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Questions for Written Answer for 13 December 2021

Tabled on 10 December 2021 and due for answer by 24 December 2021.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the finding of the Uyghur Tribunal that a genocide is underway against Uyghurs in Xinjiang; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL4858
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the HS2 contract awarded to a Hitachi and Alstom joint-venture, which stations the trains delivered by that contract will serve; which platforms within these stations will also be served by trains operating on Network Rail tracks; and what station platform heights will be used for trains delivered from the contract.  HL4859
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the HS2 contract awarded to a Hitachi and Alstom joint-venture, whether there will be two separate types of train, (a) classic compatible trains, and (b) trains dedicated to high-speed lines.  HL4860
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the HS2 contract awarded to a Hitachi and Alstom joint-venture, (1) what estimate they have made of the number passenger seats that will be provided in each train, and (2) what provision there will be for passengers travelling with bicycles.  HL4861
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks made by Lord True on 6 December (HL Deb, col 1640), what was the case that was determined relating to the operation of the Ministerial Code; which (1) ministers, and (2) officials, were involved; and what plans they have, if any, to place a copy of (a) a report by the independent advisor concerning the Transport… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the parties engaged in the conflict in Ethiopia to permit the resumption of food distribution by the UN in areas affected by that conflict.  HL4863
Answered
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the humanitarian relief effort in Ethiopia of the UN's suspension of food distribution in the Amhara region; and in particular, on the number of deaths of children in that region.  HL4864
Answered
Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether goods from Northern Ireland can continue to use GB packaging or must have (1) NI, or (2) EU, packaging, as a result of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland which requires Northern Ireland to abide by EU rules on single plastics.  HL4865
Answered
Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Georgia regarding the continued imprisonment of the former President of that country, Mikheil Saakashvili.  HL4866
Answered
Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings ministers have had with (1) the President of the Family Division, and (2) the Chair of the Judicial College, since April; and in how many of those meetings judicial training on domestic abuse was discussed.  HL4867
Answered
Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Judicial College has updated training on domestic abuse since April.  HL4868
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made, if any, of the number of people receiving social care who follow a non-meat diet; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such people are given meat-free meals.  HL4869
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what training is available to care inspectors in relation to diet and its impact on overall wellbeing.  HL4870
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they recognise the need for a (1) nationally recognised, and (2) mandatory, care qualification; and what steps they have taken, if any, towards establishing this.  HL4871
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the standard training given to chefs in care settings.  HL4872
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help Vietnam and other claimant states (1) to resolve their disputes in relation to the South China Sea, and (2) to conclude a substantive South China Sea Code of Conduct which conforms to international law.  HL4873
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Russia regarding the UK's and NATO's response to the Russian military build-up near Ukraine's borders and to communicate the danger of further escalation.  HL4874
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how they have updated their future pandemic preparedness strategy, in view of the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4875
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to give weasels legal protection and to declare them ‘vulnerable to extinction’, further to their falling numbers.  HL4876
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Secretary of State for Health’s announcement of a ‘booster programme on steroids’ on 30 November, how long it took for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice of 29 November on extending the COVID-19 vaccine booster programme, including halving the time between the primary course and t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what ministerial contact they have had with the new President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, since he was sworn into office in August.  HL4878
Answered
Lord Owen to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average bed occupancy in NHS hospitals in England per year for the last 30 years for which figures are available.  HL4879
Answered
Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide translations of the consultation document and online survey on implementing due diligence on forest risk commodities, in order to aid those responding from source countries.  HL4880
Answered
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