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Questions for Written Answer for 9 December 2021

Tabled on 8 December 2021 and due for answer by 22 December 2021.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Kamall on 2 November (HL3362) and 16 November (HL3662), why “information on the number of embryos produced, transferred, and confirmed pregnancies cannot be disclosed” for reasons of patient confidentiality, when the Written Answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Departmen… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of authoritarian regimes using Artificial Intelligence driven smart toys to collect children's data.  HL4781
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Callanan on 6 December (HL Deb, cols 1634–35), whether the purchase of Newport Wafer Fab will be considered under the terms of the National Security and Investment Act 2021 when it comes into force on 1 January 2022.  HL4782
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the China State Council's A Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan, published on 20 July 2017, in permitting the export of Artificial Intelligence driven devices to the UK.  HL4783
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce kite marking to products, indicating their origins, when (1) manufactured by slave labour in Xinjiang, or (2) believed to have been produced as part of a supply chain originating in Xinjiang, and exported to the UK.  HL4784
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply of Lord Callanan on 6 December (HL Deb, col 1635), whether the purchase of Newport Wafer Fab has been referred to the Competition and Merger Authority; and if so, what was the outcome.  HL4785
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice regarding state responsibility to prevent and punish mass atrocity crimes, what assessment have they made of a “serious risk” of genocide in (1) Xinjiang, China, (2) Tigray, Ethiopia, and (3) Myanmar.  HL4786
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.  HL4787
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to respond to the letter sent by Lord Hain to the Secretary of State for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office sent on 1 December 2021 and 3 December 2021.  HL4788
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Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money was allocated to the Places of Worship: protective security funding scheme in each of the years since it was announced; how much money was spent in each of the years since it was announced; how many applications for funding were received in each of those years; and how many of those applications were successful… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to standardise the definition of a victim of terrorism across the UK.  HL4790
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the report by the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response’s COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic, published on 12 May, and (2) the proposal by the governments of South Africa and Pakistan for publicly funded epidemic protections.  HL4791
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Ambassador of Nicaragua on (1) the reported flaws in the election of 7 November in that country, and (2) the conditions in which political prisoners are held.  HL4792
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to coordinate health restrictions on travel (1) within Europe, and (2) more widely.  HL4793
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss a new debt relief programme at the G20 level, so that developing countries do not have to delay health and poverty reduction plans.  HL4794
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of Egypt on reports concerning the prohibition of books and exercise to prisoners in maximum security prisons in that country.  HL4795
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a national register of all individuals who (1) have been refused, or (2) had revoked, a license issued under the Licensing Act 2003.  HL4796
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a national register of ­all individuals who (1) have been refused, or (2) had revoked, a license issued under the Gambling Act 2005.  HL4797
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a national register of ­all individuals who (1) have been refused, or (2) had revoked, a license issued under Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.  HL4798
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce national minimum conditions for any unlicensed sexual entertainment provided in accordance with exemption available under paragraph 2A (3) (b) of Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.  HL4799
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to review how common law police disclosure operates regarding licensed taxi drivers, and (2) to ensure that allegations against such taxi drivers are promptly reported by the police to the relevant local licensing authority.  HL4800
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle the risk of (1) fire, and (2) other serious issues, caused by sky lanterns being released in rural areas.  HL4801
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat to livestock from dogs not under control of their owners.  HL4802
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government when the consultation on the use of snares will be launched that was announced in the Action Plan for Animal Welfare on 12 May.  HL4803
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of tree felling to provide fuel for UK power stations (1) in the UK, and (2) overseas.  HL4804
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent of energy production in the UK through burning wood pellets; the supply chain carbon cost of this approach; and the difference in supply chain carbon costs between wood pellets and coal.  HL4805
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average level of subsidy per person they provide to hotels to quarantine travellers entering the UK from red list countries; and what steps they take to ensure value for money.  HL4806
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of schools in England do not offer swimming lessons to their pupils.  HL4807
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of schools that charge for swimming lessons which are part of the curriculum.  HL4808
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the costs of clinical negligence.  HL4809
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the largest clinical negligence claim that has been paid in England.  HL4810
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide extra Nightingale court capacity in order to address the backlog of legal cases.  HL4811
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support young people into jobs in (1) England, and (2) other European countries.  HL4812
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce compulsory COVID-19 vaccine certificates in order to help reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.  HL4813
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to restart the furlough scheme in case more COVID-19 restrictions are implemented.  HL4814
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the re-development of the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s plans for improvements at (1) Watford, (2) Hemel Hempstead, and (3) St Albans, have been paused; and so, what are the (a) reasons, and (b) rationale, for this pause.  HL4815
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful prosecutions there have been in the last 12 months for smuggling illegal substances into prisons in England.  HL4816
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