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Questions for Written Answer for 21 July 2021

Tabled on 20 July and due for answer by 3 August.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to respond to the findings and recommendations of the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea  Inquiry into Human Rights Violations in North Korea 2014–2020, published on 20 July.  HL2186
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the international rule of law and the authority of the United Nations of the non-implementation of the recommendation of the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry to refer evidence of crimes against humanity in North Korea to the UN Security Council for investigation by the Internationa… 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 (1) the determination of the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry into North Korea that crimes against humanity were committed by the government of that country, and (2) the reasons why the report was not laid before the UN Security Council; and whether they will take steps to encourage the report t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry into North Korea, what steps they have taken following the passage of Resolution 69/188 by the UN General Assembly to refer the situation in that country to the International Criminal Court.  HL2189
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what due diligence they undertook to ensure that (1) lateral flow tests, and (2) personal protective equipment, imported from China were not made with the use of slave labour.  HL2190
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) Chinese companies which have been banned from operating in the United States but have not been banned in the UK, and (2) reasons why those companies have been banned in the United States.  HL2191
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Lord Beith to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 15 July (HL Deb, col 1945), what were the principal elements in the estimated £60 million a year in increased revenue from the operation of the proposed new East Coast Mainline timetable.  HL2192
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to deliver for each mode of transport their commitment to Net Zero Carbon outlined in their Transport Decarbonisation Plan, published on 14 July.  HL2193
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in the United Nations to highlight human rights abuses in China.  HL2194
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to facilitate international travel, based on secure records of COVID-19 vaccination history.  HL2195
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to recognise the success of the England football team in the 2020 European Championships, both in (1) sporting terms, and (2) presenting a positive image of the country.  HL2196
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what mayoral deals in urban areas are currently being discussed.  HL2197
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government why it is necessary to terminate the whole of an existing agri-environment scheme if a part of that scheme is included in an application for the new English Woodland Creation Grant Offer.  HL2198
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards making Eurostar a CITES-designated port.  HL2199
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the EU to negotiate an exemption from ATA Carnets and CITES certification for temporary (1) import, and (2) export, between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  HL2200
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all of the secret documents that were left at a bus stop in Kent on 27 June have been recovered.  HL2201
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any (1) non-secret, or (2) strategy, documents are missing from the Ministry of Defence documents found at a bus stop in Kent on 27 June.  HL2202
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of an encroachment by the armed forces of Azerbaijan into the village of Yeraskh in Armenia on 19 July.  HL2203
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent statements by the President of Azerbaijan that parts of Armenia’s sovereign territory, including the capital Yerevan, belong to Azerbaijan.  HL2204
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent statement by the President of Azerbaijan that “There is no Nagorno-Karabakh, there is Karabakh”, and of whether this violates the rights to self-determination contained in the November Ceasefire Agreement and the OSCE Minsk Group Protocols.  HL2205
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the return on investment for exporting businesses created by the Tradeshow Access Funding Programme, prior to its cancellation.  HL2206
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government when a replacement scheme for the Tradeshow Access Programme will be announced.  HL2207
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 12 July (UIN28169), what plans they have to consult (1) consumer bodies, (2) the industry, and (3) MPs and Peers, as part of their review of the legislation covering hydrofluorocarbons.  HL2208
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Justice's review of the Constitutional Reform Act is considering giving ministers greater influence over senior judicial appointments.  HL2209
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the findings of the Ministry of Justice’s review of the Constitutional Reform Act will be published for public consultation; and if so, when.  HL2210
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of the (1) Sinovac, and (2) Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines.  HL2211
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding the UK has provided to COVAX; and what proportion of this is expected to be spent on (1) Sinovac, and (2) Sinopharm vaccines.  HL2212
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the (1) World Health Organisation, (2) Gavi, and (3) COVAX, regarding the (a) Sinovac, and (b) Sinopharm, vaccines and their efficacy.  HL2213
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Berridge on 13th July (HL1530, HL1531 and HL1532), why they do not collect data on the use of handcuffs on looked after children; whether the regulations cited apply to those transporting looked after children from one location to another; what specific steps are taken during Ofste… 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 whether they will provide the information set out in figure 16 on page 55 of the NHS Resolution annual report and accounts 2020/21 in respect of clinical negligence cases only for the year 2020/21.  HL2215
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the report of the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic, published on 5 May; and in particular, what plans they have to support a political declaration on pandemic planning at the United Nations General Assembly in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the British Council regarding the decision to reduce funding to that organisation; what assessment they have made of the impact of the closures of British Council offices that have resulted from the funding cuts; and what assessment they have made of the compatibility of their decision wit… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to discuss with the National Lottery Community Fund ways to assist small sports clubs with fundraising events after the COVID-19 lockdowns.  HL2218
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported description by Dr Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organisation’s emergencies programme, of the policy of relaxing COVID-19 restrictions on 19 July as “epidemiological stupidity”.  HL2219
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter in The Lancet ‘Mass infection is not an option: we must do more to protect our young’, published on 7 July, arguing against relaxing COVID-19 restrictions; and what assessment they have made of how their policy on lifting restrictions meets their objective of “following the scienc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their baseline assumption of 160 years for the lifetime of a new nuclear power station, as set out in the Environment Agency guidance on sea level rise, is measured from the expected date of completion of the power station.  HL2221
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they regard the UK Climate Projections 18 (UKCP18) as an (1) up-to-date, and (2) reliable, tool for the future planning of sea defences; and what assessment they have made of the International Panel on Climate Change's revisions to its high emissions scenario which underpin UKCP18.  HL2222
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 6 October 2020 (HL 8373), (1) whether the "further monitoring" provided an accurate picture of incinerator capacity planned between now and 2025, (2) how that compares with levels of residual waste, and (3)  what impact it will have on national recycli… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Pakistan’s Single National Curriculum and the impact that it will have on the education of religious minorities in Pakistan.  HL2224
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan to ensure that that country's Single National Curriculum does not discriminate against individuals on the grounds of their religion or belief.  HL2225
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they are providing the government of Pakistan to promote inclusivity and non-discrimination in its education system; and whether, in light of the Single National Curriculum, they will reconsider this support   HL2226
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what representation they have made to the government of Pakistan about the return of Edwardes College in Peshawar to the Church of Pakistan.  HL2227
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Lord Marlesford to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the four members of the House of Lords Conduct Committee who are not Members of the House of Lords have full voting rights in any vote of that Committee which involves (1) the culpability of a Member of the House of Lords being investigated, and (2)  the decision as to any penalty on a Member of the House, to be reported for… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government when all the musculoskeletal regional leads for NHS England will be (1) appointed, and (2) in post.  HL2229
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure adequate succession planning within the NHS for (1) osteoporosis, and (2) bone health specialists.  HL2230
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Osteoporosis Nurse Specialists are currently in post in each of the NHS England regions.  HL2231
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the prevalence of the Beta variant of COVID-19 in (1) mainland France, and (2) French overseas territories, when deciding to require British citizens to quarantine when returning to the UK from France.  HL2232 [I]
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they made an assessment of the effects on the travel industry of their decision to require British citizens to quarantine when returning to the UK from France; and if so, what were the conclusions of that assessment.  HL2233
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Cabinet ministers and (2) other ministers have undertaken professional development programmes to prepare for their roles in government in the current Parliament.  HL2234
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, subject to a parental right to withdraw children from particular lessons, to require depictions of the Prophet Mohammed to be shown to pupils and discussed as part of Religious Studies in the school curriculum; and if they have no such plans, why not.  HL2235
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold on the number of UK companies who have set up (1) companies, and (2) distribution hubs, in the EU since 1 January; and the number of jobs that have been created in the EU as a result.  HL2236
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government why they are introducing a requirement for proof of vaccination in some indoor spaces from September and not immediately; and what assessment they have made about (1) infection levels, and (2) transmissibility, to inform this decision.  HL2237
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 June (HL535), what information was contained in the (1) “qualitative analysis”, and (2) “sectoral analysis of thematic trends”.  HL2238
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the confiscation by Israeli forces of a prefabricated building which served as a clinic in the South Hebron Hills.  HL2239
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, published on 2 July, that nine out of 10 children in the Gaza Strip suffered some form of conflict-related trauma after the Israeli military earlier this year.  HL2240
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the reports of increasing number of incursions by Jewish settlers into the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, and (2) the calls by extremist groups for raids to take place on the Mosque during Muslim holidays.  HL2241
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel about reports of sexual threats made to Palestinian women during raids in Hebron by Israeli soldiers and settlers.  HL2242
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve access to STEM training and resources for both (1) employed, and (2) unemployed individuals.  HL2243
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the stamp duty holiday; and if they do have such plans, what assessment they have made of the impact of an extension on the benefits to local economies.  HL2244
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a system of (1) means-tested grants, or (2) interest-free loans, to repay arrears in order to prevent an increase in homelessness.  HL2245
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce regulations on social media companies, including mandatory design standards, to increase online safety for services that are used by children.  HL2246
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the recommendation of the Climate Change Committee in its 2021 Progress Report to Parliament, published on 24 June, to make Shoreline Management Plans statutory.  HL2247
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Penn on 19 July (HL Deb col 4), how many retired pensioners have been issued with pre-payment cards.  HL2248
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