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Questions for Written Answer for 22 June 2021

Tabled on 21 June and due for answer by 5 July.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their aviation strategy; and whether this strategy will include plans (1) to integrate (a) air, (b) rail, and (c) highway, networks, and ports, and (2) to support the aviation sector in its recovery as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  HL1219
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the apprenticeship levy; and what plans they have to redistribute unused funds from the apprenticeship levy to other forms of post-16 education and training.  HL1220
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of personal debt of (1) entrepreneurs, and (2) company directors of small businesses, who have not been eligible for assistance through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme; and what assessment they have made of the proportion of such debt which has been used to keep businesses afl… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the results of their fundamental review of business rates; and when they expect that proposals for reform resulting from that review will be available for parliamentary scrutiny.  HL1222
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they require foreign direct-to-consumer businesses selling products in the UK to publish a modern slavery statement; if so, whether they have asked Shein to publish such a statement; and what assessment they have made of whether Shein uses cotton sourced from Xinjiang.  HL1223
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to bring proposed changes to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 before Parliament; whether these proposals will include fines for companies failing to comply with the legislation; how and when they will introduce export controls in order to prevent exports of goods potentially contributing, either directly or indire… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss the monitoring and harassment of (1) Uyghurs, (2) Hong Kong citizens, and (3) other groups in the UK, by the government of China with the Chinese Ambassador to the UK.  HL1225
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the credibility of new evidence submitted to the International Criminal Court in June regarding alleged forced deportations of Uyghurs to China from other countries; and what plans they have to publicly oppose the deportation of Uyghurs to China from (1) Turkey, (2) Kazakhstan, (3) Tajikistan… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to impose sanctions on Chen Quanguo and Peng Jiarui for their connection to serious human rights abuse against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.  HL1227
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the involvement in the UK economy of firms complicit in the surveillance and monitoring of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.  HL1228
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on taking part in meetings that include representatives of the Burmese military regime who seized power in a military coup on 1 February.  HL1229
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the UN for the UN Secretary General to lead a delegation to Myanmar.  HL1230
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries they have contacted regarding the introduction of an arms embargo on Myanmar.  HL1231
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to recent reports of targeted attacks in Nigeria against the (1) Yoruba people, and (2) Igbo people, by armed Fulani herders.  HL1232
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of escalating Islamist-related violence in (1) South-western, and (2) South-eastern Nigeria; and in particular the impact on food security.  HL1233
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the reasons for, and (2) the impact of, the decision by the government of Nigeria to ban Twitter.  HL1234
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government in what ways, if any, the application of the UK–Australia free trade deal agreed on 14 June will be different in Northern Ireland than in the rest of the UK.  HL1235
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) beef, and (2) lamb, from Australia which has been (a) reared using antibacterial infusions, and (b) fed unrestricted amounts of GM produce, will be allowed into the UK as a result of the recently announced trade deal.  HL1236
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether (1) beef, and (2) lamb, imports from Australia that do not meet EU rules will result in greater controls and inspections of all beef and lamb products entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain.  HL1237
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Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Aquind Interconnector proposal will be considered by the national security regime which was established by the National Security and Investment Act 2021, including by (1) the Investment Security Unit, and (2) the Secretary of State, on national security grounds.  HL1238
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU citizens are expected to achieve settled status in each calendar year from 2021 to 2026.  HL1239
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Lord Hannan of Kingsclere to ask Her Majesty's Government whether parliamentary approval will be required for a future increase in the world minimum rate of corporation tax under Pillar 2 of the framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.  HL1240
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Lord Hannan of Kingsclere to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's proposal for a global minimum corporation tax on the ability of the UK Government to adjust its domestic taxation policy.  HL1241
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether Azerbaijan has withdrawn all its forces from the territory of the Republic of Armenia; what is their position on the withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops; and what plans they have (1) to discuss the withdrawal of troops with the government of Azerbaijan, and (2) work with the governments of France… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to vote at the United Nations Security Council (1) to keep open the crossing point at Bab-al-Hawa on the Turkey–Syria frontier for relief supplies, and (2) to re-open three closed crossings between Turkey and Syria.  HL1243
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of Turkey about moves to ban the Peoples’ Democratic Party in that country; and what plans they have to raise the issue at (1) the Council of Europe, and (2) NATO.  HL1244
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide help to the government of Lithuania to support refugees entering that country from Belarus.  HL1245
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the article by Derek Summerfield 'Is the international regulation of medical complicity with torture largely window dressing? The case of Israel and the lessons of a 12-year medical ethical appeal', published in the Journal of Medical Ethics on 15 June.  HL1246
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) Islamophobic, and (2) anti-Palestinian, rhetoric in the UK as part of expressions of support for Israel.  HL1247
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported use of "skunk water" by Israeli forces as a means of crowd control in areas with Palestinian populations.  HL1248
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning that government's denial of permission for patients in Gaza to leave for medical treatment in Jerusalem or abroad.  HL1249
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the research by the Financial Conduct Authority Cryptoasset consumer research 2021, published on 17 June, which estimates that 2.3 million people in the UK own cryptocurrencies and that 14 per cent of those borrowed money to invest in cryptocurrencies.  HL1250
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 7 June (HL511), whether they will state on which dates the Creative Industries Council has held quarterly meetings since 6 July 2020; whether they intend to publish the minutes of such meetings; and if so, when.  HL1251
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision to freeze the Local Housing Allowance in cash terms on the ability of recipients to cover their rental costs.  HL1252
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote NHS England's and NHS Improvement's Good Communication with Patients Waiting for Care, published on 25 May, to local integrated care systems and NHS trusts.  HL1253
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether digital IDs would (1) speed up the process, and (2) create an even playing field, for determining the right to work of (a) UK nationals, and (b) foreign nationals seeking to work in the UK; and what assessment they have made of the potential benefits of digital IDs for UK workers who l… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the economy of South Africa of the UK’s decision to put South Africa on the red list for COVID-19 travel restrictions; and in particular the effect on (1) the tourism industry, and (2) funding for conservation programmes.  HL1255
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Lord Ravensdale to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the Integrated Rail Plan before the House rises for the summer recess.  HL1256
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the Local Housing Allowance is returned to the 30th percentile and brought into line with average rents in any given geographical area.  HL1257
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to introduce a new tenant hardship loan scheme to support private sector tenants.  HL1258
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the National Residents Landlords Association regarding the development of a landlord–tenant conciliation service.  HL1259
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with environmental NGOs in the UK regarding the UK’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.  HL1260
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations regarding the UK’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.  HL1261
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Pesticide Action Network UK Toxic Trade: How joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) threatens to weaken UK pesticide standards, published on 7 June; and what assessment they have made of the YouGov polling referenced… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with resolving issues with the Aspen Card.  HL1263
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers were unable to receive their benefits due to recent issues with the Aspen Card.  HL1264
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers are currently dependent on support from the UK Government.  HL1265
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who (1) pay a bribe, or (2) use a personal connection, in order to access public services in the UK; and what assessment they have made of comparative numbers in the UK’s main trading partner countries.  HL1266
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost of an NHS cataract operation.  HL1267
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on patient outcomes of the steps being taken by NHS providers to improve such outcomes.  HL1268
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) penalties, and (2) suspension of drivers' licences, have been given to e-scooter riders for misuse in (a) designated trial zones, and (b) all other areas.  HL1269
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement personal financial education into the UK curriculum.  HL1270
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage new build houses to have disabled access.  HL1271
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Newable Small Business Confidence Index, published on 15 June 2020; and what steps they are taking to assist small businesses in creating sustainable office environments.  HL1272
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on (1) staff shortages in the construction industry, and (2) the impact of any such staff shortages on house building rates.  HL1273
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their decision to administer a phonics screening check to year 2 pupils in the 2021–22 autumn term, what assessment they have made of the effects of such tests on children's mental health and wellbeing.  HL1274
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many statutory assessments were required for pupils in primary schools in (1) 2018–19, (2) 2019–20, and (3) 2020–21; and how many will be required in 2021–22.  HL1275
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the systemic challenges presented by the government of China’s stated ambitions and assertive behaviour, as identified in the communiqué issued on 14 June by the Heads of State and Government participating in the Brussels NATO summit.  HL1276
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to deliver on the international agreement on global tax reform agreed by the G7 on 5 June.  HL1277
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will distribute the surplus COVID-19 vaccines pledged by the UK for poorer countries.  HL1278
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure freedom of speech in British universities.  HL1279
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been made to the Court of Protection for access to Child Trust Funds since September 2020.  HL1280
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money in benefits was disbursed by the Department for Work and Pensions through the appointee system in the last year for which figures are available.  HL1281
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any evidence of (1) fraud, or (2) abuse, connected with the benefits appointee system.  HL1282
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the legal basis of the benefits appointee system.  HL1283
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