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Questions for Written Answer for 7 December 2021

Tabled on 6 December 2021 and due for answer by 20 December 2021.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 16 November (HL3662), how performance of pronuclear transfer in mice might remain a reliable predictor of its efficacy in humans; and to what extent the physiopathological or genetic variation between human patients is greater than the physiological or genetic differences betwe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Kamall on 2 November (HL3362) and 1 December (HL4059), what steps the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority have taken in response to the publication by Newcastle University Press Office on 15 December 2016 of the names and picture of a couple considering using the mitochondrial… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what grants were made to each of the (1) cross-Solent ferry operators, and (2) Isles of Scilly operators, during the temporary suspension of competition law due to the COVID-19 pandemic; what restrictions, if any, were placed on the grants; and whether they were non-returnable.  HL4698
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much taxation revenue was collected from each of the three cross-Solent ferry operators in each of the last five years.  HL4699
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial checks they made before awarding grants to each of the cross-Solent ferry operators during the temporary suspension of competition law due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4700
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the three cross-Solent ferry operators, to ensure that Isle of Wight residents travelling for NHS treatment on the mainland are able to book ferry travel at relevant and convenient times.  HL4701
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold on the (1) frequency, (2) cost, and (3) reliability, of cross-Solent ferry services for each of the last five years.  HL4702
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that South West Trains provide passengers with the ability to buy all types of train tickets from Ryde Pierhead station.  HL4703
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the projected sale of the Vaccine Manufacturing Innovation Centre at Harwell; and when they will publish any such assessment.  HL4704
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to appoint the second independent expert to consider the definition of Islamophobia.  HL4705
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government why the White Paper Restoring Trust in Audit and Corporate Governance, published in March relies at paragraph 2.2.2 on the Brydon Review of 2019, while (1) the Companies Act 2006 sets out that a company's undistributable reserves include its accumulated unrealised profits, and (2) paragraph 43 of the Financial Reportin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the challenges faced by (1) indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon who are campaigning for their human rights, and (2) non-indigenous people supporting them.  HL4707
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Peru further to reports of attacks against indigenous communities and human rights defenders (1) in Ucayali, and (2) elsewhere; and if they have not made such representations, what plans they have to do so.  HL4708
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat to the security of indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon, particularly the (1) Flor de Ucayali, and (2) Shipibo-Conibo communities.  HL4709
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824.  HL4710
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allegations that the government of Turkey is deploying chemical weapons in northern Iraq; and what plans they have to support an independent inquiry into their deployment by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.  HL4711
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of cerebral haemorrhage in UK women (1) below 60, and (2) 60 and above, and their link to the (a) Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccination, and (b) Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination.  HL4712
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether housebound patients are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in the same timeframe as those who are able to visit vaccination centres in person; and, if not, what is the average delay.  HL4713
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that residents in Gaza receive their fair share of COVID-19 vaccinations.  HL4714
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of calls by the President of the United States and NGOs to waive intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines.  HL4715
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what pre-departure COVID tests are required by (1) persons travelling from the Republic of Ireland to the UK, and (2) persons travelling from the UK to the Republic of Ireland.  HL4716
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the letter on behalf of the Chancellor to the Office of Tax Simplification on 30 November, what plans they have, if any (1) to increase capital gains tax rates, (2) to align capital gains tax rates with income tax, or (3) to reduce the annual capital gains tax allowance.  HL4717
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Evening Standard and Independent's £1 million Skill Up Step Up campaign to help address youth joblessness; and what plans they have, if any, to match-fund the newspapers' campaign.  HL4718
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide (1) training, and (2) job opportunities, for members of the black community in London, aged 16–24, who are currently unemployed.  HL4719
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help the hospitality sector fill job vacancies in that sector.  HL4720 [I]
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the implications for Afghan refugees who have been housed in 'bridging' hotels and have voluntarily moved to temporary accommodation as regards their (1) immigration status, and (2) long-term support.  HL4721
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of testing the antibody levels of immunosuppressed or immunocompromised individuals given the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.  HL4722
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure people who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised receive clear communication regarding their risk from the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the steps they can take to mitigate that risk.  HL4723
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they have made to the commissioning eligibility criteria for immunoglobulin use since the identification of a shortage of immunoglobulin; and (1) when, and (2) how, these will be implemented.  HL4724
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how the NHS in England is monitoring the health outcomes of patients who no longer fit the new eligibility criteria for immunoglobulin use.  HL4725
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what communications have been issued by the NHS in England about the immunoglobulin shortage to patient groups supporting people with immunodeficiency; and whether the NHS in England has communicated directly with patients to explain the situation and how it will affect them.  HL4726
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many challenges have been made to the sub-regional immunoglobulin assessment panels in the last year concerning access to immunoglobulin therapy; and how many decisions have been overturned.  HL4727
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government who are the representatives from the business and finance sector on the business advisory group set up under the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework; and what is the group's remit.  HL4728
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of rising levels of debt in low income countries; and what steps they are taking to help low income countries manage their foreign debt.  HL4729
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the number of individuals and families eligible for the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.  HL4730
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been processed by the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme to date; how many spaces are available for new referrals in 2022; and which organisations can make referrals to the scheme.  HL4731
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to update (1) Parliament, and (2) the public, on the implementation of (a) the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, and (b) the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, including the (i) number of applicants identified or referred, and (ii) number of visas issued.  HL4732
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the Judicial Review and Courts Bill meets their aspirations in this policy area.  HL4733
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk presented to UK citizens by low vaccine rates in low income countries.  HL4734
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 25 November (HL4243), what support they are providing to help document and investigate allegations of serious mistreatment of Armenian prisoners of war by the government of Azerbaijan.  HL4735
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether 3D printing represents the future of sustainable and affordable house building.  HL4736
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 17 November (HL3696), what is their estimate of the total number of stolen funds that are used for gambling purposes each year.  HL4737
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the confiscation of a water pipe for Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley.  HL4738
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of comments made by UN Mideast envoy, Tor Wennesland, on 18 November to the UN Security Council concerning (1) the need to reduce the activities of the government of Israel in and around Jerusalem and the West Bank, (2) the importance of financial stability for the Palestinian Authority so it can pay s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government which government departments do not invite (1) job applicants, and (2) promotion candidates, to provide any information about their ethnicity.  HL4740
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many letters they are sending this year to the recipients of the state pension and other eligible benefits informing them of the annual £10 Christmas bonus; and what is the cost of such letters.  HL4741
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates they have made of the (1) number, and (2) value, of loans under the various coronavirus schemes which are deemed irrecoverable; and what are the reasons for them being irrecoverable.  HL4742
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) number, and (2) value, of loans issued under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme that were made to (a) companies formed within seven days before the loan application, and (b) companies which were dormant and never traded.  HL4743
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the European Commission’s €344 million fine on UBS, Barclays, RBS, HSBC and Credit Suisse on 2 December for operating a foreign exchange cartel, what plans they have to appoint an independent inquiry into the operations of the UK arms of these banks.  HL4744
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government when the National Crime Agency and the Financial Conduct Authority received the first complaints alleging that banks had forged customer signatures to repossess homes, businesses and other property.  HL4745
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish guidance directed at women on how to prepare for retirement in order to help reduce the pension gender pay gap.  HL4746
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to set up a body to monitor the impact of government policy on regional inequalities.  HL4747
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of secondary school teachers in England.  HL4748
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to introduce age verification for commercial pornography websites.  HL4749
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