) Kyrgyzstan, (5) Tajikistan, and (6) Afghanistan; if so, when those envoys will be appointed; and what is the process by which they (a) select, and (b) appoint, such envoys.  HL14864
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reduced Official Development Assistance funding for research and development on (1) the public health sector, and (2) the health of UK citizens.  HL14865
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to their participation in the United Nations General Assembly’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism, held in Durban in 2001.  HL14866
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the financing of the victims' pension scheme.  HL14867
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the National Infrastructure Commission about infrastructure development in Northern Ireland.  HL14868
Answered
Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to the NHS of resolving problems which have occurred during treatment in the private health sector; and what plans they have to ensure that such costs are recovered by the NHS.  HL14869
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the resources available to the Criminal Cases Review Commission; and what has been their response.  HL14870
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to highlight the importance of ensuring women’s participation in peace negotiations, in particular in Afghanistan, at the G7 summit on 11 to 13 June.  HL14871
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support free and fair elections (1) in Palestine, and (2) in Israel.  HL14872
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that (1) the government of Turkey has taken steps to ban the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in that country, and (2) members of the HDP have been arrested and imprisoned.  HL14873
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to uphold the human and political rights of parliamentarians in (1) Myanmar, (2) Turkey, (3) Venezuela, and (4) other member countries of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.  HL14874
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision adopted in March by the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the 164th session of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians in relation to Turkey.  HL14875
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for blocking (1) the government of China, and (2) Chinese companies, from acquiring British infrastructure in view of that government's (a) oppression of the Uighur people in Xinjiang, (b) breaches of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, and (c) tactics in relation to Taiwan and elsewhere.  … 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 reports that refugees have been prevented from reaching the EU by the Frontex border agency, in particular refugees travelling from Turkey; and what steps they intend to take in response to such reports.  HL14877
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants are in receipt of (1) income-related Employment and Support Allowance, (2) income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, (3) Income Support, and (4) Housing Benefit; and how many claimants of each of those awards receive a Severe Disability Premium.  HL14878
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants are in receipt of (1) Working Tax Credit, and (2) Child Tax Credits.  HL14879
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government how they assessed the capacity of Greensill Capital to absorb its share of Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan losses alongside the government's guarantee.  HL14880
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have paid or are obliged to pay Greensill Capital in year one interest payments made under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme; what percentage by number and value of such loans extended by Greensill Capital involve higher interest rates than from the average of lenders; and what is the number and value of loa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Commission's Transparency Aid Module continues to apply to the UK; whether there are any restrictions under (1) the Transparency Aid Module, or (2) agreements with borrowers, which prohibit the immediate announcement of details of all facilities made available under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme;… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the release of transcripts of text messages between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Rt Hon David Cameron, what is the nature of the changes to the Covid Corporate Financing Faculty that the Chancellor of the Exchequer "pushed" officials to pursue with the Bank of England; and why such changes were rejected by the Bank.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government how many loans under the (1) Bounce Back Loan Scheme, and (2) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, have had government guarantees removed; how many Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme accredited lenders have been involved in making such loans; what is the number and value of loans under the Coronavirus Business Interr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the implementation of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.  HL14885
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current political stability in Northern Ireland.  HL14886
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of a veterinary agreement between the UK and the EU on frictionless trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.  HL14887
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on regional inequality of the funding for Northern Ireland provided through the Levelling Up Fund.  HL14888
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the New Decade, New Approach commitments, announced in January 2020.  HL14889
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the funding they have allocated to mental health services in Northern Ireland.  HL14890
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions they drew from the COVID-19 human challenge trials; and how they used those data to inform their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14891
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether banks are being encouraged to lend to entrepreneurs from ethnic minorities; and what plans they have, if any, to improve the lending rate to such entrepreneurs.  HL14892
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the involvement of HSBC UK in the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities; and why no other banks were mentioned or included in the report.  HL14893
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review areas of the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities which have been criticised.  HL14894
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Department for Work and Pensions classifies ME/CFS as a musculoskeletal disease for the purposes of statistics and for the guidance and training of their health professionals, rather than as a neurological disease.  HL14895
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Prompt Payment Code on SMEs in the construction sector, given that only a small minority of construction businesses are signatories to the Code.  HL14896
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist the Construction Leadership Council in achieving zero retentions within the construction sector by the target date of 2025.  HL14897
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a potential extension of the academic year on the mental health of (1) staff, and (2) pupils.  HL14898
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed date change to the payment of corporation tax for small businesses on small business cashflow.  HL14899
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a tailored employment support scheme for over 50s.  HL14900
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