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Questions for Written Answer for 16 December 2021

Tabled on 15 December 2021 and due for answer by 31 December 2021.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with (1) the government of Israel, and (2) Palestinian representatives, about the Middle East peace process.  HL4981
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, (1) to strengthen the Abraham Accords, and (2) to expand those accords to additional nations.  HL4982
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, whether local government bodies can hold meetings remotely if they choose.  HL4983
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of retaining the sleeper train between Penzance and London to the economy of the South West.  HL4984
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the European Commission’s proposed regulation 2021/0387 on measures against transport operators that facilitate or engage in trafficking in persons or smuggling of migrants, what assessment they have made of the effect the regulations could have on (1) air, (2) sea, (3) road, and (4) rail operators between the UK and the EU… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow; and how much of that cost will be contributed by Heathrow Airport.  HL4986
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what commitment they have received from Manchester Airport to fund the proposed HS2 station for that city.  HL4987
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to request property developers to reimburse leaseholders for any increase in buildings insurance premiums as a result of developers' failures to meet the necessary building and fire safety regulations.  HL4988
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the (1) operation, and (2) effectiveness, of section 12 of the Human Rights Act 1998 relating to freedom of expression.  HL4989 [I]
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how, and (2) when, they plan to respond to the report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Child protection in religious organisations and settings: Investigation Report, published in September; and in particular the recommendations that they should (a) “change the definition of full-time education and bring a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms they have to monitor the number of children at risk in unregistered religious settings.  HL4991
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to return to use the former Station Master's house at Penrith North Lakes Railway Station.  HL4992
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward proposals to dismiss all NHS staff who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to 1 January 2022.  HL4993
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk to hospital patients of catching the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from unvaccinated hospital staff; what estimate they have made, if any, of how many patients (1) may catch Omicron this way, and (2) may die as a result; and what plans they have, if any, to put in place processes by which unva… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Borwick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 14 December (HL Deb, col 130), what was the total amount in import tariffs collected in (1) financial year 2020–21, and (2) each of the preceding four years.  HL4995
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 7 December (HL4416), whether they consider 17 years a reasonable timescale to produce an accounting standard.  HL4996
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 7 December (HL4418), for each member of the UK Endorsement Board what (1) relevant experience, or (2) training, they have had on the accounting standards in the Companies Act 2006 framework; what was the form of any such experience or training; to what level such train… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 7 December (HL4418), for each member of the UK Endorsement Board what (1) training, or (2) experience they have had on corporate finance and solvency; what was the (a) form and (b) level of such training or experience; and when such training or experience was completed… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 7 December (HL4413), what were the legal expenses to date of (1) the UK Accounting Standards Endorsement Board Limited, and (2) the UK Endorsement Board, by the name of (a) person, or (b) firm engaged; what was the cost of the advice in each case; and what were the dat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many instances of the use of force by prison officers on prisoners were recorded in each of the last 10 years; and (1) how many, and (2) what proportion, of those instances were recorded by prisoner ethnicity.  HL5000 [I]
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The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether issues related to the fishing of non-quota species will be included in their assessment of the operation of the UK–EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement.  HL5001
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The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they are taking to avoid crops having to be ploughed in due to a lack of seasonal farm workers.  HL5002
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The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 15 November (HL Deb, col 49GC), what are the reasons for the minister's view that the Earl of Caithness has argued that "the choice is between food production and ecological restoration".  HL5003
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances, to which they were a party, were given to (1) Mikhail Gorbachev, or (2) other representatives of the government of the Soviet Union, on NATO expansion into Eastern Europe at the time of German reunification; whether any such assurances remain valid; and what assessment they have made of whether those assurances… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position on Dayton Accords (1) revisions, and (2) international actions, including negotiations with the Bosnian Serbs, in order to strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovina's central government.  HL5005
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU to seek an increase in the size of EUFOR's current mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to achieve enough soldiers to deter secessionist forces in that country.  HL5006
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to maintain peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region; and what plans they have to work with Council of Europe member states as part of their efforts.  HL5007
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the international community to invite Bosnia and Herzegovina's adjacent states to join NATO interventions, particularly (1) Croatia, and (2) Slovenia.  HL5008
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to lead new initiatives to sustain (1) trade, and (2) economic growth, in (a) Bosnia and Herzegovina, and (b) the Western Balkans.  HL5009
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take, if any, to progress the candidacy of Bosnia and Herzegovina towards full European Union membership in 2022.  HL5010
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total acreage of peatland in England; and how many acres are used for the production of peat for horticultural purposes.  HL5011
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government how much peat has been extracted from peatlands in England for horticultural purposes over the last five years for which statistics are available.  HL5012
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of the British Embassy in Tokyo.  HL5013
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 4 November (HL Deb, col 1340), what funding they have provided for cycle lanes to each local authority in each of the last five years.  HL5014
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Lord Jordan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide COVID-19 vaccines to (1) the Republic of Barbados, and (2) other small island states which may currently be experiencing COVID-19 vaccine shortages; and whether they intend to support the proposal of the governments of India and South Africa to suspend parts of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Int… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Independent Office for Police Conduct’s report on police failures in investigating the murders committed by Stephen Port in 2014 and 2015.  HL5016
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Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is possible for a school in a multi-academy trust to opt by resolution of its governing body to become a stand-alone academy; and, if so, how many such schools have done so in the last three years.  HL5017
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the professional bodies for (1) pharmacists, and (2) GPs, prior to the appeal for eligible adults to come forward for their booster vaccinations on 12 December; and when they expect the NHS vaccination programme to be operating at maximum capacity.  HL5018
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people from Hong Kong have (1) applied to relocate to the UK under the British Nationals (Overseas) (BNO) visa scheme since January, and (2) arrived in the UK under the BNO visa scheme since January; and what steps they have taken to help such people settle within local communities.  HL5019
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports from 11 December, what plans they have to reduce staff numbers at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office by 20 per cent by 2025; and what assessment, if any, they have made of the implications of such a plan for the UK’s international reputation.  HL5020
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with international partners the warnings by scientists working in the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration of the potential for ice shelf failure along the Thwaites Glacier in the next decade.  HL5021
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British troops are serving in Iraq; and in what capacity such troops are serving.  HL5022
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the finding in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species that 16 per cent of (1) dragonflies, and (2) damselflies, are under threat of extinction, what steps they are taking to (a) conserve, and (b) protect, rare and threatened dragonflies in England.  HL5023
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential severity of the 2021/22 flu season; and what steps they intend to take to mitigate the impact of flu on the National Health Service this winter.  HL5024
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve COVID-19 vaccine uptake in at-risk groups.  HL5025
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to ensure that there will remain a multi-supplier market for flu vaccine procurement in future seasons.  HL5026
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is a robust flu vaccine supply chain in place through the winter season.  HL5027
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of France regarding steps to counter levels of antisemitism in the UK and France.  HL5028
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Lord Smith of Hindhead to ask Her Majesty's Government why the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 require members’ clubs and social clubs to enforce the wearing of masks, while other hospitality venues providing identical activities, such as pubs, are not required to; and why their approach to regulating members’ clubs… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow jobseekers to establish their benefit status online rather than in person to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.  HL5030
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the Department for Education complies with procurement guidelines by removing references to retention deductions from all future building work procurement contracts.  HL5031
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the recruitment of black police officers.  HL5032
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reintroduce a limited version of the furlough scheme to (1) vulnerable households, and (2) small businesses.  HL5033
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require technology companies to implement mechanisms to deal with harmful anonymous accounts.  HL5034
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a Build Back Better fund to help the manufacturing sector recover after COVID-19.  HL5035
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 12 October (HL2767), why the direct costs of an at-home PCR test are commercially sensitive.  HL5036
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