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Questions for Written Answer for 8 September 2021

Tabled on 7 September and due for answer by 21 September.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports in the Daily Telegraph on 5 September that ethnic cleansing and atrocity crimes against Tigrayans have been committed in the Ethiopian city of Humera, (1) what assessment they have made of the reports, (2) whether they intend to verify the reports, and (3) whether they will take any action to bring those r… 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 will take (1) to ensure that a UN inquiry into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran is launched, and (2) to ensure that the call for such an inquiry is added to any future UN General Assembly resolution on Iran.  HL2468
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they plan to take at the UN General Assembly Third Committee to hold the leaders of the Iranian regime to account for serious human rights violations, including the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.  HL2469
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided any financial support to universities which have chartered flights to the UK to ensure that students from China are able to return for in-person studies in the UK.  HL2470
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the cost for universities to charter flights to ensure that students from China are able to return for in-person studies in the UK, and (2) what details it holds on the universities which have chartered these flights.  HL2471
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 1 September (HL2328), (1) whether thy have now met with the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner to discuss the issues raised in the correspondence with Hikvision, (2) if so, what the outcome of that meeting was, and (3) whether they intend to follo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the delivery of flu vaccinations this winter of the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK.  HL2473
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the delivery of drugs (1) to the NHS, and (2) to patients, of the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK.  HL2474
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what comparisons they have made of life expectancy in different communities in the UK; and what policy initiatives they have pursued as a result of such comparisons.  HL2475
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) China, (2) Pakistan, and (3) Russia, regarding the situation in Afghanistan.  HL2476
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government who will make the decision on a lasting memorial to those who (1) suffered, and (2) lost their lives, at Grenfell Tower; and when the decision will be announced.  HL2477
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what budget they are providing to the lasting memorial of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire; and how that budget will be apportioned between (1) capital costs, and (2) the costs of maintaining the memorial.  HL2478
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what the timeframe is for the £2.7 million funding increase for Operation Courage.  HL2479
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual budget for Operation Courage (1) before, and (2) after, the £2.7 million funding increase.  HL2480
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many care co-ordinators will be appointed as a result of the £2.7 million funding increase for Operation Courage.  HL2481
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government when care co-ordinators will be appointed as a result of the £2.7 million funding increase for Operation Courage.  HL2482
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many calls the Veterans' Gateway helpline received in (1) June, (2) July, and (3) August.  HL2483
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many referrals Operation Courage received in (1) June, (2) July, and (3) August.  HL2484
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their proposal to increase the current 10-year storage limits for eggs, sperm and embryos, whether they will immediately introduce a moratorium on the destruction of eggs that reach their 10-year limit before the legislation is passed.  HL2485
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage students to take all forms of mathematics at Higher Education level.  HL2486
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to protect, and (2) to increase, the funding available for all forms of mathematics at universities.  HL2487
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote the study and research of mathematics at universities in England.  HL2488
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the research of all forms of mathematics at universities in England.  HL2489
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the processes that NHS trusts use (1) to arrange and specify facilities for transgender patients, and (2) to take into account the needs of other patients who may be sharing facilities with transgender patients.  HL2490
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of single sex wards by NHS trusts.  HL2491
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether Annex B in NHS England's Delivering same sex accommodation guidance is consistent with the aim to provide of single sex wards by NHS Trusts.  HL2492
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to commission a review of the provision of single sex accommodation by NHS Trusts.  HL2493
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by Sierra Leone on 23 July to abolish the death penalty; and whether they have any plans to increase bilateral aid to that country.  HL2494
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they most recently discussed (1) human rights, and (2) the death penalty, with the governments of (a) China, (b) Iran, (c) Saudi Arabia, and (d) the United States of America.  HL2495
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to meet their target for planting trees outlined in the Queen’s Speech.  HL2496
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to request that the British Museum (1) de-accession 11 Ethiopian altar tablets (tabots) which they have held since 1868, and (2) return them to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.  HL2497
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the qualification criteria for the Operational Service Medal (Afghanistan) to ensure that service personnel deployed to theatre during Operation Pitting qualify.  HL2498
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to allow the use of a Regulated Asset Base funding model for (1) new nuclear infrastructure, and (2) other energy projects.  HL2499 [I]
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for them to have a stake in Sizewell C nuclear power project; and whether the financial return accrued by (1) the taxpayer, and (2) private sector investors, would be the same.  HL2500 [I]
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cost of all government funding up to the date of the final investment decision on the Sizewell C nuclear project will fall to the taxpayer or be passed on to consumers of electricity.  HL2501 [I]
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove China General Nuclear from further participation in the Bradwell B and Sizewell C nuclear power projects.  HL2502 [I]
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the deterioration of the fuel rod sealings at pressure reactors installed in Taishan, China, for the Sizewell C nuclear power project.  HL2503 [I]
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the army to provide drivers to help deliver urgent (1) medical devices, and (2) medicines, across the country as a result of the shortage of lorry drivers.  HL2504
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what errors, if any, have been identified in the Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement with Ukraine; and what is the status of that agreement until any errors have been rectified.  HL2505
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how long are the current delays in the supply of new and renewed driving licences, (2) what steps they plan to take to tackle these delays, and (3) what assessment they have made of the impact the delays are having on the existing shortages of drivers in key occupations.  HL2506
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the regulations governing the provision of Blue Badges allow for badges to be given to drivers caring for people with autism; and if not, whether they will consider amending the regulations to give badges to drivers caring for people with autism.  HL2507
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to prepare for COP26 in November.  HL2508
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress towards the globally agreed aim of limiting global heating to below 2°C; and pursuing efforts to limit heating to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.  HL2509
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to achieve (1) the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under the Paris Agreement, and (2) the net zero target ahead of COP26.  HL2510
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to promote climate action and a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of COP26.  HL2511
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that sufficient progress is made on strengthening climate adaptation and resilience ahead of COP26.  HL2512
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to mobilise public and private climate finance ahead of COP26.  HL2513
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Mosquito devices that emit high level sounds to deter loitering in public places, particularly those where young people gather.  HL2514
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many students have been paid to defer their university course for 12 months; and what the total amount of money spent is.  HL2515
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the growth of essay mill companies during the COVID-19 pandemic; and whether this growth has caused an increase in students cheating.  HL2516
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce cybersecurity education to Key Stage 1 children in order to educate them on tech literacy and online safety.  HL2517
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the redevelopment of retail space to attract consumers back to local high street shops and support their recovery process.  HL2518
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the University College London report  Addressing Extremism Through the Classroom, published on 7 September; and what steps are they taking to provide schools with the training and tools to teach pupils how to reject extremist views.  HL2519
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to amend the tax regime for the financial services sector; and how they intend to provide more clarity on investment screening laws to attract more inward investment.  HL2520
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake a review of the efficacy of UK overseas development aid in Afghanistan since 2001 and the mechanisms by which it was delivered.  HL2521
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what the current mechanisms are for delivering UK overseas development aid in Afghanistan, and (2) what steps they will take to ensure the efficacy of this funding and its delivery in the future.  HL2522
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what reassurances they have sought from, and (2) what reassurances have been given by, the Taliban that future aid to Afghanistan will be used for its intended purposes.  HL2523
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the current levels of internally displaced persons in Afghanistan, and (2) current and future refugee flows from Afghanistan to (a) Pakistan, (b) Tajikistan, (c) Iran, (d) Uzbekistan, and (e) Turkmenistan.  HL2524
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