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Questions for Written Answer for 31 March 2022

Tabled on 30 March and due for answer by 13 April.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Global Witness in its article TotalEnergies ships Russian crude on Russian tanker, despite chief exec promise, published on 23 March, that TotalEnergies has continued to transport oil from Russia to the UK and Europe, despite its CEO’s commitment not to take oil from Russia; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Global Witness in its article European and US energy companies are responsible for nearly USD 100 billion to Putin’s war chest since Crimea invasion, published on 25 March, that energy companies including BP, Shell and Exxon have paid an estimated $100 billion to Russia since th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing in (1) Tigray, and (2) Ethiopia more generally, to victims of conflict-related sexual violence, particularly in relation to medical equipment and supplies.  HL7479
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on victims of conflict-related sexual violence of (1) the destruction of medical clinics, and (2) reduced medical equipment and supplies, as a result of the war in Tigray.  HL7480
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with Harrogate Borough Council about the arrangements for a by-election to fill the vacancy in the Marston Moor ward, following the cancellation of the scheduled election by Article 14(1)(a) of the North Yorkshire (Structural Changes) Order 2022.  HL7481
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government which employment legislation applies to people employed on ships (1) that are registered (a) in the UK, (b) in the EU, and (c) elsewhere in the world, and (2) which operate (i) between UK ports, (ii) between UK and EU ports, and (iii) between the UK and rest of the world.  HL7482
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a ship is classed as a passenger ferry (1) with or without a carriage of vehicles, and (2) whether or not it contains freight.  HL7483
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to standardise employment (1) rates, and (2) conditions, for staff working on ships.  HL7484
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Lord Berkeley to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker when the findings on the consultation of hybrid bill procedures will be published.  HL7485
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 30 March (HL7011), how many Ukrainian refugees they have helped with the provision of transport to travel to the UK.  HL7486
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 30 March (HL7011), how they are publicising the provision of access to transport for Ukrainian refugees coming to the UK.  HL7487
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what purposes, if any, they consider will be served by a register of landlords which will not be served by the Landlord–Tenant redress scheme.  HL7488
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the instances of the use of force by prison officers on prisoners aged 18–24 in the men’s estate have been recorded in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion this was of the total instances of the use of force.  HL7489 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the median years of experience serving prison officers have had in each year since 2009.  HL7490 [I]
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the results of their targeted stakeholder consultation on the level of statutory fees paid to vehicle recovery operators; and whether as part of that consultation (1) the police, and (2) National Highways, were consulted on whether the service available from recovery operators is timely and efficient.  HL749… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to develop a National Airports Strategy; and if so, what is the timetable for its development.  HL7492
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consider the (1) sustainability, (2) surface access, and (3) noise levels, of airports in England.  HL7493
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average annual maintenance contract value per housing unit in Service Family Accommodation.  HL7494
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government whether all Service Family Accommodation will follow the requirements of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards which require rental properties to meet a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating standard of E by April 2023.  HL7495
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure Service Families are not disadvantaged in meeting rising energy costs by any poorly insulated or otherwise energy-inefficient Service Family Accommodation.  HL7496
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government whether armed forces families living in Service Family Accommodation will be able to benefit, by virtue of their contribution in lieu of council tax payments, from an equivalent sum to the £150 council tax rebate which is being made available to the civilian population.  HL7497
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 7 March (HL6243), what assessment they have made of the empty property figure of 20 per cent for Service Family Accommodation; and what steps they plan to take, if any, to reduce that figure.  HL7498
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 24 March (HL6032), whether they have conducted analysis of the toxicity levels of (1) nicotine pouches, (2) South Asian chewed tobacco, and (3) snus.  HL7499
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 24 March (HL6032) which stated that “the Department does not hold data showing the carcinogen levels of snus or other smokeless tobacco products”, whether they are aware of the analysis of carcinogen levels in smokeless tobacco products published in Tobacco Control Levels of t… 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 plans, if any, they have to name the eight Russian citizens who have been granted Investor (Tier 1) visas who are now subject to sanctions.  HL7501
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Russian nationals granted Investor (Tier 1) visas since 2008 have been found to pose a national security risk.  HL7502
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families on 24 March (HCWS714) regarding children with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF), whether the reference to "all families with NRPF" means that no family that meets the income and capital rules will be excluded from… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the detention of Morad Tahbaz in Iran; and what steps they will take to facilitate his release.  HL7504
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sudan, Volker Perthes, on 28 March that the country is "heading towards economic and security collapse as well as significant humanitarian suffering", what steps they are taking, together with international partners at the UN, to work towards secu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, together with international partners, to renew efforts (1) to reduce conflict, and (2) to negotiate new peace talks, between Israel and Palestine on the basis of the two-state solution.  HL7506
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Russian attack on Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant on 4 March, what progress they have made, together with international partners, to draw up (1) new, and (2) robust, international standards for the safe treatment of nuclear (a) facilities, (b) installations, (c) waste sites, and (d) materials, in times of war.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to UK hospitality businesses, especially small businesses, to help with (1) rising costs, and (2) the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, following their decision not extend the 12.5 per cent rate of VAT for hospitality.  HL7508
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support consumers who need to use electric medical devices at home, such as monitors or ventilators, given the impact of rising energy prices.  HL7509
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with energy suppliers about the practice of automatically imposing rises in direct debits without prior discussion with consumers.  HL7510
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require energy suppliers to consult with vulnerable customers before increasing their direct debit payments.  HL7511
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take, if any, to protect disabled customers from the impact of rising energy costs.  HL7512
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) diagnostic services, and (2) antimicrobial stewardship, in NHS health trusts.  HL7513
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that hospitals in all NHS health trusts allocate dedicated funding for respiratory testing for (1) diagnostic, and (2) treatment, purposes.  HL7514
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Israel’s plans to develop a road that will enable construction in the E1 area of the West Bank, in particular the impact the road would have on the viability of an independent Palestinian state.  HL7515
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact the government of Israel’s plans to (1) build 10 new settlements, and (2) resume its forestation work, in the Naqab, will have on the existing Bedouin communities.  HL7516
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to enable the food and drink industry to use safe, alternative products where ingredients become unavailable due to shortages in world markets.  HL7517
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to develop a new model for (1) organising, and (2) equipping, the UK’s armed forces, in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  HL7518
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to lift the limitations which prevent access to free school meals on the grounds of immigration status.  HL7519
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the income threshold at which households become eligible for free school meals to £20,000 a year.  HL7520
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