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Questions for Written Answer for 1 July 2021

Tabled on 30 June and due for answer by 14 July.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) the perpetrators of sexual violence in Eritrea are brought to justice, (2) evidence of sexual violence in that country is collected and preserved, and (3) UN investigators have the necessary access to conduct an assessment of reported atrocities; and what steps they are taking to… 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 relevance of (1) the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, (2) the UK Approach to Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, and (3) the duty to prevent atrocity crimes, in the context of the war in Tigray.  HL1589
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the case of Maria Shahbaz, who was abducted in Pakistan in April 2020; and what steps they intend to take in response to the petition and letter to the Prime Minister asking that she be granted asylum in the UK.  HL1590
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support religious scholars and academics to offer counter-radicalising narratives in (1) Afghanistan, (2) Pakistan, and (3) sub-Saharan Africa.  HL1591
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to broker talks between the government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front; and what discussions they have had with the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea about withdrawing armed forces from the Tigray region.  HL1592
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to avert a famine in Tigray; and in particular, what discussions they have had with the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea (1) to remove roadblocks, and (2) to open the ports of Assab and Massawa.  HL1593
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to assist members of the House of Lords on whom MI5 hold files to submit a request to see those files.  HL1594
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the EU to lift the ban on feeding animal remains to pigs and poultry.  HL1595
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to retain the ban on the feeding of animal remains to farm livestock in England.  HL1596
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision by the EU to allow animal remains to be fed to farm livestock will result in this practice being permitted in Northern Ireland.  HL1597
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what impact the decision by the EU to permit the feeding of animal remains to farm livestock will have on the importation of animal products into Great Britain from Northern Ireland.  HL1598
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Lord Gilbert of Panteg to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 2 June (HL434), whether they still intend to publish a cross-Government English language strategy, as set out in the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper.  HL1599
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Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  in the hereditary peers' by-election following the retirement of the Countess of Mar, (1) how many peers were entitled to vote, (2) how many peers voted, (3) how many ballot papers were spoiled, and (4) what was the percentage turnout.  HL1600
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people will be working on the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative agenda by October.  HL1601
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they expect to complete in pursuit of (1) the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and (2) the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, by the end of the present National Action Plan pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2022.  HL1602
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government which of their departments take part in (1) Stonewall's Diversity Champion scheme, and (2) Stonewall's Workplace Index scheme.  HL1603
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to recent statements by the Equality and Human Rights Commission about its withdrawal from the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme, what steps they are taking to ensure their departments are (1) inclusive workplaces, (2) attracting people from all backgrounds, and (3) workplaces where every employee is treated in l… 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, further to recent statements by the Equality and Human Rights Commission about its withdrawal from the Stonewall Diversity Champion scheme, what steps they are taking to ensure their expenditure on workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives (1) offers value for money, (2) is fairly balanced, and (3) is reasonable and pro… 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 steps they are taking to ensure their workplace policies and procedures do not potentially infringe any person's ability to enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms under the Human Rights Act 1998.  HL1606
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Dr James Close and Dr Joanne Lloyd Lifting the Lid on Loot-Boxes, published by GambleAware in April; and what steps they are taking to ensure that the use of loot boxes by children does not lead to future gambling addiction.  HL1607
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate loot boxes under the Gambling Act 2005, as recommended by the Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry.  HL1608
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of recovering gambling addicts relapsing as a result of loot boxes in video games.  HL1609
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hours of unpaid work due to be undertaken as part of Community Sentences given (1) before 23 March 2020, and (2) since that date, have been (a) completed, and (b) deferred as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.  HL1610
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all Community Sentences are completed.  HL1611
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people serving custodial sentences in England and Wales have died from COVID-19.  HL1612
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hours of unpaid work have been completed as part of Community Sentences in each of the last five years.  HL1613
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UK is prepared for sustained periods of unusually high temperatures.  HL1614
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many homeless people there were in England in (1) 1990, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, and (4) 2020.  HL1615
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the detailed breakdown of the amount forecast to be spent on corporate services by NHS Track and Trace in its 2021–22 budget; what has been spent to date against that budget line in the current financial year; and how much has been spent on the use of management consultants from that budget line.  HL1616
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist local authorities in managing debt levels.  HL1617
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of local authorities to sufficiently support special educational needs students.  HL1618
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist local councils in building modular housing.  HL1619
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the early careers survey by Prospects, Work experience during a crisis, published in May; and what plans they have to offer incentives to businesses to employ work experience students.  HL1620
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many repairs to subsea cables have needed to be undertaken, and (2) what was the average time taken to complete such repairs, in each of the last five years.  HL1621
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with organisations responsible for repairing critical subsea cable infrastructure.  HL1622
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