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Questions for Written Answer for 15 December 2021

Tabled on 14 December 2021 and due for answer by 30 December 2021.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to initiate an investigation into Chen Quanguo, an official of the government of China, under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020.  HL4924
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the report concerning 47 PPE contracts awarded through a fast-track process; (2) whether this report has been seen by the Health and Safety Executive; (3) if not, why not; and (4) what steps they are taking to prevent contracts being awarded through such a proc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of antimicrobials in personal care products on increasing antimicrobial resistance in (1) waterways, and (2) soils; and what plans they have, if any, to reduce these impacts.  HL4926
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will introduce support for community energy schemes.  HL4927
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of community energy schemes being used to increase public involvement in the drive towards Net Zero.  HL4928
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Lord Berkeley of Knighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of female genital mutilation in England.  HL4929
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what percentage of the annual investment in the mathematical sciences has been in pure mathematics and not invested in mathematics defined as maths of the “physical and material universe” in the past five years; and (2) what percentage of such annual investment is planned for future expenditure.  HL4930
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) efficacy, and (2) urgency, of installing air filters in schools over the Christmas period while school pupils are on holiday.  HL4931
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) protect, and (2) promote, the hospitality sector in the (a) short, (b) medium, and (c) long, term.  HL4932
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of the House of Commons on 23 November (Q324), when they will issue a response on the source of pellets used by Drax; and whether they will publish the evidence used in their analysis.  HL4933
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 13 December (HL Deb, col 2), what are the "strict sustainability criteria" by which biomass operators abide; and whether these criteria allow operators to source wood pellets from virgin forests.  HL4934
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Callanan on 13 December (HL Deb, col 3) that the "evidence is independently audited", who undertakes such assessments; what percentage of imports are assessed; and how many independent audits have found that biomass products used have not met the sustainability criteria.  HL4935
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the minimum period served in custody on average, in each of the last five years, for individuals sentenced to spend a minimum of 10 years in custody as part of (1) an extended determinate sentence, (2) an extended sentence of detention, and (3) a sentence for offenders of particular concern.  HL4936 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the minimum period to be served in custody on average, in each of the last five years, by individuals sentenced to spend a minimum of 10 years in custody as part of (1) a mandatory life sentence, (2) an automatic life sentence, and (3) a discretionary life sentence.  HL4937 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people currently in prison self-describe their ethnicity as (1) black, (2) mixed race, (3) Asian, (4) white, and (5) Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, and are aged (a) 15–17, (b) 18–20, (c) 21–24, (d), 25–29, (e) 30–39, (f) 40–49, (g) 50–59, (h) 60–69, and (i) 70 and over.  HL4938 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people currently in prison are serving a custodial sentence of (1) less than or equal to six months, (2) greater than six months and less than 12 months, (3) 12 months to less than four years, (4) four years to less than 10 years, (5) 10 years or more, excluding indeterminate sentences, (6) life sentences, (7) IPP sentences, an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people who received their first and second COVID-19 vaccinations in (1) an EU country, or (2) Switzerland, are able to receive their COVID-19 booster vaccination by 31 December.  HL4940
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to respond to the responses to the call for evidence for the Roads Policing Review, published on 13 July 2020.  HL4941
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a person knowing that they are carrying COVID-19, and knowing that they may be at risk of transmitting the virus to another person with or without the intention to cause harm, could be charged with assault.  HL4942
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what facts would influence whether a charge of assault would be brought against a person working in a healthcare environment who knowingly was carrying COVID-19, with or without intention to transmit the virus to another person.  HL4943
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the band for council tax payable for the apartments occupied by (1) the Prime Minister, and (2) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in Downing Street; and what are the council tax charges payable for each apartment.  HL4944
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide 100 per cent business rate relief to the end of 2022/23 for all music venues, given the COVID-19 Plan B restrictions.  HL4945
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will (1) cancel, or (2) delay, the planned VAT rise on culture tickets, given the COVID-19 Plan B restrictions.  HL4946
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will use the Cultural Recovery Fund to support businesses implementing COVID-19 certification.  HL4947
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Lord Cooper of Windrush to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance on booster COVID-19 vaccinations they are providing to UK citizens whose previous vaccinations were administered in an EU member state, and which are not recorded on the NHS app.  HL4948
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Lord Cooper of Windrush to ask Her Majesty's Government when the NHS app will record COVID-19 vaccinations administered to UK citizens while working or studying in EU member states.  HL4949
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the burning of sacred places belonging indigenous tribes in Columbia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.  HL4950
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent sexual violence being used as a weapon of war against the Rohingya population, and others, in Myanmar; and what steps they are taking to help the victims of this crime.  HL4951
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the international community, specifically the UN Security Council, to secure justice for the Rohingyas subjected to human rights violations in Myanmar.  HL4952
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with (1) the government of the (a) United States, and (b) Canada, and (2) the EU, to secure Magnitsky sanctions against those responsible for human rights violations in Myanmar.  HL4953
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Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty's Government why any person who has tested negative for COVID-19 four days after meeting someone who has tested positive is still required to self-isolate for a further six days.  HL4954
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Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty's Government why anyone who is self-isolating but has had a negative COVID-19 PCR test is not allowed to leave self-isolation immediately.  HL4955
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Kamall on 13 December (HL Deb, col 8), which countries have a surplus of medical professionals.  HL4956
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, (1) finance, (2) equipment, (3) training, and (4) other support, they have provided to the Libyan (a) coast guard, (b) intelligence service, (c) other security agencies, and (d) militias, since 2015.  HL4957
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government how much overseas development funding they provide to the government of Libya; and whether any such funding finances migrant detention centres.  HL4958
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of abuse, particularly sexual violence, of migrants detained in Libya.  HL4959
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government which parts of the Subsidy Control Bill are not intended to apply to Northern Ireland because of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL4960
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, if any, to the government of the Philippines since June following reports by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that 208 human rights supporters and 6,000 individuals suspected of involvement in drug crime have been killed without fair trial; and what was the result of their representations.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of reports that Frontex has worked with the Libyan authorities to secure the return of migrants from outside of Libya’s territorial waters and that this has led to deprivations of human rights for migrants, and (2) what plans they have, if any, to make representations to the EU Commission regarding this… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the introduction of Plan B COVID-19 restrictions, what plans they have, if any, to provide 100 percent Business Rate Relief to the end of 2022/23 for all music venues.  HL4963
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the introduction of Plan B COVID-19 restrictions, whether they will cancel the planned VAT rise on cultural exhibition and event tickets.  HL4964
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the introduction of Plan B COVID-19 restrictions, whether they will consider implementing a fourth round of the Culture Recovery Fund to support businesses implementing COVID-19 certification.  HL4965
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Number 10 Downing Street is a Crown property; and, if so, whether regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 apply there.  HL4966
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used when deciding to donate 131,000 doses of Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine bilaterally to the government of Nepal; and what were the reasons for those criteria.  HL4967
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what priority they are giving to negotiating economic partnership agreements with Commonwealth countries.  HL4968
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether the progress of negotiating free trade agreements and economic partnership agreements is constrained by a lack of staff and resources.  HL4969
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of (1) the implications for producers and their livelihoods of the current bird flu outbreak, and (2) the availability of poultry for Christmas.  HL4970
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to implement net-zero carbon emissions transition plans on a mandatory basis to avoid (1) regulatory uncertainty, and (2) delays, in transitioning London to a net-zero financial centre, as part of the Greening Finance: A Roadmap to Sustainable Investing, published in October.  HL4971
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks of omitting Scope 3 emissions from Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures reporting; and what plans they have to mandate Scope 3 emissions reporting for UK businesses.  HL4972
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the number of lawyers from ethnic minorities who go on to become judges.  HL4973
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government how many lawyers from ethnic minorities were appointed as judges in each of the years since 2015.  HL4974
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commit to maintaining Britain's self-sufficiency in food production at 60 per cent.  HL4975
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage social media companies to reveal how many underage users are on their platforms.  HL4976
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the rate of statutory sick pay to equate to either the (1) national minimum, or (2) living, wage.  HL4977
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) extend, and (2) expand, financial support for UK companies at trade shows in other countries.  HL4978
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to replace aging radiotherapy treatment machines to enable cancer patients to benefit from technological advances in equipment; and what is their timetable for any such plans.  HL4979
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Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fully registered (1) radiographers, and (2) medical physicists, were working in the NHS in each year from 2016 to 2021; and what steps are they taking to increase the number of such professionals over the next five years.  HL4980
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