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Questions for Written Answer for 30 June 2021

Tabled on 29 June and due for answer by 13 July.

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the introduction of the flexible season ticket for commuters, what market research they undertook to inform this policy; whether they sought any guidance from marketing experts; what plans they have to publish this market research; and what assessment they have made of the impact of reducing the number of cars commuting int… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter to the Chief Executive of National Rail from the Department for Transport on 8 October 2020 commissioning a review of the way capacity is allocated on the East Coast Main Line, when they will publish this review; what are the reasons this review has not already been published; and whether the review offers timeta… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time staff there have been in (1) UK Visa and Immigration, and (2) UK Border Force, in each year since 2017.  HL1511
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how much debt is outstanding under confiscation orders obtained by the Crown Prosecution Service; and what assessment they have made of how much of the debt is recoverable.  HL1512
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the quality of NHS care for veterans.  HL1513
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the long-term loss of labour market participation among people under the age of 40 as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.  HL1514
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the UK’s Overseas Territories.  HL1515
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of UK ratings now employed in the cruise industry who were previously in the Royal Navy.  HL1516
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Minister of State for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health to Baroness Bull on 18 June, what funding they have allocated to the new eating disorder study jointly led by King’s College London and Beat; and through which funding mechanism any such funding was provided.  HL1517
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether European Economic Area nationals who apply late to the EU Settlement Scheme will be permitted to have the right to work and rent while their applications are pending.  HL1518
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether EU nationals living in the UK before 31 December 2020 and who go on to be granted settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme will be liable for chargeable healthcare as set out in NHS Charging Regulations guidance or whether they are entitled to free healthcare.  HL1519
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that the number of young people in the care of local authorities who still need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme do so before the deadline.  HL1520
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with local authorities to ensure all eligible children in care and care leavers are identified before the EU Settlement Scheme deadline.  HL1521
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish updated figures of the number of children in care and care leavers identified as eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.  HL1522
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the update to the EU Settlement Scheme caseworker guidance on late applications and its discussion of children in care and care leavers, whether care leavers who are over 18 at the deadline are included as having reasonable grounds to make out of time applications.  HL1523
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in preventative healthcare; and what assessment they have made of the effect of such investment on (1) the waiting lists for hospital treatment, and (2) demand for NHS services generally.  HL1524
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government how many accidents involving private leisure craft were caused by the consumption of alcohol in the last three years.  HL1525
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fatalities there were in each of the last three years on (1) motorways, (2) dual carriageways, and (3) single carriageways.  HL1526
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of business investment for (1) the remainder of 2021, and (2) 2022.  HL1527
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of migrants to the UK from 2016 to 2020 were from the EU.  HL1528
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential bilateral fisheries agreement between the UK and Norway.  HL1529
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the article 'Children in care as young eleven handcuffed like 'dangerous animals' published by the Sunday Express on 27 June; and what steps they intend to take in response to the claim that children in the care of local government, who are not charged with or convicted of any offence, are r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the handcuffing of children in the care of local government and who are not charged with or convicted of any offence; and what plans they have, if any, to review that policy.  HL1531
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what data they hold on (1) the numbers of children who are handcuffed whilst in the care of local government and not charged with or convicted of any offence, and (2) the reasons for such restraints being used.  HL1532
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of plans by the governments of the United States and Russia to allow test drilling for (1) gas, and (2) oil, on land in the Arctic or in the Arctic Ocean, and (3) the compatibility of these plans with those nations’ commitments under the Paris Agreement.  HL1533
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what penalties apply to ministers who are found to have breached paragraph 1.7 of the Ministerial Code.  HL1534
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Audit Office were given access to the private email accounts of either (1) civil servants, (2) special advisers, or (3) ministers, when carrying out their investigation into government procurement during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL1535
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Audit Office have the power to access the private emails of either (1) civil servants, (2) special advisers, or (3) ministers, if these have been used for government business relating directly to their investigations.  HL1536
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether British Army Gurkha veterans living in (1) the UK, and (2) Nepal, are covered by the Armed Forces Covenant.  HL1537 [I]
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision has been made to vaccinate British Army Gurkha veterans living in Nepal.  HL1538 [I]
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider the differential treatment of the vaccination of British Army Gurkha Veterans living in Nepal compared to their UK based counterparts as a breach of the Armed Forces Covenant.  HL1539 [I]
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 28 June (HL 1071), (1) how long they anticipate the ongoing review of child citizenship fees will take, and (2) when they anticipate the results will be published.  HL1540
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what options they are considering for recording sex as part of the Unified Information Standard for Protected Characteristics; and in particular, what consideration they are giving to those instances where sex may be hard to determine or non-standard in its expression.  HL1541
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what options they are considering for recording gender reassignment as part of the Unified Information Standard for Protected Characteristics; whether they are considering recording gender identity as part of that consideration; and if so, in what form.  HL1542
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend the Unified Information Standard for Protected Characteristics to apply across government; and if so, how they intend to record a rape committed by a male who identifies as a woman with respect to (1) sex, and (2) gender identity.  HL1543
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their social care reforms.  HL1544
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government when legislation will be introduced to protect soldiers from vexatious prosecutions.  HL1545
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will fully end COVID-19 related restrictions in July.  HL1546
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government how many extra hospital beds across the United Kingdom will be needed to meet winter pressures in 2021–22.  HL1547
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they intend to take to protect retail workers from violence and abuse.  HL1548
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce tougher sentencing for stalkers.  HL1549
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Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 11 June (HL874), whether they will publish a comprehensive list of the (1) literature reviews, and (2) individual studies, on the relationship between silica or asbestos and anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody associated vasculitis that they have taken into account s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on tourism for (1) Liverpool, and (2) the wider North West region, of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status of that city’s waterfront.  HL1551
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reported threat to Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage Site status, what plans they have to (1) review, and (2) amend, relevant national planning guidance.  HL1552
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Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address problems in youth custody centres; and in particular Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre.  HL1553
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to allowing the addition of a separate set of Model Standards to those provided in 1983 under the Caravan Sites Control and Development Act 1960, which would recognise the distinction between caravans and motorcaravans.  HL1554 [I]
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will meet with the family of Collette Gallacher to discuss changing the law to ensure that those convicted of committing violent sexual offences against children before 1997 can be included on the sex offenders register.  HL1555 [I]
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to increase digital inclusivity, and (2) to address the digital divide.  HL1556
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent estimate they have made of the levels of child poverty in England.  HL1557
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health benefits of breakfast cereals in promoting a healthy diet in children.  HL1558
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are (1) monitoring, and (2) addressing, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child food poverty.  HL1559
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for creating a Food Security Minister responsible for interventions to people living in poverty.  HL1560
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with (1) breakfast cereal manufacturers, and (2) related stakeholders, on how to support families facing food poverty.  HL1561
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to clear the backlog of settled status applications.  HL1562
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the date by which settled status applications have to be made; and what steps they are taking to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly.  HL1563
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the black market for counterfeit marriage certificates following the changes to marriage certification.  HL1564
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they plan to implement to combat counterfeit marriage certificates.  HL1565
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what avenues for recourse authorised clergy have in response to a counterfeit marriage falsely bearing their name as the officiating minister.  HL1566
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what powers they have under Freedom of Information legislation to check, in the process of responding to an FOI request, a minister's private email address to see whether they have used it for government business.  HL1567
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that persistently absent school pupils receive targeted educational support programmes.  HL1568
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all businesses have the required funding to carry out sufficient on course training for apprenticeships.  HL1569
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enhance workers' rights in the gig economy; and what steps they are taking to provide more clarity to businesses over employment status criteria.  HL1570
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that businesses understand how to use the online ‘Check Employment Status’ tool in regard to IR35 status.  HL1571
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce new legislation on the regulation of property agents.  HL1572
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to supply Taiwan with COVID-19 vaccines; and what is the timetable on any such plans.  HL1573
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the reported comments by General Sir Nick Carter that incidents such as the recent confrontation with Russia off the Crimea are giving him “sleepless nights” and are an example of where a miscalculation could come from an “unwarranted escalation”.  HL1574
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what risk assessment was carried out, if any, of HMS Defender’s mission to sail close to the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters on 23 June.  HL1575
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government which media representatives were aboard HMS Defender in the Black Sea on 23 June; and what was the reason for their invitation.  HL1576
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) on what date, and (2) at what time, they were made aware by the BBC that classified documents relating to HMS Defender’s Black Sea mission had been discovered at a Kent bus stop.  HL1577
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the lack of proof of a link between pigs being fed food waste and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease; and what plans they have to revoke legislation preventing food waste being fed to pigs in order to reduce the volume that ends up in landfill  HL1578
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of days of in-person education lost by school pupils in England and Wales as a result of isolating after coming into to contact with a fellow pupil who has tested positive for COVID-19.  HL1579
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a requirement for a sovereign capability to repair and maintain undersea cables in UK waters; and how many UK companies are able to conduct such operations.  HL1580
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK supply chain for submarine cable maintenance; and what steps they are taking to protect that supply chain.  HL1581
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include the building of subsea cable repair ships within the National Shipbuilding Strategy.  HL1582
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed naval cable monitoring and repair ship is intended to replace the sophisticated ships currently looking after undersea cables.  HL1583
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 9 June (HL981), what plans they have to propose amendments to the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court to include the crime of ecocide by amending preambular paragraph 2 and article 8 of the Rome Statute, as proposed by the Stop Ecocide Found… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of food security in Tigray; and what steps they are taking to respond to cases of acute malnutrition amongst children under five years of age in that region.  HL1585
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ethiopia about the need for unfettered humanitarian access to Tigray.  HL1586
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that soldiers from Eritrea are using food as a weapon of war in Tigray.  HL1587
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