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Questions for Written Answer for 15 September 2021

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

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change immigration rules to allow more HGV drivers to be recruited from overseas.  HL2679
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the wait time for Category C + E driving tests.  HL2680
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to begin the consultation on the regulation of buy-now-pay-later services, announced following the Woolard Review – A review of change and innovation in the unsecured credit market, published on 2 February.  HL2681
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Financial Conduct Authority's finding on 10 August that a pensions adviser was “seriously incompetent” in his work providing advice to 183 members of the British Steel Pension Scheme, what plans they have to set up an industry-wide redress scheme for steelworkers given poor pension transfer advice.  HL2682
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports in The Diplomat on 14 September, what assessment they have made of the alleged use of forced labour in Malaysian disposable glove factories; and what due diligence they carried out in relation to the use of forced labour before purchasing disposable gloves from Malaysian companies earlier this year.  HL268… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government how many HGV drivers who hold either (1) a group C entitlement, or (2) a group C+E entitlement, do not have a driver's certificate of professional competence.  HL2684
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government how the cost of (1) the Challenger Tank’s 120mm high-explosive squash head (HESH) round complete with charge, and (2) a 120mm fin-stabilised discarding sabot round complete with charge, compare with the cost of one round of the 40mm cannon fitted to the Ajax reconnaissance vehicle in percentage terms.  HL2685
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 21 July (HL1789), what steps they plan to take to prevent pregnancy among biologically female transgender prisoners in the male prison estate.  HL2686
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 21 July (HL1789), whether biologically female transgender prisoners in the male prison estate have access to contraceptive devices.  HL2687
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 21 July (HL1789), how many pregnancies have been reported in the male prison estate in each of the last five years; and whether they will provide a breakdown of the outcomes of any such pregnancies.  HL2688
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on UK sovereignty.  HL2689
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of frontline police officers.  HL2690
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of the Northern Irish fishing industry about the effect of (1) the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, and (2) the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, on the fishing industry.  HL2691
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of discarded fishing gear from foreign fishing fleets around the UK coastline.  HL2692
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of cross-border cooperation in stopping (1) criminal gangs, and (2) people smugglers, entering the UK from the Republic of Ireland.  HL2693
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of support provided by major online gambling companies to tackle problem gambling.  HL2694
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of whether extremist Islamist ideology is a driver of intercommunal attacks in Nigeria; and what assessment they have made of the findings of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent review of persecution of Christians and freedom of religion or belief.  HL2695
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to work with (1) the Northern Ireland Executive, (2) the Scottish Government, and (3) the Welsh Government, to ensure cooperation between the COVID Pass Services in each constituent part of the UK; and in particular to coordinate arrangements for people who have had one dose of the vaccine in one co… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to provide mental health support to British armed forces personnel upon their return from duty in Afghanistan.  HL2697
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the vaccine booster rollout, in particular for those designated as clinically extremely vulnerable.  HL2698
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce a COVID Pass Service for British citizens who have been vaccinated abroad.  HL2699
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow GP surgeries to issue COVID Passes to those who are unable to use the website, app or telephone services.  HL2700
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the vaccine rollout within British armed forces and security personnel.  HL2701
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce details of the Afghan Citizen’s Resettlement Scheme; and whether there will be any special provisions for women.  HL2702
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Afghan refugees who have recently arrived in the UK will be given mental health support.  HL2703
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with (1) charities, and (2) local communities, to support refugees from Afghanistan; and what steps they are taking to (a) encourage, and (b) coordinate, charitable donations in support of this cause.  HL2704
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help recently arrived Afghan refugees culturally acclimatise and assimilate into the British population.  HL2705
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide teaching and mentoring in English language and culture to recently arrived Afghan refugees; and how they plan to deliver this.  HL2706
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help recently arrived Afghan refugees find employment.  HL2707
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many management consultants have been employed by the NHS at annual equivalent salaries exceeding £100,000 in each of the last five years.  HL2708
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many doses of all makes of COVID-19 vaccines they have donated to countries in Africa; and how many doses each country has received.  HL2709
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of rising wages on the feasibility of re-introducing the "triple lock" on pensions in 2022.  HL2710
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the flood prevention measures in place on the Somerset Levels in advance of winter 2021–22.  HL2711
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take, if any, to encourage those beyond the state pension age to continue in paid employment if they wish to do so.  HL2712
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to communicate to the taxpayer the economic costs of public sector pensions.  HL2713
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they use the term “working class” in official business; and if so, how they would define it.  HL2714
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government how they define the term “re-wilding” when used in environmental policy.  HL2715
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of relations between the UK and the Holy See.  HL2716
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what data they hold on the effectiveness of the MOT in preventing road accidents.  HL2717
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government where the money is directed if a company is fined for failing to report a data breach of personal information to the Information Commissioner's Office.  HL2718
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of pro-democracy movements in Cuba.  HL2719
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent finding that only one per cent of HGV drivers are female; and what plans they have to address this situation.  HL2720
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to a Freedom of Information request by Schools Week (FOI2021/11434), when they expect the Infrastructure Projects Authority to publish the full data collection of Private Finance Initiative Projects for (1) 2019, and (2) 2020.  HL2721
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the potential revenue of introducing a windfall tax on companies supplying (1) PPE, and (2) private COVID-19 tests.  HL2722
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase investment in the medical workforce to fund (1) foundation programmes, and (2) specialty training places.  HL2723
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the furlough scheme for industries affected by COVID-19.  HL2724
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the National Planning Policy Framework’s presumption in favour of sustainable development to include an aim of striving for racial equality in all planning processes.  HL2725
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand Healthy Start eligibility to all households earning £20,000 or less after benefits which include pregnant women or children under five.  HL2726
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reduce toxic landfill by encouraging the use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) incineration of waste.  HL2727
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allegations in the BBC’s Panorama programme on 13 September that British American Tobacco paid a bribe to the then President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe.  HL2728
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with the Serious Fraud Office about reports of British companies engaging in bribery overseas.  HL2729
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