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Questions for Written Answer for 7 February 2024

Tabled on 6 February and due for answer by 20 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Interpol regarding (1) arrest warrants being issued by the Chinese and Hong Kong authorities for Hong Kong dissidents and (2) their targeting through Interpol, including through its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database.  HL2218
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government, following reports of the Turkish government's use of the Interpol Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database to target dissidents abroad, what representations they have made to Interpol regarding misuse of the SLTD database.  HL2219
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government, following reports of the Turkish government's misuse of the Interpol Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, what assessment they have made of the Chinese government's ability to use the SLTD database to target Chinese and Hong Kong dissidents abroad.  HL2220
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask His Majesty's Government what UK expenditure within Rwanda has been authorised in respect of (1)  building the capacity of their asylum system, and (2) amending the UK–Rwanda agreement to mitigate against the risk of refoulement.  HL2221
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of serving Metropolitan Police Service officers have served for more than five years, and what assessment they have made of the strength of institutional memory within the Metropolitan Police Service.  HL2222
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by The Earl of Minto on 7 December 2023 (HL Deb col 1570), what plans they have to regularise the process of cost forecasting among the three armed services.  HL2223
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask His Majesty's Government how many legacy asylum applications are awaiting an initial decision.  HL2224
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of decisions relating to benefits overpayments or benefit recovery made by the Department of Work and Pensions are the result of algorithmic decision-making or another automated process.  HL2225
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Lord Farmer to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in sexually transmitted infections among 15–24 year-olds since the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.  HL2226
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Lord Farmer to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to bring forward a strategy for addressing the recent increase in sexually transmitted infections among 15–24 year-olds as called for by respondents to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee on 24 January.  HL2227
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Lord Farmer to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to require schools’ relationships and sex education syllabuses to include (1) information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), (2) the full range of ways to avoid contracting STIs, (3) the health and other benefits of later onset of sexual activity, and (4) the health and other benefits of sexual activity wi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to tackle modern slavery.  HL2229
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) recruit, and (2) retain, more science and maths teachers in schools serving the most disadvantaged communities.  HL2230
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the confidence gap between girls and boys studying STEM subjects at school.  HL2231
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the gender divide amongst science and maths teachers in order to provide more positive role models for girls in the classroom.  HL2232
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Lord Hain to ask His Majesty's Government how many inquests into deaths to the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland are still to be completed.  HL2233
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Lord Hain to ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of inquests into deaths to the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland that will not have been completed by 1 May.  HL2234
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Baroness Helic to ask His Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) non-financial, support they have provided to UK firms operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2020; and whether this support is contingent on any (a) environmental, or (b) transparency, commitments.  HL2235
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Baroness Hoey to ask His Majesty's Government when all (1) checks, and (2) paperwork, will cease to be required for goods moving via the UK Internal Market Scheme.  HL2236
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Baroness Hoey to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have plans to repeal the Official Controls (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2023.  HL2237
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Baroness Hoey to ask His Majesty's Government, further to their Command Paper Safeguarding the Union, published on 31 January, what changes will be made to Articles 5–10 of the Northern Ireland Protocol.  HL2238
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Baroness Hoey to ask His Majesty's Government whether a matter vetoed under the operation of the Stormont Brake and not subsequently agreed by the UK–EU Joint Committee may be brought to international arbitration; and whether the UK has committed to accepting such a decision as final.  HL2239
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve access to new drugs for brain tumour patients.  HL2240
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what are their reasons for scrapping plans to introduce T-levels in hairdressing and barbering.  HL2241
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government when they plan to publish proposals for a beauty therapy qualification.  HL2242
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government how much they have spent on the development and management of the proposed T-levels in hairdressing and barbering.  HL2243
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to investigate claims made in the Observer on 4 February that the Narconon rehabilitation centre offers a rehabilitation programme linked to the Church of Scientology and that some former patients have suffered extreme reactions as a result of the programme.  HL2244
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Lord Kempsell to ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase funding and resource to the Counter Fraud Profession and counter-fraud function to fight fraud (1) against His Majesty's Government, and (2) in the wider public sector.  HL2245
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Lord Kempsell to ask His Majesty's Government what data they hold on physical attendance, for working days from Monday to Friday inclusive, by officials at offices based at the Darlington Economic Campus across all departments with a presence there; and whether they will publish that data.  HL2246
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Lord Kempsell to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have further plans to reform or improve controls around high exit payments in the public sector, and whether they are considering reintroducing a cap on very high public sector exit payments.  HL2247
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government since it projected a potential £1 billion resource spending gap in 2024–25, rising to £1.9 billion by 2027–28.  HL2248
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Lord Mann to ask His Majesty's Government what decision, if any, was made by the Migration Advisory Committee on item 7 of their agenda as referenced in the minutes of their meeting of 14 July 2023; and, if so, when.  HL2249
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government whether they are considering using the new screening technology, developed by OsteoSight, for estimating bone mineral density from routine X-rays that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States to give earlier diagnosis of osteoporosis.  HL2250
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government what actions they have taken in response to the Medical Research Council's UK primary care-based ‘Screening for Osteoporosis in Older People’ trial.  HL2251
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government why fracture liaison services were not included in the ‘Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care’ published in February 2022; how much of the £8 billion committed to support elective recovery under that plan has been allocated to fracture liaison services; and, if none, what were the reasons for that.  HL2252
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Baroness Northover to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as per Sustainable Development Goal target 5.6.  HL2253
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Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow specialist orthoptists independent prescribing responsibilities, thereby obviating glaucoma patients' requirement for a duplicate appointment with an ophthalmologist for eye drop prescriptions, and avoiding unnecessary delay in treatment for these patients and others.  HL2254
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask His Majesty's Government when they intend to outline a timeline for the implementation of Respiratory Syncytial Virus vaccination programmes for infants and older adults; and what plans they have to increase public awareness of the virus.  HL2255
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Lord Rosser to ask His Majesty's Government how many data breaches have been reported by HM Passport Office's security team since 2020.  HL2256
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Lord Rosser to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Home Office's Independent Examiner of Complaints service, and whether the Office of the Independent Examiner of Complaints will publish annual reports.  HL2257
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Lord Rosser to ask His Majesty's Government how many community events have Immigration Enforcement's National Community Engagement Team annually (1) held, and (2) hosted; and what were the annual costs of these events.  HL2258
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Lord Rosser to ask His Majesty's Government when the Digital Services at the Border programme will be completed, and what estimate they have made of its total cost.  HL2259
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Lord Rosser to ask His Majesty's Government how many unannounced inspections of Life in the UK test centres have taken place each month since November 2022; whether any test centres have been closed since November 2022; and, if so, for what reason.  HL2260
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Lord Spencer of Alresford to ask His Majesty's Government what they are doing to support Kenya in its fight against malaria following recent flooding which threatens to derail gains in that fight.  HL2261
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Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 29 January (HL1664), when they expect to receive applications for the listing of gas lamps within Westminster, and what steps they will take to make public the outcome of those applications.  HL2262
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, following a request from the Northern Ireland Executive for increased funding from Britain, what steps they are taking, if any, to (1) review their current funding offer, and (2) negotiate a new offer.  HL2263
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the recent fall in mortgage rates on the wider UK economy.  HL2264
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, following reports that the government of France are seeking a loan guarantee from Hinkley Point C, what steps they are taking to provide details on (1) the terms and conditions of this loan, and (2) its potential impact on UK taxpayers.  HL2265
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Lord Triesman to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the long-term survival of Bevis Marks Synagogue at its current site, in the light of its listed status and historical importance to the Jewish community.  HL2266
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