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Questions for Written Answer for 13 October 2021

Tabled on 12 October and due for answer by 26 October.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how much money has been invested in individual savings accounts (ISAs) in total, (2) how much money has been invested in ISAs by different age groups, (3) how many individuals have invested in ISAs, and (4) what is the average amount invested in ISAs per person.  HL2988
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what rate of interest is applied to refunds of public sector workers’ partner pension contributions if the pension holder retires without a partner, and (2) how much money has been refunded to such pension holders for each of the past ten years.  HL2989
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government for each of the past ten years, how many (1) women, and (2) men, have had their state pension reduced owing to the death of a partner.  HL2990
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce savings incentives to help people pay for elderly care.  HL2991
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter dated 16 July from 46 charities concerned about the incidence of suicides among young asylum seekers, (1) what assessment they have made of such suicides, and (2) what steps they will take to address their underlying causes.  HL2992
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat posed by jihadists in northern Nigeria following reports that Boko Haram fighters have moved from Borno state to Rijana Forest in Kaduna state.  HL2993
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they are putting into (1) international, and (2) national, unarmed civilian protection; and which projects that have been funded are directed at, or include elements of, such work.  HL2994
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to expanding the guidance on the symptoms of COVID-19, given the results of the ongoing ZOE COVID Study.  HL2995
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in developing green, low climate emission steel, substituting hydrogen for coking coal; and when is the first steel from this expected to be delivered.  HL2996
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the recycling of used steel within the UK, including but not limited to using renewable energy for that purpose.  HL2997
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they are providing to promote vaccinations across England against diseases in the current financial year; and how much they plan to spend on promoting vaccinations in the next three financial years.  HL2998
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Russia concerning gas supplies.  HL2999
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations concerning the provision of lorry parks.  HL3000
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether teachers and school staff may be exempted from jury service because of pressures on schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3001
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effect on train operating companies' revenues of increasing the cost of regulated rail fares, and (2) whether, since the ending of travel restrictions introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, (a) rail companies have introduced more unregulated fairs, and (b) customers have purchased more unregu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how often each year between 2017 and 2020 interpreters were used in courts or tribunals in each of the following case categories, as specified by the Ministry of Justice's language services contract: (1) complex written, (2) complex, and (3) standard.  HL3003
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the intensification of jihadist attacks against Christians in Nigeria, as reported by the Gatestone Institute on 10 October; whether they will discuss these attacks with the government of Nigeria; and what further steps, if any, they will take.  HL3004
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government, as part of their overseas development assistance (ODA) disbursement, (1) what assessment they have made of the economic contributions of older women in lower- and middle-income countries, and (2) what steps they have taken to ensure that ODA supports these women to access decent work and live fulfilling lives.  HL3005
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia regarding the expulsion of seven United Nations officials from that country.  HL3006
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) when the UK's deployed expert from the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative in Tigray is due to report on the results of their mission, and (2) when the report will be made available to Parliament.  HL3007
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the results of the visit to Ethiopia by the Special Envoy for Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Affairs in September.  HL3008
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the 'What Works to Prevent Violence: Impact at Scale' programme.  HL3009
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government when NHS England's Unified Information Standard on Protected Characteristics report will be published; and what engagement with stakeholders will take place before its publication.  HL3010
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 29 September (HL2490), whether organisations that work on men's violence against women and girls will be consulted as part of the review of NHS England and NHS Improvement’s guidance, 'Delivering same-sex accommodation'.  HL3011
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that debates in the NHS over transgender rights are conducted with "compassion and sensitivity", as proposed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in his speech on 5 October.  HL3012
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the NHS refers to "women" when sending out invitations for cervical screening, as proposed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in his speech on 5 October.  HL3013
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the NHS refers to "women" whenever appropriate in its publications and clinical guidance.  HL3014
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 29 September (HL2490), whether they plan to consult gender critical organisations in the review of mixed sex accommodation guidance.  HL3015
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) prosecutions, and (2) convictions, have been obtained in each of the last five years for discharging (a) general garbage, (b) plastic materials, and (c) fishing nets, into natural waters in England.  HL3016
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reported falls in farm incomes; and what steps they are taking to tackle the financial hardship experienced by small farmers.  HL3017
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle the estimated 500,000 job vacancies across the food and drink sector.  HL3018
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that public sector food procurement policies give priority to locally sourced food.  HL3019
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will end the use of cages for animals reared on British farms.  HL3020
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a framework for national food and farming standards against which any proposed Free Trade Deal could be measured, as proposed by the Trade and Agriculture Commission.  HL3021
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report by the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations Brexit Balance Sheet, published on 30 September.  HL3022
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Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of care recipients aged 65 or over are funded (1) wholly, or (2) partly, by local authorities.  HL3023
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Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government when HMRC will start to collect VAT from Uber; and what assessment they have made of the amount of VAT to be collected.  HL3024
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the guidance for an immunosuppressed patient who has contracted COVID-19 receiving a dose of Ronapreve.  HL3025
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) when they will publish their response to the consultation on the environmental principles draft policy statement, and (2) why their response to that consultation has been delayed.  HL3026
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that (1) PCR, and (2) other COVID-19 test providers listed on the gov.uk website, provide accurate information regarding prices for those tests; and to whom should consumers direct any complaints about inaccurate price descriptions.  HL3027
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how much overall funding has been provided to councils in England for local road maintenance in each of the last five years, up to and including the current financial year.  HL3028
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of the planned Cambridge South railway station and the projected demand, given the developments in the area.  HL3029
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 September (HL2628), what plans they have, if any, to introduce speed limits for electric bikes and electric scooters.  HL3030
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Highways England regarding the (1) ecological, (2) environmental, and (3) heritage, impact of the proposed infilling of Barcombe Bridge in East Sussex; what alternatives have been considered to infilling; and why is the infilling being progressed using development powers rather than a planning a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme is scheduled to open.  HL3032
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how the UK plans to assist the (1) United States, and (2) United Nations, in delivering medicine and medical products to Afghanistan.  HL3033
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by the government of France to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate government, if certain conditions regarding human rights and women's rights are met.  HL3034
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of delivering emergency aid to Afghanistan without working directly with the Taliban.  HL3035
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Taliban-issued passports will be accepted as valid.  HL3036
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote and support an effort to (1) co-ordinate, (2) fund, and (3) deliver education to children in Afghanistan.  HL3037
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the total number of Brownfield sites available for use in England.  HL3038
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 21 September (HL2514) regarding anti-loitering devices known as Mosquito devices, what requirements must be met before they are installed.  HL3039
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a date for when mandatory PCR tests for foreign travel will be stopped.  HL3040
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Mayor of London about restarting the Night Tube in London to help business recovery in the winter period.  HL3041
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide funding for scholarships for those wanting to study subjects in which black students are under-represented.  HL3042
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reintroduce COVID-19 safety measures in secondary schools in light of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in younger people.  HL3043
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