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Questions for Written Answer for 29 June 2021

Tabled on 28 June and due for answer by 12 July.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 28 June (HL1041), what discussions, if any, they have had with Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases to discuss the finding that most of the 770 million medicines donated by pharmaceutical companies will not be delivered because of cuts in Overseas Developme… 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 impact on the people of Tigray of the ongoing war in that region.  HL1442
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reports that the number of people aged 16-34 suffering from chronic pain increased from 21 per cent to 34 per cent between 2011 and 2017, what steps they plan to take to address that increase.  HL1443
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 25 March (HL14250), why the Department for Transport's Permanent Secretary, Bernadette Kelly, stated in a letter to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee of 22 June, "we do not recognise the £1.7 billion figure"; what is the new recognised figure; and what are the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 June (HL706), what plans they have to review whether strategic assets of wide economic value are best owned by local authorities.  HL1445
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 June (HL709), what are the arrangements for overseeing the Metropolitan Police's Operation Grange to ensure the proper use of public funds and value for money.  HL1446
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the National Audit Office last reviewed (1) financial, and (2) other records, held by the Home Office on Operation Grange.  HL1447
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide in 2021.  HL1448
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what cost-benefit analysis they have made of (1) the access improvements to London King's Cross Railway Station, (2) the rail modifications at Werrington Junction, and (3) the upgrading of the power supplies on the East Coast Main Line, with particular reference to journey times.  HL1449
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider implementing a secure QR code system for proof of settled status for EU citizens resident in the UK.  HL1450
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking at the UN to maintain Liverpool’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  HL1451
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the UK Delegation to UNESCO, and (2) the UK ambassador to the UN, have taken steps to maintain Liverpool’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  HL1452
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Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the area under certain environmental schemes on agricultural land under ELMs could count towards the Government’s objective of protecting 30 per cent of terrestrial land by 2020; and if so, under what circumstances.  HL1453 [I]
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Tagrisso is available to patients in Northern Ireland on the same basis as it is to patients in Great Britain; and if not, what are the differences in its availability.  HL1454
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what process will be followed for Northern Ireland in circumstances where the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency approves a licence for a medicine but such approval has not been given by the European Medicines Agency.  HL1455
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the Northern Ireland Executive about the white paper on the Levelling Up strategy.  HL1456
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the Barnett consequentials in each relevant year for Northern Ireland from expenditure on (1) Levelling Up, (2) UK Shared Prosperity, and (3) Community Renewal funds.  HL1457
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult on their White Paper on Levelling Up.  HL1458
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government which department leads on their Levelling Up strategy; and what consultations they will be undertaking with local government on that strategy.  HL1459
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government with what countries they have (1) bilateral return and readmission agreements, and (2) agreed Memoranda of Understanding for the return of migrants found to be illegally in the UK.  HL1460
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK still participates in the EU's return and readmission agreements with (1) Albania, (2) Bosnia and Herzegovina, (3) Republic of Northern Macedonia, (4) Georgia, (5) Hong Kong, (6) Macau, (7) Moldova, (8) Montenegro, (9) Pakistan, (10) Russia, (11) Serbia, (12) Sri Lanka, (13) Turkey, and (14) Ukraine.  HL1461
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK currently has bilateral return and readmission agreements, or Memoranda of Understanding for the return of migrants found to be illegally in the UK, with (1) Albania, (2) Brazil, (3) Bangladesh, (4) Pakistan, and (5) Turkey.  HL1462
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many return and readmission agreements, or Memoranda of Understanding for the return of migrants found illegally in the UK, they have participated in either (1) bilaterally, and (2) as a member state of the EU, in each of the past five years.  HL1463
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a list of the (1) organisations and projects that have had official development assistance cuts, and (2) official development assistance projects that will be funded for 2021.  HL1464
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether diplomatic posts will be able to apply for official development assistance funding for local projects this year.  HL1465
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) costs, and (2) benefits, of the proposed new Royal Yacht.  HL1466
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allocate additional finance to the Ministry of Defence to pay for the costs of the proposed new Royal Yacht.  HL1467
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made for the annual cost of the proposed new Royal Yacht.  HL1468
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether their intention to build a new Royal Yacht breaches WTO rules.  HL1469
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they expect the proposed new Royal Yacht to make to the UK's defence capability.  HL1470
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 June (HL766), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they have made of the proportionality of the government of Israel's recent military actions in Gaza.  HL1471
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the offer by the government of Israel to the Palestinian Authority of vaccines that were shortly due to expire in exchange for vaccines that had yet to be delivered.  HL1472
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported policy of the government of Israel of demolishing the homes of Palestinians, but not Israelis, accused of acts of violence.  HL1473
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Amnesty International on 24 June that Israeli police target Palestinians with "discriminatory arrests, torture and unlawful force".  HL1474
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the UK's economic performance.  HL1475
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current state of the sugar beet industry.  HL1476
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of projects which will receive reduced funding because of the reduction in overseas development assistance.  HL1477
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to reinstate spending of 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income on international aid.  HL1478
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they can give to civil servants that CCTV footage from their workplace is held securely.  HL1479
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British ambassador to France is appointed to serve the United Kingdom or Great Britain.  HL1480
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of France about the recognition of proof of vaccine status against COVID-19 issued by the NHS, in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.  HL1481
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce a roadworthiness test for vehicles over 40 years old.  HL1482
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 24 June (HL1005), what proportion of (1) prisoners, and (2) prison officers, have received their COVID-19 vaccinations.  HL1483
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the amount of phosphates entering English watercourses is declining or increasing.  HL1484
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the primary sources of phosphates present in English watercourses are from (1) agricultural activities, (2) water industry discharges, or (3) other activities.  HL1485
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the environmental condition of the Sites of Scientific Interest within the Somerset Levels and Moors being downgraded.  HL1486
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to privatise Channel 4.  HL1487
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had about children's participation in sport and physical activity; and with whom those discussions took place.  HL1488
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage growth in the creative industries.  HL1489
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support charities help rebuild civil society after COVID-19.  HL1490
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to progress the Destination Management Organisation review.  HL1491
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect all UK citizens from online harms and misinformation.  HL1492
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a list of the 39 countries that were classified as "not free" by Freedom House to which the UK exported arms in the last 10 years.  HL1493
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their role in (1) awarding, and (2) monitoring, the contract for Capita Business Services Ltd to carry out Personal Independence Payment assessments in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.  HL1494
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that schoolchildren in the UK have been punished for taking part in pro-Palestine protests.  HL1495
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 23 June (HL970), what assessment they have made of the extent to which their representations to the government of Israeli are effective in ensuring that (1) Israel's investigations are transparent, swift and comprehensive, and (2) Israeli security forces provide ap… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use by the government of Israel of semi-autonomous machine-gun robots to guard the border with Gaza.  HL1497
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli forces blocked or destroyed the roads linking villages in the Masafer Yatta area on 23 June.  HL1498
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK nationals will have parity with non-UK nationals regarding in person right to work checks from September.  HL1499
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decline in food and drink sales to the EU on potential job losses within the UK food and drink industry; and what steps they are taking to prevent such job losses.  HL1500
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by New Schools Network and Onward Lost Learning: Why we need to Level Up Education, published on 25 June; and what plans they have to offer teachers a fixed stipend to work in schools in areas of underperformance.  HL1501
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that vulnerable elderly individuals continue to have access to cash.  HL1502
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the new acceptance date for delivery of HMS Glasgow.  HL1503
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government which department is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of subsea communication and energy cables.  HL1504
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk to subsea communication and energy cables, and the likely impact on the UK economy, of a disruption to subsea cable infrastructure.  HL1505
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations have responsibility for the maintenance of subsea cables into the UK; and what steps they have taken to ensure that such services are available in a time of crisis.  HL1506
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what licensing requirements network operators need to have for repair solutions when landing cables in the UK and going under UK waters.  HL1507
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing mandatory UK sovereign repair coverage 24/7, 365 days a year, to protect critical subsea cable infrastructure.  HL1508
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