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Questions for Written Answer for 8 November 2021

Tabled on 4 November and due for answer by 18 November.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement that UK drivers who passed their test after 1 January 1997 will no longer be required to take a specialist test to tow a trailer of up to 3,500 kilograms, what were the reasons for this change; and what assessment have they made of the safety implications of the change.  HL3712
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 4 November (HL3335), what are the reasons for the reduction in the number of HS2 platforms at Euston Station from 11 to 10.  HL3713
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 4 November (HL3335), how many trains per hour are planned from Euston to operate on HS2 Phase (1) 1, (2) 2a, and (3) 2b east.  HL3714
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 4 November (HL3335), whether the total number of trains planned for HS2 at Euston has changed since the publication of High Speed Two: From Concept to Reality on 17 July 2017.  HL3715
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 4 November (HL3335), whether a grade separation design on the Euston approaches is still required; and if so, which one.  HL3716
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 4 November (HL3335), how many deep piles from buildings on the line of HS2 tunnels between Euston and Old Oak Common have been identified.  HL3717
Answered
Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Callanan on 3 November (HL Deb, col 1215), what assessment they have made of the reduction of methane emissions required in different sectors in order for the UK to meet the COP26 pledge to reduce methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030; and whether they intend to publish a methane reduction strateg… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  further to the Written Answers by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 2 November (HL3271, HL3268, HL3269), how many clerks that undertake duties at the Table of the House are in possession of wigs; and how many new wigs would be required so that all clerks who sit at the Table have one; and what assessment he has made of how many additiona… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  further to the Written Answers by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 2 November (HL3271, HL3268, HL3269), what consultation about the wearing of wigs took place with the clerks who (1) sit, or (2) may sit, at the Table; and what was the division of opinion amongst them.  HL3720
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote ventilation in buildings to minimise the spread of COVID-19.  HL3721
Tabled
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of creating a custom and self-build housing delivery unit within Homes England.  HL3722
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote awareness of the Right to Build scheme.  HL3723
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ease any traffic congestion on the A303 near Stonehenge.  HL3724
Answered
Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the management of the (1) Holocaust Memorial, and (2) Learning Centre, in Victoria Tower Gardens.  HL3725
Answered
Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission Report, published on 27 January 2015, what steps they are taking towards implementing its recommendations.  HL3726
Answered
Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission Report, published on 27 January 2015, why they do not regard the new Holocaust Galleries at the Imperial War Museum as the Holocaust Learning Centre.  HL3727
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ruling by Belgium's Court of Cassation that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is not a terrorist organisation; and what plans they have, if any, to remove the PKK from their register of terrorist organisations.  HL3728
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to remove masses of plastic from the oceans.  HL3729
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current (1) political, and (2) security, situation in Nicaragua, ahead of the general election in that country on 7 November.  HL3730
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current (1) political, and (2) security, situation in Haiti; and what assessment they have made of reports of an increase in (a) gang-related violence, (b) strikes, and (c) mass protests, in Port-au-Prince.  HL3731
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the NSO Group to request they recode their Pegasus software; and what plans they have to restrict trade with the NSO Group.  HL3732
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Olusegun Obasanjo since his appointment as High Representative for the Horn of Africa Region by the Commission of the African Union, in order to offer (1) support, and (2) assistance, in seeking a resolution to the conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.  HL3733
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to calculate the casualty rates per mile travelled for e-scooters; and what assessment they have made of the casualty rates involving e-scooters.  HL3734
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to phase out the use of diesel trains on the lines running in and out of Marylebone station; and what steps they are taking to protect (1) staff, and (2) passengers, at that station from the impact of harmful emissions.  HL3735
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of battery fires affecting e-scooters being carried on trains, what plans they have to review the safety impact of taking e-scooters on (1) trains, and (2) buses; and what steps they are taking to issue safety advice to transport providers.  HL3736
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an additional £250 million a week has become available for the NHS since the UK's departure from the EU; and if so, whether they will provide a breakdown of how this has been spent.  HL3737
Answered
Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) teaching unions, and (2) the devolved administrations, regarding making teaching a more attractive profession in all four nations of the United Kingdom.  HL3738
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow participants in the Small Business Leadership Programme to participate in the Help to Grow Scheme.  HL3739
Answered
Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the resilience of subsea cables will be considered in the new National Resilience Strategy; whether they plan to designate subsea cables as critical national infrastructure; and if not, what steps they are taking to increase the resilience of the UK's subsea cables.  HL3740
Answered
Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of other countries regarding the resilience of the UK's subsea cables.  HL3741
Answered
Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they took in developing their plans for a new Royal Navy Surveillance Ship; when it will be ordered; when they expect it will enter service; whether it will have the capacity to repair subsea cables; and whether it will be built in the UK.  HL3742
Answered
Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the National Shipbuilding Office regarding the development of the refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy; and when the Strategy will be published.  HL3743
Answered
Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministerial Directions have been issued since October 2020.  HL3744
Answered
Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministerial Directions have been issued in the Department of Health and Social Care since October 2020; and what matters they related to.  HL3745
Answered
Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministerial Directions have been issued in Her Majesty's Treasury since October 2020; and what matters they related to.  HL3746
Answered
Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend (1) to launch, and (2) to chair, a partnership forum on behalf of the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities; and if so, who will be the members of that forum.  HL3747
Answered
Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of home parcel deliveries during the last 18 months to the health and well-being of the UK; what conclusions, if any, they have drawn from any such assessment; and what plans they have to further regulate home parcel deliveries to protect the public interest.  HL3748
Answered
Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote consumer confidence in buying online; and what assessment they have made of the performance of delivery companies in this regard.  HL3749
Answered
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