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Questions for Written Answer for 20 October 2021

Tabled on 19 October and due for answer by 2 November.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent rulings by the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal that the National Security Law can be used to investigate violations of British colonial-era laws, such as sedition.  HL3193
Answered
Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  further to the Written Answer by the Senior Deputy Speaker on 14 October (HL2826), what is the justification for retaining the requirement for Table Clerks to wear robes, given that the requirement to wear horsehair wigs has been abandoned.  HL3194
Answered
The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 8 September (HL Deb, col. 867) regarding the publication of a soil health action plan for England, whether the contract put out to tender by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee in March for the provision of technical assistance in developing a method for producin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 13 October (HL Deb, col. 1830) on intellectual property reform, (1) what representations they have made to the Intellectual Property Office regarding the impact on the creative industries and design sectors that a shift to an International Exhaustion Regime would have, and… 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 steps NHS Clinical Commissioners took to communicate national guidance for the prescribing of liothyronine to local NHS bodies; and whether that guidance says that liothyronine may only be prescribed when recommended by a specialist after treatment using levothyroxine has failed.  HL3197
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether liothyronine should be declassified as a high-cost medicine following the Competition and Markets Authority ruling and fine issued to Advanz for artificially inflating the price of thyroid tablets.  HL3198
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will conduct a review of (1) the actions of NHS England, and (2) the impact on patients with thyroid conditions, following the Competition and Markets Authority’s ruling and fine issued to Advanz for artificially inflating the price of thyroid tablets.  HL3199
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund additional higher anaesthetic training places as part of this year’s Spending Review.  HL3200
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address excessive staff workload in the NHS.  HL3201
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Department of Health and Social Care and the Office for National Statistics Direct and Indirect health impacts of COVID-19 in England, published on 17 September, what assessment they have made of the 51 per cent decrease in the number of newly diagnosed cases of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in 2020 c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK Music report This is Music 2021, published 19 October; and what steps they intend to take to (1) support the music industry, and (2) compensate those who were ineligible for financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3203
Answered
Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to respond to the Reserve Forces 2030 Review.  HL3204
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why Immensa Health Clinics Ltd and Dante Labs have not received full UKAS accreditation to perform COVID-19 testing; whether Immensa Health Clinics Ltd and Dante Labs have received £170 million in public contracts since May last year; and if so, why public contracts were awarded to these unaccredited companies.  HL3205
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the private providers of COVID-19 tests listed on the GOV.UK website are not accredited by UKAS; and what steps they have taken, if any, (1) to make clear to website users that a listed provider is unaccredited, or (2) to remove unaccredited companies from the website.  HL3206
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with South Western Railway prior to the launch of the company’s public consultation on plans to reduce its services; whether they requested that South Western Railways reduce its operating costs in any such discussions; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed reduction of ser… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why the review of the National policy statement for national networks will not be completed until Spring 2023; how many road schemes are expected to commence before that date; and why have they decided to apply current policies developed before the commitment to net zero, for this interim period.  HL3208
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 13 September (HL Deb, col. 1213), who are the “third parties” referred to.  HL3209
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Secretary of State for Transport on 18 October (HCWS311), what are the “25 proactive actions” that are being taken to address the shortage of HGV drivers.  HL3210
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether human rights were discussed at the meeting between UK Government Ministers, the Gulf Cooperation Council General Secretary, and the representative of the government of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Salman Al Khalifa, on 7 October in London.  HL3211
Answered
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make a free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council conditional on improvements in those countries’ human rights, including the release of high-profile political prisoners.  HL3212
Answered
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make a public statement calling on the government of Bahrain to release Dr Abduljalil AlSingace from prison.  HL3213
Answered
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make a public statement calling on the government of Bahrain to release Hassan Mushaima from prison.  HL3214
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria for a town being considered for City status.  HL3215
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific and medical assessments informed their decision to make the wearing of face masks in public faces voluntary.  HL3216
Tabled
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cities have single member electoral wards; what are the criteria for establishing a single member electoral ward; and in such wards, what contingency measures can be taken if the single representative is unable to undertake their duties.  HL3217
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the medical reasons for the ban of the smoking substitute snus.  HL3218
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate (1) to limit the social media abuse of public figures, and (2) to end online anonymity.  HL3219
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide (1) support, and (2) services, to individuals before they have to sleep rough.  HL3220
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to cut VAT by five per cent on energy bills in the Autumn Budget.  HL3221
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to launch a national awareness campaign regarding access to adult education courses.  HL3222
Answered
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