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Questions for Written Answer for 24 April 2024

Tabled on 23 April and due for answer by 8 May.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the number of GPs currently seeking, yet unable to obtain, employment.  HL4019
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards the new regulatory system for health and care professionals; and which protected professional titles they are considering in scope of these regulations.  HL4020
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of H5N1 bird flu, following an outbreak in cattle in multiple US states with reports that many cattle are asymptomatic; what monitoring they carry out on (1) cattle, (2) other farm animals, (3) wild mammals, and (4) humans in contact with cattle; and what, if any, additional… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government when they expect soil monitoring data will become available from the Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment Programme.  HL4022
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Lord Bradley to ask His Majesty's Government what action they have taken to establish the statutory inquiry into the Manston migrant processing centre.  HL4023
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The Earl of Caithness to ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of Grade 1 and 2 lowland peat is let on annual farm business tenancies; and what steps they are taking to ensure this land is not being farmed in a manner that is accelerating its degradation and threatening future food security.  HL4024
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The Earl of Caithness to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure there are no delays by the Animal and Plant Health Agency in processing applications for new seed varieties; and when they will determine the causes of the current backlog of applications so that in future new varieties are made available to UK growers in a timely manner.  HL4025
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Baroness Hunt of Bethnal Green to ask His Majesty's Government why the Department for Education maintains named individuals' religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability information from Higher Education equality monitoring data, rather than retaining the information as anonymised statistics.  HL4026
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Baroness Hunt of Bethnal Green to ask His Majesty's Government what is the total number of individual named (1) current, and (2) former, students' records held by the Department for Education collected in equality monitoring, broken down by (a) religious affiliation, (b) sexual orientation, (c) gender identity, and (d) disability.  HL4027
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Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government how many individuals who are not British citizens have had their visitor or other visas rescinded as a result of criminal activities associated with public order offences since 7 October 2023.  HL4028
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of findings from a recent IDP Connect survey which found that nearly half of prospective students surveyed were reconsidering or unsure of their plans to study in the UK following changes in policy and rules regarding international students.  HL4029
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The Earl of Lytton to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to ensuring that building owners, whether freeholders, commonhold associations or enfranchised leaseholders, who are required to remedy non ‘life-critical fire safety defects’ have an automatic remedy against the person responsible for the defective construction.  HL4030
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The Earl of Lytton to ask His Majesty's Government which types of defect data they collect when assessing the prevalence of non-cladding defects in residential buildings.  HL4031
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask His Majesty's Government what is their (1) current, and (2) expected future, equity stake in US satellite technology company Eutelsat OneWeb (formerly OneWeb).  HL4032
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask His Majesty's Government, according to their business plan justifying their investment in US satellite technology company OneWeb in 2020, what projection they made of the value of the company at the end of 2024.  HL4033
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask His Majesty's Government whether they will publish (1) their original investment case, including financial projections, for the purchase of a $500 million stake in US satellite technology company OneWeb in 2020; and (2) an updated business case and financial projections for their investment in the company.  HL4034
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of interest rate charges on Government student loan financing, following research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which showed that higher interest rates will add more than £10 billion per year to the cost of England’s student loan system.  HL4035
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of changes to the student loan repayment system, introduced in August 2023, on female students.  HL4036
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of animal population decline in other countries on the UK, following the WWF’s Living Planet Report 2022 which showed that worldwide animal populations have declined by 69 per cent since 1970.  HL4037
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Baroness Mobarik to ask His Majesty's Government whether the British High Commissioner to Cyprus has visited the Muratağa, Sandallar and Atlilar memorial in Northern Cyprus; and, if not, what plans they have to visit.  HL4038
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Baroness Randerson to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the safety equipment installed on smart motorways has a high failure rate.  HL4039
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Lord Redesdale to ask His Majesty's Government what amount of financial support was provided to local church buildings, excluding cathedrals, for fabric repairs in 2022–2023 by the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport and arm’s length bodies, such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England.  HL4040
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Lord Redesdale to ask His Majesty's Government how many places of worship are currently on the Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register.  HL4041
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Lord Redesdale to ask His Majesty's Government how many places of worship have been on the Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register for five years or more.  HL4042
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Lord Redesdale to ask His Majesty's Government how many applications for funding were received by the National Lottery Heritage Fund from local parish churches, chapels and meeting houses (excluding cathedrals) in total in each of the last five financial years in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.  HL4043
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Lord Redesdale to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned any research into the tourism potential of local parish churches, chapels and meeting houses.  HL4044
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Lord Redesdale to ask His Majesty's Government what forms of financial support are available from the Government, and arms-length bodies such as National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, for fabric repairs to local church buildings, excluding cathedrals.  HL4045
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to extend the deadline of 1 August for implementation of the provisions of the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Act 2023, given that the Office for Students has yet to publish guidance on the new complaints scheme relating to freedom of speech.  HL4046
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Office for Students will provide guidance on the complaints scheme under the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Act 2023 in a timely manner, in compliance with the provisions of the Act.  HL4047
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of low rates of breastfeeding on incidences of breast cancer.  HL4048
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the link between women’s increasing consumption of alcohol and incidences of breast cancer.  HL4049
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to put in place policies that encourage breastfeeding, including supportive work environments where women are able to breastfeed or express milk.  HL4050
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Lord Shipley to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current backlog in local authority audits; and what plans they have to deliver all outstanding audit opinions by their proposed deadline of 30 September.  HL4051
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan regarding the protection of Armenian heritage in Nagorno–Karabakh following the recent destruction of the St John the Baptist Church and the Ghazanchetsots cemetery in Shusha, and the nearby village of Karin Tak/Dashalti.  HL4052
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to give effect to the recent United Nations Human Rights Council resolution affirming the rights of intersex people; and what is their planned timetable for addressing the rights violations experienced by people born with variations in their sex characteristics, including genital-normalising ope… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stunell to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the whole life net carbon savings which will be forfeited as a result of removing the requirement for Boiler Upgrade Scheme grant applicants to comply with Energy Performance Certificate recommendations, in particular arising from (1) the need to specify an oversized heat pump if a home is not improved,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the impact of rising inflation on household budgets while stimulating consumer spending, given the stagnation of retail sales between February and March.  HL4055
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, following recent remarks from the deputy governor of the Bank of England, Dave Ramsden, that inflation could remain around the two per cent target for the next three years, what steps they are taking to ensure sustainable economic growth in this environment.  HL4056
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, following the publication of figures by the Office for National Statistics which show UK services exports grew 63 per cent in real terms between 2010 and 2023, while goods exports grew only seven per cent, what steps they are taking to boost the export of goods.  HL4057
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