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Questions for Written Answer for 12 July 2021

Tabled on 8 July and due for answer by 22 July.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) media reports detailing the arrest of Tigrayans in parts of Ethiopia, (2) the conditions in which arrested Tigrayans are being held, and (3) reports that thousands of Tigrayans have been sent to Eritrea where they are subject to atrocity crimes; and what representations they have made 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 progress they have made in the development of a long term international development strategy; whether such a strategy will build on the approach and priorities outlined in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; how a strategy will relate to the Sustainable Development Goals; what cons… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis, if any, they have undertaken in the last five years on the number of people who read the Highway Code; and how many rules are contained in the most recent version of the Code.  HL1843
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to inform drivers who have stopped in the emergency area of a motorway of the requirement to use the emergency phones to ask permission to re-join the carriageway; and what penalties, if any, may be applied to drivers who fail to notify the appropriate body of their intention to re-join the motorway.  HL18… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether amateur choirs will be treated in the same way as professional choirs in the event of renewed restrictions on singing due to COVID-19.  HL1845
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief is being adequately resourced and supported in relation (1) to her role in implementing the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, published on… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials are working on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the (1) Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and (2) the Ministry of Defence.  HL1847
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of making protection of freedom of religion or belief one of the criteria which must be met for the UK to enter into a trade deal; and whether they have plans to introduce such a measure.  HL1848
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made, if any, of the cost of reducing Value Added Tax for the hospitality and tourism sector to five per cent.  HL1849
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter signed by scientists published in The Lancet on 8 July, which calls the planned relaxation of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic on 19 July a “dangerous and unethical experiment”.  HL1850
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, for a permanent cut in Value Added Tax for the hospitality and tourism sector.  HL1851
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any recommendation from SAGE regarding continued mask-wearing after the lifting of other pandemic restrictions; and what assessment they have made of the effect of (1) mask wearing on the spread of disease, and (2) increased mortality on UK greenhouse gas emissions.  HL1852
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of members of SAGE recommending that mask-wearing continue after other pandemic restrictions are lifted on 19 July; and what consideration they have given to such recommendations in the context of their policy of following the science in relation to the pandemic  HL1853
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of policing Extinction Rebellion protests in (1) 2019, (2) 2020, and (3) 2021; and whether any of those costs have been met by the organisers of the protests.  HL1854
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of lorry drivers to fill workforce shortages.  HL1855
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £20 increase in Universal Credit will be retained.  HL1856
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government when the trade barriers between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be removed.  HL1857
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to counter ransomware attacks against businesses (1) in the UK, and (2) in other Western countries.  HL1858
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations regarding the removal of COVID-19 restrictions; and what were the outcomes of those discussions.  HL1859
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Army applicants are from residents of Northern Ireland.  HL1860
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the appointment (1) criteria, and (2) process, for the chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.  HL1861
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government who made the final decision on the appointment of Simon Blagden as chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.  HL1862
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport discussed the appointment of the new chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council with the Prime Minister before the announcement on 2 July.  HL1863
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members there are of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council; and what their names are.  HL1864
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the salary of the chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.  HL1865
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they put in place in 2020 to ensure that Government Departments complied with the requirements of section 3(6) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.  HL1866
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the meeting on 28 June with the Norwegian Energy Minister and state-owned oil and gas company Equinor regarding the bilateral energy relationship, why an announcement was made ahead of the publication of the Hydrogen strategy of Equinor’s 1.8gw target for fossil fuel hydrogen.  HL1867
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure the emergency services comply with the provisions of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 which require them to use vehicle sirens only when it is necessary and desirable to do so, and that they should therefore refrain from sounding sirens late at night when streets are emp… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the findings of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, published on 8 July 2019, what plans they have to conduct a review into persecution on the basis of religion or belief (1) globally, and (2) in the UK.  HL1869
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) quality, and (2) safety, of the suspension of the Azuma trains being used on the East Coast mainline; whether (a) they, or (b) LNER, have received reports of increased customer discomfort since the Azuma trains were introduced; and in light of any such assessment or reports, what plans they have… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the deployment of tens of thousands of Chinese troops to the disputed border with India in Ladakh.  HL1871
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to nationalise Sheffield Forgemasters; and what assessment they have made of the importance of Sheffield Forgemasters to the supply of the UK's nuclear submarine fleet.  HL1872
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the extra costs in terms of (1) people, and (2) storage, to allow the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to handle Top Secret and Strap material from the agencies on a regular basis, rather than occasionally under the Osmotherly rules.  HL1873
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