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Questions for Written Answer for 1 December 2021

Tabled on 30 November and due for answer by 14 December.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the partnership between the University of the West of England Bristol and the Chinese company NeuSoft, given the latter’s work on a facial recognition surveillance system.  HL4524
Tabled
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of warnings by bandits to Nigerians to close their churches or risk attacks; whether they have raised this with the government of Nigeria; and if so, what response they received.  HL4525
Tabled
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to recognise crimes committed against the Yazidis as genocide.  HL4526
Tabled
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the briefing by Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC, published on 10 May, setting out the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability Against Da’esh/ISIL Crimes’ (UNITAD) (1) findings of “clear and convincing evidence that genocide was committed by ISIL against the Yazidi as a religio… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the forecast of passenger demand growth used in the preparation of the Integrated Rail Plan for (1) local, and (2) long, distance services; and what account have they taken of the changes in demand caused by COVID-19.  HL4528
Tabled
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest (1) capital cost, (2) revenue forecasts, and (3) Benefit-Cost Ratio, assumed in the continuing use of HS2 Phase 1 and 2A, (a) with, and (b) without, the inclusion of HS2 Phase 2B West.  HL4529
Tabled
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of (1) electrification, and (2) other improvements, for projects included in the Integrated Rail Plan relating to the (a) Midland Main Line, and (b) TransPennine, line upgrades.  HL4530
Tabled
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) ownership, and (2) sponsoring, structure for the improvements outlined in the Integrated Rail Plan; and what is the involvement of (a) Network Rail, (b) HS2 Ltd, (c) The Northern Powerhouse, and (d) Transport for the North; and what consultation they intend to undertake on the Plan.  HL4531
Tabled
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a comparison of journey times for travel between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, York and Hull, using the options included in the Integrated Rail Plan.  HL4532
Tabled
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government which parts of HS2 Phase 2B have been cancelled.  HL4533
Tabled
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) direct, and (2) indirect, costs of imprisonment; what alternatives, if any, they are considering; and what steps are they taking, if any, to promote these alternatives.  HL4534
Tabled
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote good practice in combating climate change to (1) listed, and (2) unlisted, companies.  HL4535
Tabled
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many households are yet to receive smart meters; and when they anticipate the smart meter roll out will be completed.  HL4536
Tabled
Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed in the UK to deal with the supply chain issues.  HL4537
Tabled
Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed in the UK; and of these, to which local authorities they are deployed.  HL4538
Tabled
Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS trusts have requested support from the UK armed forces in every month of 2021 so far; which NHS trusts made such requests; and of those that made such requests, which ones were (1) successful, and (2) rejected.  HL4539
Tabled
Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) NHS trusts, and (2) ambulance trusts, currently have UK armed forces deployed to them; and how many personnel are deployed to each trust.  HL4540
Tabled
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the meeting between Prime Minister Pashinyan, President Aliyev, and President Putin on 26 November, what further representations they plan to make to the government of Azerbaijan on the issue of releasing Armenian (1) hostages, and (2) prisoners of war.  HL4541
Tabled
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Joint Statement on increasing violence in Myanmar, published on 26 November, what assessment they have made of whether the government of Australia is upholding its commitment “to suspend all operational support to the military”; and what representations they intend to make on that matter.  HL4542
Tabled
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Joint Statement on increasing violence in Myanmar, published on 26 November, what steps they have taken to hold the statement’s signatories accountable for investments in companies that continue to arm the Myanmar military.  HL4543
Tabled
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether British Muslim women have the rights set out in paragraph nine of Resolution 2253 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, published on 22 January 2019, specifically in relation (1) to obtaining the protection of legal marriage, and (2) to discriminatory practices in relation to r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the droughts in Lesotho; and what steps will they take to ensure that those living there have enough water to maintain hydroelectric power.  HL4545
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on 27 October that 60,000 refugees are voluntarily returning home to Burundi this year, what steps they will take to support (1) the UN, and (2) the refugees' return, and (3) integration in that country.  HL4546
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have been informally excluded in the last academic year.  HL4547
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National Autistic Society School Report 2021, published on 9 November; in particular, the findings about informal exclusions; and what steps they intend to take in response to ensure that schools do not practice such exclusions.  HL4548
Tabled
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to update the Life in the UK test; and when the test was last updated.  HL4549
Tabled
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government which ministers sit on the Safe and Integrated Communities Inter-Ministerial Group; and how many times has the Group met in the last 12 months.  HL4550
Tabled
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty's Government which minister has cross-government responsibility for co-ordinating all matters relating to (1) citizenship, and (2) civic engagement.  HL4551
Tabled
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 10 July 2014 (HL394), what was the outcome of the Northern Ireland Office’s investigation on the use of the Royal Prerogative of Mercy between 1987 and 1997.  HL4552
Tabled
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Caine on 23 November (HL3800), how many internment-related civil claims for compensation for unlawful detention have been received by the Northern Ireland Office arising from the Supreme Court judgement of 13 May 2020 in the case of R vs Adams (Appellant) (Northern Ireland); and who signed the 197… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Haaretz article What the Israeli Army Does to Soldiers Who Shoot Palestinians, published on 18 November, which states that 18 unarmed Palestinians have been killed or seriously injured by fire from Israeli forces without proper investigation or accountability.  HL4554
Tabled
Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel regarding Israeli forces firing on fishermen in Gaza while they fish in their designated area.  HL4555
Tabled
Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel regarding house demolitions and confiscations by Israeli forces in the West Bank on 23 November.  HL4556
Tabled
Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel regarding the (1) arrest, and (2) beating, of two Palestinians who had complained of settler violence against them, as reported by the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories on 25 November.  HL4557
Tabled
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) the operational costs of HS2, and (2) ticket prices, as a result of the recent increase in energy prices.  HL4558
Tabled
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to liaise with (1) charities, and (2) local organisations, in order to speed up the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to frontline countries in Africa.  HL4559 [I]
Tabled
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported remarks of the co-chair of the African Union Vaccine Delivery Alliance regarding distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa; and what steps will they take to reduce the likelihood of further mutations of the virus due to a lack of vaccine availability.  HL4560 [I]
Tabled
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for monitoring the provision of community pharmacy contractual services in England.  HL4561
Tabled
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government which pharmacies in England reported that they were closed for (1) all, or (2) part, of their contracted opening hours on dates between 1 January to 31 October; and what steps they have taken to safeguard patient access to pharmacy services during any closure periods.  HL4562
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients in the last year have (1) been taken off therapy, (2) had to change immunoglobulin product, (3) been advised of treatment holidays, or (4) received reduced doses, because of a shortage of immunoglobulin.  HL4563
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how the NHS is monitoring (1) the health of patients who (a) have been denied access to immunoglobulin therapy or (b) are on sub-optimal care in relation to immunoglobulin therapy, and (2) the additional cost of patients (a) not having immunoglobulin treatment or (b) being on sub-optimal treatment.  HL4564
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many newly-diagnosed patients with (1) primary or (2) secondary immunodeficiency in the UK, who fit the eligibility criteria for immunoglobulin use, have been refused access to immunoglobulin this year.  HL4565
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging scans are in use in each Cancer Alliance.  HL4566
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the NHS has invested in multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging scanners in the last three years.  HL4567
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the number of multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging scanners per capita in England compares to (1) France, (2) Germany, and (3) Spain.  HL4568
Tabled
Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to set a maximum retail price for PCR COVID-19 tests, in addition to the standards for such tests.  HL4569
Tabled
Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government why all new starters to the NHS do not have to meet the same vaccination conditions as in the social care sector.  HL4570
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to help reduce economic inequality.  HL4571
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take, if any, in response to the publication of the Pandora Papers to tackle (1) tax avoidance, (2) money laundering, and (3) other financial crimes.  HL4572
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the effects of inflation on living standards.  HL4573
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure value for money in public spending.  HL4574
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken, together with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, to help prevent disruption at UK ports during the Christmas 2021 period.  HL4575
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held at Cabinet level about the adequacy of emergency funding available to support communities affected by flooding.  HL4576
Tabled
Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have (1) held, or (2) planned, with (a) Northern Ireland business representatives, (b) Northern Ireland consumer groups, and (c) Northern Ireland political parties, about extending alcohol duties reforms due to apply in Great Britain from 2023 to the whole of the United Kingdom.  HL4577
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they (1) audit, and (2) monitor, the commercial UK real estate holdings of companies directly associated with regimes with poor human rights records.  HL4578
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor fiat currency to cryptocurrency (1) deposits, and (2) withdrawals, to prevent cryptocurrencies from being used to (a) launder money, and (b) hide transactions in illicit markets.  HL4579
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the Crown Estate regarding its purchase of a property from a company linked to President Aliyev of Azerbaijan.  HL4580
Tabled
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the data published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs showing that in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the equivalent period in 2020 (1) 21 per cent more structures were demolished or seized by the Israeli authorities, and (2) 28 per cent more people w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel concerning the use of (1) rubber bullets, and (2) tear gas, against Palestinian protestors.  HL4582
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government what support is available to British residents returning to the UK who face a requirement which had not been in place when they left the UK to quarantine in a hotel on public health grounds but who lack the financial resources to pay for the hotel.  HL4583
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the British National (Overseas) (BNO) visa scheme to people from Hong Kong who (1) are aged between 18 and 25, and (2) have a parent with BNO status.  HL4584
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require employers to spend two-thirds of the funding for apprenticeships on under-25 year olds starting their careers.  HL4585
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that there is single sex housing for uncoupled women at all points during the asylum process.  HL4586
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide additional specialised support to (1) contractors, and (2) self-employed taxpayers, who are facing large tax liabilities.  HL4587
Tabled
Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Ministry of Defence has paid in mental health compensation to (1) armed forces personnel, and (2) veterans, in each year from 2015 to 2021.  HL4588
Tabled
Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks made by Baroness Goldie on 23 November (HL Deb, col 798), how many complaints of (1) bullying, (2) sexism, (3) sexual assault, (4) physical abuse, and (5) emotional abuse, have been made to the Diversity and Inclusion Directorate since it was formed in April; and how many of these complaints have resulted in (a)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks made by Baroness Goldie on 23 November (HL Deb, col 798), how many calls have been made to the Diversity and Inclusion Directorate's bullying, harassment and discrimination helpline since its establishment in April.  HL4590
Tabled
Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to appoint someone to report directly to the National Security Advisor (1) on military co-operation with Australia and America, and (2) to help Australia develop SSN submarines.  HL4591
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