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Questions for Written Answer for 1 April 2022

Tabled on 31 March and due for answer by 14 April.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 30 March (HL7007), whether they will bring forward proposals to require the specification of the country of origin or manufacture of all goods sold to consumers online.  HL7521
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of their strategy for the diversification of energy supply, they will re-examine proposals for the construction of a Mersey barrage to generate tidal power.  HL7522
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any health equipment with constituent parts made using forced labour has entered the UK supply chain since January 2020.  HL7523
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the combined impact on NHS retention levels of (1) the rising cost of living, and (2) the increasing numbers of new nurses needing to start paying back student-funded tuition fees.  HL7524
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the EU to impose sanctions on the Russian diamond miner Alrosa following the sanctions imposed on them by Her Majesty's Government; and what steps they are taking to ensure that processed Russian diamonds from any source, including (1) India and (2) the UAE, do not enter the UK… 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 they are consulting the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, in parallel with work on progressing plans for small modular reactors.  HL7526
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comparative (1) happiness, and (2) mental distress, experienced by pupils in (a) community schools, (b) foundation schools, (c) voluntary schools, (d) free schools, (e) academies, and (f) grammar schools.  HL7527
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government who will be the recipient of the proceeds from the sale of Chelsea Football Club.  HL7528
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the cost of the restoration of war-damaged housing, buildings and infrastructure in Ukraine; and whether they consider that seized Russian assets could form part of a programme of reparations to rebuild Ukraine.  HL7529
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to (1) the care failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Morecambe Bay, Stafford Hospital, and Gosport War Memorial Hospital, (2) the number of NHS staff not vaccinated against COVID-19, and (3) the continued restrictions on face-to-face meetings with GPs, what assessment they have made as to whether the NHS is… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the claims by the government of Russia that their forces are repositioning in the north of Ukraine but reinforcing their strength in the Donbass region, what extra military resources and materials they intend to provide to the Ukrainian Defence Forces (1) to help cut off the Russians in the north as they retreat or reposi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what land-based anti-ship missiles or howitzers they will make available to the Ukrainian Defence Forces so that they can destroy Russian ships in the Black Sea.  HL7532
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what defensive missile systems they will supply to the Ukrainian Defence Forces to destroy Russian (1) missile bases, or (2) artillery bases, inside Russia but which fire into Ukraine.  HL7533
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what waivers they have agreed, if any, in relation to eligibility for (1) financial support in the form bursaries and loans, and (2) UK residency rules, in respect of fee levels for Ukrainian refugees wishing to continue their studies in the UK.  HL7534
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements, in any, they have made with (1) the Russell Group of universities, or (2) Universities UK, for the recognition of Ukrainian qualifications in order that Ukrainian refugees can continue their studies in the UK.  HL7535
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign national prisoners for each country were convicted of each offence category in the last year for which figures are available.  HL7536 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many miles on average a person currently in prison aged (1) 15–17, (2) 18–24, (3) 25–29, and (4) 30 and over, is held from their home.  HL7537 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently in prison serving a determinate sentence with a parole eligibility date, as defined in Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service Security Categorisation Policy Framework, reissued on 17 August 2021, by length of time between their sentence start date and conditional release date.  HL7538 [I]
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time for cataract surgery in England; what strategies they are employing to reduce the waiting time; whether they have discussed (1) strategies for reducing such waiting time, and (2) cross-border cooperation on reducing waiting lists, with the Welsh Government; and if so, what the outcome of those d… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish an independent expert panel to (1) deliberate, and (2) make recommendations, on (a) restitution, and (b) repatriation, claims on cultural objects (excepting Nazi-looted objects) held in public collections.  HL7540
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 17 March (HL Deb col 450), how long the evaluation of the Young Audiences Content Fund will take; and when they will decide whether to extend that fund.  HL7541
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the use of a levy on streaming services to help fund a continuation of the Young Audiences Content Fund.  HL7542
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been (1) allocated to, and (2) spent by, the (a) Community Ownership Fund, and (b) the Community Renewal Fund, in each year since their creation; and which projects have received funding.  HL7543
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what changes have taken effect in respect of alcohol excise duties in the UK since 1 January 2021 which (1) do not apply to Northern Ireland, and (2) will take effect in Northern Ireland with modifications.  HL7544
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the availability of kosher food in Northern Ireland, and (2) the restrictions imposed by the provisions of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, when fully implemented, on the movement of kosher food from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.  HL7545
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with any department in Northern Ireland about the reduction of VAT on home energy products since 1 January.  HL7546
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the dairy sector in England.  HL7547
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made on the impact of supply chain inflation on the English dairy sector’s productive capacity.  HL7548
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of new environmental regulations, such as the Clean Air Strategy and Farming Rules for Water, on the future of the dairy sector in England.  HL7549
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths, confirmed by coroner’s courts, have been directly caused by COVID-19 vaccinations.  HL7550
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government when the UK aid budget will return 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income; and whether they consider the funding for Ukraine (1) to be part of the temporary 0.5 per cent target, or (2) to be additional expenditure.  HL7551
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) funding, and (2) diplomatic support, in respect of the war in Ukraine does not distract from efforts to help vulnerable people affected by crises in the rest of the world.  HL7552
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) funding, and (2) support, for Ukraine reaches its intended recipients, including (a) local, and (b) women-led, organisations.  HL7553
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to prevent people's (a) lives, and (b) livelihoods, being affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa, and (2) to tackle the underlying causes of (i) conflict, and (ii) climate change, in that region.  HL7554
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce legislation to make it illegal for non-UK citizens who were granted Tier 1 (Investor) visas to donate to political parties in the United Kingdom.  HL7555
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the viability of the funeral plans industry following the financial collapse of Safe Hands; and what plans they have, if any, to assist plan holders to recover the amounts they have invested.  HL7556
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to support small- and medium-sized businesses with rising costs.  HL7557
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to support farmers with increased fertiliser and fuel costs.  HL7558
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps will be taken to ensure that teachers are trained to identify dyslexia and dyspraxia.  HL7559
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of the public who have experienced serious gambling-related harm.  HL7560
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 15 March (HL6546), which (1) charities, and (2) stakeholders, were consulted by the Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency, Dr Jenny Harries, with regard to (a) immunocompromised patients, and (2) the Living with Covid strategy.  HL7561
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients in the UK are being treated with (1) Paxlovid, and (2) Sotrovimab; and what is their strategy for the wider deployment of these antiviral treatments for COVID-19.  HL7562
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients are enrolled in the PANORAMIC study for COVID-19.  HL7563
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Kamall on 31 January (HL Deb col 621), what progress they have made in meeting the target of 5 million secured patient courses of antiviral treatments for COVID-19.  HL7564
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve communication with immunocompromised patients who have not been informed about access to free COVID-19 PCR tests; and what steps they will take to ensure that those patients continue to get the latest information about treatments for COVID-19.  HL7565
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what conclusions they reached with the Small Business Commissioner regarding the implications of the results of the Increasing the scope and powers of the Small Business Commissioner consultation, which ran from 1 October 2020 to 24 December 2020; what proposals they intend to come up with as a result of this; and when such proposals… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last met the Irish Foreign Minister to discuss visa requirements for EU citizens entering Northern Ireland from Ireland.  HL7567
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last visited Dublin for meetings with Irish ministers.  HL7568
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last met political parties in Northern Ireland to discuss the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL7569
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Wales last met the First Minister of Wales to discuss cost of living issues.  HL7570
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Wales intends to meet Welsh Ministers to discuss the M4 relief road around Newport.  HL7571
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Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the work on the smart motorways arrangements around Slough and Reading will be completed.  HL7572
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty's Government which Cabinet minister has overall responsibility for constitutional issues.  HL7573
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to amending section 215 of the Town and County Planning Act 1990 to allow local councils to prosecute land owners if schemes have not been completed within a reasonable time period.  HL7574
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to simplifying the process of Compulsory Purchase Orders to enable local authorities to act more quickly where the completion of projects is unreasonably delayed.  HL7575
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions are available to local authorities to take steps to mitigate planning blight.  HL7576
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies have been scrutinised following quarterly filing of management information under the Future Fund Scheme; and what details are required as part of that management information.  HL7577
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take if a company in receipt of funding under the Future Fund Scheme has not begun trading; what systems are in place to reclaim funding under that Scheme; and what criteria are applied for reclaiming such funding.  HL7578
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will support the creation of guidance to standardise the use in Emergency Departments of rapid-PCR testing for respiratory illnesses during future winters, in light of COVID-19.  HL7579
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the PCR test funding for NHS providers will be continued through the next phases of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL7580
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that funding for pathology services supports rapid-PCR technology for respiratory testing.  HL7581
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the current level of benefits is sufficient to meet the rising costs of living.  HL7582
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to house refugees currently living in hotels.  HL7583
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage more home grown food production; and what assessment they have made of whether a policy akin to the Dig for Victory campaign during World War 2 would be effective.  HL7584
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the eight Tier 1 (Investor) visas granted to Russian nationals subject to UK sanctions in connection to the invasion of Ukrainian will be cancelled; if so, when; and if not, why not.  HL7585
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many messages have been (1) logged, and (2) registered, of Government Ministers (a) sending, or (b) receiving, messages of official Government business on messaging services on their own private communication devices for the years (i) 2020, (ii) 2021, and (iii) 2022, to date; and what are the totals by each Ministry or Department.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the resignation of Lord Reed of Allermuir and Lord Patrick Hodge from the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong, which judges who sit in courts in England and Wales are also working as part of Hong Kong's judicial system.  HL7587
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many buildings have been assessed as needing remediation under the provisions proposed in the Building Safety Bill; and on how many of these have agreements been reached with the construction industry to carry out the necessary remediation.  HL7588
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