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Questions for Written Answer for 16 November 2021

Tabled on 15 November and due for answer by 29 November.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the competitiveness of UK-produced steel in the US market compared to that of steel produced in the EU in the 12 month period (1) before, and (2) after, the US lifted tariffs on steel imports from the EU.  HL3975 [I]
Tabled
Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in negotiations with the US about lifting the US tariffs on UK-produced steel; and when they expect those tariffs to be lifted.  HL3976 [I]
Tabled
Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme have been (1) received, and (2) approved, since they were introduced.  HL3977
Tabled
Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies have defaulted on the instalment repayments Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) so far; what is the value of loan repayments remaining overdue; and how many small and medium sized businesses are currently overdue on CIBILS repayments.  HL3978
Tabled
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many temporary work visas for EU nationals have been approved this year; and how many have been requested by (1) HGV drivers, (2) fuel tanker drivers, (3) fruit and vegetable pickers, and (4) slaughterhouse workers.  HL3979
Tabled
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the further technical consultation on private parking charges, discount rates, debt collection fees and appeals charter, published on 30 July.  HL3980
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to create a single appeals process for motorists if they are unfairly fined.  HL3981
Tabled
Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government when (1) the UK Endorsement Board, and (2) the UK Accounting Standards Endorsement Board Limited, registered with the Information Commissioner for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018.  HL3982
Tabled
Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government when (1) the UK Endorsement Board, and (2) the UK Accounting Standards Endorsement Board Limited, were required to register with the Information Commissioner for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018.  HL3983
Tabled
Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government when (1) the UK Endorsement Board, and (2) the UK Accounting Standards Endorsement Board Limited, commenced outreach activities on the endorsement of accounting standards.  HL3984
Tabled
Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 10 November (HL3612), what additional schemes they are establishing to support rail freight to counteract the shortage of HGV drivers.  HL3985
Answered
Lord Cameron of Dillington to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have increased hydropower licence fees for run-of-river schemes by 895 per cent since 2016; and how this aligns with their ambition to generate more renewable energy.  HL3986
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of British Iranian dual nationals detained by the government of Iran; and what support they are providing (1) the detainees, and (2) their families.  HL3987
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the £400 million debt owed to the government of Iran for the non-delivery of Chieftain tanks in 1979; and what steps they are taking to repay it.  HL3988
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe; and what assessment they have made about the prospects for her release.  HL3989
Tabled
Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that ambulance call-outs have risen following home use of medical abortion pills; and what steps they are taking in response.  HL3990
Tabled
Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local ambulance services can accurately track the impact of complications arising from home use of medical abortion pills; and what plans they have, if any, to use an Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System code for such cases.  HL3991
Tabled
Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of triggering Article 16 on the remainder of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL3992
Answered
Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have provided in total for family hubs since 2020; and how much of this has been allocated, broken down by fund.  HL3993
Tabled
Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government how much new funding for family hubs they have set aside in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review for each financial year to 2024–25; and how local authorities can apply for these funds.  HL3994
Answered
Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government when the £500 million Household Support Fund will be made available; and what amount has been allocated for each of the financial years for which the Fund will be available.  HL3995
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what age-specific training prison staff receive for working with female prisoners aged 18 to 24.  HL3996
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women aged 18 to 24 have been received into prison in each year of the past 10 years, by establishment.  HL3997
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in prison aged 18 to 20 share a cell with a woman aged over 20 years old.  HL3998
Tabled
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, were pregnant while in custody in each of the last 10 years.  HL3999
Tabled
Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many migrants who initially entered the UK on a student visa were granted the right to settle in each of the past 10 years.  HL4000
Tabled
Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many mobile phones have been issued (1) to individuals in immigration removal centres, and (2) to asylum seekers arriving in the UK after crossing the English Channel by boat, between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2021.  HL4001
Tabled
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the review into the language used in drafting legislation.  HL4002
Tabled
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the quality of lateral flow tests.  HL4003
Tabled
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 test device products have been subject to desktop reviews by the UK Health Security Agency.  HL4004
Tabled
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many suppliers of COVID-19 tests have submitted information regarding their products for desktop reviews.  HL4005
Tabled
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional protection they have provided to foreign domestic workers in the UK since the passage of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  HL4006
Tabled
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reinstate the full UK contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.  HL4007
Tabled
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost of providing translations of NHS communications, particularly on COVID-19; and what assessment they have made of the impact of providing such translations.  HL4008
Tabled
Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel about the killing of Mohammed Daadas.  HL4009
Tabled
Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of reports that the United Nations Relief and Work agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is close to collapse following a reduction in funding.  HL4010
Tabled
Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following reports of overnight raids on homes in the West Bank village of Fahma by Israeli forces.  HL4011
Tabled
Lord Laming to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 9 November (HL3490), what assessment they have made of (1) the effects on children in care of waiting for the final report of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) before taking steps to address the issues identified in the interim report, and (2) the interim report's finding tha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with international partners (1) to protect the pangolin population globally, and (2) to prevent the criminal export and trafficking of pangolin products to East Asia from (a) Nigeria, and (b) other parts of Africa; and what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria regarding such i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reduced aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA); if so, (1) by how much, and (2) for what reasons; and what plans they have to ensure that Palestinian refugees continue to be provided with UNRWA services.  HL4014
Tabled
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce confusion regarding recycling in England; what plans they have to require companies to simplify recycling instructions on their packaging; and whether they have plans to legislate to standardise local authority rules over what can and cannot be recycled.  HL4015
Tabled
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UN Security Council's decision on 29 October to extend the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara until 31 October 2022, what representations they have made to the UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy regarding his role in (1) de-escalating tensions in the region, and (2) working towar… 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 is the current average ambulance waiting time across all NHS ambulance trusts in England; which NHS ambulance trusts in England have the longest waiting times; how this compares to ambulance waiting times in 2019; and how many safety incidents there have been in NHS ambulance trusts in England in 2021 as a result of wait… 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 to avert a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan this winter; and what plans they have to send urgent assistance to the civilian population in that country.  HL4018
Tabled
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to apply the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and what assessment they have made of the implications of this application for the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  HL4019
Tabled
Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have carried out a cost-benefit analysis of bat surveys in planning applications; and, if so, what value they placed on the life of a bat, disaggregated by indigenous species.  HL4020
Tabled
Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there are adequate supplies of oxygen for all hospital patients with respiratory conditions.  HL4021
Answered
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed have received a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in England to date.  HL4022
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed have been hospitalised due to COVID-19 in England since 2 September.  HL4023
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed have died due to COVID-19 in England since 2 September.  HL4024
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging scans have been carried out to investigate cases of suspected prostate cancer in England in each year since 2016.  HL4025
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to restore levels of access to multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging scans for patients with suspected prostate cancer to pre-pandemic levels.  HL4026
Answered
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many suspected prostate cancer patients in each local Cancer Alliance have undergone a multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging scan in England in each year since 2016.  HL4027
Tabled
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 1 November (HL3360), which Historic Railways Estate structures have had infilling and demolition contracts issued since the programme was paused in the summer; what was the value of each of those contracts; whether the review of future maintenance proposals will also t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the 100,000 Genomes Project.  HL4029
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the College of Paramedics to the BBC on 11 November about waiting times for ambulances.  HL4030
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward their decision on the role of hydrogen in heating buildings from the current date of 2026.  HL4031
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how long industry would need to adjust to a requirement to use hydrogen in the heating of buildings.  HL4032
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when in 2022 they expect to publish their hydrogen production strategy.  HL4033
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of their target set out in the Heat and Buildings Strategy for heat pumps to cost the same (1) to buy, and (2) to run, as fossil fuel boilers in 2030.  HL4034
Tabled
Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their response to the Forty-Second report of the Public Accounts Committee 2019–21 on 28 April, what steps they will take to incentivise the NHS Supply Chain to buy PPE which is made in the UK.  HL4035
Tabled
Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to purchase UK-made biodegradable PPE products as opposed to single use plastic products.  HL4036
Tabled
Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update Table A in their COVID-19 guidance 'Personal protective equipment (PPE) made in the UK as at 1 December 2020', published on 9 March, to set out the UK-made items of PPE compared to expected demand.  HL4037
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia.  HL4038
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of drones in the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia.  HL4039
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that UN workers providing humanitarian aid are being detained by the Ethiopian authorities.  HL4040
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of EU nationals living in England who have become homeless since the UK formally withdrew from the EU.  HL4041
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to alleviate homelessness among EU nationals living in England.  HL4042
Tabled
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Deprivation of Liberty orders were issued each month since July to individuals in care who were under 16 years old.  HL4043
Tabled
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 11 November (HL3542), when evaluating HeadUp Systems for the contract for (1) data science, and (2) health technology services, for the Health Incentives Scheme, what steps they took to evaluate whether the company’s latest accounts registered with Companies House met the criteria relatin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, they have given to creating a new category of tax advantaged share scheme, analogous to the existing employee share ownership schemes, for which people in the gig economy would be eligible.  HL4045
Answered
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports of the killing of Raed Jadallah by Israeli snipers.  HL4046
Tabled
The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government why they removed combined heat and power from the second phase of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.  HL4047
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund combined heat and power projects for public bodies, such as the NHS; and whether any such funds would be made available via government agencies, such as Salix Finance.  HL4048
Tabled
Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government why a detainee at Colnbrook Immigration Centre was denied HIV medication.  HL4049
Tabled
Viscount Stansgate to ask Her Majesty's Government when COVID-19 booster vaccines will be recorded in the Covid Pass within the NHS app.  HL4050
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Viscount Stansgate to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients; and what bodies were involved in any such assessment.  HL4051
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that staff working in ambulances who are not paramedics have to be (1) registered, or (2) regulated.  HL4052
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide help for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to become more environmentally sustainable.  HL4053
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to work with the government of France to provide safe access to asylum procedures on both sides of the English Channel.  HL4054
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