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Questions for Written Answer for 7 May 2024

Tabled on 2 May and due for answer by 17 May.

Lord Beith to ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to bring forward Orders in Council to allow judges from relevant overseas jurisdictions to be appointed to serve on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.  HL4318
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Lord Blencathra to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to take action against the management and guards of Wetherby Young Offenders Institution who permitted male officers to forcibly strip girls there, as reported by His Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons in December 2023.  HL4319
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Lord Blencathra to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they will take, if any, to assist migrants newly arrived from France to move to the Republic of Ireland.  HL4320
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Lord Blencathra to ask His Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the competence of the Youth Justice Board given that girls are being accommodated in male prisons, despite specific care needs illustrated by the official statistics 'Safety in the Children and Young People Secure Estate: Update to December 2023', published on 25 April, which stated that the rate of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to house girls convicted of crimes in female-only prison units.  HL4322
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Lord Blencathra to ask His Majesty's Government what is the reason for removing the roof at Crewe Station and when they expect it to be reroofed, if at all.  HL4323
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 12 February (HL Deb col 10) that HMRC expects processing times for A1 forms to return to normal by April, what assessment they have made of progress so far, and what steps they are taking to improve processing times.  HL4324
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Lord Farmer to ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of men in prison have access to legal advice on the issue of parental rights and responsibilities.  HL4325
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Lord Farmer to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any more recent statistics on suicide other than the Office of National Statistics data for 2022, published on 19 December 2023.  HL4326
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask His Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion, of disabled people who travelled by train over the past 12 months used assistance (a) with, and (b) without, pre-booking.  HL4327
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of defence investment into the women, peace and security agenda, following the commitments laid out in the UK women, peace and security national action plan 2023 to 2027.  HL4328
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of personnel levels in relation to delivering their women, peace and security agenda.  HL4329
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask His Majesty's Government whether there is a defence budget dedicated to women, peace and security, and human security, work.  HL4330
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask His Majesty's Government to what extent funds from the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund and the Integrated Security Fund are being invested into defence work related to human security.  HL4331
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Baroness Hoey to ask His Majesty's Government what instructions, if any, they have issued to (1) environmental health officers, and (2) other relevant officers, as to the future charging for port inspections on goods coming from Great Britain to Northern Ireland (a) in general, and (b) when the goods fail the inspection.  HL4332
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Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government how much funding has been disbursed to the Ozanne Foundation via the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office or predecessor departments since 2019; on what evidential basis was that funding released; and what conditions, if any, were attached to that funding.  HL4333
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Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund the Ozanne Foundation via the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in 2024–28, and for what purpose.  HL4334
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Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to measure value for money in respect of funding disbursed or provisionally allocated to the Ozanne Foundation for (1) 2023–24, and (2) 2024–28.  HL4335
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Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government what (1) due diligence, and (2) procurement, processes were undertaken by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office prior to awarding the Ozanne Foundation £805,000 of project funding for the period 2024–28.  HL4336
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Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Ozanne Foundation to ensure that that organisation has appropriate financial oversight and management processes in place to manage projects involving large sums of public money received by grant in the 2023–24 financial year.  HL4337
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Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland on potential returns from that country of irregular migrants to (1) the United Kingdom, and (2) other European Union states.  HL4338
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The Lord Bishop of Leicester to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 29 April (HL3846), what plans they have to (1) roll out Family Hubs to the remaining 242 local authorities, and (2) sustain the funding for the Family Hubs programme beyond 2025.  HL4339
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government when they expect to be able to make a full value for money assessment of (1) the Illegal Migration Act 2023, and (2) the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act 2024; and when they expect to be able to assess with certainty the level of deterrent effect of this legislation.  HL4340
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government whether asylum seekers arriving in the UK unlawfully from the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be subject to removal to the Republic of Rwanda, under the provisions of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act 2024.  HL4341
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government how many children are currently homeless in temporary accommodation in England and Wales, and how these figures compare to 2010; what is the average length of time that homeless children spend in temporary accommodation; and what action they are taking in this regard.  HL4342
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government whether they are taking action, with international partners, to dissuade the government of Israel from undertaking a military ground offensive in Rafah, Gaza.  HL4343
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government what information they have on the progress of the International Criminal Court’s investigation into the Situation in the State of Palestine, announced by the Prosecutor on 3 March 2021 and covering crimes alleged to have been committed since 13 June 2014.  HL4344
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have had discussions with international partners on implementing the recommendations for a common approach among relevant political, humanitarian and development actors, contained in the UN Special Coordinator Feridun Sinirlioğlu’s independent assessment on Afghanistan, dated 8 November 2023.  HL4345
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government what clinical regulation measures are in place to ensure that care and treatments provided by private medical insurers are the most appropriate for a specific patient.  HL4346
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Baroness Mobarik to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any information on the number of UK merchant ships that docked at (1) Gazimağusa, and (2) Berbera, seaports in each year since 2010; and why their policies towards both unrecognised countries differ in terms of their international investment.  HL4347
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Baroness Mobarik to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments made in 2004 by the then Prime Minister on the need to “end the isolation of northern Cyprus”; and what progress they have made towards lifting sanctions on trade and travel to that region.  HL4348
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Lord Naseby to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to work with other countries on ways to formally recognise the legal continuity of small island developing states under international law, notwithstanding the existential threat posed by human-caused sea level rise.  HL4349
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Lord Naseby to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to following the example set in the Australia–Tuvalu Falepili Union Treaty by recognising publicly that the formal statehood and sovereignty of small island states will not lapse under international law even in the event of catastrophic sea level rise.  HL4350
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask His Majesty's Government how many registered electors were not allowed to vote in the elections on 2 May due to not having acceptable photo identification.  HL4351
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of core funding for delivering rural services; and what plans they have to create equitable funding between rural and urban councils.  HL4352
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the Rural Services Delivery Grant to all rural councils in future years.  HL4353
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to fully implement the changes to the Needs Assessment component of the funding formula made in 2013; and subsequently whether they will increase funding to rural councils to reflect inflation in the years since these changes were made.  HL4354
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Lord Scriven to ask His Majesty's Government how they intend to monitor progress on the implementation of the 28 recommendations in the Tees Valley Review; and whether they intend to make their findings public.  HL4355
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Baroness Smith of Llanfaes to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government on the implementation of the recommendations of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales.  HL4356
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Baroness Smith of Llanfaes to ask His Majesty's Government how many times the Prime Minister has met the new First Minister of Wales.  HL4357
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Baroness Smith of Llanfaes to ask His Majesty's Government what impact the planned reduction in civil service personnel will have on relevant employees based in Wales.  HL4358
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Baroness Smith of Llanfaes to ask His Majesty's Government when they plan to launch the "local transport alternatives" to HS2 in England.  HL4359
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Baroness Smith of Llanfaes to ask His Majesty's Government how many workers across the hospitality, leisure and services sectors in Wales will be affected by the Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023; and how much additional money they estimate workers in Wales will take home.  HL4360
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Baroness Smith of Llanfaes to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to make provision in England which is similar to the Childcare Offer for Wales, and whether they have had discussions with the Welsh Government in that regard.  HL4361
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Lord Strathcarron to ask His Majesty's Government what topics the National Security Online Information Team is currently monitoring.  HL4362
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Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative costs of undergrounding power lines by (1) cable ploughing, and (2) open trenching.  HL4363
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Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to commission an up-to-date study of the comparative (1) cost and impact, and (2) feasibility and viability, of each type of infrastructure for conveying electricity.  HL4364
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Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government on the relative benefits of cable ploughing new power lines.  HL4365
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have had, or intend to have, discussions with the EU regarding the implementation of a post-Brexit agreement on the supply of veterinary medicines to Northern Ireland.  HL4366
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, following the S&P Global UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index survey published on 1 May, which showed contraction in the manufacturing sector in April, what support they are providing to this sector to boost growth.  HL4367
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of British International Investment's increased focus on renewable energy projects in Africa; and what assessment they have made of how this aligns with the UK's international development policy.  HL4368
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Lord Trees to ask His Majesty's Government when they will specify the relevant activities which will be proscribed under legislation to enable compliance with, and enforcement of, the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023.  HL4369
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Lord Tyrie to ask His Majesty's Government in each of the past three years how many times (1) OFCOM, (2) OFGEM, (3) the Competition and Markets Authority, and (4) the Financial Reporting Council, have exercised the power to disclose the identity of persons under investigation.  HL4370
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Lord Tyrie to ask His Majesty's Government what evidence they have of the power to disclose the identity of persons under investigation being exercised by UK regulators where the disclosure has not been in the public interest.  HL4371
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