Skip to main content

House of Lords Business

See what is going on in the House of Lords today, as well as what has happened since June 2017. This includes the relevant Order Paper, Minutes of Proceedings, questions tabled and edition of House of Lords Business. These documents can also all be downloaded.

Questions for Written Answer for 18 October 2021

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to institute a further review into the independence of the Hong Kong judiciary, and (2) to assess the viability of UK judges continuing to serve on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.  HL3088
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to identify whether there is evidence of ethnic cleansing, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide being committed in the Tigray region.  HL3089
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Disabled Children’s Partnership The Gap Widens, published on 14 October, which found that the funding gap in disabled children’s health and social care had increased to £2.1 billion.  HL3090
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the economic benefits of increasing the funding given to disabled children’s health and social care services, and (2) the level of unmet need for disabled children’s health and social care services.  HL3091
Answered
Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Endorsement Board has sought the advice of Martin Moore QC in the course of seeking endorsement of for its accounting standards either (1) directly, or (2) indirectly through Michael Todd QC.  HL3092
Answered
Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, the UK Endorsement Board have made of any potential conflict of interest of instructing Martin Moore QC to work on the endorsement of accounting standards either (1) directly, or (2) indirectly.  HL3093
Answered
Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government why the UK Endorsement Board is not using in-house counsel to instruct barristers for public interest legal advice; and why they are instead using Katherine Coates.  HL3094
Answered
Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place copies of the tender documentation of the UK Endorsement Board for the procurement of legal advice and legal opinions in the Library of the House.  HL3095
Answered
Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 12 October 2021 (HL2827), (1) when was the last occasion that they met with mobile network operators to discuss roaming charges, and (2) what steps, through legislation or otherwise, they are taking to prevent the reintroduction of roaming charges.  HL3096
Answered
Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many staff are employed in support of the Lord Speaker; their costs in each of the last three years; the budget for staff employed to support the Lord Speaker in the next financial year; and of the existing staff, how many are required to support the Commission.  HL3097
Answered
Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker why it was necessary to extend the staff accommodation in support of the Lord Speaker; how many extra staff are involved; and what are their duties.  HL3098
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hernia operations were carried out in the NHS in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.  HL3099
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the availability of hernia operations varies in different regions of England; and if so, how.  HL3100
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what the average waiting time is for a hernia operation on the NHS.  HL3101
Answered
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many ministers have met Martin Galvin in the USA in the past month.  HL3102
Answered
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date officials from the British Embassy in the USA last met Martin Galvin.  HL3103
Answered
Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria they use in deciding which Government ministers receive a ministerial salary paid for by public funds.  HL3104
Answered
Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government what legislative steps they would need to take in order to extend the payment of a ministerial salary to all (1) Government ministers; and (2) all Parliamentary Private Secretaries.  HL3105
Answered
Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the Government, at each level of seniority, can be paid a ministerial salary.  HL3106
Answered
Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many ministers are not in receipt of a ministerial salary from public funds, and (2) in which House they sit.  HL3107
Answered
Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to ensure that independent sixth-form colleges that lose their Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies accreditation are re-inspected without delay.  HL3108
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the number of refugees expected to flee Afghanistan in the next six months, and (2) what steps are they taking, domestically and with international partners, to manage the arrival of Afghan refugees to the UK and Europe.  HL3109
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what steps they have taken to urge President Roderigo Duterte to cooperate with the ICC’s investigation into crimes allegedly committed in the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’ between 2011 and 2019, and (2) what steps they have taken to urge President Duterte to allow ICC investigators into the country.  HL3110
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what steps they are taking to ensure that HGV drivers are not being asked to exceed their daily legal driving limits during the current driver shortage, (2) what record they are keeping of accident statistics involving HGVs, and (3) whether they have recorded an increase in the number of accidents involving HGVs in the pa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have held bilateral discussions with the governments of Kosovo and Serbia to help de-escalate tensions between the two countries.  HL3112
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many midwives have left the NHS in England in the past 12 months, and (2) what steps they plan to take to ensure safe NHS midwife staffing levels.  HL3113
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) why they have reduced funding for mine clearance and unexploded bombs, (2) by how much this funding has reduced, and (3) what assessment they have made of the impact of these funding reductions.  HL3114
Answered
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to lift social distancing regulations to allow an increase in face to face appointments at GP surgeries.  HL3115 [I]
Answered
Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to change the tax year end to 31 March each year.  HL3116
Answered
Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the benefits of a national strategy which fully integrates self-care for minor ailments into the NHS.  HL3117
Answered
Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the benefits of (1) a centralised web-based system to support the sharing of local health and social care records, and (2) ensuring that community pharmacists are able to populate such records.  HL3118
Answered
Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote self-care for minor ailments in order to reduce pressure on GPs and A&E departments.  HL3119
Answered
Lord Mountevans to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to decarbonise the UK’s maritime sector.  HL3120 [I]
Answered
Lord Mountevans to ask Her Majesty's Government when the refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy will be published.  HL3121 [I]
Answered
Lord Mountevans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Maritime UK’s proposal for investment in maritime decarbonisation as part of the upcoming Spending Review.  HL3122 [I]
Answered
Lord Mountevans to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they are providing to the UK’s coastal communities.  HL3123 [I]
Answered
Lord Mountevans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of economic development that investing in maritime decarbonisation will provide to the UK’s coastal communities.  HL3124 [I]
Answered
Lord Mountevans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest further in maritime decarbonisation, following on from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.  HL3125 [I]
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the inquiry into the Post Office Horizon scandal can consider the treatment of 555 sub-postmasters who are now excluded from the shortfall scheme of financial consideration.  HL3126
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Rail Freight Group and other freight operators who have stopped using electric trains and have returned to using diesel trains because of the rising price of energy.  HL3127
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for introducing legislation to establish Great British Railways; when they expect the organisation will be operational; and whether they expect to introduce intermediate arrangements with train operating companies until it is established.  HL3128
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the problems affecting the Border Force's IT systems, and (2) what steps they are taking to reduce the impact of such problems on international travellers.  HL3129
Answered
Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with the devolved administrations to agree a four-nation approach to broadening skills in the fashion and textiles sectors.  HL3130
Answered
Lord Storey to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment they have made of the (1) safety, and (2) wellbeing, of (a) members, and (b) members of staff, particularly women, leaving the House of Lords late to travel home on occasions when it sits later than 10pm.  HL3131
Answered
Legend for business item text
Item that is new or altered.
[I] Indicates that the member concerned has a relevant registered interest.
* Item is an oral question.
Numbers starting HL are unique identifiers for written questions, Bills or papers.