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Questions for Written Answer for 19 February 2024

Tabled on 14 February and due for answer by 28 February.

Lord Bailey of Paddington to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that immigration lawyers and law firms are not involved in (1) coaching claimants, or (2) encouraging them to make false statements to deceive the immigration system.  HL2461
Answered
Lord Bailey of Paddington to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the asylum seekers' appeal system is not intentionally undermined, with the result that rejected applications are subsequently accepted.  HL2462
Answered
Lord Birt to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by Goldman Sachs which found that the economy is five per cent smaller than it would have been if the UK had remained within the European Union.  HL2463
Answered
Baroness Boycott to ask His Majesty's Government what evidence base they have used for their claim that the oil and gas industry supports 200,000 jobs, which subsectors are represented by that figure, and how many of those are (1) wholly, and (2) majority, reliant on the oil and gas industry.  HL2464
Answered
Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Douglas-Miller on 6 February (HL1687), whether there are current negotiations with the EU on the supply of veterinary medicines to Northern Ireland.  HL2465
Answered
Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask His Majesty's Government in which areas Northern Ireland is not subject to VAT changes which apply to other parts of the UK under the provisions of the Windsor Framework.  HL2466
Answered
Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for asylum applications in Northern Ireland of the decision in the application for judicial review by Aman Angesom [2023] NIKB 102 of 18 October 2023.  HL2467
Answered
Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask His Majesty's Government what materials their proposed deposit return scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will include; and whether they intend to add further materials after the scheme is operational.  HL2468
Answered
Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask His Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with packaging manufacturers regarding the scope of their proposed deposit return scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and whether they intend to revise the scope of that scheme following any such discussions.  HL2469
Answered
Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce safeguards to ensure that, under their Border Target Operating Model, there can be no interference with consignments which enter the UK via the Port of Dover prior to inspections being carried out at the Sevington inland border facility.  HL2470
Answered
Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of consignments will be physically inspected for compliance with sanitary and phytosanitary controls under their Border Target Operating Model; and how the suitability of that proportion will be kept under review.  HL2471
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask His Majesty's Government how much meat has been seized at the UK border by officials in each of the last six months; and whether they expect to completely eradicate the import of illicit produce under their Border Target Operating Model.  HL2472
Answered
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Sport England’s approach to supporting the implementation of the UK Sports Councils’ Guidance for Transgender Inclusion in Domestic Sport, published on 30 September 2021.  HL2473
Answered
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK Sports Councils’ Guidance for Transgender Inclusion in Domestic Sport, published on 30 September 2021, in protecting female sport.  HL2474
Answered
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Sport England in relation to the UK Sports Councils’ Guidance for Transgender Inclusion in Domestic Sport, published on 30 September 2021.  HL2475
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is no significant cost increase to the NHS from proposed changes to the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering which would introduce new targets for sourcing locally produced food.  HL2476
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address any constraint caused by the selection of eight technologies in the Innovative Devices Access Pathway; and whether they have any plans to increase the number of technologies that have the potential to meet clinical needs in the NHS.  HL2477
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what is their timescale for when the NHS England Urgent Suspected Referral pathway for lower gastrointestinal cancer will meet the 'Faster Diagnosis' standard of 75 per cent of referred cases having a cancer diagnosis delivered or ruled out within 28 days.  HL2478
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what is their timescale for when the NHS England lower gastrointestinal cancer screening referral pathway will meet the 'Faster Diagnosis' standard of 75 per cent of referred cases having a cancer diagnosis delivered or ruled out within 28 days.  HL2479
Answered
Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the financial and other benefits of new nuclear energy capacity in contrast with new wind capacity.  HL2480
Answered
Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the economic and other benefits of pursuing a large-scale nuclear project at Wylfa, Ynys Mon.  HL2481
Answered
Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of an environmental duty on all relevant regulators, including the Planning Inspectorate, to ensure regulation that is proportionate to the need for more low carbon energy to improve the UK's energy security.  HL2482
Answered
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask His Majesty's Government whether they were aware that trees would be felled in Sheephouse Wood when they agreed £40m funding for a tunnel to mitigate the impact on wildlife in Sheephouse Wood.  HL2483
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the information on food packaging to enable consumers to make informed choices.  HL2484
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address fly-tipping in rural areas.  HL2485
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that ammonium nitrate, calcium ammonium nitrate and potassium nitrate are sold securely for lawful purposes.  HL2486
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask His Majesty's Government how many users of plant protection products have registered under the Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020.  HL2487
Answered
Lord Mawson to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how much was spent on the installation and maintenance of traffic signs on minor roads in small villages in England in the financial year 2022–23.  HL2488
Answered
Lord Mawson to ask His Majesty's Government whether the number of traffic signs on minor roads in small villages in England has increased over the past decade; and if so, by what percentage, and what are the reasons for that increase.  HL2489
Answered
Lord Mawson to ask His Majesty's Government what is the policy for installing the same traffic sign on both sides of the road on minor roads in small villages.  HL2490
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care on 9 December 2022 (HCWS433), what assessment they have made of the impact of the delays to the implementation of the regulations in the Health and Social Care Act 2022 on children's health.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to other food and drink products that are high in sugar.  HL2492
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask His Majesty's Government how many children have required NHS care as a result of (1) tooth decay, (2) Type 2 diabetes, and (3) musculoskeletal conditions, in the past 12 months for which data is available.  HL2493
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation contained in The National Food Strategy, published on 15 July 2021, to introduce a Sugar and Salt Reformulation Tax.  HL2494
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to extend the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to include registered political parties.  HL2495
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government what are the (1) highest, and (2) lowest, compensation payments made to sub postmasters wrongly prosecuted by the Post Office to date.  HL2496
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish the names and bonus amounts paid to Post Office senior employees under the ‘Transformation Incentive Scheme’ for co-operating with the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry.  HL2497
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government when the 'Transformation Incentive Scheme' authorising payment of bonuses to the Post Office senior employees for co-operating with the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry was designed, approved, and implemented; and which Ministers approved it.  HL2498
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government how many of the sub-postmasters wrongfully convicted because of flawed Horizon computer evidence are yet to have their convictions overturned, allowing for payment of compensation.  HL2499
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 5 February (HL1819), when Dame Linda Dobbs’ review into Lloyds Banking Group and HBOS Reading began; what period is covered by the review; when the review is due to be completed; when the review is expected to be completed; whether, and if so when, an interim report was publis… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, further to recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics on 13 February, what steps they are taking to address factors contributing to the recent slowing down of job vacancies and employment growth.  HL2501
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, further to recommendations made by the House of Commons Business and Trade Sub-Committee on National Security and Investment on 9 February in their submission to the Government’s call for evidence ahead of reforms to the UK’s investment-screening regime, what steps they are taking to strengthen the screening processes under t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Touhig to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the National Autistic Society's Cullum Centres; and what consideration they have given to rolling out the Cullum model in mainstream schools across the country.  HL2503
Answered
Lord Touhig to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing national guidance on how to adapt school environments to support the needs of autistic pupils.  HL2504
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Lord Touhig to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current level of training on autism that teachers receive; and what consideration they have given to introducing whole school staff training on autism.  HL2505
Answered
Lord Truscott to ask His Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the expected cost of HS2, and what assessment they have made of whether this represents good value for money.  HL2506
Answered
Lord Truscott to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the incentives required to encourage housing developers to join a voluntary energy-use monitoring scheme.  HL2507
Answered
Lord Truscott to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce mandatory energy performance testing for new homes.  HL2508
Answered
Baroness Watkins of Tavistock to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have plans to regulate the marketing and advertising of tobacco-free nicotine pouches.  HL2509
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