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Questions for Written Answer for 22 March 2022

Tabled on 21 March and due for answer by 4 April.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that mass deportations and abductions from Mariupol are taking place to locations in Russia.  HL7103
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that an art school in Ukraine, sheltering 400 people has been destroyed by Russian forces; and what progress they have made in discussions with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for ensuring that such reports and available evidence will be considered by that body in p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have been invited to submit evidence to the Uyghur Tribunal; if so, whether they have accepted the invitation; and if not, why not.  HL7105
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their policy on genocide, further to Russia's actions in Ukraine and the Prime Minister's remarks during Prime Minister’s Questions on 2 March that President Putin's actions amount to war crimes (HC Deb, col 1037).  HL7106
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of the United States' determination that Myanmar's military has committed genocide against the Rohingya; what plans, if any, they have to make a similar determination; and if they have no such plans, why not.  HL7107
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to reducing energy use by demand-side measures, such as the steps promoted in the briefing paper by E3G The Home Energy Security Plan: Demand-Side Measures to Lower Bills and Get Off Gas, published in March.  HL7108
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to withdraw P&O contracts for freeports following its decision to terminate the employment of 800 staff members.  HL7109
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in ensuring that healthcare is fully available to transgender people since the report by TransActual UK Trans lives survey 2021: Enduring the UK's hostile environment, published on 29 September 2021.  HL7110
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the National Probation Service has made towards developing a package of learning for newly qualified officers on managing Imprisonment for Public Protection offenders since the publication of the Joint IPP Action Plan, published by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and the Parole Board in June 2019.  HL7111
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the National Probation Service has made towards delivering a strategy to develop skills of all (1) practitioners, and (2) operational line managers, to manage Imprisonment for Public Protection cases since the publication of the Joint IPP Action Plan, published by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and the Parole… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Parole Board has made towards freeing capacity to hear more Imprisonment for Public Protection release decision cases since the publication of the Joint IPP Action Plan, published by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and the Parole Board in June 2019.  HL7113
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the rate of (1) deferral, and (2) adjournments, of cases by the Parole Board broken down by local region in each year since 2017.  HL7114
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish advice given by the Parole Board to Parole Board members to increase their confidence in taking Imprisonment for Public Protection release decisions since June 2019.  HL7115
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what support is available to (1) Imprisonment for Public Protection prisoners to address the mental health impact of their sentence, and (2) individuals serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection on licence in the community to prevent unnecessary recalls.  HL7116
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to incentivise the increased use of electric vehicles.  HL7117
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the threat of bird flu in the UK to (1) poultry health, and (2) egg production.  HL7118
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in establishing an active case management approach in public protection casework, further to the Joint IPP Action Plan published by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and the Parole Board in June 2019.  HL7119
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the East of England developed standards for working with prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences that are referenced in the Joint IPP Action Plan published by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and Parole Board in June 2019.  HL7120
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in establishing (1) an estate-wide set of non-mandatory best practice standards in prisons in England and Wales, and (2) best practice probation standards, further to the Joint IPP Action Plan published by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and Parole Board in June 2019.  HL7121
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in increasing access to electronic monitoring for the release of prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences, further to the Joint IPP Action Plan published by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and Parole Board in June 2019.  HL7122
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the National Probation Service has made in delivering improvements to the operational oversight of prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences, further to the Joint IPP Action Plan published by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and Parole Board in June 2019.  HL7123
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Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty's Government how many progression panels have been established in each National Probation Service division in each year since June 2019.  HL7124
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the Churchill Lecture delivered by Lord Frost at the University of Zurich on 15 March; and in particular, his suggestion that "we should take another look at mobility issues" affecting the UK and the EU.  HL7125
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice on (1) language skills, and (2) cultural knowledge, the Export Support Service provides to UK businesses seeking to grow their export business.  HL7126
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Financial Conduct Authority regarding the number of cryptoasset firms that are still awaiting registration by the FCA ahead of the deadline on 31 March.  HL7127
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to granting a further extension of the Financial Conduct Authority deadline for registration of cryptoasset firms if the FCA is unable to meet its deadline of 31 March.  HL7128
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the introduction of anti-money laundering regulations for cryptoasset firms, what assessment they have made of the number of firms not yet registered by the FCA; what discussions they have had with the FCA about this; and what steps they are taking to ensure compliance with the regulations.  HL7129
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Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to match Ukrainian refugees wishing to come to the UK with job opportunities matching their specific (1) skills, (2) training, and (3) experience.  HL7130
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) inflationary, and (2) supply chain, pressures on British farming exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine; and what consideration they have given to pausing the phasing out of direct payments to farmers for two years to enable them to adjust to these changes in the mark… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners in England and Wales subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences have (1) started, and (2) completed, accredited offending behaviour programmes in each year since 2017.  HL7132
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences in England and Wales have been on a waiting list to begin an accredited offending behaviour programme in each year since 2017.  HL7133
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average number of accredited offending behaviour programmes completed by prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences in England and Wales before being (1) transferred to open conditions, and (2) released, in each year since 2017.  HL7134
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average number of additional offending behaviour programmes that prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences in England and Wales were directed to complete (1) once the initial sentence plan was completed, and (2) post recall, in each year since 2017.  HL7135
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in establishing a progression unit for prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences with a sexual offence, further to the Joint IPP Action Plan published by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and the Parole Board in June 2019.  HL7136
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made to ensure that contracted sites are compliant with national strategies for management and progression of prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences, further to the Joint IPP Action Plan, published by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and the Parole Board in June 2019.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government how much the NHS will spend on research into the (1) causes, and (2) treatment, of dementia in each of the next five years.  HL7138
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met the British Olympic Association.  HL7139
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position on the British Olympic team being called Team GB.  HL7140
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the British Olympic Association about renaming Team GB to Team UK.  HL7141
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to end the legal requirement for employers and others to check a person's immigration status; and what guidance they provide to those responsible for such checks.  HL7142
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many persons (1) subject to no recourse to public funds under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, and (2) who are undocumented, are being denied access to the NHS; and what guidance they have provided to healthcare providers on the provision of services for these individuals.  HL7143
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many migrants who lack full documentation have become homeless in each of the last two years for which figures are available.  HL7144
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many migrants with no recourse to public funds have (1) applied successfully to have this restriction lifted, and (2) had their application refused.  HL7145
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many live-in carers working under a Health and Care Worker visa have been denied payments under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  HL7146
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons were held in immigration detention centres at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic; and how many persons are being held in such centres at present.  HL7147
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have swept the Downing Street premises for listening devices since the refurbishment work carried out in the last two years.  HL7148
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to allow Russian-owned companies to (1) tender for, or (2) be awarded, contracts for public sector work in the UK.  HL7149
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the letter from Professor David Nutt to The Times on 16 March stating that the rates of oral cancer among South Asian women are nearly four times higher than those among the rest of the population, whether they will (1) publish information on the toxicity of South Asian chewed products, and (2) compare this to the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether their policies of (1) fracking, (2) reducing fuel duty, and (3) coal extraction, are compliant with their commitments at the COP26 conference.  HL7151
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the management of P&O Ferries regarding the requirement under retained EU law to hold consultations when implementing redundancy dismissals.  HL7152
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the tax situation regarding the lump sum payments extended through the agriculture regulations.  HL7153
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government how any gap in funding between basic farm payments and the new environmental land management schemes will be met.  HL7154
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the emphasis on sustainable farming initiatives will be rebalanced in view of the current rise in (1) food costs, (2) fuel, and (3) fertiliser, to secure an increase in food production in this country.  HL7155
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a GCSE course in the Kurdish language; and what support the Department for Education provides for the teaching of this language.  HL7156
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners in England and Wales subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences have been (1) received into, and (2) released from, progression regimes in each year since 2017.  HL7157
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many places were available in progression regimes for prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences in England and Wales in each year since 2017, broken down by establishment.  HL7158
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences in England and Wales were progressed to open conditions but subsequently returned to closed conditions in each year since 2017.  HL7159
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences have been reviewed by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service psychology services in each year since 2017.  HL7160
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in identifying gaps in the provision of learning, training and progression opportunities for women prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences, further to the Joint IPP Action Plan by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service and Parole Board, published in June 2019.  HL7161
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of English vessel fishing activity is currently monitored at sea either with (1) human observers, or (2) Remote Electronic Monitoring.  HL7162
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their Joint Fisheries Statement will commit to evidence-based fisheries management; and whether they will consult on the correct (1) scale, and (2) use, of Remote Electronic Monitoring in English fisheries.  HL7163
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure a better (1) geographic, and (2) seasonal, distribution of fishing effort.  HL7164
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to establish a National Strategy for Allergy.  HL7165
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations regarding a UK-wide National Strategy for Allergy.  HL7166
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to establish a National Clinical (1) Lead, or (2) Director, to work alongside the Clinical Immunologist advising on allergy pathways.  HL7167
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to provide (1) support, and (2) protection, for the staff of P&O Ferries who were made redundant on 17 March.  HL7168
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that (1) freight, and (2) passenger, services between Larne and Cairnryan ports are reinstated.  HL7169
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help provide volunteers willing to host Ukrainian refugees with the names and details of refugees they could be hosting.  HL7170
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ukrainian refugees are being accommodated in each of the UK's four nations as a result of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.  HL7171
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan citizens have been resettled under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme; and what target number, if any, they are aiming for resettlements.  HL7172
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with European partners about using Europe's railway network to transport refugees and humanitarian goods in response to the war in Ukraine.  HL7173
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the temporary postponement of the proposed ban on imports of hunting trophies.  HL7174
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Lord Spencer of Alresford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact the Russian invasion of Ukraine on food poverty and the humanitarian crises in Sub-Saharan Africa; and what steps they plan to take to support that region as a result.  HL7175
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the £3m additional NHS funding to support access to healthcare has been spent on psychological support for Afghan citizens who arrived under the resettlement scheme; and what steps they have taken to ensure that such support is (1) culturally sensitive, and (2) appropriate for people who may have suffered trauma.  HL71… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they will provide (1) to local authorities, and (2) to other partners, to ensure that Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK receive psychological therapy that is (a) culturally sensitive, and (b) appropriate for people who may have suffered trauma.  HL7177
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of introducing inconsistencies into the law around marriage if humanist marriages are legislated for before the Law Commission's review in this area has concluded.  HL7178
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the abolition of Harrogate Borough Council on 1 April 2023 and the related extension of existing councillors' terms, what plans they have, if any, to legislate to allow electors of Marston Moor Ward at Harrogate Borough Council to vote for a representative ahead of the North Yorkshire Unitary election.  HL7179
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to grant a 20-year extension to the working life of the existing Sizewell B plant.  HL7180
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prohibit new investment in Russia's energy sector by companies based in the UK.  HL7181
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prohibit UK persons from undertaking financial transactions involving the Central Bank of Belarus.  HL7182
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to identify cryptocurrency exchanges supporting sanctioned Russian individuals and restrict their activities.  HL7183
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to diocesan authorities about their powers to remove diocesan-appointed governors of voluntary aided schools where the governors decline to support diocesan policy.  HL7184
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the progress of the Building Safety Fund.  HL7185
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