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Questions for Written Answer for 22 October 2021

Tabled on 21 October and due for answer by 4 November.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of property owned in London by (1) the government of China, and (2) officials in the government of Hong Kong.  HL3262
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of (1) UK assets and bank accounts owned by officials of the government of Hong Kong, and (2) the UK property market’s exposure to the Evergrande liquidity crisis.  HL3263
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of officials of the government of Hong Kong whose families hold UK citizenship; and what plans they have, if any, to audit the UK assets of officials of the governments of (1) Hong Kong, and (2) China.  HL3264
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of alleged labour abuses by the Malaysian glove maker Supermax; how many products from that company they have purchased; and what was the cost of those purchases.  HL3265
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 28 September (HL2731), what commitments they have to ensure diversity of public appointments.  HL3266
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Airlander hybrid air vehicle and its potential impact on achieving net zero carbon emissions in the air transport sector; and what steps they plan to take, if any, to support the creation of a green aerospace cluster in south Yorkshire to deliver the Airlander hybrid air vehicle project to producti… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the reason for not providing wigs for the temporary Table Clerks while the House was sitting under the hybrid House guidance was on the grounds of cost; and if so, why the Table Clerks in possession of wigs are not wearing them now that the House is no longer operating under that guidance.  HL3268
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Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the former Lord Speaker was consulted on the decision that Table Clerks would no longer wear wigs; and if so, whether he gave his consent to that decision.  HL3269
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Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are, if any, to replace the word ‘women’ with any other noun in any official documents, guides, signs, souvenirs, or any place where the word ‘women’ is currently used in the Palace of Westminster.  HL3270
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Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker who was consulted before the decision was made that Table Clerks would not wear wigs (1) while the House was sitting under the hybrid House guidance, and (2) after the House had ceased operate under that guidance.  HL3271
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they provide to the Insolvency Service; and what additional resources, if any, they will provide to the Service if the Rating (Coronavirus) Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill is passed.  HL3272
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations; and what plans they have to promote take-up of the vaccine.  HL3273
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Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the NHS about changes they are making to (1) outpatient departments, and (2) in-patient care, to avoid hospital acquired COVID-19.  HL3274
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Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) residential home, and (2) nursing home, capacity in England since March 2020.  HL3275
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Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their future management of COVID-19 will be determined by scientific advice.  HL3276
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 3 August (HL2199), whether they have yet determined whether it is "feasible to designate Eurostar [a CITES-designated port]"; and what progress they have made so far in achieving this.  HL3277
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Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 5 August 2019 (HL17390), whether they implemented the EU’s occupational exposure limit value for Formaldehyde of 0.3ppm (parts per million); and if not, what is the limit on exposure in the UK.  HL3278
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they intend to take to improve the average education outcomes for boys to match those of girls in order to narrow the gender learning gap.  HL3279
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect that the level of the spend on forensic services has on the outcome of legal cases.  HL3280
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what forensic services (1) input, and (2) output, data are measured systematically.  HL3281
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions they have issued to Police Chief Constables regarding systematic data gathering to measure forensic services.  HL3282
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Lord Fox to ask Her Majesty's Government what data they are using to establish the time it takes police forces to return victims' phones.  HL3283
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking (1) to support the Plant Healthy scheme, and (2) to press for its (a) widespread, and (b) mandatory, adoption.  HL3284
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Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to further strengthen bilateral co-operation with Azerbaijan.  HL3285
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government why they maintain a ban on snus products.  HL3286
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence that they have, if any, which identifies the health risks posed to smokers who switch to snus products.  HL3287
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Financial Conduct Authority about enforcement action against the food delivery company Just Eat over its failure to comply with the mandatory requirement to disclose climate change risks to investors in its annual report.  HL3288
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the funding gap for the updating of the Ancient Woodland Inventory.  HL3289
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate the cost to be of creating 30,000 hectares of woodland per year; and whether sufficient money has been allocated to meet these costs.  HL3290
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to the National Food Strategy: Part One report, published on 29 July.  HL3291
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of English rivers have been assessed as being of a good ecological standard; and how has this percentage changed over the last three years.  HL3292
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to counter puppy smuggling through the port of Belfast.  HL3293
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Airport Passenger Duty is applied to internal flights from Northern Ireland within the UK; and if so, what plans there are for this to cease.  HL3294
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government which locations have been selected for a freeport.  HL3295
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to identify a freeport in Northern Ireland.  HL3296
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political and humanitarian situation in Myanmar following the military coup in February; and what steps they will take, if any, to support the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in their efforts to end violence and restore democracy in that country.  HL3297
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations have they made, if any, to the government of Lebanon to urge them to ensure that the judicial investigation into the causes of the Beirut port explosion on 4 August 2020 is transparent, independent and supported by all parties  HL3298
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, in response to the outbreak of renewed conflict in the Tigray region (1) bilaterally with the government of Ethiopia, and (2) multilaterally through the UN and the African Union; and what plans they have, if any, to advocate for penalties or sanctions against those obstructing humanitarian… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, with international partners to encourage all parties involved in separatist insurgency activity in the western provinces of Cameroon to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.  HL3300
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to prevent further violence in Yemen, with a particular focus on the areas of Shabwa and Marib; and whether they have requested that the UN Secretary General’s new Special Envoy to Yemen, Hans Grunberg, travel to Yemen to support regional peace effo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe following the loss of her appeal against a second jail sentence.  HL3302
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are used by ICF Consulting Services Ltd to assess value for money in the Green Homes Grant; and what assessment they have made of ICF’s (1) performance in assessing value for money, and (2) overall performance of their contract.  HL3303
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on British farmers of the Free Trade Agreements negotiated with (1) Australia, and (2) New Zealand.  HL3304
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that imported meat and food products under any Free Trade Agreement meet the same high standards of production in terms of (1) animal welfare, and (2) health environmental conditions of home produce; and whether failure to meet such standards will mean these imports will not be allow… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government how much revenue would be raised by increasing the income tax rate applicable to Schedule A income by 1.25 per cent.  HL3306
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe following the two recent attacks on opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.  HL3307
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of South Africa about political violence in Zimbabwe.  HL3308
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the African Union regarding political violence in Zimbabwe.  HL3309
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of NHS beds are currently occupied with COVID-19 patients.  HL3310
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential of green hydrogen to replace existing maritime fuels.  HL3311
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with private sector businesses to find technological solutions to the delivery rate of goods between Great Britain to Northern Ireland following the activation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL3312
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government why they agreed to medicines being included within the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and what plans they have, if any, to reverse this decision.  HL3313
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any gaming machines of any category as defined in the Gambling Act 2005 in any (1) catering, (2) retail, or (3) leisure facilities, in UK bases provided by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.  HL3314
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) full-time, and (2) part-time, individuals are directly employed by the National Economic Crime Centre.  HL3315
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how are ombudsmen used by those responsible for regulating insolvency practitioners (1) selected, (2) appointed, and (3) remunerated.  HL3316
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how much it would cost to raise the national insurance contributions threshold to an annual income of £12,570.  HL3317
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government who received (1) the £13 million fine levied from KPMG, and (2) the £500,000 levied from KMPG’s insolvency partner, as ordered by the Financial Report Council after the Silentnight insolvency.  HL3318
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Carillion directors have been disqualified from future company directorships.  HL3319
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to bring criminal charges against KPMG’s insolvency partner for misconduct during the Silentnight insolvency.  HL3320
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what evaluation criteria they are using to assess the effectiveness of the Education Recovery programme.  HL3321
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the drop-out rate in each of the last five years of teachers trained through (1) Teach First, (2) SCITT, (3) PGCE, and (4) Schools Direct.  HL3322
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people have completed the Skills Bootcamps; and what has been the drop-out rate.  HL3323
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities have taken on Afghan refugee families; and how many of these families are still in (1) hotels, or (2) guest houses; and how many children in these families have not yet been found school places.  HL3324
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Centre for Progressive Policy report Women in the Workforce – Boosting Mothers’ employment and earnings, published on 14 October, and in particular the finding that the UK has the second lowest public spend on childcare among OECD economies.  HL3325
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the amount of subsidised childcare for children aged between three and four years old from 570 to 720 hours per year to cover the duration of school holidays  HL3326
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of investing in flexible childcare arrangements on the annual earnings of working mothers.  HL3327
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Financial Conduct Authority’s decision to restrict (1) non-cryptocurrency blockchain, and (2) non-cryptocurrency distributed ledger technology financial innovation, through its implementation of the cryptoasset register; and in particular, the compatibility of this decision with (a) Her Majesty… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) whether the Financial Conduct Authority’s cryptoasset registration scheme permits UK cryptocurrency firms to move offshore and still serve UK consumers, and (2) the impact of this scheme on the FCA’s objective to secure an appropriate degree of protection for consumers.  HL3329
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK companies of the registration thresholds resulting from the implementation in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority of the EU’s 5th anti-money laundering directive; and what assessment have they made of whether the directive is leading to UK companies’ tax revenues being driven… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks faced by UK businesses which engage in (1) non-cryptocurrency blockchain, and (2) non-cryptocurrency distributed ledger technology innovation, of being de-banked and financially excluded from services by UK banks; and what plans they have, if any, to support such businesses to operate in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on regulated investment firms operating SME Growth Markets being required to charge their members stamp duty on transactions whilst recognised investment exchanges operating equivalent SME Growth Markets benefit from a waiver; and what assessment they have made of the compatibility of th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Financial Conduct Authority’s decision to require authorised firms to re-apply for registration to engage in (1) non-cryptocurrency blockchain, and (2) non-cryptocurrency distributed ledger technology financial services innovation; and what assessment they have made of whether the implementatio… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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