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Questions for Written Answer for 30 March 2022

Tabled on 29 March and due for answer by 12 April.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of relaxing regulations regarding the use of the rodenticide brodifacoum, particularly in the light of the poisoning of a white-tailed eagle in Dorset.  HL7411
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take any action regarding the discontinuation of the Dorset Police investigation into the poisoning of a white-tailed eagle in the county; and what steps they plan to take to protect white-tailed eagles and other domestic and wild animals from similar poisoning incidents.  HL7412
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners are currently being held (1) three to a cell designed for one, and (2) two to a cell designed for one, in each prison.  HL7413 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on drug rehabilitation for (1) men, and (2) women, in prison, in (a) England, and (b) Wales, in each year since 2010.  HL7414 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of prisoners with a home address in London are being held in prisons in (1) Wales, and (2) the North of England.  HL7415 [I]
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Lord Cameron of Dillington to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take, if any, to meet the Fisheries Act 2020 ecosystem objective, particularly the monitoring and mitigation of sensitive species by catch, in the absence of substantial observer coverage and Remote Electronic Monitoring onboard English fishing vessels.  HL7416
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their response to their consultation on the UK regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins, which closed on 21 March 2021.  HL7417
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of stablecoins, including as an efficient means of payment.  HL7418
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with evaluating the benefits of a UK Central Bank Digital Currency.  HL7419
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether goods can be imported into Northern Ireland via Tariff Rate Quota Schemes under the trade deals which the UK has agreed with other countries since 1 January 2021.  HL7420
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding has been allocated to (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, and (3) Northern Ireland from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in each year since its creation.  HL7421
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress on the commitments in the New Decade, New Approach agreement on the York Street Interchange scheme.  HL7422
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they applied the Family Test to the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2022.  HL7423
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they applied the Family Test to the Universal Credit two child limit when the policy was introduced; and whether they intend to do so on the policy’s fifth anniversary.  HL7424
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have applied the Family Test to the Nationality and Borders Bill.  HL7425
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government which policies, if any, the Home Office has applied the Family Test to in the last year.  HL7426
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they applied the Family Test to the measures set out in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Spring Statement on 23 March; and if so, what their conclusions and mitigations were.  HL7427
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Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the presence of (1) Armenian armed forces, and (2) other irregular groups, in Nagorno-Karabakh in violation of the clauses of the Trilateral Ceasefire Agreement of 10 November 2020.  HL7428
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they took, if any, to ensure that guidance for rural proofing as set out in the Annual Rural Proofing Report 2020, published on 26 March 2021, was followed in the preparation and publication of the Levelling Up White Paper.  HL7429
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many deaths have been directly caused by COVID-19 vaccinations.  HL7430
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have delayed seeking membership to join the Lugano Convention.  HL7431
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to engage with EU countries, particularly Denmark, to seek a (1) speedy, and (2) satisfactory, resolution regarding membership to the Lugano Convention.  HL7432
Answered
Lord Haworth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term effects of the recent fire on Gruinard Island, in the light of the earlier use of that island for UK testing of biological weapons.  HL7433
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many visits the Special Envoy to the United States on Northern Ireland has undertaken to the United States since his appointment; and on what dates those visits took place.  HL7434
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Lord Inglewood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Levelling Up agenda applies (1) equally, and (2) equivalently, to both rural and urban, areas.  HL7435
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of domestic demand for palm oil as a result of (1) disturbances to agricultural production in Ukraine, and (2) restrictions to imports from Russia.  HL7436
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support dairy farmers adversely affected by higher costs of (1) feed, (2) fuel, and (3) fertiliser.  HL7437
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to hold the President of Russia accountable for war crimes committed in Ukraine.  HL7438
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Poland about the provision of tanks and helicopters to Ukraine.  HL7439
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their energy security strategy.  HL7440
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of the disparity in diesel and petrol prices at filling stations across the country.  HL7441
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support farmers that face rising prices for fertiliser products.  HL7442
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to inform the public about the consequences of rising diabetes levels.  HL7443
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the regulations limiting the number of patients able to wait in consulting rooms in healthcare settings have been lifted.  HL7444 [I]
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the level of COVID-19 infections on (1) pharmacies, and (2) GP surgeries.  HL7445 [I]
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants who are currently primarily working from home received London weighting additional allowances in the last year for which figures are available.  HL7446
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants received bonuses in addition to their salaries in the last year for which figures are available.  HL7447
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of civil servants at the DVLA worked from home in the last 12 months.  HL7448
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government how many executives in charge of government agencies receive annual bonuses; which executives receive such bonuses; and in each case, what is the value of those bonuses.  HL7449
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their plan for autism research, as outlined in the National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults, published on 22 July 2021.  HL7450
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of a 'stepped care' system for autistic people to identify and address new support needs in a timely manner.  HL7451
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Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the use of (a) molnupiravir, and (b) Paxlovid, as antiviral treatments for COVID-19 in other countries, and (2) the rules for administering such treatments, when considering how to administer and distribute those treatments in England.  HL7452
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Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 28 March (HL7225), why decisions on the deployment of antiviral treatments for COVID-19 for people beyond the highest risk groups are tied to the outcomes of the PANORAMIC study; and when they expect such decisions to be made.  HL7453
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government what investigation, if any, they have undertaken into the Wagner Group and its sources of funding.  HL7454
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the reported activity of the Wagner Group in Libya; and if they have made such an assessment, whether they have identified how those activities are funded.  HL7455
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Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the Wagner Group's reported activities in Venezuela, including reports of involvement in gold mining.  HL7456
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many professionally qualified cooks have been employed by the Royal Logistics Corps each year for the past five years.  HL7457
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what daily amount has been allocated for food per serving British Army soldier each year for the past five years.  HL7458
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on (1) directly employed cooks, and (2) outside contractors, to cater for British Army soldiers each year for the past five years.  HL7459
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what specialised (1) care, and (2) advice, they are providing to Ukrainian refugees who are currently in Poland; what work they are doing with (a) UN agencies, and (b) NGOs, in reception centres in that country; and what particular support they are providing to (i) women, and (ii) children, who may be vulnerable to abuse or traf… 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 of the impact of rising energy costs on the budgets of NHS Trusts; and how they plan to address these cost pressures.  HL7461
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the staffing implications for the NHS of the 104 per cent activity target over pre-pandemic levels for this coming year; and how any staffing shortfalls identified will be met and paid for.  HL7462
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who do not hold the accepted forms of photo ID to vote and will therefore require a photo voter ID card; and how many of those (1) have a disability, (2) live abroad, and (3) are aged over 70.  HL7463
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who will apply for a photo voter ID card even if they already hold the accepted forms of photo ID to vote.  HL7464
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, decision or guidance the Electoral Commission has made or published in the last four years they disagree with; and in each case, why they disagree with it.  HL7465
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 17 March (HL7072), what the (1) mean, (2) median, and (3) maximum, waiting times were for patients who had been coded as having received a specialised service in (a) February 2020, and (b) the most recent period for which figures are available; and how many had waited longer than 18 weeks… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a National Food Security Council.  HL7467
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to encourage oil and gas companies to increase investment in the Nigerian gas sector.  HL7468
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a list for councils telling them what is required for a home safety check for hosts sponsoring Ukrainian refugees under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.  HL7469
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use the Russian Central Bank’s frozen reserves to help rebuild the Ukrainian economy.  HL7470
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what investigations they have undertaken into the effect of COVID-19 vaccinations on boys between the ages of 10 and 15.  HL7471
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what co-operation they have had with governments of EU member states in assessing the lessons relating to the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7472
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial provision they are making for the financial year 2022–23 to give military assistance to the Baltic states; and how, within NATO, are (1) they, (2) the government of the USA, and (3) the government of Canada, allocating any additional responsibilities.  HL7473
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees from Ukraine they have directed to the governments of (1) Wales, and (2) Scotland, to be housed under the provisions agreed with those governments.  HL7474
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy towards the construction of small modular reactors at the nuclear sites at (1) Trawsfynydd, and (2) Wylfa.  HL7475
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions they are imposing, if any, on refugees from Ukraine who have been offered residence in the UK regarding their right to take up employment.  HL7476
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