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Questions for Written Answer for 7 June 2021

Tabled on 27 May and due for answer by 11 June.

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of organisations within the scope of the draft Online Safety Bill that are (1) pornographic websites, and (2) social media sites that contain pornography.  HL645
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of (1) pornographic websites, and (2) social media sites that contain pornography, that will be (a) Category 1 organisations, and (b) not Category 1 organisations, under the draft Online Safety Bill.  HL646
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of UK users of the organisations expected to be in within the scope of the draft Online Safety Bill that access (1) pornographic websites, and (2) social media sites that contain pornography  HL647
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Community Housing Fund will be available.  HL648
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether regulations designed for large housing associations restrict small charitable housing groups from expanding; and what plans they have to amend the regulations to remove any such restrictions.  HL649
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their fan-led review of football governance will include an assessment of the financial sustainability of banning gambling sponsorship.  HL650
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of suspending advertisements by gambling operators during the 2021 UEFA European Championship.  HL651
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of advertisements by gambling operators that will be aired before 9pm during the 2021 UEFA European Championship.  HL652
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the amount of consumer data held by gambling operators, and (2) whether this data could be used to prevent gambling-related harm.  HL653
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the data underpinning their Review of the Gambling Act 2005; and what additional data, if any, will be needed in order to effectively review that Act.  HL654
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on establishing a transactional support fund for UK musicians looking to tour the EU.  HL655
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of (1) the desirability of establishing a UK Music Export Office, or (2) other methods to promote music exports.  HL656
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the gross amount per student paid by the Office for Students to universities for students studying music courses under the CAH25-02-02 code for the 2020–21 academic year; and what is the amount to be paid for the 2021–22 academic year.  HL657
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had this year with the government of Zimbabwe about pension arrears owed to former Crown servants; and what was the outcome of those discussions.  HL658
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government how many overseas electors are (1) on electoral rolls in the United Kingdom, (2) apply for a postal vote, and (3) voted in the 2019 general election.  HL659
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the proposal by the 'Let Clothes be Clothes' campaign for unisex school uniforms in finalising the statutory guidance on the costs of school uniforms.  HL660
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to investigate the origins of COVID-19, and (2) to call for a stronger multilateral investigation on the topic, following the announcement of such plans by the President of the United States of America.  HL661
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible number of appeals to Teacher Assessed Grades by (1) A-Level, and (2) GCSE, students this summer; and what steps they have taken to ensure processes and resources are in place to deal with such appeals in a timely manner.  HL662
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many anti-Semitic attacks were reported during May in (1) England, and (2) London; and what steps they are taking to address such abuse.  HL663
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of crime in England is categorised as online fraud; what percentage of policing resource is dedicated to combatting online fraud; and what plans they have to increase the level of police resource allocated to tackling digital crime.  HL664
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many accidents involving e-scooters that required medical treatment have been reported since July 2020.  HL665
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current humanitarian situation in Venezuela; and what steps they are taking to contribute to the improvement of the lives of Venezuelan citizens.  HL666
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and the commitments it contains.  HL667
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Lord Marlesford to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what was the cost to the taxpayer of producing the film made for use in the Valuing Everyone training sessions for Members of the House of Lords.  HL668
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Lord Marlesford to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many Members of the House of Lords have so far completed the Valuing Everyone training sessions; how many of these Members submitted feedback on the sessions; and of these responses, how many overall were (1) favourable, and (2) unfavourable.  HL669
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether for tax purposes there is any distinction between payments made to farmers under (1) the EU Basic Payment Scheme, (2) the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, and (3) the Environmental Land Management system.  HL670
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals are currently serving custodial sentences for terrorist offences in the United Kingdom; and which prisons are used for confining such persons.  HL671
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 and who have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, who are (1) blood cancer patients, and (2) immunocompromised.  HL672
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Akua Reindorf for the University of Essex, published on 17 May; and what plans they have to prohibit departments seeking advice from Stonewall on diversity policies.  HL673
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether international students arriving in the UK for the next academic year will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations from the NHS; if so, whether eligibility for such vaccines will depend on availability of vaccines in their home country; and what assessment they have made of proposals for universities using appropriately train… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why higher education institutions and other providers of training for professional qualifications are not listed as stakeholders affected in the impact assessment for the Professional Qualifications Bill; whether higher education institutions or others providing such education and training were consulted on the proposals in that B… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government how many attainers are currently registered to vote in (1) England, (2) Northern Ireland, (3) Scotland, and (4) Wales; and how many were registered each year from 2015 to 2020.  HL676
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Electoral Commission's publication of electoral data from the 2019 United Kingdom Parliamentary general election, what assessment they have made of (1) the reasons for tendered ballot papers having to be issued, and (2) how the number of tendered ballots compares to the total votes cast; and what plans they have to work w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to provide a greater police presence at polling stations for different types of elections or votes.  HL678
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of printing and distributing polling cards to voters in the 2019 general election.  HL679
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people aged under 25 and living in London who have neither a passport nor a photographic driving licence.  HL680
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 14 December 2020 (HL10908), what progress has been made on discussions between the Cabinet Office and HMRC about how to better inform people about how to register to vote; and in particular on providing (1) an electronic link, or (2) specific written reference, to the electoral registration… 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 assessment they have made of the financial value to the biomass industry of the zero carbon exemption for biomass within the UK's emissions trading scheme (ETS).  HL682
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the size the overseas carbon footprint is of the cutting down of trees, converting them into wood pellets, and shipping them to the UK to generate electricity for Britain.  HL683
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the University of Huddersfield has received from the Government for each of the last four years; and for what purposes this funding was provided.  HL684
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the claims by some large freeholders and hedge funds that the abolition of (1) ground rents, and (2) marriage value, will breach their human and property rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.  HL685
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the application of the European Convention on Human Rights to the rights of freeholders.  HL686
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take into account the European Convention on Human Rights when assessing their proposals for comprehensive leasehold reform, including the abolition of marriage value.  HL687
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to seek a derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in order to achieve comprehensive leasehold reform.  HL688
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils would have been eligible for the pupil premium if the determination of 2021–22 allocations had not been based on the October 2020 school census.  HL689
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so when, they plan to publish a financial assessment on the impact of basing pupil premium allocations for 2021–22 on the October 2020 school census.  HL690
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of high street banks refusing new business account applications; and what steps they plan to take as a result.  HL691
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Baroness Wilcox of Newport to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who have started jobs through the Kickstart scheme were (1) black, (2) Asian; (3) other ethnic minority, and (4) white.  HL692
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Baroness Wilcox of Newport to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) women, and (2) men, have started Kickstart jobs.  HL693
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