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Questions for Written Answer for 4 March 2022

Tabled on 3 March and due for answer by 17 March.

Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions of the PricewaterhouseCoopers report Review of unlicensed online gambling in the UK, published on 3 February 2021; in particular, the conclusion that unlicensed gambling has grown to a turnover of £1.4 billion with 460,000 users.  HL6586
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Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in conjunction with the Gambling Commission to prevent unlicensed online gambling.  HL6587
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Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the loss of (1) tax revenue, and (2) Horse Racing Levy income, due to illegal online gambling.  HL6588
Answered
Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have that problem gamblers are betting with illegal operators.  HL6589
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what tactful representations they will make to the government of Ukraine about the need to adhere to the Geneva Conventions; and in particular Article 13, which covers the photography and videoing of captured enemy service personnel.  HL6590
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Lord Beith to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on vulnerable people in remote rural areas of the loss of telephone contact during power cuts; and what plans they have to review their policy of withdrawing telephone land lines from some rural properties given the experience during recent storms.  HL6591
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support the creation of programmes for young people since they stated that "the availability of new, engaging and relevant content for young audiences is of great societal importance", in their Contestable Fund Pilot: Supporting Young Audiences and Audio Content, published on 19 October 2018.  HL6592
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need to improve plurality of funding routes for culturally specific UK children's content.  HL6593
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to level up TV production now that the Young Audience's Content Fund has ceased.  HL6594
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government which of the factors that led to the creation of the Young Audience's Content Fund have changed to justify the ending of that fund.  HL6595
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, (1) to renew, or (2) to replace, the Young Audience's Content Fund.  HL6596
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government why the plan for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc was not included in their Levelling Up white paper; what is the status of growth plans for the Arc; and whether the Arc plan is being replaced by plans in other areas.  HL6597
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Penn on 2 March (HL Deb col 812) about cooperating with the government of China on a green taxonomy, what fora are these discussions are being conducted in; how any (1) progress, and (2) agreement, will be reported; and what assessment they have made of the timetable for an outcome… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 3 March (HL6222 and HL6223), what are the 18 airports affected by the cancellation of European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Services (EGNOS).  HL6599
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 3 March (HL6222 and HL6223), which space-based augmentation systems they are investigating as an alternative to European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Services (EGNOS).  HL6600
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of eating disorders; and what plans they have to increase resources to treat them.  HL6601
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of medical training for the treatment of eating disorders.  HL6602
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable recipients of Healthy Start coupons to use their prepaid cards online to purchase items that are covered by the scheme.  HL6603
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Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to establish an automatic opt-in to Healthy Start vouchers via (1) doctors surgeries, and (2) other points of contact, for those receiving benefits who are (a) pregnant, or (b) have young children; and if so, when they intend to implement such plans.  HL6604
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they are providing to help people fleeing from Ukraine; what discussions they have had with other European countries about the provision of such financial support; and what support those countries have committed for that purpose.  HL6605
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) legislative controls, and (2) licensing agreements, govern the (a) accountability, (b) liability, (c) market restrictions, and (d) other controls, of oil and gas operators in UK waters.  HL6606
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require the sales and promotional material for individual leasehold properties to include (1) copies of the legislation relating to leasehold properties, and (2) any legislative proposals Her Majesty’s Government have published on (a) lease extensions, and (b) freehold rights to buy.  HL6607
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the financial impact of rising energy prices on households with district heat systems that are not covered by the energy price cap; and what is their timetable for implementing those plans.  HL6608
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of households that are supplied by district heating systems; what assessment they have made of the geographic distribution of those households; and what estimate they have made of the (1) number, and (2) proportion, of those households that experience fuel poverty.  HL6609
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many members of the House of Lords have a (1) laptop, (2) desktop, and (3) printer (a) in their parliamentary office, or (b) at home, paid for out of House of Lords funds.  HL6610
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Lord Grade of Yarmouth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make an immediate one-off grant in aid to the BBC World Service to enable it to increase its Russian services (1) online, and (2) over the air.  HL6611
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from Baroness Williams of Trafford to all peers on 2 March regarding the Nationality and Borders Bill and offshoring, whether any such arrangement with a third country would require a treaty.  HL6612
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the publication by NICE of NICE healthy technology evaluations: the manual on 22 January, how they plan to define “sufficient evidence” while recognising that in early-stage development and “true” innovation there may not be a comparator for evidential purpose.  HL6613
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further the publication by NICE of NICE healthy technology evaluations: the manual on 22 January, how they plan to fast-track any “true innovation” which is supported by (a) NICE MedTech Innovation Briefing, or (b) other “sufficient” evidence, into the relevant NHS Supply Chain Framework agreement.  HL6614
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) Ukrainian, and (2) Russian, students in the UK can continue their studies in (a) schools, and (b) places of higher education; and what steps they will take to help those who want to complete their courses to do so.  HL6615
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that VAT laws would have on the rollout of a Deposit Return Scheme.  HL6616
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce regulations to amend VAT law to accommodate the introduction of the Deposit Return Scheme.  HL6617
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include clarifications for drinks producers on the application of VAT on deposits in their response to the consultation on introducing a Deposit Return Scheme, which closed on 4 June 2021.  HL6618
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Lord Lansley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis against COVID-19 to the most vulnerable groups who are severely immunocompromised.  HL6619
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Lord Lansley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the emergency use authorisation listed on 8 December 2021 of AstraZeneca's Evusheld for pre-exposure prophylaxis in (1) certain adults, and (2) children.  HL6620
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, for statistical collaboration between the UK and the EU as set out in the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, with regard to data related to (1) poverty, and (2) living standards.  HL6621
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the changes to the annual allowance for pensions in terms of (1) clinical hours worked, and (2) early retirement of senior doctors, over the past 10 years.  HL6622
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the top 20 per cent most deprived areas in the country, as determined by the indices of multiple deprivation.  HL6623
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of OneWeb’s planned use of Russian Soyuz rockets to launch satellites into space; whether the launch took place as planned on 4 March from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakstan: and what plans they have, if any, to end OneWeb’s reliance on Russian Soyuz rockets and launch facilities.  HL6624
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Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 3 March (HL6393), why pharmacists are unable to (1) stock, and (2) sell, COVID-19 treatments including (a) molnupiravir, and (b) Paxlovid.  HL6625
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the delivery of the UK’s G7 pledge to donate 100 million surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX by June 2022.  HL6626
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support local organisations in countries delivering COVID-19 vaccines donated by the UK to ensure that they are distributed efficiently and effectively.  HL6627
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Health and Social Care maintains records of any Government business conducted from Ministers' personal phones; whether any such records were kept of communications between Lord Bethell and Abingdon Health during his term as a Government Minister; and what were the dates of any such messages registered.  HL6628
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 February (HL6050), what judicial body they consider would be able to make decision about allegations of the crime of apartheid in respect of Occupied Palestinian Territory.  HL6629
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 February (HL6199), how many of the 141 pedal cyclist fatalities in 2020 were children and young people.  HL6630
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in graduation rate at the UK College of Business and Computing from 8 per cent in 2016 to 78 per cent in 2017; and what measures of validation were taken by external bodies.  HL6631
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with Randstad prior to the company informing the National Tutoring Programme’s tutor organisations that they are no longer required to meet the Department for Education’s requirement that 65 per cent of their tuition support is provided to children receiving the pupil premium.  HL6632
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide additional funding to those schools with the largest proportion of pupils receiving free school meals, to pay for interventions aimed at increasing levels of school attendance.  HL6633
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