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Questions for Written Answer for 27 October 2021

Tabled on 26 October and due for answer by 9 November.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their proposal to increase the normal minimum pension age from 55 to 57 in 2028, how many pension scheme members they estimate will benefit from the planned protection regime before 5 April 2023.  HL3419
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their proposal to increase the normal minimum pension age from 55 to 57 in 2028, what estimate they have made of the number of people who will transfer existing pensions to new providers to take advantage of the planned protection regime that will be available up to 5 April 2023.  HL3420
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their proposed introduction of a protection regime to allow pension scheme members to protect a minimum pension age of 55, how many pension accounts they expect to be opened for children before 5 April 2023 to protect a minimum pension age of 55 for their future.  HL3421
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have consult with industry on the practicalities of implementing the proposed protection regime for increasing the normal minimum pension age to 57 in April 2028.  HL3422
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects their planned protection regime for minimum pension ages will have on their policies for pension simplification and consumer engagement, including (1) the implications of increased complexity for simple Annual Statements, (2) the challenges for pension forecasts to be produced by Pension… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional train services (1) within the UK, and (2) in continental Europe, are running to assist COP26 delegates in getting to and from the conference.  HL3424
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 25 October (HL2904), how much was spent on the apprenticeship levy between 1 April and 30 September.  HL3425
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the negotiations with the Vice President of the European Commission on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL3426
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support available to victims of Northern Ireland-related acts of terrorism in mainland Great Britain.  HL3427
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the roll-out of Armed Forces Covenant's mental health provision service across the UK; and what plans they have, if any, to make changes to that provision.  HL3428
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the Armed Forces Bill.  HL3429
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the measures in place to protect (1) young, and (2) vulnerable, people from problem online gambling.  HL3430
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the recovery of the UK tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL3431
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to impose Magnitsky sanctions on the military officials responsible for the overthrow of the civilian government in Sudan.  HL3432
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have if any, to call a special session of the UN Human Rights Council regarding the situation in Sudan.  HL3433
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have take to ensure the (1) protection, and (2) release of (a) Prime Minister Hamdok, and (b) Yasir Arman, following the overthrow of the civilian government in Sudan.  HL3434
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the volume of trade coming from the Republic of Ireland via ports in Wales for onward transmission to continental Europe since 1 January.  HL3435
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of (1) haulage companies, and (2) other organisations involved in the goods supply chain, about recent disruptions to the UK supply networks.  HL3436
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the EU's negotiating strategy on outstanding issues regarding arrangements under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL3437
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) scale, and (2) cause, of trade difficulties at UK ports since the introduction of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL3438
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the EU's response of 13 October to their request to alter the text of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL3439
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government whether plans they have, if any, to trigger Article 16 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland unilaterally in order (1) to protect the Great Britain to Northern Ireland supply chain, and (2) to restore the integrity of the UK Single Market.  HL3440
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union as it relates to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and whether this role affects the sovereignty of the UK.  HL3441
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the functions of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to ensure that it (1) collects, (2) analyses, and (3) publishes, data on complaints involving the death of patients that it has decided not to investigate.  HL3442
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the functions of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to ensure that it investigates a higher proportion of complaints received than is current practice.  HL3443
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many care home residents who received two initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now received their booster dose.  HL3444
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the local variations in delays to people in all eligible groups receiving the COVID-19 booster vaccination.  HL3445
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for regional delays in eligible individuals (1) being invited for an influenza vaccine at their GP practice, and (2) being able to book an influenza vaccine at a local pharmacy.  HL3446
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill provides for (1) salaries, (2) secretarial expenses, and (3) travelling expenses, to be credited to Members of the Legislative Assembly during the proposed 24 week extension period for filling Ministerial offices.  HL3447
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, about amending the Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 to make it a requirement that all pavement licences are 100 per cent smokefree; and if so, what was the outcome those discussions.  HL3448
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of how the COP26 conference can benefit the people of Northern Ireland.  HL3449
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the implementation of vaccination programmes in Northern Ireland.  HL3450
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to support the economy of Northern Ireland.  HL3451
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact of climate change on global food production, and (2) the potential for mass migration from areas where food supply has failed owing to climate change.  HL3452
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have appointed a Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities as Minister for Intergovernmental Relations; and what assessment they have made of whether the two roles can be performed by a single individual.  HL3453
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to resolve the current (1) food shortages, and (2) danger due to conflict, affecting people in Afghanistan.  HL3454
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to respond to the proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 made by Weymouth Town Council in December 2019 for the dependent carer’s allowance to be extended to parish and town councils.  HL3455
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of  the role of town councils in the (1) preparation, (2) governance, and (3) delivery, of applications successful in securing the Towns Fund.  HL3456
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government which new parish and town councils were established as a result of a community governance review for each year between 2010–11 and 2020–21.  HL3457
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what evaluation they have made of their supported employment schemes and employment support programmes for (1) disabled people, and (2) young people, since February 2020.  HL3458
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any long-term, disproportionate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the employment of (1) disabled people, and (2) young Black people; and what steps they are taking to address those effects.  HL3459
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a cross-Government equality action plan; and what role (1) the Equality Hub, and (2) the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, will have in any of those plans.  HL3460
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an equality impact assessment was completed prior to the removal of the £20 Universal Credit uplift; and if so, what reference this had to disabled people.  HL3461
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to extend, and (2) to reform, the Certificate of Professional Competence to encourage (a) experienced, and (b) retired, HGV drivers to return to work.  HL3462
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to introduce environmental sustainability across all National Curriculum and A-Level courses.  HL3463
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to increase the employment allowance, and (2) to reform upfront costs, such as business rates.  HL3464
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to add HGV drivers to the shortage occupation list to make it easier for skilled workers to obtain visas.  HL3465
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to stop recording offences committed by trans women in the female crime statistics; and what plans they have, if any, to issue corrected data to ensure consistency of data sets, especially in regards to rape.  HL3466
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Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty's Government when the allocations for this year's Community Renewal Fund will be announced; and whether they still expect that these projects will be delivered in the current year.  HL3467
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