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Questions for Written Answer for 15 November 2021

Tabled on 10 November and due for answer by 24 November.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of a £48 million award to the Council of the Isles of Scilly for passenger and freight vessels, who will own the vessels; how much private sector finance has been committed; whether the Council had to put the operation of the vessels out to competitive tender; whether an Option Assessment Report was provide… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what precedents, if any, there are for capital cost awards of over £25 million for publicly-funded transport operations.  HL3918
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of a £48 million award to the Council of the Isles of Scilly for passenger and freight vessels, what assurances, if any, have been made by the Council to the Government on (1) the operating timetables for the vessels, (2) the passenger fares, and (3) freight charges; and what remedies are available if any s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to call for Taiwan to be given observer status at Interpol.  HL3920
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times raw sewage has been discharged into rivers in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.  HL3921
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of extra (1) doctors, and (2) nurses, that will be needed to clear backlogs in the NHS.  HL3922
Answered
Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional months beyond tariff people serving an indeterminate sentence are held on average.  HL3923 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently in prison aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 to 29, broken down by ethnicity.  HL3924 [I]
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the most recent rise in rail fares affected profits from ticket sales; and what assessment, if any, they have made of recent changes in demand for rail travel.  HL3925
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, given the decreased demand for rail travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have, if any, to change flexible season tickets to increase uptake.  HL3926
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of extending the ‘off peak’ period for rail travel to Fridays to increase the number of people travelling for leisure.  HL3927
Answered
Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make rail travel more attractive.  HL3928
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in the last six months to use trains to transport freight (1) to compensate for the shortage of HGV drivers, and (2) to reduce the emissions caused by HGVs.  HL3929
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Baroness Buscombe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group report Growing a Green Economy: The importance of ornamental horticulture and landscaping to the UK, published in August, and accompanying plan Unlocking green growth: A plan from the ornamental horticulture & landscaping industry.  HL3930
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Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to establish a long-term workforce strategy for the NHS and social care; and what plans they have to present an annual report to both Houses on (1) health, and (2) care.  HL3931
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Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what outside organisations are currently providing (1) training, and (2) guidance on workplace culture and behaviour, to the House of Lords; and what is the annual cost of these services.  HL3932
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Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many staff are employed in the House of Lords on work related to diversity and inclusion; and how much such work costs.  HL3933
Answered
Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths related to gambling harm were recorded in Great Britain in each of the last five years.  HL3934
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Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have (1) been referred, and (2) self-referred, to NHS gambling addiction services in England in each of the last five years.  HL3935
Answered
Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people aged between 13 and 25 have received treatment from the National Problem Gambling Clinic since 2019.  HL3936
Answered
Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of problem gamblers in Great Britain; and what research they have undertaken to form this estimate.  HL3937
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Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children in Great Britain who gamble regularly; and what research they have undertaken to form this estimate.  HL3938
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Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links to ask Her Majesty's Government what impact assessments on the societal cost of problem gambling they have undertaken to inform their proposed white paper on gambling reform.  HL3939
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Kamall on 9 November (HL Deb, col 1588) that the time limit for storage of gametes and embryos will be amended by legislation to extend it beyond 10 years "when parliamentary time allows", when they expect that to be achieved.  HL3940
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prospect for release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from prison in Iran.  HL3941
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Iran regarding the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.  HL3942
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 and above, went to prison in each of the last 10 years; what was the sentence length in each case; and what type of offence was committed.  HL3943
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the ethnic breakdown of women in prison aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 years or older, for each of the last 10 years.  HL3944
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average number of miles that women in prison aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 years or older, are held from their home address.  HL3945
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is available to women prisoners aged 18 to 24 for (1) education, and (2) training; and at what age the provision changes.  HL3946
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many disabled women have been imprisoned aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 years or older, in each of the last 10 years.  HL3947
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in prison aged (1) 18 to 24, and (2) 25 years or older, have previously been in local authority care in each of the last 10 years.  HL3948
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the additional powers local authorities may require to meet (1) the net zero target by 2050, and (2) World Health Organisation guidelines on safe levels of air pollution.  HL3949
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to improve the (1) reliability, and (2) coverage, of air quality monitoring in the UK.  HL3950
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 9 November (HL3061), whether the number of spillages from United Utilities treatment plans into (1) Lake Windermere, and (2) Lake Grasmere, are expected to reduce further in (a) 2021, and (b) in subsequent years.  HL3951
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of remaining on British Summer Time all year round; and what plans they have, if any, to make such a change.  HL3952
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of labour shortages in the ornamental horticulture sector on UK tree growers; and whether labour shortages in this sector will affect their ability to meet their tree planting targets.  HL3953
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 is enforced.  HL3954
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what the consequences will be for frontline NHS staff who refuse to get vaccinated by 1 April 2022.  HL3955
Tabled
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Amco Giffen have been contracted to infill Barcombe Bridge on 12 August; and if so, what is the value of the contract.  HL3956
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect the requirement for visas to enter the UK from Europe has had on (1) tourism from Europe, and (2) the UK economy.  HL3957
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what effect new visa requirements have had on the movement of UK residents seeking employment in the tourism sector in Europe.  HL3958
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to mitigate visa requirements for UK residents seeking employment in UK companies operating in the UK to the EU tourism industry.  HL3959
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the effect of new visa requirements on outbound tourism from the UK into Europe.  HL3960
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to facilitate travel for (1) school groups, and (2) families, to countries where vaccine passports for children aged 12 to 17 are a requirement.  HL3961
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Shared Prosperity Fund has (1) retained ring fenced funding for rural areas, and (2) matched previous EU funding before 2024–25; and, in each case, if not, why not.  HL3962
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken rural proofing of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; and, if so, whether they plan to publish the findings of this.  HL3963
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a table showing the harmful substances released by each water company into rivers and seas.  HL3964
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the fines levied by the Financial Reporting Council on Grant Thornton and its partner for audit failures at Interserve will be retained by HM Treasury; and what proportion will be distributed to stakeholders negatively affected by those failures.  HL3965
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech 'A water industry that works for everyone' by the then Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 1 March 2018 in which he said that water companies have "avoided paying taxes", what amount of corporate taxes have since been paid by each of the water companies.  HL3966
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Liverpool losing its UNESCO World Heritage Status; and the reasons of UNESCO's decision.  HL3967
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) primary, and (2) secondary, school students have been permanently excluded from school for each of the last five years.  HL3968
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children and young people are currently in (1) registered alternative schools, and (2) unregistered alternative schools.  HL3969
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement a health inequalities strategy that targets deprivation and focuses on the impact on (1) physical, and (2) mental, ill-health.  HL3970
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Building Britain Back Commission Levelling up and the Housing Challenge, published on 5 November; and what plans they have to implement a new national housing strategy that transitions from being based on historic growth to a new levelling up model of need.  HL3971
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to cut VAT on the lowest cost electric vehicles.  HL3972
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce guidelines for social media companies on what counts as journalism in the Online Safety Bill.  HL3973
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include pregnant women whose children are likely to need a care plan from birth in the Child Protection – Information Sharing Project.  HL3974
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