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Questions for Written Answer for 23 November 2021

Tabled on 22 November and due for answer by 6 December.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by the BBC on 18 November that conflict in Ethiopia has (1) reduced Djiboutian trade by 80 per cent, (2) cost Djibouti $1.7 billion, and (3) affected supply chains and trade across the region.  HL4244
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the announcement by Somalia’s United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on 19 November, that in Somalia (1) more than 2 million people face food and water insecurity, and (2) an estimated 2.3 million people face water, food and pasture shortages.  HL4245
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made about whether the discussions between the President of Kenya and the Secretary of State for the United States have made progress towards ending the conflict in Tigray.  HL4246
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that no school students in Tigray have been able to register for exams to enter university, and (2) the impact this will have on the education of girls in that region.  HL4247
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate, if any, they have made of the number of Tigrayans who have been detained in Addis Ababa; and what assessment they have made of reports of landlords checking their tenants' identification cards, including UN staff other relief agencies.  HL4248
Tabled
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to sign the Intergovernmental Declaration on Children, Youth and Climate Action by Unicef; and if not, for what reasons.  HL4249
Tabled
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they gave to signing up to the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance at COP26; what were the reasons for not signing; and what plans they have to consider signing in the future.  HL4250
Tabled
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) co-operate with, (2) promote, and (3) encourage, the development of the Global Registry of Fossil Fuels.  HL4251
Tabled
Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Commission on Human Medicines Public Assessment Report: Recommendations to support the effective and safe use of adrenaline auto-injectors, published on 11 November; and what steps they will take in response.  HL4252
Tabled
Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government how many school pupils in England have taken (1) GCSE, and (2) A Level, music in each year since 2011.  HL4253 [I]
Tabled
Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the second National Plan for Music Education.  HL4254 [I]
Tabled
Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 June (HL709), whether further funding for Operation Grange into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was granted; if so, (1) how much, and (2) until when; whether any further review of the effectiveness of Operation Grange has been undertaken; and how much… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prospect of recovering money claimed fraudulently from the (1) Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, (2) Self Employment Income Support scheme, and (3) Eat Out to Help Out scheme.  HL4256
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the recent hypersonic missile testing by the government of China, and (2) the implications of such tests for world peace.  HL4257
Tabled
The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving regarding carnets to those working in the fashion industry and who travel to Europe for work purposes, particularly in regard to clothing items; and what plans they have to make such advice more detailed.  HL4258
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help (1) reduce, or (2) remove, the costs of carnets for those working in the fashion industry who travel to Europe for work purposes.  HL4259
Tabled
The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to widen the representation of the fashion industry on the DCMS-led working group on touring.  HL4260
Tabled
The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of a Duplicate List with regard to the transportation of samples in the fashion industry.  HL4261
Tabled
The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the just-in-time nature of the fashion creative business model.  HL4262
Tabled
Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British armed forces personnel have been sent to (1) Poland, (2) Lithuania, (3) Latvia, and (4) Estonia, in response to the build-up of Russian forces on the Ukraine border.  HL4263
Tabled
Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British Navy vessels have been sent to the Black Sea in response to the build-up of Russian forces on the Ukraine border; and what type of vessels have been sent.  HL4264
Tabled
Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many briefings the Secretary of State for Defence has received on the build-up of Russian forces on the Ukraine border.  HL4265
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Cobra meetings have been held in response to the build-up of Russian forces on the Ukraine border.  HL4266
Tabled
Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government when the carrier strike group will return to the UK.  HL4267
Tabled
Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will issue a tender for a new medium helicopter to replace the Puma.  HL4268
Tabled
Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 14 October (HL2832), whether they can confirm that, of the posts listed, only the Director Reserves, Army Headquarters and Deputy Commander Field Army posts are (1) held by officers with previous reserve experience, and (2) within the army chain of command.  HL4269
Tabled
Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the High Court decision in Goodred v Portsmouth City Council [2021] EWHC 3057, what steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities are aware of their powers to carry out inquiries to check that home schooled children are receiving "a suitable education", as required by the Education Act 1996.  HL4270
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the successful re-opening of the railway line between Exeter and Okehampton, what plans they have to reinstate the remaining section of the line between Okehampton and Calstock to secure an alternative route to Plymouth and Cornwall; what is the timetable for any such plans; and what assessment they have made of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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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, or (2) 25 years or older, have dependent children.  HL4272
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average number of miles that a (1) woman, or (2) man, in prison is held from their home address.  HL4273
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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, or (2) 25 or older, are currently sharing a cell.  HL4274
Tabled
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Afghan refugees aged 16 to 24 who have arrived since January will be eligible for the Kickstart Scheme.  HL4275
Tabled
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect to publish the (1) Wade-Gery, and (2) Goldacre, reviews before the committee stage of the Health and Care Bill in the House of Lords.  HL4276
Tabled
Lord Mawson to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many electric car charging points there are in the House of Lords.  HL4277
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of electric car charging points in each local authority, and (2) any geographical differences in levels of installation.  HL4278
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of practical challenges of increasing the number of electric car charging points.  HL4279
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government what their target is for the number of electric car charging points to be installed; and by when.  HL4280
Tabled
Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sea-level rise that will result from decisions at COP26; and whether any modifications will be required for the Thames Barrier to resist such rising sea levels.  HL4281
Tabled
Lord Ravensdale to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to the consultation that closed in February 2020 on trophy hunting imports; and what plans they have to introduce the Animals Abroad Bill.  HL4282
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Lord Ravensdale to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their commitment in the Queen’s Speech to end trophy hunting imports will apply to all hunting trophies; and if not, whether there will be exceptions for certain (1) animals, and (2) countries.  HL4283
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran regarding (1) Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, (2) Anoosheh Ashoori, and (3) other British nationals detained in Iran.  HL4284
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States of America regarding countries attempting to acquire nuclear weapons ahead of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in January 2022.  HL4285
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ethiopia regarding the safety of the Tigrayan population living outside of the Tigray region.  HL4286
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the five-year extension of Xi Jinping's tenure as president of China on their policies.  HL4287
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to represent the UK (1) politically, and (2) diplomatically, at the Beijing Winter Olympics.  HL4288
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports of human rights abuses against (1) peaceful protesters, and (2) minority groups, in Turkey.  HL4289
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the government of France regarding the treatment of asylum seekers in the Calais area.  HL4290
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people who emigrated from the UK in (1) 1991, (2) 2010, and (3) 2020; and how this compares to the number of people who applied to settle in the UK in each of those years.  HL4291
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of how the number of people applying for refugee status in the UK compares to the figures for (1) Greece, (2) Italy, (3) Spain, and (4) France.  HL4292
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations, if any, they are having with religious groups about potential legislation on immigration.  HL4293
Tabled
Baroness Rock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that tenant farmers on short-term, restrictive Farm Business Tenancies will not be constrained from entering new Environmental Land Management Schemes by their landlords.  HL4294
Tabled
Baroness Rock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 to include similar provisions to those set out in section 19A of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.  HL4295
Tabled
Baroness Rock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposals from the Tenant Farmers Association to amend the taxation framework within which landlords of farmland make decisions about letting land to encourage longer term farm business tenancies; and what plans they have, if any, to implement these changes.  HL4296
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Baroness Rock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to schedule a meeting between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and representatives of the Tenant Farmers Association to discuss the proposals for amendments to the taxation framework.  HL4297
Tabled
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding by UK National Contact Point that JCB was in breach of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development guidelines for Multinational Enterprises; and what steps they are taking to ensure that UK companies adhere to those guidelines.  HL4298
Tabled
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about the use of skunk water to disperse gatherings of Palestinians at the Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem.  HL4299
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the concern expressed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East on 19 November about the killing of 15 year old Mohammad Daadas; and what assessment they have made of the number of Palestinians (1) killed, and (2) injured, by live fire since the beginning… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they plan to make to the government of Israel concerning the Israeli Defence Force lining up children at night to photograph them after reported stone throwing incidents.  HL4301
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the outcome of the consultation on the Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, when they plan to introduce legislation to confirm the changes to the Highway Code; and whether rules for e-scooters will be included in the upcoming changes to the Highway Code.  HL4302
Answered
Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 18 November (HL3652), who assessed all permanent and temporary venues at COP26 as fully accessible; and whether they will put into the Library of the House a record of the input of the Disability Inclusive Working Group into COP26.  HL4303
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 11 November (HL3461), what assessment they have made of the number of disabled households living in poverty following the end of the Universal Credit uplift; what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing inflation and cost of living on disabled households; and wha… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 11 November (HL3461), whether in their view the removal of the Universal Credit uplift meets the public sector equality duty tests set out in section 149(1) of the Equality Act 2010 for any of the nine protected characteristics; what evidence informs their view that the public… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the number of (1) disabled people, and (2) elderly people, who will be unable to heat their homes this winter.  HL4306
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the STATS19 data published on 19 October on road casualties; and particularly any casualties involving e-scooters.  HL4307
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide a table showing (1) each of the benefits that individuals reaching the state pension age are entitled to claim, (2) the number of individuals who are entitled to claim such benefits, and (3) the number of individuals claiming them.  HL4308
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Women’s State Pension age: our findings on the Department for Work and Pensions’ communication of changes, published on 19 July; and what compensation they will pay to the women affected by maladministration identified in the report.  HL4309
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the median state pension for (1) men, and (2) women.  HL4310
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in (1) investigating, and (2) prosecuting, allegations of banks forging customers’ signatures.  HL4311
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, in receipt of a state pension receive less than £100 a week.  HL4312
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of suppliers selling (1) gas, and (2) electricity, to (a) households, and (b) businesses.  HL4313
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reinstate the scheme protecting unaccompanied refugee children to provide a safe route for unaccompanied migrant children.  HL4314
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor how care home providers are enabling residents to receive visitors.  HL4315
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce COVID-19 vaccine passports to help decrease transmission rates.  HL4316
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reinstate 0.7 per cent of Gross Domestic Product for Overseas Development Assistance to address migrant displacement.  HL4317
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Lord Tope to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations, if any, they plan to hold on measures to control air pollution from (1) small combustion plants, and (2) non-road mobile machinery.  HL4318
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take, if any, to ensure any replacement for the Puma helicopter is built in the UK.  HL4319
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK Armed Forces are deployed in response to Military Aid to the Civil Authorities requests; and in what capacity any such forces are deployed.  HL4320
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government when the investigation into the F35 jet crash in the Mediterranean sea will be completed; and whether the results of the investigation will be published.  HL4321
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the wreckage of the F35 jet that crashed in the Mediterranean sea has been found.  HL4322
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