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Questions for Written Answer for 2 December 2021

Tabled on 1 December 2021 and due for answer by 15 December 2021.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the partnership between the University of Liverpool's Department of Computer Science and the Chinese company NeuSoft; and whether any research projects involving NeuSoft have received funding from UK Research and Innovation in the last five years.  HL4592
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the availability of food to meet demand over the Christmas season; and what discussions they have held with major supermarkets in relation to (1) current food availability, (2) any prior expectations of food shortages and how these have been revised.  HL4593
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 15 November (HL3607), what discussions they have had with the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to its proposed requirement for companies to disclose annually whether they meet specific diversity targets as part of changes to its Listing Rules; and, in particular, whethe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Kamall on 19 October 2021 (HL2901 and HL2902), what plans they have to issue instructions to NHS trusts that women who request accommodation in single-sex wards should not be described or categorised as transphobic; and whether they intend to collect the information specified in relation to NHS… 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 to bring forward the date for requiring all NHS staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19; and, in particular, to dismiss any staff who have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated but have declined to do so by 25 December.  HL4596
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure non-frontline NHS staff who are not subject to mandatory vaccination requirements do not present a COVID-19 infection risk in areas of healthcare settings where patients are present; and which NHS occupations which are deemed to be 'non-frontline' and thus not subject to mandatory vaccination requiremen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government how many e-scooters are available to the public through rental trials.  HL4598
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of recruitment by the NHS of clinical staff trained and employed in low- and middle-income countries on the healthcare systems of those countries.  HL4599
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government how many memoranda of understanding they have agreed with other countries to regulate the recruitment of clinical staff by the NHS; and what assessment they have made of the related impact of each.  HL4600
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to agree memoranda of understanding with countries affected by the recruitment of clinical staff by the NHS to regulate that practice and avoid unforeseen consequences for the healthcare systems of those countries.  HL4601
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what Official Development Assistance has been given to (1) Nigeria, and (2) Ghana, to support the training and employment of clinical staff in the healthcare systems of each of these countries; and what plans they have to provide further assistance to these countries.  HL4602
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assess the effectiveness of their Official Development Assistance disbursement in meeting the (1) rights, and (2) needs, of older women and men; and whether their new International Development Strategy will include specific recognition of the (a) contributions, (b) rights, and (c) needs, of older wom… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what review they are undertaking, if any, into the long-term provision of free school meals to children in families with no recourse to public funds; and when the outcome of any such review will be announced.  HL4604
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the removal of public telephone boxes; and what steps they will take to retain public telephone boxes in rural areas with poor mobile phone connectivity.  HL4605
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the animal welfare implications of the shortage of workers in the processed meat sector; and what steps they are taking to address this.  HL4606
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what contingency planning the NHS made to ensure continuity of supply for immunoglobin for patients at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4607
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether supplies of immunoglobin are sufficient to meet current demand; and what steps they are taking to ensure that all patients can be maintained on the therapy they need.  HL4608
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 30 November (HL Deb, col 1274), what is their interpretation of the term 'gender identity'.  HL4609
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Sharpe of Epsom 30 November (HL Deb, col 1274), whether the statement that "the UK is committed to the principle of non-discrimination on any grounds" is intended to encompass discrimination which goes beyond the protected characteristics set out in Part 2 of the Equality Act 2010; and if so, in what way… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact reducing rail fares would have on passenger numbers.  HL4611
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial implications for public transport providers from the reduction in commuters using public transport due to the increase in home working; and what assessment have they made of the implications for the future of public transport.  HL4612
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what environmental assessments they made prior to the allocation of £27 billion funding for road-building programmes; and what assessment they have made of the impact of those programmes on achieving the net zero carbon emissions target.  HL4613
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial (1) efficiencies, and (2) inefficiencies, of Network Rail.  HL4614
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of the Great British Railways programme when it comes into effect.  HL4615
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent change in the number of (1) rail commuters, compared to (2) leisure travel passengers; and what steps they taking to increase the number of rail commuters.  HL4616
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Union regarding the extension of planned alcohol duty reforms in Great Britain to Northern Ireland; and what were the results of such discussions.  HL4617
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 25 November (HL Deb, cols 1002–03), what sanctions may be imposed, and by whom, on financial services organisations that breach Financial Conduct Authority Guidance on the treatment of UK Politically Exposed Persons, their families and known close associates.  HL4618
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many 16 year olds have been required to wear an electronic tag.  HL4619
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they give to the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to the maximum time after an individual has been arrested on suspicion of an offence that they may be charged with that offence.  HL4620
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the longest time an individual has been under arrest on suspicion of an offence before being charged with that offence.  HL4621
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give Ofcom emergency powers to investigate Facebook's encrypted messaging plans before they are introduced.  HL4622
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to boost care worker pay in the short term amid existing staff shortages due to COVID-19.  HL4623
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reintroduce pre-departure COVID-19 tests for those travelling to the UK.  HL4624
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require all football clubs to have an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action plan to be assessed as part of the annual club licensing process.  HL4625
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