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Questions for Written Answer for 23 March 2022

Tabled on 22 March and due for answer by 5 April.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the government of the United States to add the Sudan Central Reserves Police to its list of sanctioned entities; what plans they have, if any, to make a similar decision; and if they have no such plans, why not.  HL7186
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 21 March (HL6783), what assessment they have made of the denial of transit facilities to the United Nations through Ethiopia; and whether they consider this to be a blockade.  HL7187
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the decision of Eritrea to vote against the UN resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, what representations the UK's ambassador to Eritrea has made to the government of that country regarding its support of the Russian invasion of Ukraine; and whether they are considering additional sanctions as a re… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk that revoking the broadcasting licence of the Russian news channel RT may increase interest in its broadcasts.  HL7189
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the report Covid Realities: documenting life on a low income during the pandemic, published on 24 January; what assessment they have made of the finding in that report that support for people in poverty should, whenever possible, be provided in cash; and what plans they have to chan… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, before promoting the work of large businesses, they assess compliance with the Prompt Payment Code.  HL7191
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many contractors have been refused government contracts in excess of £5 million on the basis of guidelines for prompt payment in government contracting; and what assessment they have made of the level of compliance in public sector contracts with the provision that 95 per cent of invoices should be paid within 60… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist in international efforts to gather evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine, and to identify those responsible, including (1) individual perpetrators, and (2) those in command.  HL7193
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the backlog of road repairs nationally; and what assessment they have made of the impact such repairs will have on (1) communities, and (2) the economy.  HL7194
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with (1) European partners, and (2) others, regarding the sanctions imposed against Milorad Dodik.  HL7195 [I]
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many common health entry documents were presented and processed for goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain in each week since 1 January 2022.  HL7196
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the weekly number of common health entry documents which would need to be presented and processed if the terms of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland were being implemented without arrangements such as grace periods.  HL7197
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ukrainian refugees (1) have applied for visas, (2) have been granted visas; and (3) have entered each of the four nations of the UK, under (a) the family visa scheme, and (b) the sponsorship scheme, each day since each of those schemes was launched.  HL7198
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Baroness Fraser of Craigmaddie to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to Ukrainian refugees who have a disability; and how they are assisting the organisations in neighbouring countries which are supporting them.  HL7199
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to encourage the development of tidal power in the UK.  HL7200
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Caine on 16 March (HL6665), how many (1) Ministers, (2) Officials, and (3) Special Advisors, attended the St Patrick's Day celebrations this year in the USA; how many days did all attendees stay; and what was the total cost of the visit.  HL7201
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Supreme Court judgment on R v Adams 2020, whether they plan to legislate to restore the Carltona Principle which provides that acts of government officials are synonymous with acts of a Secretary of State; and if so, when.  HL7202
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the application fees payable for all types of (1) new visas, and (2) renewals of existing visas; and if not, why not.  HL7203
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many voluntary refugee and migrant support centres have closed since March 2020; and what plans they have, if any, to support their reopening.  HL7204
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total amount raised by the immigration healthcare surcharge to date; and what has been the cost of collecting it.  HL7205
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, what are the latest figures for the number of vacancies NHS England has for (1) doctors, (2) nurses, (3) other medically qualified staff, (4) clerical staff, and (5) other ancillary workers.  HL7206
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place for regular consultation between the Home Office and the Department of Health and Social Care with regards to health and care staff of all grades; whether these include regular meetings; and who is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of any such arrangements.  HL7207
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to speed up the processes for (1) applications for asylum and refugee protection, and (2) visas for entry and leave to remain in the UK.  HL7208
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure families have adequate access to early years support.  HL7209
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure there are adequate specialist teachers to support children with Special Educational Needs.  HL7210
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that adequate provisions are made to protect Ukrainian (1) orphans, and (2) unaccompanied children, who come to the UK.  HL7211
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria regarding Christian persecution in that country.  HL7212
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further representations they have made to President Xi Jinping regarding China's nuclear activity with Russia.  HL7213
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the rights of P&O Ferries staff who were made redundant on 17 March.  HL7214
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage GPs to develop expertise in Long Covid to enable them to help patients suffering with this condition.  HL7215
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners subject to Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences have had two or more post tariff parole reviews with no progression to (1) open conditions, or (2) release, in each year since 2017.  HL7216
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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 referred into the offender personality disorder pathway in each year since 2017.  HL7217
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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 referred into the offender personality disorder pathway broken down by protected characteristics in each year since 2017.  HL7218
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possible environmental, strategic and economic benefits of retaining a strong domestic biodiesel industry; and what proportion of biodiesel used in the UK is produced in this country.  HL7219
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK’s domestic biodiesel industry of authorisations which allow imports of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil free from normal import duties.  HL7220
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of the shortage of level 2 qualified staff such as mechanics and technicians within the logistics industry; and what steps they intend to take to address this shortage.  HL7221
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they first became aware of alleged problems with the employment terms and conditions at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency; what steps they took to improve the level of service by that body; and when those steps were taken.  HL7222
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to link future increases in regulated rail fares to the Consumer Price Index rather than to the Retail Price Index.  HL7223
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 February (HL6429), what are the current average waiting times for passport control clearance for passengers at (1) ports, (2) airports, and (3) the Channel Tunnel terminus; and what discussions they have had with representatives from organisations in the tourism… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 21 March (HL6991), what body was responsible for the decision that antiviral treatments for COVID-19 can only be prescribed by a clinician within a COVID Medicine Delivery Unit and are not available for general practice prescribing and purchase directly from pharmacies; when this dec… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 1 March (HL6395), what assessment they have made of the number of women who (1) have undergone a formal cancer risk assessment, and (2) have been identified as having dense breasts.  HL7226
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of lowering the breast cancer screening age.  HL7227
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the full Sue Gray report into alleged gatherings on government premises during the period of COVID-19 restrictions.  HL7228
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to utilise (1) current, and (2) former, Ministry of Defence Service Family Accommodation units to house (a) individuals, and (b) families, fleeing the war in Ukraine.  HL7229
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ministry of Defence Service Family Accommodation units are currently unoccupied in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.  HL7230
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total cost of the Commissioners appointed to Liverpool City Council following the publication of the Max Caller Best Value Inspection report on 24 March; and who is responsible for that cost.  HL7231
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Commissioners appointed to Liverpool City Council following the publication of the Max Caller Best Value Inspection report on 24 March will be producing regular reports on the progress they are making.  HL7232
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prohibit the provision of British-denominated banknotes to Belarus.  HL7233
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prohibit providing services in relation to shares of Belarussian state-owned enterprises listed on UK trading exchanges.  HL7234
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide a formal central system of matching people who applied to the Homes for Ukraine Scheme to Ukrainians wishing to travel to the UK.  HL7235
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of asylum seekers who can work in the UK whilst their claims are being processed.  HL7236
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what they consider would constitute the withdrawal of banking services from the Central Bank of Russia by the Bank of International Settlements; what discussions they have had with the Bank of England about the withdrawal; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the measures to withdraw such banking services from Russia… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have encouraged the Bank of England to make representations to the Bank of International Settlements in order to ensure that the Bank of International Settlements is not used to circumvent sanctions on Russia; if so, whether they are aware of any such representations; and if not, whether they will ask the Bank of England to m… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the increase in cost to the buyers of Russian (1) oil, and (2) gas, in the UK of a ban on the import of these products.  HL7239
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure there are sufficient UK seafarers to operate the ships necessary for overseas military operations.  HL7240
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