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Questions for Written Answer for 20 April 2021

Tabled on 19 April and due for answer by 4 May.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much development funding they have provided to China in each of the past 15 years; and what the funding was used for.  HL15028
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much public money has been spent over the past two years on the purchase of (1) face masks, and (2) other personal protective equipment, manufactured in China.  HL15029
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have allocated to the Great Britain China Centre over the last 30 years; how that organisation relates to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; what assessment they have made of its contribution to diplomatic relations with the government of China; and what steps they take to ensure that huma… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how much public money has been paid in the last two years to companies based in China manufacturing face masks and other personal protective equipment; and to provide a list of those companies.  HL15031
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Great Britain China Centre Reports and Accounts, published on 31 March 2019, how much funding they have provided through the Prosperity Fund to resource projects seeking to enable "fairer market access and advancing economic reform to support China’s prosperity”; what assessment they have made of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of when NHS England's waiting times will return to those recorded in February 2020 (1) for all operations and procedures, and (2) for patients waiting for more than a year for non-urgent operations and procedures.  HL15033
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) accuracy, and (2) usefulness, of lateral flow tests, following reports that the rate of false positives returned by these tests has increased as the prevalence of COVID-19 has fallen.  HL15034
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the building of homes for social rent from the 7,000 built in 2019 to help address the waiting list of more than 1.1 million households.  HL15035
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) global, and (2) UK national, frameworks of (a) institutions, (b) capabilities, (c) processes, and (d) co-operation, that will be needed in the future effectively to detect and to counter pandemics.  HL15036
Answered
Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Mexico about (1) the whereabouts of Claudia Uruchurtu, and (2) the steps it is taking to find her.  HL15037
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India about the imprisonment of Jagtar Singh Johal.  HL15038
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the protections for freedom of assembly in Hong Kong under (1) Article 27 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, and (2) Article 17 of Hong Kong’s Bill of Rights, as a consequence of the Sino-British Joint Declaration 1984; what assessment they have made of the extent to which freedom of assembly in Hong Kong has… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of Veolia and SUEZ Group’s combined market share for the provision of (1) waste management, (2) environmental services, and (3) recycling services to local authorities in England.  HL15040
Tabled
Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had about possible anti-trust issues following Veolia's agreement to acquire SUEZ Group.  HL15041
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Competition and Markets Authority following Veolia's agreement to acquire SUEZ Group.  HL15042
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many clinical negligence cases brought against the NHS in England were funded by (1) a conditional fee agreement, (2) legal aid, or (3) by some other form of funding, in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many cases in each of these categories resulted in a compensation payment.  HL15043
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the bipartisan letter signed by 170 members of the US House of Representatives in March, urging the government of the United States of America to address alleged human rights violations in Turkey; and what actions the UK Government will take in response to those allegations.  HL15044
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed, or plan to assess, the extent to which (1) refugee child labour, (2) child labour by Syrian refugees, and (3) discrimination against trade union members is taking place in Turkey.  HL15045
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing in the current financial year to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees; and whether they will publicise the needs of Palestinian refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.  HL15046
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to cooperate with Chatham House and Imperial College on the development of an interactive complex model of the nuclear arms control system; and if not, why not.  HL15047
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they plan to put in place to enable more than 20% of the population in the West Bank and Gaza to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  HL15048
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the education of children in the West Bank of (1) restrictions on access to reliable (a) electricity, and (b) internet services, and (2) COVID-19 related restrictions on their physical attendance at schools.  HL15049
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the report of the Environment Agency's investigation into complaints that the River Misbourne and Shardeloes Lake had been polluted by drilling by HS2 contractors in May 2020.  HL15050
Tabled
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of HS2's application to the Environment Agency to tunnel the Mid Chilterns aquifer below the River Misbourne and Shardeloes Lake; and when a decision will be made on the application.  HL15051
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of (1) damage, or (2) pollution, to (a) the Mid Chilterns aquifer, (b) the River Misbourne, and (c) Shardeloes Lake, caused by HS2's work in the area.  HL15052
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Canada about frozen UK pensions for UK pensioners in Canada.  HL15053
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the government of Canada to grant annual state pension increases to Canadian pensioners living in the UK; and what plans they have to provide annual state pension increases to UK pensioners living in Canada.  HL15054
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) advice, and (2) support, they are giving to the African Union to minimise the number of COVID-19 vaccinations that expire before being used.  HL15055
Answered
Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have for the police in England and Wales to follow the reported approach of Police Scotland of recording male perpetrators of rape or attempted rape who self-identify as female, as female on relevant police systems.  HL15056
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable operators of the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) to respond to individuals forwarding suspicious phishing emails to the service to confirm (1) the outcome of their investigations, (2) the actions taken, and which (a) phone numbers, (b) email addresses, and (c) web pages have been blocked as a resul… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis ad hoc meetings of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation may be called; and who is responsible for making this decision.  HL15058
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government who provides secretariat services to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation; and how far in advance of meetings are papers circulated to its members.  HL15059
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) individuals, and (2) organisations, have been commissioned to provide advice to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.  HL15060
Answered
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has (1) considered, and (2) circulated, the Sars-CoV-2 for Cancer Patients (SOAP) study; and, if so, what assessment they have made of it.  HL15061
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has commissioned a review of the Sars-CoV-2 for Cancer Patients (SOAP) study.  HL15062
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they (1) received, or (2) sought, any information from (a) the government of Germany, (b) German financial regulators, or (c) the German Deposit Protection Scheme in connection with Greensill Bank before the British Business Bank accredited Greensill Capital as a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lender; and whether t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Nigel Boardman is the chair of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and whether that Committee is responsible for overseeing the risk audit and credit functionality at the British Business Bank.  HL15064
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) Bill Crothers, or (2) his consultancy company, were employed by the Government on (a) project work, or (b) any other work, after Mr Crothers ceased to be a civil servant.  HL15065
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government how quickly after accreditation Greensill Capital disbursed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme funds.  HL15066
Answered
Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government for what reasons COVID-19 regulations permit people to socialise outside pubs but prevent them from attending four-day county cricket matches.  HL15067
Answered
Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to progress (1) the replacement of the UK’s nuclear reactors, and (2) action on hydrogen as an alternative low carbon fuel; what are their timelines for any such steps; and how might these timelines be accelerated.  HL15068
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Lord Ravensdale to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for Visit England to encourage tourism in England; and what steps they intend to take to support the visitor economy after the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic have ended.  HL15069
Answered
Lord Ravensdale to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have put in place to enable venues such as the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham to stage national and international trade exhibitions and events.  HL15070
Answered
Lord Ravensdale to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to invest in skills, training and educational opportunities for people of all ages working in the tourism industry.  HL15071
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Lord Ravensdale to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their plans about the support they intend to provide to leaseholders in buildings below 18 metres in height that require fire safety remediation work; and what additional support they plan to provide to those leaseholders beyond the provision of the Government-backed loans they announced on 10 February.  H… 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 recent discussions they have had with the victims of the Northern Ireland Troubles on the introduction of legislation to deal with the legacy of the Troubles.  HL15073
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with William Shawcross, former Special Representative on UK victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA terrorism, on his report on compensation for UK victims.  HL15074
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government who are the members of the ministerial group tasked with cohering cyber decision-making across Government, as set out in The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published in March 2021.  HL15075
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how many operators of Critical National Infrastructure have used the National Cyber Security Centre’s new 'Knowledge Base' tool to map the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure and its interdependencies.  HL15076
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the advice from Public Health England about the use of dormitory accommodation at Napier Barracks and its suitability for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL15077
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Palestinians were denied entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan by Israeli forces on the basis that they had not been (1) tested for COVID-19, or (2) vaccinated against COVID-19; and what assessment they have made of the availability of COVID-19 (a) tests, and (b) vaccines, to Pales… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the application of (1) international law, and (2) human rights principles, when making their decision to oppose an inquiry by the International Criminal Court into allegations of war crimes committed in the West Bank and Gaza since 2014.  HL15079
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of COVID-19 vaccines to people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  HL15080
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions, if any, they are considering in response to the potential involvement of English football clubs in the proposed European Super League.  HL15081
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are planning with (1) the Premier League, and (2) the Football Association, about the potential involvement of English football clubs in the proposed European Super League.  HL15082
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with the Football Supporters'  Association about the potential involvement of English football clubs in the European Super League; and what steps they are taking to ensure that supporters are more involved in the decision-making of English football clubs.  HL15083
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of current teacher workload on future retention rates.  HL15084
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