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Questions for Written Answer for 23 June 2021

Tabled on 22 June and due for answer by 6 July.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the status of freedom of religion or belief in North Korea; and what plans they have to introduce measures (1) to deter, and (2) to provide accountability for, violations of the freedom of religion and belief in that country under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 where evide… 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 assessment they have made of the accounts of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment by Ministry of State Security officials against North Korean religious adherents in the report by Korea Future Persecuting Faith: Documenting religious freedom violations in North Korea, published in October 2020; and in part… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their commitment to promote freedom of religion or belief overseas in Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published on 16 March, what plans they have to hold state actors to account for cases of torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading tr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to revise the policy framework The Care and Management of Individuals Who are Transgender, published in January 2020.  HL1287
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a review of The Care and Management of Individuals who are Transgender, published January 2020, is underway; and if so, what is the status of that review.  HL1288
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent COVID-19 forecasting by the team at Imperial College London, led by Professor Neil Ferguson.  HL1289
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether members of the COVID-19 advisory bodies are bound by collective responsibility; and what assessment they have made of the consistency of public statements by members of those bodies with the conclusions of those bodies.  HL1290
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government when those people affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower fire will be permanently rehoused.  HL1291
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term policies they are following to ensure that those affected by disrupted education during the COVID-19 pandemic are able to catch up on lost tuition and missed schooling.  HL1292
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the entry into the UK of new variants of the COVID-19 virus via the UK's borders.  HL1293
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what rules govern the provision of information by Local Enterprise Partnerships on their allocations to grant and loan applicants.  HL1294
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether answers to questions on the use of grants and loans by York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to Askham Bryan College were taken into account in respect of decisions on the allocation of resources to the LEP.  HL1295
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Home Office will respond to former coxswain of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Charles Sharrod’s letter regarding the equipment used by migrants during Channel crossings.  HL1296
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the government of France on the enforcement of regulations applicable to France on the use of small boats departing the coast of France and entering British waters.  HL1297
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the French authorities on the need to take measures to ensure the safety and licences of boats to carry persons across the English Channel.  HL1298
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they will publish the outcome of their consultation on gamete (egg, sperm) and embryo storage limits, which closed on 5 May 2020.  HL1299
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their commitment in March 2020 to conduct a review into the law relating to financial remedies on divorce, what progress they have made with that review.  HL1300
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the role of environmental health professionals has been included in the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care's plans for reforming Public Health England and other public health related functions.  HL1301
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has to establish a Chief Environmental Health Officer role (1) to coordinate environmental health teams within local authorities, and (2) to provide advice and support to the Department.  HL1302
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials are working on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in (1) the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and (2) the Ministry of Defence.  HL1303
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how many military personnel are on placements in (1) international non-governmental organisations, (2) civilian organisations, and (3) academic institutions.  HL1304
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of the review commissioned by NHS England into services provided by Serenity Integrated Mentoring.  HL1305
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish an independent review into the work of Serenity Integrated Mentoring.  HL1306
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) number, and (2) treatment, of refugees in Indonesia, in particular those in Java; and what steps they are taking to support the government of Indonesia with any such refugees.  HL1307
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to increase the level of resources within local authorities to undertake health and safety regulation; and whether any such funding is ringfenced.  HL1308
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent meetings they have had, if any, to discuss the future of health and safety regulation.  HL1309
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a Chief Environmental Health Officer role (1) to ensure links to local government environmental health teams, and (2) to contribute to the pandemic prevention agenda and other pandemic-related work.  HL1310
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having to ensure that HS2 Ltd and any of its sub-contractors meet their commitment to engage fully with the public.  HL1311
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of staff shortages on (1) the construction of HS2, (2) the construction of Hinckley Point C, and (3) their housing targets, as a result of construction workers leaving the UK ahead of the EU Settlement Scheme deadline on 30 June.  HL1312
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any increase in labour costs as a result of shortages of skilled workers in their cost predictions for the construction of large-scale infrastructure projects.  HL1313
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the Planning Bill directs Local Plans towards promoting sustainable transport to end developers being required to overprovide car parking in areas with good public transport and active travel options.  HL1314
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to put self and custom-build and community-led housing at the heart of the Planning Bill so that the public can bring forward their own development.  HL1315
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to put a target on their aim to diversify the housebuilding industry, and (2) to collect statistics to monitor delivery against that target.  HL1316
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce legislation to require (1) property owners, (2) developers, and (3) building firms, to pay compensation to neighbours affected by (a) noise, (b) vibrations, (c) dust, (d) lost or diminished letting income, (e) over-run of time to complete projects, and (f) diminished property values, while building… 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 discussions they have had with HM Courts and Tribunals Service regarding the definition of rent arrears.  HL1318
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by UNICEF and the Carnegie UK Trust Closing the Digital Divide for Good: An end to the digital exclusion of children in the UK, published on 21 June.  HL1319
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to undertake a mapping exercise to collect data on the numbers of children who are digitally excluded, and (2) to publish the reasons for such exclusion.  HL1320
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to establish a long-term plan for education focused on digital inclusion for every child in England.  HL1321
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel What happened in the 'torture room' at Israel's police station in Nazareth?, published on 7 June.  HL1322
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about reports of plans to demolish Lifta and to construct a new settlement in its stead.  HL1323
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of reports of the use of live fire by the government of Israel against Palestinians protesting the building of settlements.  HL1324
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they still hold deeds of land or property in Palestine from prior to 1948.  HL1325
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people entering the UK can be accommodated in official quarantine hotels under current arrangements; what plans they have to increase capacity levels in future; and if they have any such plans, by how much.  HL1326
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people (1) have been, and (2) are currently, on the Kick Start scheme, broken down by age.  HL1327
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many employers are involved in the Kick Start scheme.  HL1328
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people who have completed the Kick Start programme (1) are unemployed, and (2) have gone into employment, education or further training.  HL1329
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the understanding of small businesses about energy efficiency schemes.  HL1330
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to provide tailored mental health support schemes to freelancers.  HL1331
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Foundation for Educational Research Putting Apprenticeships to Work for Young People, published on 16 June; and what steps they are taking to increase apprenticeship course start rates outside of London.  HL1332
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that small food and drink businesses can continue to operate as takeaway services; and what steps they are taking to support such businesses in their applications for pavement licences from local authorities.  HL1333
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