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Questions for Written Answer for 26 April 2022

Tabled on 25 April 2022 and due for answer by 10 May 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rise in technological threats to human rights in general, and to freedom of religion or belief in particular.  HL7906
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in technological innovations and supply chains to mitigate risks to (1) human rights in general and (2) freedom of religion or belief in particular across its funding and development programmes, including the Magna Carta Fund, Newton Science Fund and the Navy X innovation hub.  HL7907
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of enhanced technological threats to (1) human rights in general and (2) discrimination on grounds of freedom of religion or belief in particular, in its forward planning and investments regarding the implementation of 6G capacity and capabilities (a) at home, and (b) abroad.  HL7908
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing Project DEFEND; and how has it contributed to (1) national resilience, and (2) a reduction in supply chain dependency on the People's Republic of China.  HL7909
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to including a representative from the British Airline Pilots Association to their Jet Zero Council membership.  HL7910
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support an international Political Declaration on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.  HL7911
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have regarding the storage of retired nuclear submarines after the last slot at 3 Basin Devonport is filled by the arrival of HMS Trenchant.  HL7912
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to including (1) Indian, (2) Kenyan, or (3) other national universities, from former colonial countries in the list of institutions whose graduates are eligible for the High Potential Individual Visa opening on 30 May.  HL7913
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their Soil Health Action Plan for England.  HL7914
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) adjust dietary guidelines, and (2) act to (a) halt, or (b) reverse, the decline in micronutrients in British vegetable and fruit supplies, as reported in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, published on 15 October 2021.  HL7915
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 30 April (HL7617), whether (1) an impact assessment, and (2) a value for money assessment, on the role of EGNOS in the UK was undertaken prior to 31 December 2020; if so, whether they will place copies in the Library of the House; and if not, what were the reasons.  HL7916
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Endorsement Board has undertaken an analysis of what constitutes 'reliability' in the context of audited accounts and its endorsement criteria; and whether any such assessment excludes positions that resemble those of the large accounting firms that were criticised in the Commons Business, Energy and Ind… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Endorsement Board has undertaken an analysis of what constitutes 'reliability' in the context of audited accounts and its endorsement criteria; if not why not; and whether any analysis includes positions from case law of applying the requirements of the Companies Act 2006.  HL7918
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any members of staff supporting the work of the UK Endorsement Board have previously worked for members of the board who are or were partners in (1) PwC, (2) KPMG, or (3) Grant Thornton; and if so, who worked for whom, when, and for how long.  HL7919
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) children, and (2) adults, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis have access to both clinical psychologist and social worker resources through their multidisciplinary team, as set out in the NHS service specification for adult and paediatric care.  HL7920
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The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they will use to determine whether someone arriving in the UK other than by authorised channels is eligible for being relocated to Rwanda.  HL7921
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The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether any (1) women, (2) girls, and (3) LGBT+ people, who are relocated to Rwanda, will be afforded the same safety as in the UK.  HL7922
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The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether families will be split up through the new Asylum Partnership Arrangement with Rwanda; and if not, what evidence they have that the new policy will not lead to increased trafficking of women and children.  HL7923
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria will be applied to funding decisions relating to the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund; who will make such funding decisions; and when will details of the application process and relevant timelines be made available to community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland.  HL7924
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to prevent the detention of persons arriving in the UK with correct documents, and (2) to limit detention for (a) foreign criminals pending deportation, and (b) deliberate overstayers.  HL7925
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Tunisia on the recent dissolution of the Tunisian parliament and the charging of 121 members with terrorism offences.  HL7926
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt about (1) the 230 persons executed in the 26 months since December 2019, and (2) the 12 men now facing execution in that country; and whether those representations will include issues related to the availability of evidence and legal representation.  HL7927
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 April (HL7590), whether they intend to remind the government of Russia that its peace-keeping force on the borders of Azerbaijan and Armenia has the responsibility of enforcing the ceasefire and preventing violations and intimidation by either side.  HL7928
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have rejected the pleas of over 1,000 faith leaders in England, Scotland and Wales to amend the Nationality and Borders Bill to (1) expand family reunion rules, (2) open new safe routes for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Europe, and (3) create and implement ambitious new resettlement schemes.  HL7929
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop long-term strategies for preventing wars, both between states and within them; and how they will link any such strategies to (1) defence policy, and (2) the need to limit global warming.  HL7930
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 15 September 2020 (HL7666), how many school playing fields were sold in the years (1) 2020, and (2) 2021.  HL7931
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis, and for what intended purpose, a refugee camp is being planned for the former RAF Station at Linton-on-Ouse; and what assessment they have made about whether the camp would be best suited to housing seasonal workers to pick and process fruit and vegetables grown in the area.  HL7932
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their proposals for seasonal workers for the UK agricultural sector.  HL7933
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Lord Reay to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent increase in referrals to heart failure diagnostic clinics throughout NHS Trusts in England.  HL7934
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and Rwanda is binding; and if so, which elements of the agreement are binding.  HL7935
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, of the (1) WhatsApp, and (2) text, messages that Lord Bethell (a) received, and (b) sent, in relation to Abingdon Health from any individual, from his private mobile telephone while a Minister, how many did officials from the Department of Health and Social Care (i) see, and (ii) record.  HL7936
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that a 17 year old Palestinian boy, Shawkat Kamal Shawkat Abed, was killed by the Israeli military using an exploding bullet.  HL7937
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports from Defence for Children International that (1) during an interrogation on 8 February at Huwwara military base, Israeli forces threatened to shoot or hang a 13-year-old; and (2) on 22 February at Megiddo prison, an Israeli interrogator extinguished a cigarette on the arm of a 15-year-old.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by Defence for Children International published on 17 April which found that between 2016 and 2021, 75 per cent of Palestinian children in Israeli detention suffered physical violence, 83 per cent were strip searched, 31 per cent were denied access to a toilet, 59 per cent were arrested… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 4 April (HL6397), how many non-disclosure agreements have involved payments of £100,000 or more over the last five years.  HL7940
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban all imports from China’s Xinjiang region unless they could be proven not to involve forced labour.  HL7941
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include (1) hydropower, and (2) tidal lagoons, as elements in their new energy strategy.  HL7942
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a cap on rent increases in line with median wage rises.  HL7943
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a strategy for foreign investment growth that increases (1) jobs, (2) skills, and (3) productivity, across the UK.  HL7944
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