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Questions for Written Answer for 7 September 2021

Tabled on 6 September and due for answer by 20 September.

Lord Beith to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to local authorities about the control of badgers in (1) cemeteries, and (2) burial grounds.  HL2400
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential investments required in the electric vehicle manufacturing and charging industry in response to the introduction of a zero emission vehicle mandate.  HL2401
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure a zero emission vehicle mandate could be implemented with enough time to incentivise investment in zero emission vehicles and the charging industry before 2030.  HL2402
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, with respect to vehicles colliding with railway bridges, (1) how many instances were reported in the last five years, (2) how many reported instances resulted in delays to trains of (a) up to six, (b) up to 12, and (c) over 24, hours, (3) what overall compensation was due to operators and passengers, (4) in how many instances the vehi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Carr-Hill funding formula for primary health care is able to address the additional pressures created by the COVID-19 pandemic and, in particular, the pressures on primary care practices in areas of low vaccine take-up; and what steps they intend to take as a result.  HL2404
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding they are providing to (1) mayoral combined authorities, and (2) upper tier local authorities in England, to facilitate the teaching of English to individuals and families arriving from Afghanistan.  HL2405
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals are employed by the Defence Intelligence organisation; and what is the budget for its operations.  HL2406
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the timetable for the rollout of social prescribing plans as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.  HL2407
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS in 2018 with the creation of a National NHS Charity; and why they intend to mark the 75th anniversary in 2023 with the creation of such a charity.  HL2408
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have made available to individuals approved for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme; and when they anticipate those individuals can be relocated from Afghanistan to the UK.  HL2409
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from Scottish Ministers, by (1) email, (2) letter, and (3) other means of communication, since August 2020 on matters which are reserved.  HL2410
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, or intend to make, to (1) the Scottish Ministers, (2) the Welsh Ministers, and (3) the Northern Ireland Executive, regarding their attention to reserved issues.  HL2411
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they apply to the appointment of trade envoys; and what remuneration and expenses, including for travel, they are they entitled to receive.  HL2412
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from (1) the National Farmers’ Union, (2) the Food and Drink Federation, and (3) the Road Haulage Association, regarding the desirability of introducing a short-term visa system for foreign workers; and what has been their response.  HL2413
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to give Local Authorities a legal obligation to enforce the dog licensing regulations.  HL2414
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, for future legislation of the micro-chipping of (1) dogs, and (2) cats.  HL2415
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many permissions under the EU Settlement Scheme have been granted to date to (a) EEA, and (b) non-EEA, national family members of the main applicants, for settled and pre-settled status, and (2) how many applications under the EU Settlement Scheme have been received to date from individuals not living in the UK.  HL2… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many British National (Overseas) visas have been granted, including to dependants, since 31 January, (2) how many individuals have been granted leave outside the Immigration Rules at the UK border since 1 January, and (3) how many British National (Overseas) passports issued each month since January.  HL2417
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what the current annual cost of the Trade Envoy programme is.  HL2418
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government to list the current trade envoys broken down by their membership of the (1) Conservative party, (2) Labour party, (3) Liberal Democrat party, (4) Crossbench group in the House of Lords, and (5) Non-affiliated peers in the House of Lords.  HL2419
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the change in title from the Prime Minister's Trade Envoys to Trade Envoys indicates a change in accountability.  HL2420
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what factors determine which of the UK's trading partners are allocated a trade envoy.  HL2421
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether dual British-Afghan nationals (1) are, and (2) will be treated as if they are, British nationals, for the purposes of relocation from Afghanistan to the UK.  HL2422
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the changing of the British Olympic team name to Team UK instead of Team GB.  HL2423
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the communications advice issued by the Department of Health and Social Care to NHS Trusts on the new hospitals programme.  HL2424
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the basis for the Department of Health and Social Care’s reported instruction in communications advice to NHS Trusts to describe new wings or units of existing hospitals as new hospitals.  HL2425
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reconsider their response to the recommendation in the report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review First do no harm, published on 8 July 2020, that separate schemes should be set up to meet the cost of providing additional care and support to those who have experienced avoida… 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 what input they had into the NHS Surge and Triage briefing paper drawn up by NHS England in 2016 following a pandemic planning exercise which discussed the withdrawal of hospital care from elderly patients in the event of a severe flu pandemic.  HL2427
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to review the cases of people with Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences with a view to recommending early release wherever possible.  HL2428
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will next review retained papers relating to allegations of a security service plot against Harold Wilson to decide whether they can be released; and what criteria will be used in this review.  HL2429
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take in response to the president of Tunisia's suspension of the Tunisian parliament, including the immunity of its members.  HL2430
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increased cross-border fighting in Gaza; and what representations they have made to the government of Israel to prevent any escalation and ensure adequate living conditions for the local population.  HL2431
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ask the government of Israel (1) to freeze settlement building in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, (2) to enable the development of Palestinian-owned land in Area C, and (3) to increase trade and employment; and what plans they have to ask the Palestinian Authority to respond with confidence-building measures… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their analysis of the impact of palm-oil production on (1) indigenous small farmers, (2) global climate, (3) food manufacturing, and (4) consumer diets and health.  HL2433
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Lord Inglewood to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number of roadside ash trees in England, (2) how many of these trees will need to be felled due to ash dieback, and (3) the average cost of felling and removing each tree.  HL2434
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made, if any, of how many additional spaces will need to be provided in Mother and Baby Units as part of the work to build 500 new places for (1) women, and (2) trans men, in prison.  HL2435
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) women, and (2) trans men, were known to be pregnant in New Hall Prison for the first two quarters of 2020.  HL2436
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) women, and (2) trans men, were known to be pregnant in Drake Hall Prison for the first two quarters of 2020.  HL2437
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) women, and (2) trans men, were known to be pregnant in East Sutton Park Prison for the first two quarters of 2020.  HL2438
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the revised policy guidance on applications for registration of minors as British citizens by discretion under section 3(1) of the British Nationality Act 1981, following their commitment to conduct a review of the policy guidance in settling proceedings brought by five teenagers assisted by the P… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the statutory guidance on the cost of school uniforms under the Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021.  HL2440
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 13 July (HL1540), how long after the Supreme Court's final judgment they expect to publish the outcome of the section 55 review of child citizenship fees.  HL2441
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 27 July (HL1966), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, whether a child rights impact assessment was carried out for the Nationality and Borders Bill; and if it was, whether it will be published.  HL2442
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 7 December 2020 (HL10627), when they expect to publish the three-month review of the spending of the £30 million allocated on 8 October 2020 to help local authorities in England fund their COVID-19 compliance and enforcement work.  HL2443
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the UK Minister responsible for Pakistan made contact with the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs envoy to Afghanistan in (1) June, (2) July, and (3) August.  HL2444
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government why Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was changed in June.  HL2445
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the UK delegates to (1) the 74th meeting of the World Health Assembly, and (2) the 149th session of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization, were qualified nurses; and if so, whether these delegates attended specifically to represent the nursing profession.  HL2446
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a requirement that ‘fitness to drive’ assessments to (1) renew, or (2) obtain a new, driver’s licence, are signed by a medical professional with access to the driver’s full medical history.  HL2447
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the funding allocated to their current roads programme is for (1) building new roads, or (2) substantial road improvement schemes.  HL2448
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of changes in the level of house prices on the UK’s economic recovery.  HL2449
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of financial fraud in the UK.  HL2450
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on (1) the value of financial assets, and (2) the number of financial services sector jobs in the UK.  HL2451
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Financial Conduct Authority on free access to the UK cash network.  HL2452
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have had with the British Venture Capital Association on private equity.  HL2453
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the minutes of all meetings of the technical working group considering the case for changing Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland.  HL2454
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government when the technical working group established to explore the case for changing Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland will next meet; and whether this meeting will be open to the public.  HL2455
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how the membership of the technical working group established to explore the case for changing Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland was chosen and by whom.  HL2456
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government which individuals and groups have been invited to present evidence to the technical working group established to explore the case for changing Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland; and when it plans to publish this evidence.  HL2457
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of comments by the Prime Minister of Israel in an interview with The New York Times, published on 24 August, that he will oppose the creation of a Palestinian state and expand Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  HL2458
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about licensing Palestinian water authorities to operate in Area C of the West Bank in order (1) to drill additional wells, or (2) to install booster pumps.  HL2459
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow EU drivers to return on temporary visas as skilled workers.  HL2460
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide mental health support for students and staff returning to school.  HL2461
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a YouGov survey, published on 25 August, which found that 62 per cent of football fans fear that a player will be racially abused.  HL2462
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to streamline administration of support to the UK’s export scheme to help small firms access trade programmes more easily.  HL2463
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the new national strategy for maritime security.  HL2464
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of HMS Diamond.  HL2465
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Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty's Government when the impact assessment for The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 will be submitted to the Regulatory Policy Committee; and when they expect to publish this assessment.  HL2466
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