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Questions for Written Answer for 22 April 2021

Tabled on 21 April and due for answer by 6 May.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Gulf Strategy Fund Programme summary, published on 30 March, what human rights (1) due diligence, and (2) safeguarding, procedures are applied to Gulf Strategy Fund (GSF) projects; what are the objectives of GSF funded projects in Bahrain aimed at (a) building the capacity of oversight bodies, (b) p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Woodland Trust State of the UK's Woods and Trees 2021, published on 14 April; and what steps they are taking to ensure that there is sufficient UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown trees to meet demand.  HL15130
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Woodland Trust State of the UK's Woods and Trees 2021, published on 14 April, what plans they have to promote agroforestry, particularly the growing of fruit and nut crops; what assessment they have made of the impact of such promotion on (1) the level of food security, (2) the quality o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 20 April that international shipping emissions will be included within UK net zero targets, whether they will make a similar commitment in relation to international aviation emissions.  HL15132
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the level of compliance of those who are required to quarantine upon arrival into the UK.  HL15133
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide support to those who have been ineligible for COVID-19 related financial support packages during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL15134
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been extradited from the UK in each year since 2018.  HL15135
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Universal Credit applications there have been since 21 March 2020.  HL15136
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Union's conduct in recent discussions relating to trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.  HL15137
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Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that pigeon racing between the UK and Europe to continue without restrictions and, in particular, avian quarantine periods; and what assessment they have made of the effects of Article 62 of the European Union's delegated regulation 2020/692 on UK racing pigeons.  HL15138
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations are proscribed under Schedule 2 to the Terrorism Act 2000 due to their association with terrorism in Northern Ireland.  HL15139
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on the availability of medicines and drugs in Northern Ireland.  HL15140
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with drug and medicine manufacturers in relation to the withdrawal of medicines from sale in the Northern Ireland market because of the costs resulting from the operation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL15141
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer a guarantee that patients in Northern Ireland will retain access to all drugs and medicines currently available following the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL15142
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the supply of potassium chloride to Northern Ireland from Great Britain suppliers has been reduced since 1 January 2021.  HL15143
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of new drugs and medicines in Northern Ireland under the separate licensing arrangements established by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL15144
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what funds (1) have been, and (2) will be, allocated to local authorities to enable them to retrofit domestic premises to increase their energy efficiency.  HL15145
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the Energy Company Obligation to other measures in addition to space heating.  HL15146
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent new homes from being built with a lower standard than Energy Performance Certificate band B.  HL15147
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Northern Ireland's place in the United Kingdom since the introduction of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL15148
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United States regarding its diplomatic relationship with the government of Saudi Arabia.  HL15149
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Ofsted ratings on the ability of a school to (1) attract, and (2) recruit, teaching staff.  HL15150
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, what steps they are taking to work with the Northern Ireland Executive to encourage the recovery of the Northern Ireland economy.  HL15151
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the highest number of total previous offences an offender had committed before being given an immediate custodial sentence in each of last two years.  HL15152
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of current support available for (1) the aviation sector, and (2) its supply chain.  HL15153
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish regulatory mechanisms for imposing extended producer responsibility on the tobacco industry; and how any such plans will ensure the industry takes financial responsibility for the costs associated with discarded cigarette butts.  HL15154
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to set a timetable for establishing a regulatory mechanism for imposing extended producer responsibility on the tobacco industry.  HL15155
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 6 March of a call for evidence in support of a new Women's Health Strategy, whether have they assessed the merits of developing a men's health strategy.  HL15156
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of plans to restore peace in north-east Mozambique following the impact of the insurgency linked to Islamic State.  HL15157
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Denmark about reports (1) that it plans to remove the residence permits of Syrian refugees currently residing in Denmark, and (2) that such refugees have been mistreated in deportation camps.  HL15158
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Zimbabwe about reports that human rights abuses have been committed against Joanna Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri.  HL15159
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what engagement they have had with (1) the Royal Astronomical Society, (2) the European Southern Observatory, and (3) other relevant stakeholders, about the planned increases in the number of OneWeb satellites in the sky.  HL15160
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the risks to low-earth-orbit spacecraft, following the reported near miss between a OneWeb Satellite and a SpaceX satellite in April.  HL15161
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any potential conflicts of interest relating to their reported planned appointment of the head of space policy at Amazon to a government advisory position.  HL15162
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK's performance in delivery of the integration of public services; and of how this performance compares to that of EU member states.  HL15163
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the public sector in England has the necessary (1) skills, (2) knowledge, and (3) institutional memory, to develop more integrated public services; what evidence has informed any such assessment; and what training is planned for (a) civil servants, and (b) other public sector officials, on this s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the factors that are delaying the integration of public services, and (2) the cost to the taxpayer of such delays.  HL15165
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as a creditor of Greensill Capital and Greensill Bank, they will ask the administrators of those companies and related parties (1) to examine the personal expense claims made by (a) directors, (b) executives, and (c) advisors, for non-business related payments, including use of private jets, and (2) to ensure that the companies… 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 summary report published by the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists on 26 March following its investigation into Rt Hon David Cameron, whether the Registrar had sight of any contract of employment between Mr Cameron and Greensill companies; and whether (1) any such contracts, or (2) related job descriptions, made any refere… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since September 2016 did Rt Hon David Cameron take overnight accommodation at (1) UK Embassies, (2) UK Consulates, or (3) UK Residencies; and whether, on any of these occasions, accommodation was also provided to (a) Lex Greensill, or (b) any associate of Greensill Capital.  HL15168
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the despatches written by Lieutenant Colonel Gash, the former defence attaché of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka about events in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009 relating to the civil war, whether they consider all reports by UK military attachés and diplomats to be evidence based-assessments.  HL15169
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what sources they used to inform their assessment of the situation in Sri Lanka during the civil war in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009.  HL15170
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the information contained in despatches written by UK defence attachés must be independently verified before submission; if so, whether it is standard practice to ensure that such attachés are briefed to that effect; and if so, what record, if any, they hold of Lieutenant Colonel Gash, being so briefed.  HL15171
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the reported targeting of 292 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and subsequent displacement of 450 people by the Israeli authorities in the first quarter of 2021, and (2) the implications of this for UK policy in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and what representations… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, in pursuit of their anti-terrorism policies, what assessment they have made, if any, of any Islamist teaching in mosques in the UK.  HL15173
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, in pursuit of their anti-terrorism policies, what is their estimate of the number of Imams preaching in the UK; and what is the estimate of the proportion of Imams who cannot speak English.  HL15174
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, in pursuit of their anti-terrorism policies, what plans they have, if any, to require services in mosques in the UK to be conducted in English.  HL15175
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, in pursuit of their anti-terrorism policies, what discussions, if any, they have had with Islamic faith leaders to discuss the language in which services in mosques are conducted.  HL15176
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 4 February 2020 (HL646) and 13 February 2020 (HL1377 and HL1414) and by Baroness Berridge on 12 March 2020 (HL2002), and in pursuit of their anti-terrorism policies, what plans they have, if any, to allow Ofsted to inspect madrassas in the UK which provide teaching fo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of diclofenac on birds of prey in the UK; and whether they will follow Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and India in banning diclofenac.  HL15178
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will provide to people suffering from long-Covid after the pandemic.  HL15179
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people who are classified as homeless are able to vote in the elections in England in May; and, in particular, what steps they are taking to ensure that homeless people in temporary accommodation are able to vote.  HL15180
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the successful re-housing of homeless individuals and families during the pandemic, what steps they will take to support homeless individuals and families after the pandemic.  HL15181
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Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances patients are charged for the first two months of the prescription of new drugs; whether decisions on charging for new drugs are determined by (1) the NHS, or (2) the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; whether the circumstances in which patients are charged for new drugs has changed in the last… 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 steps they are taking to support the self-employed during the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.  HL15183
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on small businesses of the requirement to complete customs paperwork for export to the EU.  HL15184
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of business debt accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL15185
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the equitable distribution of schemes designed to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL15186
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many financial institutions not approved by regulators have been accredited under loan schemes designed to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL15187
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 19 April (HL Deb, col 1639), what assessment they have made of the need to review the Airports National Policy Statement to bring it into line with domestic and international climate targets.  HL15188
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 19 April (HL Deb, col 1639), what assessment they have made of the need to review the (1) National Policy Statement for Ports, and (2) National Policy Statement for National Networks, to bring them into line with (a) domestic, and (b) international, (i) climate, and (ii) b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 19 April (HL Deb, col 1639), what assessment they have made of the need to review the (1) Draft National Policy Statement for Water Resources Infrastructure, (2) National Policy Statement for Waste Water, and (3) Hazardous Waste National Policy Statement, to bring them int… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 19 April (HL Deb, col 1639), what discussions have been held by (1) ministers, and (2) civil servants, about the role of planning policy in helping the UK to meet legally binding (a) domestic, and (b) international, (i) climate, and (ii) biodiversity, targets.  HL15191
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce the recommendations of the COVID-Status Certification Review.  HL15192
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a delayed return to in-person attendance at universities on the mental health of students.  HL15193
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of working environments on the mental health of employees.  HL15194
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support small businesses to become more environmentally friendly.  HL15195
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that employers give as much notice as possible when offering work to employees on zero hours contracts.  HL15196
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government which projects have had their grant funding from UK Research and Innovation reduced in 2021–22 following the reduction in its Official Development Assistance allocation; and what is the size of the reduction for each of these projects.  HL15197
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Medical Research Council about the impact of its decision to reduce grant funding which had been allocated in 2021–22 to support the establishment of the International Centre for Genomic Medicine in Neuromuscular Diseases.  HL15198
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to support the proposed International Centre for Genomic Medicine in Neuromuscular Diseases, following reductions in grant funding allocated to the project by the Medical Research Council in 2021–22.  HL15199
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government why a UK citizen officially resident in the European Union is not permitted to travel from the UK under COVID-19 regulations to be united with close family, but close family members are permitted to travel to the UK for this purpose.  HL15200
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