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Questions for Written Answer for 9 March 2022

Tabled on 8 March and due for answer by 22 March.

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to protect the human rights of local communities in which UK companies trading at the London Stock Exchange carry out extractive activities.  HL6717
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK companies carrying out extractive activities in Colombia support (1) smallholder farmers, (2) indigenous peoples, and (3) local communities.  HL6718
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in delivering on the commitments made in the Glasgow Leaders' Declaration on Forests and Land Use.  HL6719
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the final number of entries to Music VTQs for Level (1) 1, (2) 2, and (3) 3, in each of the past three academic years for which figures are available.  HL6720 [I]
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what medical supplies and assistance they are providing to Ukraine.  HL6721
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to facilitate the provision of medical assistance to Ukraine by (1) other countries, and (2) non-governmental organisations.  HL6722
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other countries to coordinate the provision of visas for refugees from Ukraine.  HL6723
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government when the ministerial visits mentioned in the Levelling Up the United Kingdom white paper, published on 2 February, will take place in the North of East of England.  HL6724
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government when the local panels mentioned in the Levelling Up the United Kingdom white paper, published on 2 February, will take place following ministerial visits in the consultation phase.  HL6725
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will be carrying out cause-based consultations in the North East following the Levelling Up the United Kingdom white paper, published on 2 February, as part of the ministerial level visits.  HL6726
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a dedicated budget line for SEN funding.  HL6727
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the process by which local councils allocate SEN funding; and in particular, whether it matches their provision of £6,000 per child, plus the additional cost for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).  HL6728
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the Scottish Government to introduce mandatory welfare inspections for farmed fish by APHA Scotland; and what plans they have, if any, to introduce mandatory inspections for farmed fish in England.  HL6729
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of report by Panorama into animal abuse and neglect on dairy farms; and what steps they are taking, if any, to ensure stronger enforcement of animal welfare legislation.  HL6730
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the representations by Independent Higher Education that the market for validation services is “dysfunctional, opaque, unreliable and anti-competitive”.  HL6731
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, to fulfil commitments made by the Office for Students to review the state of competition in the market for validation services.  HL6732
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to compel the Office for Students to increase transparency through the publication of a Register of Validating Providers.  HL6733
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of appointing an SME Champion within the governance structures of the Office for Students.  HL6734
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the extent to which the requirement that institutions seeking Degree Awarding Powers (DAPs) should have more than 50 per cent of their students studying at Level 6 or above is holding back the development of higher technical qualifications at Level 4 and Level 5.  HL6735
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 March (HL Deb col 1118), whether there is a time limit on the start of misconduct hearings announced by Police and Crime Commissioners; and if not, what plans they have to introduce one.  HL6736
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Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the additional cost to public expenditure of setting the proposed cap on care costs at £35,000, rather than the proposed level of £86,000.  HL6737
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the current levels of productivity in the UK.  HL6738
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the additional capacity necessary to analyse the present levels of productivity in the UK.  HL6739
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the UK’s comparative productivity level when compared to each member of (1) the G7 and (2) the G20.  HL6740
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not signed the UN Convention on Conditions for Registration of Ships; what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact of this decision on the UK’s maritime security; and what plans they have, if any, to reconsider this decision in the light of current geopolitical situation.  HL6741
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to impose tighter restrictions and conditions on ships registering in the UK.  HL6742
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Local Authorities made applications for funding under the Bus Back Better schemes; how many of these applications have been accepted; and what steps they have taken, if any, to support previously unsuccessful applicant Authorities to ensure their schemes meet the specified criteria.  HL6743
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 17 February (HL6007), to explain why there has been a long delay since the conclusion of their consultation on toilet provision and whether they have allocated funding to take forward the results of this consultation.  HL6744
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 February (HL6187), what assessment they have made of (1) the purpose of journeys taken by e-scooter, and (2) the percentage of journeys made by e-scooter that would otherwise be taken by another form of transport.  HL6745
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the findings of the independent evaluation of e-scooter trails conducted in December 2021.  HL6746
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to increase the proportion of UK trade through free trade agreements.  HL6747
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential effect of investor state dispute settlement provisions in the CPTPP on business in the UK.  HL6748
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed Boiler Upgrade System will be fully implemented by 1 April; what discussions they have had with the industry regarding the implementation of that scheme; and when they will publish full details on how the scheme will be implemented.  HL6749
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of low carbon technology installations such as heat pumps that will be covered by the Home Upgrade Grant scheme.  HL6750
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Home Office are keeping up with visa applications from those fleeing Ukraine.  HL6751
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those who need to leave Ukraine are welcomed into the UK.  HL6752
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is appropriate accommodation available for those coming from Ukraine.  HL6753
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government why the emergency visa office for Ukrainian refugees is in Lille and not Calais; and how many visas for Ukrainian refugees have been issued there for each week since it opened.  HL6754
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in their negotiations with the European Commission on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; what consultations they are holding with (1) the Northern Ireland political parties, (2) representatives of the Northern Ireland business community, in relation to the progress of these talks; and when they expect t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the interoperability of facial recognition and other biometric technologies used in schools with other government agencies such the police or health services.  HL6756
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of facial recognition and other biometric technology in schools.  HL6757
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office plan to issue new procurement guidance to exclude surveillance camera suppliers linked with (1) modern slavery, and (2) human rights violations; and whether this will apply to public bodies in the education sector.  HL6758
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Cabinet Office plan to issue new procurement guidance to exclude surveillance camera suppliers linked with (1) modern slavery, and (2) human rights violations; and whether this will apply to public bodies in the education sector.  HL6759
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro Spa Ltd, registered at Companies House on 29 November 2021, was authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); and whether FCA approval was sought before the registration of the company.  HL6760
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to investigate the affairs of Eikone Ltd, a company registered at Companies House with £100 trillion authorized share capital.  HL6761
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to investigate the affairs of “The Majestic Wonder Emporium of Mr Magoriums Directed at Islamic Bird Watching and Cricketing Endeavour for the Salvation of the Church and Torah on Sabbath Ltd ", a company registered at Companies House on 25 August 2021.  HL6762
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to investigate the affairs of App In The Air U.K. Ltd, a company registered at Companies House on 3 March 2022 with Mikhail Shelkov as the person with significant control.  HL6763
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many appointments were held by Liesl Cook at the point they were appointed an Official Receiver; how many complaints had been received about Leisl Cook at the time of appointment; and what were the outcomes of any such complaints.  HL6764
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extradite Aflak Ahmad, who registered Aflak Travelling Abroad Ltd at Companies House on 21 December 2020; and whether any action has been taken against the provider of their London office address.  HL6765
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of hackers to hack into UK terrestrial broadcasters' news output.  HL6766
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people aged 16 to 19 are receiving Universal Credit.  HL6767
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people aged 16 to 19 who are on Universal Credit are studying for a post-16 qualification.  HL6768
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people aged 16 to 19 who are receiving Universal Credit have successfully completed a post-16 qualification.  HL6769
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to open a new round of North Sea exploration licences.  HL6770
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the UK’s reliance on Russian oil.  HL6771
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase defence spending.  HL6772
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Lord Tope to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 6 December 2021 (HL4318), when they plan to conduct consultations on measures to control air pollution from (1) small combustion plants, and (2) non-road mobile machinery.  HL6773
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact of the impact of Pupil Premium Plus on (1) the educational outcomes of previously looked after children, including attainment, and (2) the personal outcomes of previously looked after children.  HL6774
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of Adoption UK’s report From Both Sides, published in February; and in particular, the finding that there is a lack of clarity around the purpose and appropriate use of Pupil Premium Plus for previously looked after children and that this is limiting its effectiveness.  HL6775
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the recommendation in Adoption UK’s recent report From Both Sides, published in February, that a form of Personal Education Plan should be introduced as a statutory requirement for all previously looked after children to support effective use of Pupil Premium Plus.  HL6776
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to hold talks with the government of Mauritius to discuss the next steps for the Chagos Islands, including the restoration of the right of Chagossians to return to and resettle the Islands.  HL6777
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with train service providers regarding the reduction in the number of through trains from London Euston to Holyhead from seven per day prior to the COVID-19 pandemic to one per day at present; and when they expect to re-establish a full through-train service on this line.  HL6778
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the UK's energy needs are currently being met from the UK's own resources; and what proportion of this is dependent on the importing of (1) oil, and (2) gas, from overseas suppliers.  HL6779
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with those in charge of laboratories in Oxford who are working on the generation of electricity from nuclear fusion; and what resources they are making available to accelerate this research and its practical application.  HL6780
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Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Home Secretary on 8 March that they have “surged a Home Office team” to help at Calais, why Ukrainian refugees are unable to be processed more rapidly in Calais than at other locations.  HL6781
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