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Questions for Written Answer for 19 April 2021

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

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in each month since January 2020; and what percentage of those diagnoses have been at Stage (1) 1, (2) 2, (3) 3, and (4) 4, respectively.  HL14983
Answered
Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pancreatic cancer surgeries have been cancelled in each month since January 2020.  HL14984
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that officials in Germany have declined to recognise the status of British National (Overseas) passport holders; and what steps they intend to take to ensure the status of the passport is recognised by (1) the authorities in Germany, and (2) the authorities in other countries.  HL1498… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the terms of reference for the independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities; and when were those terms of reference established.  HL14986
Answered
Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government when drafts of (1) the foreword, and (2) any sections, of the report of the independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities were first seen by (a) the Prime Minister, (b) the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and Equalities Minister, (c) any Cabinet Minister, and (d) any political adviser to the Government.  HL14987
Answered
Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution (1) the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and Equalities Minister, and (2) any political advisor to the Government, made to (a) the foreword, and (b) any sections, of the report of the independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, prior to its publication on 31 March.  HL14988
Answered
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that officials in Germany have declined to recognise the status of British National (Overseas) passport holders; and what steps they intend to take to ensure the status of the passport is recognised by (1) the authorities in Germany, and (2) the authorities in other countries… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to make a long-term decision on the funding for Voluntary Service Overseas.  HL14990
Answered
Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the expiry of the bridging grant for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) on (1) international volunteering, and (2) VSO's, programmes.  HL14991
Answered
Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 11 November 2020 (HL Deb, cols 1115–28) on the future of financial services, what plans they have to consult industry and other interested parties on the technical screening criteria for the UK’s ‘green taxonomy.’  HL14992
Answered
Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the statement by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 11 November 2020 (HL Deb, cols 1115–28) on the future of financial services, what plans they have to publish details of the membership of the Green Technical Advisory Group; and when they estimate that Group will complete its work.  HL14993
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 6 April (HL14577), why there has been a departure from the policy to agree reciprocal social security arrangements, despite the agreements with (1) Bermuda in 1969, and (2) Gibraltar in 1974.  HL14994
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 6 April (HL14579), why they have not responded yet to the request on 16 December 2020 by members of the Canadian Parliament for a reciprocal agreement on the uprating of pensions for UK state pension holders residing in Canada; and what assessment they have made of… 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 assessment they have made of the proposed three-year pilot project for a 32-hour working week in Spain; and what plans, if any, they have for a similar pilot project to be conducted in the UK.  HL14996
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the Prime Minister of New Zealand's request to businesses in that country to consider a four-day week; and what plans, if any, they have to make a similar request to UK businesses.  HL14997
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the debate by Japanese politicians over proposals for a three-day weekend to address 'karoshi' (death by overwork); and what consideration they are giving to the introduction of a three-day weekend.  HL14998
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support independent power producers in the renewal energy sector on the continent of Africa through the African Union.  HL14999
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk posed to rain-fed agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa from a lack of progress at the COP26 conference in November.  HL15000
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compliance by UK companies doing business in Africa with legislation and regulations in respect of combating forced labour.  HL15001
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many units of accommodation for service personnel at Alanbrooke Barracks are not en-suite.  HL15002
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many units of accommodation for service personnel at Albemarle Barracks are not en-suite.  HL15003
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many units of accommodation for service personnel at Tidworth Camp are not en-suite.  HL15004
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many units of accommodation for service personnel at Arnhem Garrison are not en-suite.  HL15005
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many units of accommodation for service personnel at Brompton Barracks are not en-suite.  HL15006
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many units of accommodation for service personnel at Clive Barracks are not en-suite.  HL15007
Answered
Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the additional number of veterinary staff that will be required once checks under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland have to be implemented in full.  HL15008
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the efficacy as a deterrent of the sanctions imposed on the government of Russia since 2014.  HL15009
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the rights of women in civil society in Afghanistan, including the right to education for girls, are protected following the withdrawal of UK and NATO troops in September.  HL15010
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to appoint a new Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests; and why that post has remained vacant since the resignation of Sir Alex Allan in November 2020.  HL15011
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the existing regulatory system overseen by the Environment Agency in view of reports of illegal dumping of untreated sewage by water companies into rivers in England and Wales.  HL15012
Tabled
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, what discussions they have had with the government of Iran following its announcement that it intends to produce 60 per cent enriched uranium in retaliation for the cyberattack on the Natanz nuclear plant on 11 April.  HL15013
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost of cleaning up litter each year in England and Wales; what assessment they have made of the level of litter dropped by the public in each of the last five years; what steps they are taking to address public littering; and what consideration they have given (1) to increasing fine… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with (1) international partners, and (2) Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries, to encourage the government of Myanmar to allow the UN Special Envoy for Myanmar to access that country.  HL15015
Answered
Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help resolve the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the effect of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the flow of water in the River Nile; and what representations they have made to the governments of (1) Egypt, and (2) Ethiopia, on this issue.  HL15016
Answered
Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for national security of reports that the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated El Sharq television channel will relocate from Turkey to London.  HL15017
Answered
Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to make a decision on the future of the long-term partnership between the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).  HL15018
Answered
Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to prevent heavily pregnant bitches from being transported to the UK illegally for the purpose of selling puppies to UK customers; and whether they will ban payments in cash for puppies bought in the UK.  HL15019
Answered
Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the minimum age for puppies being imported to the UK to six months in order to deter the trade in underage puppies; and whether they will ban payments in cash for puppies imported to the UK.  HL15020
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update the National Cyber Security Strategy, last published on 11 November 2016.  HL15021
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how much has so far been spent of the £16 million to support the modernisation of local authorities' cyber security systems, as announced in the Spending Review 2020 on 15 December 2020.  HL15022
Answered
Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the government of Ethiopia’s decision to begin filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in July 2020 without the agreement of other countries through which the River Nile runs, and (2) the possibility of further such unilateral actions; what representations they will make to th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will set a statutory target for the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere in the UK as part of legislation under the Sixth Carbon Budget.  HL15024
Answered
Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will set a long-term carbon pricing signal to support the removal of carbon emissions from the atmosphere in the UK.  HL15025
Answered
Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop rules that would enable CO2 removals to be integrated into carbon markets, such as a UK emissions trading system.  HL15026
Answered
Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include international aviation and shipping emissions in the Sixth Carbon Budget, as recommended by the Climate Change Committee in their report The Sixth Carbon Budget, published in December 2020.  HL15027
Answered
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