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Questions for Written Answer for 8 March 2022

Tabled on 7 March and due for answer by 21 March.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Kazakhstan on the status of (1) individuals arrested during protests in that country in January, and (2) the detention of former Prime Minister Karim Massimov.  HL6656
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, given the reported violations of human rights in Kazakhstan and the treatment of former Prime Minister Karim Massimov, what assessment they have made of (1) the threat to the UK’s long-term relations with Kazakhstan, and (2) the UK's wider security interests in the region.  HL6657
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Red Line initiative pioneered by Dr Denis Mukwege which aims to establish a binding treaty obliging states to end sexual violence in conflict; and what plans they have, if any, to provide support for this initiative.  HL6658
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 December 2021 (HL4859), which stations (1) on HS2 lines, or (2) elsewhere, will have platform heights of 1115mm above rail.  HL6659
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 December 2021 (HL4859), whether conventional UK passenger trains will be able to use the same platforms without modification.  HL6660
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 December 2021 (HL4859), whether HS2 trains will be capable of using the standard UK Network Rail station platforms without modification.  HL6661
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 December 2021 (HL4859), what is the expected time saving for (1) boarding, and (2) disembarking, at an HS2 station for similar door widths and passenger numbers between (a) an HS2 train, and (b) a standard UK train, using a station with a platform height of 1115mm above… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allegations of rape and sexual violence committed against civilians in Ukraine by Russian forces; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL6663
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that sexual violence in conflict committed against civilians in Ukraine is investigated and prosecuted, including as part of the International Criminal Court’s investigation of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Ukraine.  HL6664
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any (1) Ministers, (2) civil servants, or (3) special advisers, will be attending St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States of America in March in an official capacity; and if so, what is the cost of any such attendance.  HL6665
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they have made of the reports by (1) the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficked Britons in Syria, published on 10 February, and (2) Reprieve, published on 30 April 2021; and what steps they will take in response.  HL6666
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of potential benefits in enabling Indian Institutes of Technology and other accredited international providers to offer higher education in England.  HL6667
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to set out clear and accessible guidance on the regulatory process for foreign institutions to register to provide higher education in England.  HL6668
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they have taken to ensure that the Office for Students’ regulatory approach is supportive of start-up and scale-up businesses and offers a stable environment for long-term investment.  HL6669
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many higher education providers have offered validation services, and (2) how many institutions have been validated, in each of the last five years.  HL6670
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what was the average cost of validation per student, and (2) what assessment they have made of any increase in this cost, in each of the last five years.  HL6671
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, the Office for Students has taken to encourage new providers to seek New Degree Awarding Powers (NDAPs) as an alternative to a market for validation services.  HL6672
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of appointing named board-level officers with responsibility for innovation to Integrated Care Boards.  HL6673
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to incentivise Integrated Care Systems to appoint a named individual with responsibility for innovation to (1) Integrated Care Boards, or (2) Integrated Care Board committees.  HL6674
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Health on 27 October 2021 (59085), what are the (1) aims, and (2) scope, of the Pathway Redesign Programme.  HL6675
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making towards the implementation of Surgical Hubs in England; and how are they administering the programme.  HL6676
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the nuclear energy roadmap for deployment referred to in the Net Zero Strategy, published on 19 October 2021.  HL6677
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government how many high-temperature gas-cooled reactors they intend to authorise for construction in the UK to provide certainty to the UK nuclear fuel supply chain.  HL6678
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost to (1) London's economy, and (2) the national economy, of the industrial action taken by train drivers during the week ending 4 March.  HL6679
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they (1) have had, or (2) intend to have, with the Mayor of London regarding contributions by the Government to fund the cost of introducing driverless trains in London.  HL6680
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that workers' rights are maintained in trade agreements.  HL6681
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to benefit from the provisions on small businesses in free trade agreements.  HL6682
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent progress they have made in implementing their Made in the UK, Sold to the World strategy.  HL6683
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they are taking to increase exports of steel.  HL6684
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they are taking to help businesses export to European markets.  HL6685
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to encourage rail companies to allow Ukrainian refugees to travel free of charge on UK rail networks.  HL6686
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has travelled to Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months; and how many of these visits included an overnight stay.  HL6687
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia, what plans they have to strengthen energy security in the UK.  HL6688
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia, what plans they have to strengthen food security in the UK.  HL6689
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to investigate the sale in the UK of ancient artefacts stolen from Ethiopia’s Tigray region as part of the ongoing conflict in that area.  HL6690
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of press reports that teenager Amar Shafiq Abu Afifa was killed near Bethlehem by Israeli forces.  HL6691
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Protection of Civilians Report: 25 January - 7 February 2022, dated 11 February; and in particular, the prevalence of the use of violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  HL6692
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what factors would trigger investigation by the Department for Education and other external agencies with regard to abnormal examination results in independent colleges.  HL6693
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to label humanitarian relief goods as non-commercial goods.  HL6694
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to further reduce the time given for Russian oligarchs to register UK property under the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill.  HL6695
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recommend that major banks cease their operations in Russia.  HL6696
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include anti-strategic legal action against public participation (SLAPPS) law in the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill.  HL6697
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in reducing the disability employment gap, in the last 12 months.  HL6698
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government which sectors they have identified as providing particular opportunities to employ disabled people.  HL6699
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what funds have been allocated to encourage business and industry to employ disabled people; and what is the total value of these funds.  HL6700
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government who is the responsible Minister for closing the disability employment gap; and how many staff are engaged in these efforts.  HL6701
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many events have they held to meet and persuade employers to employ disabled people as part of their policy to close the disability employment gap, in each of the last three years.  HL6702
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the disability employment gap was discussed in Cabinet in each of the last three years; which Cabinet Committee has oversight of the policy; and what were the (1) dates, and (2) outcomes, of the last time it was discussed in that Committee.  HL6703
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individual offenders were issued attachment of earnings orders as a way of enforcing a court fine in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6704
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individual offenders were issued deduction from benefit orders as a way of enforcing a court fine in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6705
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individual offenders were issued distress warrants as a way of enforcing a court fine in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6706
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individual offenders were issued attendance centre orders as a way of enforcing a court fine in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6707
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individual offenders were committed to prison as a way of enforcing a court fine in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6708
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how much in outstanding fines was written off administratively in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6709
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees from Ukraine have been admitted into the UK since 1 February; and how many of these made it known that they had family in the UK when they made their application for refugee status.  HL6710
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees from Ukraine have applied to enter the UK since Russia's invasion of that country.  HL6711
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of France regarding refugees from Ukraine who wish to enter the UK but have been prevented from moving from Calais to the UK by immigration officials.  HL6712
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) Welsh Government, and (2) Scottish Government, regarding the wishes of those administrations to welcome refugees into their countries.  HL6713
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether refugees from Ukraine who have been given the right to remain in the Republic of Ireland are entitled to cross the border into Northern Ireland.  HL6714
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have earmarked for 2021–22 to meet the costs of refugees entering the UK from Ukraine; how much of this sum has been spent to date; and what is the sum budgeted for 2022–23 for the same purposes.  HL6715
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Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty's Government why UK nationals returning to the UK are still required to complete Passenger Locator Forms following the removal of all other COVID-19 requirements.  HL6716
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