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Questions for Written Answer for 5 March 2020

Tabled on 4 March 2020 and due for answer by 18 March 2020.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 March (HL Deb, col 389), whether the planned secondary legislation under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 will be applied to individuals linked to crimes against humanity; and whether the definition of a perpetrator will vary based on country or nationalit… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 March (HL Deb, col 390), what steps they are taking to ensure that companies registered in the UK are not contributing to forced organ harvesting in China.  HL2198
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 March (HL Deb, col 390), whether they will place in the Library of the House all reports and correspondence they have received from the World Health Organisation, especially those relating to the transparency of the government of China’s organ transplant system.  HL2199
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a report at the conclusion of their inquiry into allegations of bullying by the Home Secretary.  HL2200
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address mental health problems affecting children, following the increase in the number of children under 11 contacting Childline because of suicidal thoughts and feelings since 2015–16.  HL2201
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the ruling by Justice Robin Postle on 3 January that veganism satisfies the tests required for it to be a philosophical belief and is therefore protected under the Equality Act 2010, and (2) the Vegan Society’s leaflet, Supporting veganism in the workplace: a guide for employers; and whether they… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the participation of those who are transgender in women’s sport.  HL2203
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS hospital trusts in (1) Greater Manchester, (2) Lancashire, (3) Merseyside, (4) Cheshire, and (5) Cumbria, have completed mandatory autism training of staff.  HL2204
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Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost per student to the public purse in providing (1) a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and (2) foundation training for a dental graduate.  HL2205
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government what urgent steps they intend to take explicitly to ban the slaughter of dogs for human consumption in the UK.  HL2206
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote apprenticeships in the woodworking and joinery sector.  HL2207
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any shortfall in the collection of the adult social care precept in two-tier areas, for which county councils can calculate the extra two per cent on their proportion of the overall council tax, compared with unitary authorities, which can calculate the extra two per cent on their total tax level; and w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comfort and suitability of the passenger seating in any new rolling stock (1) on Great Western intercity services, (2) on East Coast services, and (3) on Thameslink services; and whether such new rolling stock represents an improvement in the passenger experience.  HL2209
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the most recent flooding in Earby; and whether the proposed further flood mitigation work there will take place in time to take advantage of any EU funding that has been agreed.  HL2210
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government how many estates of people that died (1) without known entitled relatives, and (2) without leaving a will, were referred to the Bona Vacantia Division of the Government Legal Department in (a) 2017–18, and (b) 2018–19; and how many of those were referred by local authorities.  HL2211
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion of, referrals to the Bona Vacantia Division of the Government Legal Department have come from (a) local authorities, (b) hospital trusts, (c) coroners, and (d) other organisations and individuals, in (i) 2017–18, and (ii) 2018–19.  HL2212
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Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 February (HL1480), whether an Act of Parliament established Norfolk Island as a Territory of the Commonwealth of Australia; and if not, (1) how it was established as such a territory, and (2) how Parliament was consulted.  HL2213
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a UK National Capability which treats data held by public bodies in the UK as a national asset.  HL2214
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of the United States’ Cloud Smart strategy; and what consideration they have given to adopting a similar strategy.  HL2215
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Germany’s GAIA-X strategy; and what consideration they have given to adopting a similar strategy.  HL2216
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford on 21 January (HL127), whether the contract signed with Amazon to provide health data from the NHS specifies whether Amazon has liability for (1) the loss, (2) the destruction, (3) the corruption, (4) the desegregation, or (5) the damage, of health data.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to employers to upskill all workers.  HL2218
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of (1) the male, and (2) the female, working population that earn (a) £25,600 or over, (b) £23,040 to £25,599, and (c) £20,480 to £23,039, per year.  HL2219
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the involvement of parents in discussions between a school and a pupil concerning the pupil’s wish to identify as a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth; and which agencies a school should consult, or ask permission from, before deciding to exclude parents from any such discussions.  HL2220
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address sex stereotyping in schools.  HL2221
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the recording of biological sex, legal sex and gender (1) in the 2021 census, (2) when a person’s identity is recorded in connection with a crime, and (3) in a person’s medical records.  HL2222
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on housing people with (1) functioning male sexual organs in the female prison estate, and (2) functioning female sexual organs in the male prison estate.  HL2223
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on recording biological sex, legal sex and gender identity when a person donates blood; and how any such policy recognises biological sex-related risks such as transfusion-related acute lung injury.  HL2224
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether female victims of sexual assault who refuse to use their attacker's preferred pronouns in court are denied compensation.  HL2225
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and, in particular, genome-edited crops; and what plans they have to make regulations to address any potential danger of cross-contamination with non-GMO products.  HL2226
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Government Procurement Service was consulted on the decision by the Department for International Trade to let a contract with Quintessentially.  HL2227
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Accounting Officer of the Department for International Trade approved the decision by that department to let a contract with Quintessentially; and if so, whether they will publish her reasons for regarding it as value for money.  HL2228
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Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty's Government, following The Alison Rose review of female entrepreneurship, published on 8 March 2019, what progress they have made in increasing the number of female entrepreneurs.  HL2229
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Baroness O'Loan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to place a copy in the Library of the House of the report on the consultation on abortion law conducted by the Northern Ireland Office in November and December 2019.  HL2230
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Keen of Elie on 3 March (HL Deb, cols 507–9), what estimate they have made of the percentage of Muslim managing chaplains in prisons in England and Wales (1) currently, and (2) 10 years ago; and what percentage of current prisoners are Muslim.  HL2231
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 6 November 2018 (HL10959), whether they are now in a position to ensure that higher education providers have access to free school meals data at the start of the undergraduate admissions cycle as part of measures to widen access to higher education.  HL2232
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support those persons and businesses affected by flooding of the River Severn in the Shrewsbury and Ironbridge areas of Shropshire.  HL2233
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of universal free school meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  HL2234
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review the legal framework governing the ownership of personal health data.  HL2235
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to create a single, online regulatory advice and information platform for the healthcare artificial intelligence sector.  HL2236
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether shaking hands could contribute to the spread of COVID-19.  HL2237
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to meet the energy efficiency targets for housing set out in their Clean Growth Strategy, published in October 2017.  HL2238
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of poor transport infrastructure on the results of secondary schools students.  HL2239
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce air pollution.  HL2240
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Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether part-time students on (1) physiotherapy, and (2) other courses, will be eligible to receive the £5,000 maintenance grant each year whilst studying.  HL2241
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to the recommendations of the report on the adult skills gap by the City and Guilds Group Missing Millions, published in February; and what plans they have to review adult education.  HL2242
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, in line with their commitment to level up regional inequality, to address the statistic set out in the report by City and Guilds Group Missing Millions, published in February, that 21 per cent of people in the North East felt positive about job opportunities in their area compared with 45 per cent of people i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to improve the statistic set out in the report by Boston Consulting Group Decoding Global Trends in Upskilling and Reskilling, published on 5 November 2019, that the number of Britons who spent a few weeks a year on learning were below the global average of those in training and work in 2019.  HL2244
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing industry-wide skills forecasts to enable employers to anticipate workforce gaps and skills mismatches.  HL2245
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the Skill India Mission to upskill people through public-private partnerships, and (2) the SkillsFuture initiative in Singapore to provide career-long learning opportunities; and whether they have considered adopting a similar model in the UK.  HL2246
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the Gulf Stream is slowing; and whether any such slowing is having an effect on (1) the UK's climate, and (2) any increase in extreme weather events, including flooding.  HL2247
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 February (HL728), what discussions they have had with the Law Commission about how they intend to conduct the review of legislation related to hate crime; whether that Commission intends to call for evidence; if so, (1) when, and (2) whom, it will call for evidence; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are shortages of hygiene gel distributed to retail outlets; and if so, what is the reason and what measures are being taken to resolve those shortages.  HL2249
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish (1) each of Her Majesty's trade commissioners' latest annual reports setting out the strategy, objectives and overarching priorities for each delegated region, and (2) the budgets supporting the delivery of those objectives.  HL2250
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 13 February (HL1230, HL1231, HL1232), why the Equality Impact Assessment was not included in the consultation Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments.  HL2251
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