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Questions for Written Answer for 8 July 2021

Tabled on 7 July and due for answer by 21 July.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the famine in North Korea, (2) the effects of COVID-19 on its population, and (3) whether these issues or other factors explain the scale of the evacuation of Russians from that country.  HL1782
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab by Nexperia; and whether they used the powers granted by the National Security and Investment Act 2021 in relation to this takeover.  HL1783
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the dependence of UK manufacturers on China for imports of (1) semiconductors, and (2) semiconductor devices; and what assessment they have made of links between Chinese-owned technology firms operating in the UK and China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy.  HL1784
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to impose (1) import, and (2) export, controls on firms linked to (a) China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy, and (b) the surveillance and abuse of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.  HL1785
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the government of China’s plans to become a world leader in future technologies on the resilience of the UK's supply chains.  HL1786
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to diversify the UK’s technology supply chains away from China.  HL1787
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of vehicles owned or hired by the government to transport (1) ministers, and (2) senior civil servants, on official business are fully electric.  HL1788
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how many biologically female transgender prisoners are housed in the male prison estate; what assessment they have made of the safety of those prisoners; what steps they are taking to protect those prisoners from sexual assault; and whether those prisoners are subject to full body searches by biologically male prison officers.  HL178… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by Leicester NHS Trust to reinstate the employment of a doctor who was convicted of manslaughter in 2015; and what safeguards are in place to assess professional competence in this and equivalent situations.  HL1790
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to use the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to amend the law to raise the mandatory retirement age for judicial office holders; and whether, further to consultation on the matter, they will propose an amendment to that Bill to fulfil the commitment made by the Lord Chancellor on 9 March to “legislate to inc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people sentenced to Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences have never been released.  HL1792
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence have been recalled more than once.  HL1793
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence have been released but not recalled.  HL1794
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence who have been released applied for the life licence to be lifted as they have been released more than 10 years.  HL1795
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government when the working party considering mandatory electrical safety checks in social housing will report.  HL1796
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to English language tuition businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL1797
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual budget for the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Cyber and Technology Programme in each of the past five years.  HL1798
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 6 July (HL1300), whether they have departed from the commitment made by Lord Keen of Elie in his letter dated 16 March 2020 (DEP2020-0150) to gather evidence, consult and develop recommendations relating to the law governing financial provision on divorce.  HL1799
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people likely to be resettled this year under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme; and how that figure compares to (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.  HL1800
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their New Plan for Immigration, published on 24 March, whether they intend for the proposal that judges be told to give “minimal weight” to evidence raised by an asylum seeker late in the legal process to apply to unaccompanied children seeking asylum.  HL1801
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their New Plan for Immigration, published on 24 March, when they plan to consult on the proposal to remove support from families who have become Appeals Rights Exhausted (ARE), but have a child that was born prior to becoming ARE.  HL1802
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 9 November 2020 (HL Deb, col 798) and the answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 6 July (HL Deb, col 1149), what work has been undertaken by the team of officials appointed to work on the royal commission on criminal justice since November 2020; and what work are they currently undert… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what are the terms of reference, and (2) what is the planned process, for the Lord Chancellor’s review of sentencing in domestic homicide cases; and what plans they have, if any, to hold a public consultation on this matter.  HL1804
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Lord Chancellor’s review of sentencing in domestic homicide cases to (1) commence, and (2) report.  HL1805
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what organisations will be consulted for the Lord Chancellor’s review of sentencing in domestic homicide cases.  HL1806
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 3 February (HL Deb, col 2286), what assessment they have made of (1) the need to review the existing defences for individuals whose offending or alleged offending results from their experience of domestic abuse, and (2) the need for statutory reform in relation to (… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need for improvements in the implementation of the public interest test in decisions about whether to prosecute in cases involving a suspect who may also be a survivor of domestic abuse.  HL1808
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what conversations, if any, they have had with the Law Commission in the last six months about reviewing the effectiveness of existing defences for individuals whose offending or alleged offending results from their experience of domestic abuse; and what assessment they have made of the need for legislative reform on th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hannan of Kingsclere to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the UK insurance sector regarding the impact of timing differences arising from Pillar 2 of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development BEPS Framework.  HL1810
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what the overall official development assistance reduction to (1) Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and (2) Family Planning, will be this financial year; and whether there has been an impact assessment of the effects of these reductions.  HL1811
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that public interest in the NHS is protected when private companies receiving NHS contracts already hold seats on Integrated Care System Boards, giving them influence on NHS decision-making.  HL1812
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to update the College of Policing’s body worn camera guidance (1) to reduce officers’ discretion about its use, and (2) to discourage the practice of turning away from an incident to avoid recording wrongdoing by a fellow officer.  HL1813
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that long-COVID disproportionately affects women, what consideration they have given to the production of gender-sensitive guidelines for primary care professionals.  HL1814
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to collect, and (2) to report, data on the number of people affected by long-COVID alongside the data on hospitalisations and death.  HL1815
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote a multi-disciplinary approach to long-COVID in the NHS to ensure patients have access to joined-up care across multiple services.  HL1816
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by The Sentry Shadows and Shell Games: Uncovering an Offshore Business Empire in Zimbabwe, published on 1 July; and what steps they intend to take as a result.  HL1817
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to apply sanctions against the Zimbabwean Presidential adviser, Kudakwashe Tagwirei.  HL1818
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of India about the death of Father Stan Swamy in custody whilst awaiting trial in that country.  HL1819
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  further to the Written Answers by Lord McFall of Alcluith on 1 and 24 February 2017 (HL4961 and HL5612), why the Religion of Peace website is no longer accessible from computers attached to the parliamentary network, having previously been available.  HL1820
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 24 June (HL1198), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they have made of the economic benefits that might be realised if responsibility for roads in London was transferred from the Mayor of London and Transport for London to the D… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) sheep, and (2) cattle, which were slaughtered without prior stunning in the last year for which figures are available, split by (a) Kosher, and (b) Halal slaughter; and what percentage of UK slaughterhouses are licensed to carry out such slaughter.  HL1822
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average time it takes for an unstunned (1) sheep, and (2) cow, to die after having their throat cut in a UK slaughterhouse.  HL1823
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to ensure that meat from animals which have been slaughtered without prior stunning is clearly labelled as such.  HL1824
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 April (HL15173), what is their estimate of the number of mosques in the UK; and how many have they assessed for evidence of radicalisation through their (1) support, or (2) justification, of violence towards non-Muslims.  HL1825
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) scientists, (2) care workers, and (3) volunteers, working with vaccines are kept safe while undertaking their duties.  HL1826
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the number of job vacancies in the (1) care, and (2) hospitality, sectors.  HL1827
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the tourism industry of abolishing the VAT Retail Export Scheme.  HL1828
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any department provided advice in the period up to and including 31 January 2020 noting a possible shortage of HGV drivers after the UK’s departure from the EU; and if so, whether they will deposit all internal Government correspondence that relates to this matter in the House of Lords library.  HL1829
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Lord Rose of Monewden to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the benefits, and (2) the disadvantages, of the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s lagged funding mechanism in assisting businesses to have a pipeline of employees with the skills they need to help the economy to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL1830
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Lord Rose of Monewden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to change policy so that funding for further education follows the learner, and (2) to scrap the lagged funding mechanism used by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.  HL1831
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Lord Rose of Monewden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the effectiveness of the Education and Skills Funding Agency in supporting the UK's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have to bring the work of the Education and Skills Funding Agency back under direct ministerial control.  HL1832
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the article in the Mail Online, published on 26 June which stated that "guidance on the use of non-alcohol sanitisers was 'confusing", whether they now intend to review that guidance; and which Task Force it was that was reported to have made that comment.  HL1833
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by London First Central Government's Role in Helping London Drive Recovery, published in May; and what plans they have to create a London Apprenticeship Fund targeted at small firms affected by COVID-19 to restart apprenticeship growth in the capital.  HL1834
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to create a national framework of minimum standards of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities in mainstream schools.  HL1835
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a Smart Fund tax on technological devices to support the creative arts sector.  HL1836
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the Kickstart Scheme; and what steps are they taking to communicate this decision to businesses.  HL1837
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Adoption UK The Adoption Barometer: A stocktake of adoption in the UK, published in June, and, in particular, (1) the recommendation for a 10-year commitment to the Adoption Support Fund in England, (2) their finding that only 54 per cent of respondents felt the process for a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of extending the pupil premium for Looked After and Previously Looked After children (Pupil Premium Plus) beyond Year 11, to include students in post-16 education.  HL1839
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the exclusion of nuclear power from the Green Financing Framework means that they no longer see nuclear power as a crucial part of delivering the net zero carbon emissions policy by 2050.  HL1840
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