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Questions for Written Answer for 24 March 2022

Tabled on 23 March and due for answer by 6 April.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Harrington of Watford on 22 March (HL Deb col 818), what assessment they have made of the capacity in countries neighbouring Ukraine to host the 100,000 orphans in that country; how many of those orphans have been evacuated so far; and what assistance they have provided to date to support those… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government why the British Embassy in Asmara is closed; how long it has been closed; and when they expect to reopen it.  HL7242
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of call by the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections to improve diagnostic capability for chronic pulmonary aspergillosis, especially aspergillus antibody detection and antifungal therapy; and whether UK aid is assisting this work.  HL7243
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent studies in India and Vietnam that found that over the last 12 months, over 50 per cent of patients cured of TB, but with new symptoms, had the fungal infection aspergillus; what assessment they have made of estimates of the number of people who will (1) develop, and (2) die from, chron… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories that was published on 22 March.  HL7245
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the approach of the government of the United States to the negotiations on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, following confirmation of the departure of three members of the United States negotiating team on 24 January.  HL7246
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) possibility, and (2) impact, of the government of the United States lifting sanctions that had been imposed by US Executive Order 13876 on (a) Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, (b) President Ebrahim Raisi, (c) Vice President Mohsen Rezaei, (d) Hossein Dehghan, and (e) other Iranians associat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) possibility, and (2) impact, of the government of the United States lifting sanctions on the Iranian charitable foundation Bonyad Mostazafan as part of agreement with the government of Iran on a revised Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; and what discussions they have held with the gov… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) possibility, and (2) impact, of the government of the United States granting Russia immunity from any economic sanctions relating to Iran as part of agreement with the government of Iran on a revised Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; and what discussions they have held with the govern… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) possibility, and (2) impact, of the government of the United States lifting sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as part of agreement with the government of Iran on a revised Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; and what discussions they have held with the government of the… 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 what assessment they have made of (1) the prevalence of bilge dumping in UK waters, and (2) the adequacy of measures to prevent, identify and punish the practice.  HL7251
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination of agricultural land.  HL7252
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many visa applications were made by Yemeni citizens to visit the UK in the past two years; how many were approved; how many were rejected; and how many were rejected but subsequently approved after appeal.  HL7253
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made to offload oil from the decaying FSO Safer tanker since a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the UN and the Houthis in Yemen; whether there is a timeline for the work to be completed; and what plans exist for dealing with the tanker afterwards.  HL7254
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in Yemen entitled to a UK state pension are not receiving payments.  HL7255
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made, as penholders for Yemen in the UN Security Council, in improving accountability in Yemen and the prospects for peace.  HL7256
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to reduce train noise that is measured independently during the initial operation and testing of trains on HS2 phase one, if it is found to be in excess of Environmental Minimal Requirements.  HL7257
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 25 January (HL5301), whether OneWeb is still using Russian facilities for its launches after Russia's invasion of Ukraine; and how much is paid (1) directly, or (2) indirectly, to Russian organisations in respect of each launch.  HL7258
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) males, and (2) females, who are currently serving prison sentences in England and Wales are over the age of 80.  HL7259 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion, of women who were remanded into custody at (a) magistrates' courts, and (b) crown courts, did not subsequently receive an immediate custodial sentence, in each of the last five years.  HL7260 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average tariff length in months imposed for murder in each year since 2000.  HL7261 [I]
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with political parties in Northern Ireland on measures to deal with the past and its legacy in Northern Ireland.  HL7262
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of support available for the (1) hospice, and (2) end-of-life, care sector, for core services in (a) England, and (b) Wales.  HL7263
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current provisions for injured (1) veterans, and (2) armed service personnel.  HL7264
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reduction in the numbers of pupils taking (1) GCSE, and (2) A Level, examinations in (a) community, or (b) heritage, languages not taught in mainstream state schools as a result of the delayed grant from the Department for Education to the Community Language Examination Centre (CLEx).  HL7265
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an equality impact assessment was made before delaying the grant to CLEx about the impact on black, Asian, and minority ethnic language learners' access to national accreditation at (a) GCSE, and (b) A Level.  HL7266
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance to the UK's (1) economic, and (2) diplomatic, interests of encouraging school students to learn and gain accreditation in (a) Arabic, (b) Mandarin, (c) Russian, (d) Turkish, and (e) Urdu.  HL7267
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) in what circumstances, and (2) under which conditions, Australian imports into Northern Ireland are able to benefit from the provisions of the UK trade deal with Australia.  HL7268
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Northern Ireland is treated in the same way as the rest of the UK under the terms of the UK–Australia free trade agreement as a result of the effects of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and if not, what the difference will be.  HL7269
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the deficiencies in the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland which prevent the VAT reduction applying to homeowners in Northern Ireland in respect of home energy saving materials, as referred to by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his statement on 23 March.  HL7270
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many households signed up to the Homes for Ukraine scheme are currently subject to the under-occupancy penalty.  HL7271
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to writing to households who are subject to the under-occupancy penalty, inviting them to sign up to the Homes for Ukraine scheme.  HL7272
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow Healthy Start prepaid cards to be used for making online and telephone purchases of food items covered by the scheme.  HL7273
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government whether transaction fees will be applied to purchases made using Healthy Start prepaid cards; and if so, what plans they have to consider the potential merits of exempting charitable food providers from those fees.  HL7274
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an impact assessment has been undertaken on the application of transaction fees to purchases made using Healthy Start prepaid cards.  HL7275
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of an Affordable Food Innovation Fund being included in the White Paper to be published in response to the National Food Strategy.  HL7276
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of autism support services.  HL7277
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government how many royal pardons have been issued in the last 10 years.  HL7278
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that (1) blind, and (2) partially sighted, voters have equal access to voting aids under the Elections Bill.  HL7279
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is taking to address the High Court judgment of 3 May 2019 which found the arrangements for (1) blind, and (2) partially sighted, voters were unlawful.  HL7280
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government when Hammersmith Bridge will reopen to motor vehicles.  HL7281
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the British Sign Language Bill to extend its provisions to Northern Ireland; and if they have no such plans, whether they intend to introduce a British sign language law in Northern Ireland.  HL7282
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Lord Inglewood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reconsider their priorities for agriculture and rural land use policy owing to the impact of the war in Ukraine.  HL7283
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Lord Inglewood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to calibrate the visa policy for Ukrainian refugees to help fill unfilled job vacancies in the UK.  HL7284
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a ban on the import of hunting trophies.  HL7285
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that deductions to Universal Credit payments are capped at no more than 25 per cent.  HL7286
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what training they provide to work coaches to help them to support women with criminal records or who are on probation, when they are applying for jobs.  HL7287
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government under what conditions a formal complaint against a financial service provider may be considered not a regulated activity by the Financial Ombudsman Service; and what forms of redress consumers have against financial malpractice by financial service providers.  HL7288
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on pigs and their welfare of the shortage of (1) abattoir workers, and (2) vets, resulting in delays to their slaughter.  HL7289 [I]
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the cost of (1) wheat, and (2) other feedstuffs, on all farmers, particularly pig producers.  HL7290 [I]
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage veterinary surgeons to work in the UK to ensure that there is adequate cover for (1) animal welfare, and (2) public health.  HL7291
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of service provided to politically exposed persons by HM Revenue and Customs; and in particular of its responsiveness to telephone calls from such persons.  HL7292
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to appoint a delivery body to (1) supervise, and (2) lead, Project Rapid; and what are the (a) targets, and (b) funding, associated with the project.  HL7293
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 March (HL6429), what is the percentage increase in the number of staff allocated to passport control at points of entry and exit from the UK since the start of this year; and what plans they have to increase the numbers of staff (1) employed, (2) trained, and (3… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recent actions by P&O Ferries, whether they intend to review (1) the Seafarers Directive, and (2) the 2018 amendment to the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992; and whether it remains their view that the amendment made enables owners of foreign flagged vessels to notify redundancies to compete… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 March (HL6741) and the recent actions by P&O Ferries, what plans they have to sign the UN Convention on Conditions for the Registration of Ships; and what plans they have to improve safeguards for seafarers’ jobs by encouraging other countries to sign the Convention… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have modelled the potential co-circulation of COVID-19 and flu among the over 50s in the 2022/23 flu season; and if so, what were the results of that modelling.  HL7297
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government why those aged 50 to 64 will not be eligible for free flu vaccinations in the 2022/23 flu season.  HL7298
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the protocol for applicants of the Ukrainian Family Scheme and the Ukrainian Sponsorship scheme if applicants have no formal Government identification.  HL7299
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will accept expired forms of government identification if a Ukrainian applicant to the Ukrainian Family Scheme and the Ukrainian Sponsorship scheme has no other form of identification.  HL7300
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to connect potential sponsors and applicants to the Ukrainian Sponsorship Scheme who may not have a pre-existing relationship.  HL7301
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ukraine on the future status of Russian soldiers who have defected and may be unable to return to Russia.  HL7302
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether those individuals classed as high risk will still be able to obtain free lateral flow tests from 1 April; and if so, who will be considered high risk.  HL7303
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that people who have family members with terminal illness will be eligible for free lateral flow tests after 1 April.  HL7304
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 March (HL Deb col 906), how Eurotunnel and the expansion of services in the short straits between Southern England and France will directly improve the urgent supply of (1) food, and (2) other items, to Northern Ireland via the Cairnryan to Larne sea route.  HL7305
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide more (1) anti-aircraft, and (2) anti-tank, missiles to Ukraine.  HL7306
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to divert crops intended for biofuel production into food production.  HL7307
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage British farmers to increase grain production.  HL7308
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide Ukrainian refugees coming to the UK access to (1) education, and (2) language, services.  HL7309
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to passing emergency legislation to prevent the use of trusts as a means of evading sanctions imposed on oligarchs.  HL7310
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable the increased use of imperial units following the UK’s departure from the EU; whether they are reviewing the present metric regulations; and, if so, what plans they have to consult The British Weights and Measures Association as a result of this review.  HL7311
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to a US appeals court overturning the conviction on 28 January of two Deutsche Bank traders accused of manipulating Libor rates, what plans, if any, they have to review the processes around investigating such offences in the UK.  HL7312
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK defence manufacturers to enhance production to ensure (1) the continued supply of weapons to Ukraine, and (2) the restocking of weapons held by UK armed forces.  HL7313
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any warship deployed outside UK waters has its full holding of (1) ammunition, and (2) missiles.  HL7314
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all operational warships have their full complement of personnel, as per the Watch Bill.  HL7315
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to speed up (1) delivery of F35B fighters, and (2) the formation of the second squadron.  HL7316
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the first Fleet Solid Support ship to operate with the carrier battlegroup.  HL7317
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many reservists have been called to the colours since the start of the war in Ukraine.  HL7318
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