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Questions for Written Answer for 5 July 2021

Tabled on 1 July and due for answer by 15 July.

Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how Channel 4’s current (1) ownership model, and (2) commissioning strategy, is affecting its performance as a public service broadcaster.  HL1623
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the board of Channel 4 about the desirability of privatisation before announcing a review into private ownership of the channel.  HL1624
Answered
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given, if any, to signing the Colombo Declaration on Sustainable Nitrogen Management.  HL1625
Answered
Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what the current waiting time is for the (1) renewal of, and (2) alteration to, driving licences.  HL1626
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to return DVLA staff to their offices, and (2) to reverse any decline in the productivity of the DVLA caused by measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL1627
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a person (1) born in the EU, (2) with an EU Member State passport, (3) who is married to a UK citizen, and (4) has (a) resided, and (b) been employed, in the UK for over 20 years, including paying taxes or drawing pension payments, is required to apply for revised domiciliary or another form of changed residency status.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a person (1) born in an (a) European Economic Area, or (b) European Free Trade Area, state other than the UK, (2) who carries a non-UK passport, (3) who is married to a UK citizen, and (4) has (a) resided, and (b) been employed, in the UK for over 20 years including paying taxes or drawing pension payments, is required… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government when Askham Bryan College of York’s application for a grant for a calf and grower teaching building for cattle was (1) submitted, and (2) approved; how much funding was provided; and on what date.  HL1630
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK-based armed forces personnel are currently infected with COVID-19.  HL1631
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel have died due to COVID-19.  HL1632
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy in relation to UK armed forces personnel deployed overseas who refuse a COVID-19 vaccine; and whether such personnel are required to return to the UK.  HL1633
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all those currently deployed on Royal Navy nuclear submarines have been vaccinated against COVID-19.  HL1634
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all UK armed forces personnel deployed as part of the Carrier Strike Group 2021 have been vaccinated against COVID-19.  HL1635
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of legally recognising humanist marriages on choice for same-sex couples wanting to get married.  HL1636
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have undertaken interim civil marriage reform to legislate for outdoor weddings but have not done the same for humanist marriages.  HL1637
Answered
Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the resilience of subsea cable infrastructure.  HL1638
Answered
Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of the UK economy to operate effectively in the event of a major disruption to subsea cable infrastructure.  HL1639
Answered
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount of funding available as part of the pilot grant funding programme for UK professional and business services regulators announced on 29 June.  HL1640
Answered
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum size of the grant available to regulators as part of the pilot grant funding programme for UK professional and business services regulators announced on 29 June.  HL1641
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) which, regulators will be eligible for the pilot grant funding programme for UK professional and business services regulators announced on 29 June.  HL1642
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government why they decided to launch a pilot grant funding programme for UK professional and business services regulators rather than establishing such a programme on a permanent basis.  HL1643
Answered
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) new powers, and (2) opportunities for regulatory autonomy, will be available to regulators following the passage of the Professional Qualifications Bill.  HL1644
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will meet the government of Israel to express concern about (1) house demolitions, and (2) forced evictions, of Palestinian communities.  HL1645
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of refugees sheltered by (1) Lebanon, and (2) Jordan, relative to the (a) population size, and (b) economic resources, of those countries; and what plans they have to provide assistance to (i) the UNHCR, and (ii) refugee-hosting countries, to resettle refugees and close refugee camps.  HL1646
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of refugee children in (1) Lebanon, (2) Jordan, (3) Turkey, and (4) Greece, who are not receiving primary education; and what assessment they have made of the steps necessary to improve (a) the availability, and (b) uptake, of education for these children.  HL1647
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) media reports that the government of Belarus is ‘weaponising’ migration by sending migrants to Lithuania, and (2) the government of Lithuania’s response to such action; and what plans they have to support the government of Lithuania with (a) technical aid, or (b) resettlement.  HL1648
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent British financial institutions from (1) knowingly, or (2) unknowingly, (a) investing in, or (b) facilitating, the destruction of rainforest in the Amazon basin.  HL1649
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ask the government of China to release the Catholic priests and seminarians arrested in Xinxiang in May.  HL1650
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on facilitating international travel; and what plans they have (1) to clarify the status of countries on the green list, and (2) to reduce the cost of PCR tests.  HL1651
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal e-scooters have been confiscated in (1) London, (2) Birmingham, and (3) other cities in England, in each of the last three months.  HL1652
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the UK has paid to the EU since the 2016 referendum; how much they anticipate the UK will pay to the EU in the future; and for what purposes.  HL1653
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent comments by Sir Howard Davies on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the need for a third runway at Heathrow; and what plans they have to ask Sir Howard to re-examine the case for a third runway at Heathrow taking into account the impact of (1) changed business practices, (2) grea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the administrative error that caused a week’s worth of meetings with companies seeking COVID-19 contracts to be excluded from Lord Bethell’s transparency returns; why this administrative error occurred; when the failure to include these meetings was discovered; and who informed the Department of Health and Social Care that the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people contacted the fast track ‘VIP lane’ for emergency procurement contracts to offer (1) personal protective equipment, and (2) COVID-19 testing equipment or services; and of this number, how many were awarded contracts.  HL1656
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Baroness Sugg to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution landmine clearance will make to the achievement of the aim set out in the Integrated Review that the UK will be seen globally as a leader in conflict prevention and resolution.  HL1657
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Baroness Sugg to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will set out the UK's priorities for its upcoming term as president of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.  HL1658
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