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Questions for Written Answer for 24 June 2021

Tabled on 23 June and due for answer by 7 July.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Korea Future Initiative Persecuting Faith: Documenting religious freedom violations in North Korea (Volume I), published on 27 October 2020, what assessment they have made of the account of a forced abortion on a woman suspected of being Christian; and what plans they have to mark International D… 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 the report by the Korea Future Initiative Persecuting Faith: Documenting religious freedom violations in North Korea (Volume I), published on 27 October 2020, what assessment they have made of the account of a pregnant woman being subjected to a forced induction followed by the infant being deliberately suffocated… 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 was the value of the Overseas Development Assistance crisis reserve fund in each of the last five years; and what is its current value.  HL1336
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have put forward to secure UK citizens the right to remain in the EU for 180 days without the need for a visa; on what grounds the EU did not agree to those proposals; and what steps they have taken since 31 January to reopen the matter in discussions with the EU.  HL1337
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take following the correspondence on the use of non-compliant equipment during Channel crossings sent to the Home Office by Charles Sharrod.  HL1338
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether Oxo-Biodegradable plastic sheeting used by farmers is fully biodegradable leaving no residue.  HL1339
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to appoint an independent commission free of all commercial connection to evaluate whether Oxo-Biodegradable products used in crop protection are fully biodegradable leaving no residue.  HL1340
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the European Commission on the usability and safety of Oxo-Biodegradable products in the farming industry; and if so, whether they will coordinate those representations with the government of Ireland.  HL1341
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative and comparative benefits of bio-based resin from (1) starch, and (2) lactic acid, in biodegradable products used in agriculture, compared to Oxo-Biodegradable plastics.  HL1342
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their response to the consultation on proposed reforms to GCSE examinations in French, Spanish and German.  HL1343
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to UNESCO about the future status of the Great Barrier Reef.  HL1344
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what prevents the temporary provision allowing sausages to be moved from Great Britain to Northern Ireland under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland from being made permanent.  HL1345
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the number of British sausages which have been smuggled from Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland since 1 January.  HL1346
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received notification from the government of Ireland that sausages intended for sale in Northern Ireland are being sold in the Republic of Ireland.  HL1347
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any criminal operations to disguise the origin of sausages intended for sale in Northern Ireland in order to sell them in the Republic of Ireland.  HL1348
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any arrests in the Republic of Ireland for the sale of British sausages.  HL1349
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to identify a freeport within Northern Ireland.  HL1350
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported staff shortages at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down; what steps they are taking to recruit to the 300 more staff requested by the interim chief executive; and what percentage increase in staffing that figure would represent.  HL1351
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Berridge on 21 June (HL Deb, col 14), what is the average annual cost of a place in a (1) children’s home, and (2) boarding school.  HL1352
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the High Court judgment in ST & VW v Secretary of State for the Home Department on 29 April, what steps they are taking regarding the application of section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009; and in particular how the judgment will affect the application of the No Recourse to Public Fun… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the source of their figure that 500,000 adults in England are immunocompromised; whether figures for immunocompromised adults are collated at a UK level; and if so, what are the equivalent figures for (1) Northern Ireland, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales.  HL1354
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that British personnel working on (1) UN, (2) EU, and (3) African Union, (a) military, (b) humanitarian, and (c) hybrid missions, are supported in reporting (i) observations, and (ii) allegations, of human rights abuses, including the use of child labour; and what steps they take to ensure that any su… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review, in cooperation with (1) the government of the USA, (2) the governments of Commonwealth countries, (3) the EU and its Member States, and (4) the government of Switzerland, UK (a) legislation, (b) practice, and (c) capability, to interdict (i) transfers of funds, and (ii) the movement of goods, derived from… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK embassies and high commissions been tasked to report movements of personnel from ex-Soviet states to regions where economies are dependent on (1) artisanal mining, and (2) logging.  HL1357
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative Greenhouse Gas Emissions arising from UK and Australian farming products; and whether such an assessment was considered when concluding its agreement in principle on a free trade agreement with Australia.  HL1358
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rise in COVID-19 infections in Uganda; what assessment they have made of the scale of the shortage of (1) oxygen, (2) personal protective equipment, and (3) other medical supplies in that country; and whether they intend to provide emergency aid to the government of Uganda to assist with these… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to comply with Article 14.12 of the UK–Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, and (2) to discuss measures with the government of Japan to ensure adequate remuneration for (a) performers, and (b) producers, of phonograms used for (i) broadcasting, or (ii) any communication to the publ… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 June (HL820) and their position that they will “recognise a Palestinian state at a time when it best serves the objective of peace”, what assessment they have made of the case for recognising Palestine as a state now in order to facilitate negotiations between t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a financial support package for the travel and tourism industry; and in particular, what plans they have to introduce tailored grants.  HL1362
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made the report by the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research at the University of Birmingham Lost in Transition? The post-school experiences of young people with vision impairment, published on 18 June; and what steps they are taking to ensure that all educational institutions are accessi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Platform, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Greenpeace UK Training & Tickets: the hidden costs for offshore oil & gas workers, published on 22 June, what steps they are taking to create a training passport scheme to allow offshore workers to transfer their experience between sectors.  HL1364
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to review whether apprenticeship standards are fit for purpose to contribute to the net zero economy.  HL1365
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of Imprisonment for Public Protection are supervised in the community by the National Probation Service, by number of years since the tariff.  HL1366
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which online advertisements promote discrimination against Traveller communities; what plans they have to ensure that digital media platforms do not carry adverts that include such discrimination; and what steps they intend to take against individuals or organisations that place adver… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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