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 26 October 2021

Tabled on 25 October and due for answer by 8 November.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 11 February 2020 (HL1173), how many human embryos were (1) deliberately destroyed, and (2) transferred to uteri to establish pregnancies, in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many human embryos have been (a) deliberately… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority website about the “limited evidence on risks and success rates” for mitochondrial replacement techniques; how many embryos have been generated to date using each particular technique; how many such embryos have been transferred… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the military coup in Sudan, (2) the location and treatment of Prime Minister Hamdok and other arrested senior members of the civilian administration, and (3) the condemnation of the coup by the government of the United States of America; and what plans they have, if any, to negotiate a tr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of organised international human organ trafficking groups and reports of the harvesting of human organs; what discussions they have had with the WHO about this issue; and what assessment they have made of the reported involvement of (1) hospitals, and (2) universities, in China in such practices… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of World Food Programme estimate that in Afghanistan (1) 22.8 million people are facing acute food insecurity, (2) 8.7 million are facing emergency levels of food insecurity, and (3) 3.2 million children under five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of the year.  HL3365
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 October (HL2891), when they expect the country allocation for the Global Mine Action Programme to be completed; and by how much UK funding will be reduced.  HL3366
Answered
Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will produce a comprehensive assessment of the impact of Channel 4 privatisation on (1) businesses and jobs in the UK media production sector, (2) the balance in the creative economy between London and the rest of the UK, and (3) UK viewers’ access to original and distinctive UK content.  HL3367
Answered
Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) global media companies, (2) UK broadcasters, and (3) financial institutions, about the possibility of their purchasing Channel 4.  HL3368
Answered
Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses they received to the Consultation on a change of ownership of Channel 4 Television Corporation; how many of those responses were in favour of a change of ownership; how many were opposed to change in ownership; and how they intend to weight responses.  HL3369
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet parliamentarians to discuss the construction of a viaduct rather than a tunnel for HS2 in Wendover.  HL3370
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the integrity of the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina; and what steps are they taking (1) to preserve the Dayton Accords, and (2) to help improve the lives of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  HL3371
Answered
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had about the future of the Asia Infrastructure Bank.  HL3372
Answered
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a strategy for the implementation of the National Security and Investment Act 2021.  HL3373
Answered
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for a future UK military presence in the Indo-Pacific region.  HL3374
Answered
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to improve palliative care in England.  HL3375
Answered
Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) political parties, and (2) civil society members, will be included in the renewed UK–Sudan Strategic dialogue; and whether 50 per cent of those participants will be women.  HL3376
Answered
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) which departments use Capita to book international travel, and (2) what has been the cost of using Capita to book international travel for (a) Ministers, and (b) civil servants.  HL3377
Answered
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government which outside contractors are used by departments to book international travel.  HL3378
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to tackle the backlogs in (1) respiratory care, (2) respiratory diagnosis, and (3) referrals for urgent care, for those with lung conditions.  HL3379
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a respiratory services recovery plan to restore healthcare services for patients with lung disease where diagnostics are now (1) back to, or (2) above, pre-pandemic levels.  HL3380
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what data are available on the scale of spirometry testing, following the publication of guidance in April on the safe resumption of such testing.  HL3381
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in England are waiting to have spirometry testing in primary care; and how many people are waiting for their diagnosis of suspected lung disease to be confirmed.  HL3382
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many community diagnostic hubs per million people they plan to create; and what steps are they taking to ensure that respiratory diagnostic tests will be a core part of their function.  HL3383
Tabled
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timescale for the rollout of (1) community diagnostic hubs pilots, and (2) the remaining community diagnostic hubs.  HL3384
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the backlog of asylum applications.  HL3385
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to support local authorities to prevent children absconding from care.  HL3386
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel following claims by the Israeli Ministry of Defence that six human rights organisations are linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; and whether they share this assessment by the Israeli Ministry of Defence.  HL3387
Answered
Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect that encouraging GPs to refer patients to medical weight loss clinics would have on levels of obesity.  HL3388
Answered
Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients requiring Tier 3 Specialist Weight Management Services went on to require Tier 4 Specialist Weight Management Services in the latest year for which data are available.  HL3389
Answered
Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients are waiting for bariatric surgery or similar interventions at Tier 4 Specialist Weight Management; and how long on average those patients are waiting for such surgery or similar interventions.  HL3390
Answered
Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average additional cost to the NHS of every patient moved from Tier 3 to Tier 4 Specialist Weight Management Services.  HL3391
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that families with members (1) in low-paid jobs, or (2) on zero-hour contracts, can pay their energy bills and do not fall into fuel poverty.  HL3392
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that young care leavers can pay their energy bills and do not fall into fuel poverty.  HL3393
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the elderly can afford to heat their homes during this winter; and what plans they have to cut VAT on energy bills for six months.  HL3394
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that no children are harmed during the anti-vaccination protests outside schools.  HL3395
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.  HL3396
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support low-income countries (1) to receive, and (2) to administer safely, the COVID-19 vaccines pledged by the UK.  HL3397
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the economic impacts of COVID-19 do not reduce children's global access to (1) health, (2) education, and (3) nutrition services.  HL3398
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential effect of reductions in the Official Development Assistance budget on (1) poverty, (2) inequality, and (3) the UK's reputation, in the global south.  HL3399
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to tackle the debt crises in low-income countries.  HL3400
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic steps they have taken to support international action to tackle climate change ahead of COP26.  HL3401
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in stabbings in the past four years.  HL3402
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with the United Nations to reduce aggression and conflict globally.  HL3403
Answered
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the Israeli Defence Ministry on 19 October to designate six Palestinian civil society organisations that monitor human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to be “terrorist organizations”.  HL3404
Answered
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following reports of an attack on Palestinians by Israeli settlers near the town of Turmus Ayya.  HL3405
Answered
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by Physicians for Human Rights that (1) seriously ill Palestinians, and (2) those injured by Israeli forces, are dying because they are prevented from receiving medical care.  HL3406
Answered
Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to establish a regulatory framework authority to promote and provide safeguards for the development of neurotechnology.  HL3407
Answered
Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 28 April (HL14943), what steps they are taking to create a register of children being home-schooled in England.  HL3408
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work of (1) Al-Haq, (2) Addameer, (3) Defence of Children International - Palestine, (4) Bisan Center for Research and Development, and (5) Union of Palestinian Women's Committee in monitoring allegations of human rights breaches in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the climate for human rights in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories following the decision of the Israeli Ministry of Defence to claim that (1) Al-Haq, (2) Addameer, (3) Defence for Children International – Palestine, (4) Bisan Center for Research and Development, (5) Union o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the government of the United States of America, and (2) with other allies, following the decision of the Ministry of Defence in Israel to label six human rights organisations to be linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; and what conclusions did they jointly re… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Insulate Britain protesters have been arrested; and of those, how many (1) have been charged, and (2) have broken court injunctions.  HL3412
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage change in the number of students sitting A Levels in (1) Art and Design, (2) Music, (3) Design and Technology, (4) Drama, (5), Media, (6) Film and Television Studies, and (7) Performing and Expressive Arts, for each of the last five years.  HL3413
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value to the economy of the creative arts industry.  HL3414
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to force social media platforms to stop amplifying hateful content via their algorithms.  HL3415
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make the teaching of digital skills mandatory.  HL3416
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create new flexible immigration routes in order to allow more people to work in the social care sector helping people with disabilities.  HL3417
Answered
Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 25 October (HL2987) regarding assistance animals travelling from the UK to the EU, whether similarly stringent requirements are in place for pet movements from the EU to the UK.  HL3418
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.