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Questions for Written Answer for 15 July 2021

Tabled on 14 July and due for answer by 28 July.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation of the (1) Yazidi, (2) Christian, and (3) Mandean, communities in (a) Iraq, and (b) Syria; what plans they have to (i) recognise them as endangered communities and (ii) to identify policies to protect them; what assistance they are providing, if any, to these communities; and wh… 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 possibility of enabling people from endangered (1) ethnic, and (2) religious, communities in (a) Iraq, and (b) Syria, to be considered for resettlement in the UK; and how many people in each of these categories have been resettled to the UK in each year since 2014.  HL1988
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of designating the destruction of cultural heritage as an early warning sign of atrocity crimes, in line with the requirements of the UN Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes; and what plans they have to support (1) the preservation of the cultural heritage, and (2) the pr… 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 plans they have to support children from endangered (1) ethnic, and (2) religious, communities in securing scholarships that would enable them to be given comprehensive education outside their country of origin.  HL1990
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 May (HL3), what assessment they have made of reports of the killing of eight Christians in an attack on a church in Ungwan Gaida, Kaduna State, Nigeria on 19 May; and what recent discussions they have had with the government of Nigeria about the protection of rel… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided (1) financial support, or (2) capacity building training, to state governments in Nigeria to help them better manage (a) resources, and (b) conflict, as recommended in the report by the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide on 15 June; and what (i) support,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to the judgment on Tameside MBC v L (Unavailability of Regulated Therapeutic Placement), made in the High Court on 5 July; and whether they will publish any action plan for dealing with the matters arising from this judgment.  HL1993
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is legislation which stipulates that TV licences can be paid for only (1) by cheque for the full amount, or (2) Direct Debit for quarterly payments.  HL1994
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) findings, and (2) recommendations, of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Hamilton Commission report Accelerating Change: Improving Representation of Black People in UK Motorsport, published on 13 July.  HL1995
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the British motor sports industry regarding access to training and employment opportunities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people.  HL1996
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what data they collect regarding (1) the participation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students in STEM subjects, and (2) their access to engineering qualifications at vocational or degree level.  HL1997
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 13 February 2020 (HL 605), what legislation is now in force to ensure mobile phone operators apply a financial limit on mobile data usage while users are abroad; what are those limits, and what powers they have if any UK mobile provider gives notice to its customers that it intends to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 7 July 2021 (HL1337) regarding the duration of visa-free travel in the EU, and further to the Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons Liaison Committee on 7 July (Question 125) regarding visa-free travel for touring artists and musicians that they are working to "so… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average number of miles a woman in prison is held from her home address. [I]  HL2000
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many recommendations they have implemented from the report commissioned by the Ministry of Justice The Importance of Strengthening Female Offenders' Family and other Relationships to Prevent Reoffending and Reduce Intergenerational Crime, published on 18 June 2019.  HL2001 [I]
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their press release Support for renters continues with longer notice periods, published on 12 May, on what grounds they have concluded that many landlords are “highly vulnerable to rent arrears”.  HL2002
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether buy-to-let mortgage holidays constitute a deferred payment which has to be repaid to lenders.  HL2003
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits to the economy of the private rental sector.  HL2004
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people declaring an income from letting property pay the (1) additional, (2) higher, and (3) standard, rates of income tax for the most recent period for which the data is available.  HL2005
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the investigation into the leak of Ministry of Defence documents which were found at a bus stop in Kent to conclude; and whether they will publish the findings of that investigation.  HL2006
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Lord Cormack to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the judgment in the case of FDJ v the Secretary of State for Justice on 2 July, whether it is their policy to treat biologically male prisoners in possession of a Gender Recognition Certificate as women for all purposes.  HL2007
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) departmental officials, and (2) Ministers, have undertaken the 'Face behind the case' training.  HL2008
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group on implementing the Migrants' Commissioner role; and what progress they have made on this issue.  HL2009
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether UK residents who have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine produced in India will be prevented from using the digital COVID-19 passport to travel to Europe without tests and quarantine; and what steps they plan to take to help anyone so affected.  HL2010
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Amnesty International Greece: Violence, lies, and pushbacks, published on 23 June.  HL2011
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the EU’s proposal to fund border controls at Turkey’s eastern border; and in particular, whether this would lead to victims of persecution being turned back.  HL2012
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the establishment of a European Union Agency for Asylum.  HL2013
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement from Amnesty International on 23 June that there needs to be improvement to the (1) accountability, and (2) transparency, of Frontex's operations in (a) Greece, (b) Croatia, and (c) Hungary.  HL2014
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of some (1) European, and (2) Middle-Eastern, states seeking to re-open diplomatic relations with the government of Syria; and in particular, whether they see this as a (a) pragmatic, and (b) realistic, step.  HL2015
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely scale of emigration from Afghanistan over the next year given the advance of the Taliban in that country.  HL2016
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the link between climate change and population growth; and what plans they have, if any, to weaken this link to reduce the impact caused by population growth.  HL2017
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce measures so that MPs and Peers are (1) covered by, and (2) liable to, regulations made under the Equality Act 2010.  HL2018
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to reports of vegetables rotting in fields throughout the UK due to a shortage of agricultural workers.  HL2019
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure the supply of fresh UK grown cauliflowers in shops.  HL2020
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to reported comments by the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that the UK appeared to be trying to "wash its hands" of its international responsibilities for refugees.  HL2021
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to reports that the United Nations regards their planned asylum overhaul as “almost neo-colonial”.  HL2022
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of attempts to reform the Energy Charter Treaty to remove any barriers to phasing out carbon fuels.  HL2023
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the EU about leaving the Energy Charter Treaty.  HL2024
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 12 July (HL1536), what if any access the National Audit Office has to private emails which they regard as amounting to “substantive discussions or decision generated in the course of conducting government business” but which have not been copied to a government e… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 13 July (HL1535), whether, as part of the National Audit Office (NAO) investigation into government procurement during the COVID-19 pandemic, any private emails were (1) provided directly, or (2) forwarded as part of official correspondence, to the NAO on the grounds that t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government how many National Insurance numbers were valid on the latest date for which this figure is available.  HL2027
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what characteristics of the National Insurance number system prevent them being aware how many National Insurance numbers are valid.  HL2028
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government why their systems use National Insurance numbers as personal identifiers if, at any given instant, they do not know whether such numbers are valid.  HL2029
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure the protection of veterans who served in Northern Ireland while ensuring that the implementation of any such protection does not result in those responsible for terrorist offences evading justice.  HL2030
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to stop gambling firms from enticing children to bet.  HL2031
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to stop fake positive COVID-19 test results being used to require school pupils to self-isolate.  HL2032
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Taliban fighters killed Afghan commandos who had surrendered.  HL2033
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Baroness Morris of Yardley to ask Her Majesty's Government what their Initial Teacher Training recruitment targets were for secondary physical education in each of the last five years; and what the actual recruitment level was in each of those years.  HL2034
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Baroness Morris of Yardley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of individuals employed by private providers to teach physical education in primary schools in each of the last five years; and how many of these individuals hold a qualification in physical education.  HL2035
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Baroness Morris of Yardley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of secondary school physical education classes taught by a person without a physical education qualification in each of the last five academic years.  HL2036
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Baroness Morris of Yardley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the minimum qualification or requirement for a person to teach physical education to (1) primary students, (2) secondary students, and (3) post-16 students.  HL2037
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the effectiveness of the Masonry Arch Repair and Strengthening (MARS) system as a potential alternative to the infilling of railway bridges deemed unsafe by Highways England; and whether, as part of any such assessment, they have estimated the total (1) cost, and (2) reduction in carbon e… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been told to isolate through the NHS Track and Trace app only to (1) show no symptoms, and (2) not need hospitalisation.  HL2039
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1701), what plans they have to consult scientists on folic fortification, following their consultations with the devolved administrations.  HL2040
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1702), what are the stated "implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol" in respect of folic fortification, given that nutrition is a matter for EU member states.  HL2041
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Liverpool City Council: Best Value inspection report by Max Caller CBE, published on 24 March, which recommended that single-member district council wards be implemented in Liverpool for 2023, whether they intend to proceed with the district council elections in that city in 2022 with the existing ward arrangements.  HL20… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in insecure work.  HL2043
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make it easier for unemployed individuals to access clear labour market information on local green job opportunities.  HL2044
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide regulations and guidance for workplaces on health and safety compliance measures.  HL2045
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to negotiate (1) visa-free travel, and (2) Europe-wide work permits, for musicians and crew.  HL2046
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the £90m fine imposed on Southern Water by the Environment Agency for dumping raw sewage into protected seas; and what plans they have to direct the Environment Agency to hold Southern Water to stricter standards in future.  HL2047
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to end the practice of water companies being permitted to self-report pollution incidents.  HL2048
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by David Black, acting Chair of Ofwat, on 13 July that there should be a "step-change in culture and commitment" by water companies "to fundamentally change the way they deliver for customers and the environment".  HL2049
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Environment Agency following the publication of its report Water and sewerage companies in England: environmental performance report for 2020 on 13 July, in particular regarding its decision to grant the highest environmental performance rating to five water companies, despite the o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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