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Questions for Written Answer for 6 September 2021

Tabled on 18 August and due for answer by 2 September.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, what steps they intend to take to increase the scrutiny of UK citizens entering and returning from that country via third countries.  HL2323
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how they anticipate that the 10 per cent increase in aid to Afghanistan, announced by the Foreign Secretary on 17 August, will be used; and whether delivery of that aid will be contingent on (1) the Taliban demonstrating that there have been no revenge killings or imprisonment of their political opponents, (2) girls' schools… 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 steps they have taken to implement the recommendation of the International Relations and Defence Select Committee in its report The UK and Afghanistan, published on 13 January (HL Paper 208), that the "UK Government should ensure that all Afghan interpreters who worked for the UK military, including those now resident in… 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 Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 2 August (HL128), whether they will now collect information centrally about the personal protective equipment (PPE) procured centrally;  and what is their estimate of (1) the “disproportionate cost” of collecting information about the companies involved in the supply chain, an… 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 investigation by BBC News, published on 28 July, which found that one million masks manufactured in China and supplied to the NHS as high grade did not meet the correct level of protection, (2) how fake personal protective equipment (PPE) entered the UK supply chain, (3) the number of… 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 steps they intend to take in response to the correspondence between the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner and Hikvision on 16 July and 20 August, regarding the use of that company's technology in Uyghur internment camps in China; and whether they intend to follow the decision of the government of the United… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether immigrants entering the UK from France illegally are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test upon detection by police or immigration officers.  HL2329
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of COVID-19 PCR tests on illegal immigrants to the UK have returned a positive result; and of these positive samples, what percentage have now been genomically sequenced.  HL2330
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the factors enabling continued illegal immigration from France to England by boat across the Channel, (2) what, if any, impact the UK’s departure from the EU has had on those factors, and (3) whether the continued illegal immigration indicates that the UK has “taken back control” of its borders.  HL23… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reported increase in the use of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, what additional guidance they have provided to hospitals regarding consulting patients and their families prior to such orders being issued; and when this guidance was distributed.  HL2332
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they plan to take following reports that some private care providers are charging local authorities up to £10,000 a week to look after one child in care.  HL2333
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people whose applications to stay in the UK had been refused were returned to Afghanistan in the past five years.  HL2334
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to follow the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner's advice to stop all returns of individuals to Afghanistan after immigration proceedings.  HL2335
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional mental health support for UK veterans of the war in Afghanistan.  HL2336
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to cover the cost of quarantine for those forced to flee Afghanistan, as a red list country.  HL2337
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure full professional and community engagement in its Initial teacher training (ITT) market review given it is taking place while schools are closed for the holidays.  HL2338
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks of the Scotland Office Minister David Duguid on 16 August, what plans they have to deliver a programme of retaining oil from the Cambo oil field in barrels; what such a programme would cost; and what long-term environmental impacts have been identified.  HL2339
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether in their regular updates to Domestic transport use by mode: Great Britain, since 1 March 2020 they will provide separate data for the rail sector on passenger and freight traffic to match the data on cars, light commercial vehicles, HGVs, London buses, and buses outside London, provided for the road sector.  HL2340
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to changes to travel patterns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to review the forecasts in their report HS2 Phase One full business case, published on 15 April 2020, specifically the findings that (1) passenger demand between (a) London and Birmingham/Coventry, and (b) London and Manchester/Stockport/Manche… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what are the terms of reference of the proposed independent assessor to be appointed to compile the responses to a consultation on the environmental aspects of a bill for Phase 2b of HS2 between Crewe and Manchester; and what changes are being proposed to the hybrid bill process to incorporate this new role.  HL2342
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress in implementing the recommendations of the 2003 Competition Commission Report on supply of Veterinary Medicines; and what the implementation outcome is for each of the recommendations, including reasoning for those that have not been implemented.  HL2343
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the Turkish bombing of a hospital in Sinjar on 17 August; and what representations they have made about these reports to the governments of (1) Iraq, and (2) Turkey.  HL2344
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Lord Eatwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportions of UK national debt were owned by (1) UK households, (2) the Bank of England, (3) overseas purchasers, (4) banks and financial houses, and (5) insurance and pension funds, in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019, (d) 2020, and (e) 2021.  HL2345
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Lord Eatwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average duration of UK national debt in (1) 2017, (2) 2018, (3) 2019, (4) 2020, and (5) 2021.  HL2346
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) individuals, and (2) families, have been relocated to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy.  HL2347
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) individuals, and (2) families, have had their applications to be relocated to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy refused.  HL2348
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of Afghanistan under Taliban control; and whether they intend to recognise the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.  HL2349
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to ban the import of animals killed by trophy hunters, and (2) to introduce related penalties for offenders.  HL2350
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Lord Gilbert of Panteg to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Berridge on 2 June (HL434), and on 20 July (HL1599), whether they still intend to publish "a new national strategy for English language in England", as set out in the Integrated Communities Action Plan, published on 9 February 2019; what role the Ministry of Housing, Communities and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of journalists and bloggers being (1) assaulted, (2) detained, and (3) tried in military courts, in Tunisia.  HL2352
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support Tunisia to help ensure it remains a democracy.  HL2353
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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 Whitehall headquarters of the (1) Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and (2) Ministry of Defence.  HL2354
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) individuals identifying as Muslim, and (2) organisations representing Muslims, have engaged in consultations or submitted evidence for the Independent Review of Prevent.  HL2355
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the report of the Independent Review of Prevent will provide a breakdown of the number and religious affiliation of individuals and organisations that gave evidence to the Review, including how many were funded by, or affiliated with, the Prevent Strategy.  HL2356
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the legislation on firearms.  HL2357
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of fully qualified HGV Class 1 and 2 drivers in the UK, and (2) any additional number needed to meet current and future demand.  HL2358
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ease of HGV vehicle movements across the English Channel.  HL2359
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ease of HGV vehicle movements across the Irish Sea.  HL2360
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ease of HGV vehicle movements from UK ports to northern Spain.  HL2361
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ease of HGV vehicle movements from UK ports to Norway.  HL2362
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been reclaimed from suppliers of COVID-19 pandemic-related personal protective equipment which was judged not fit for purpose; and what plans they have to pursue further claims.  HL2363
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will meet (1) representatives of the major television channels, (2) the Financial Conduct Authority, and (3) Ofcom, to encourage the development of programmes that promote investment in shares of companies quoted in the UK.  HL2364
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) Russia, and (2) China, in regard to the current situation in Afghanistan and at what ministerial and diplomatic level; and when the Prime Minister last spoke to US President Biden in regard to the current situation in Afghanistan.  HL2365
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have on the whereabouts of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani; and whether they have had any contact with him since he fled Afghanistan on 15 August.  HL2366
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total cost of British military operations in Afghanistan since 2001.  HL2367
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current political situation in Tunisia.  HL2368
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Foreign Secretary last spoke to the Foreign Minister of Iran to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to allow her to return to her family in the UK.  HL2369
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations of the Climate Change Committee in its report Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk, published on 16 June, which highlighted a growing gap between the level of climate change risk the UK faces and the level of adaptation underway; and what steps they are taking (1) to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the behavioural and psychological symptoms of people with dementia have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2371
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the rehabilitative needs of people with dementia who have experienced a significant deterioration in their symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL2372
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the needs and views of people with dementia are taken into account in any workforce plan that forms part of the forthcoming social care reform proposals.  HL2373
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to ring fence funding, and (2) to prioritise rehabilitation, for hospital patients who are recovering critical illnesses.  HL2374
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the operation of the NHS COVID-19 app.  HL2375
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letters from NHS England and NHS Improvement to GP practices dated 17 March 2020 and 4 August 2020, when additional costs related to COVID-19 borne by dispensing GPs will be reimbursed.  HL2376 [I]
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Acts of Parliament enacted in the 2010–15 and 2015–17 Parliaments and eligible for post-legislative review by Government departments have not yet been the subject of such review; and what plans they have to increase the number that are reviewed.  HL2377
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's investment of (1) effort, and (2) resources, into the advancement of the Middle East peace process.  HL2378
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's response to Freedom of Information Request FOI2021/07873, dated 23 June, how the disclosure of funding allocated to the advancement of the Middle East peace process would "potentially damage" international relationships.  HL2379
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government why they do not list (1) the Norwegian Refugee Council, or (2) other partners, on their Development Tracker website as receiving funding, despite that information being publicly available elsewhere.  HL2380
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any evidence which suggests that wearing a face covering reduces the spread of viruses other than COVID-19.  HL2381
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations by the Chief Inspector of Prisons following his visits to immigration detention facilities on the south coast of England; and how many of those recommendations have been implemented.  HL2382
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance, if any, they have given to (1) Kent County Council, and (2) other local authorities, to meet their statutory responsibilities to (a) asylum seekers, and (b) immigrants.  HL2383
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign nationals have been deported in the last 12 months, and to what countries.  HL2384
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support LGBTQ+ people who are imprisoned and mistreated in countries with poor human rights records.  HL2385
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their final response to recommendations made in the Report of the Independent Panel led by Dr Philip Augar.  HL2386
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a rapid UK visa authorisation process for those Afghan citizens who worked in Kabul with former Royal Marine Commando Paul Farthing for the charity Nowzad.  HL2387
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to increase emergency mental health support for British army veterans who served in Afghanistan, and (2) to communicate current military decisions regarding Afghanistan to veteran communities.  HL2388
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations they have made to provide emergency mental health support to British soldiers due to return from Afghanistan.  HL2389
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to widen the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy to include employees of (1) UK based NGOs, and (2) UK funded projects.  HL2390
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the open routes to Kabul airport remain safe to travel through.  HL2391
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the housing targets allocated to each council area; whether there is an expectation, as evidenced by the Housing Delivery Test, that they will be (1) met or (2) exceeded; and on what grounds targets could be negotiated downwards.  HL2392
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many local plans have been approved without providing evidence that they will meet their housing targets.  HL2393
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timescale for the repatriation of Afghan refugees who have supported the British mission in Afghanistan; and how they intend to achieve that repatriation, particularly for refugees located outside Kabul.  HL2394
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had within NATO to maintain an Alliance presence in Afghanistan.  HL2395
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban shotgun licences for those living in urban areas.  HL2396
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban gas boilers, and over what timescale.  HL2397
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the appropriate heat source to replace redundant gas boilers with; and if such a heat source includes heat pumps, what plans they have to make these more (1) available, (2) practical, (3) efficient, and (4) cost-effective.  HL2398
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Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Prime Minister's levelling up speech on 15 July, what measures and outcomes they intend to use to evaluate the success of this agenda in the short, medium and long term; and how they will take wellbeing into account.  HL2399
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