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Questions for Written Answer for 3 December 2020

Tabled on 2 December 2020 and due for answer by 16 December 2020.
Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority Government Construction Strategy 2016–20, published in March 2016, whether they are on course to achieve the forecasted £1.7 billion efficiency saving predicted to be promoted through best practice in construction procurement and delivery; and how any such savings have… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Infrastructure & Projects Authority Government Construction Strategy 2016–20, published in March 2016, how many departments have piloted Integrated Project Insurance (IPI); and what encouragement the Infrastructure and Projects Authority has provided to government procurers to use IPI.  HL11012
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which government construction procurers comply with Regulation 113 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 which gives public sector bodies a statutory duty to ensure that 30-day payment clauses are inserted in all sub-contracts and sub-sub-contracts.  HL11013
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Lord Allan of Hallam to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of locations of Royal Mail priority postboxes for posting COVID-19 test kits.  HL11014
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for licences for military exports (1) to Saudi Arabia, (2) to UAE, (3) to Bahrain, (4) to Kuwait, and (5) to Egypt, they have approved since 7 July.  HL11015
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the limits of horizontal displacements within the defined limits of deviation which do not require Parliamentary approval for the starts or ends of works listed in the Schedules to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill.  HL11016
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Williams Rail Review will include consideration of upgrading Oxford railway station.  HL11017
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support the use of relationship and sex education to address the increase in self-generated indecent images of children online and, in particular, to develop targeted approaches for 11 to13 year-old girls.  HL11018
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the manufacturers of internet-enabled devices about the increase in self-generated indecent images of children online.  HL11019
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of Outcome 21 in preventing children from being criminalised as a result of self-generated indecent images.  HL11020
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government which police forces, if any, do not have a modern slavery unit.  HL11021
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for permitting freelance musicians to defer (1) all, or (2) part, of their income tax payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11022
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of EU citizens who are resident in the UK; and how many of those have not yet made an application for settled status.  HL11023
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for (1) ensuring certainty in the programme for transport infrastructure investment; (2) changing the regional balances in transport infrastructure investment as between London and the South East, and other regions in England; and (3) cancelling Crossrail 2 and investing a similar amount in the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to impose sanctions on any person from Bosnia and Herzegovina under the Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 who (1) undermines or threatens the sovereignty, territorial integrity, international personality or constitutional order of Bosnia and Herzegovina, (2) undermines, or threatens, th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the agreement reached on 9 October between the government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government about the Sinjar district and, in particular, of the views of the local community about that agreement.  HL11026
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk that the agreement reached on 9 October between the government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government about the Sinjar district poses to Yezidi people; and what action they are taking as a result.  HL11027
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that airports in Northern Ireland are treated equivalently to airports in Great Britain in relation to duty-free tax rules for travellers to the EU from 1 January 2020.  HL11028
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Spain about the number of migrants and refugees arriving in the Canary Islands; whether that government has requested any assistance with this matter; and what plans they have to offer support (1) to aid that government's assessment and resettlement of those migrants, and (2) to preve… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of prisoners still held by the governments of (1) Azerbaijan, and (2) Armenia; and what steps they intend to take to support the release of all prisoners and detainees in those countries who were held as a result of recent fighting.  HL11030
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) China, and (2) Hong Kong, about (1) the detention of Joshua Wong in December 2020, and (2) the treatment of those in Hong Kong who oppose those governments.  HL11031
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support (1) Nigeria, and (2) neighbouring countries, to address any threat to regional stability by (a) Boko Haram, and (b) the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), in the last 18 months; and how many people they estimate have been displaced in that period as a result of the actions by (1) Boko H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with President-elect Biden about opening an air travel corridor between London and New York.  HL11033
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have, if any, on who is responsible for the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on 27 November 2020.  HL11034
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on endangered species of (1) the economic impact of, and (2) the travel restrictions put in place to address, the COVID-19 pandemic; and what action they are taking as a result.  HL11035
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the Community Investment Scheme run by NHS Blood and Transplant is making in engaging all communities to address health inequalities related to blood and organ donation.  HL11036
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the economic impact of the loss of duty-free sales on (1) Belfast International Airport, (2) Stansted Airport, (3) Manchester Airport, and (4) Newcastle Airport.  HL11037
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to keep the public service obligation for Belfast International Airport under review.  HL11038
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the sale of alcohol airside at international airports in the UK; and what plans they have to bring such sales into line with the sale of alcohol landside.  HL11039
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ask the Pensions Regulator to investigate (1) the competence, (2) the conduct, and (3) the decisions, of the trustees of the various Arcadia pensions schemes.  HL11040
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish reports by the Insolvency Service into the collapse of the Arcadia Group.  HL11041
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the funding provided to support people who are unemployed.  HL11042
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of Ulster Bank.  HL11043
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were supported by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in each of the last three months for which figures are available.  HL11044
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU about equivalence recognition for UK-based financial services companies after 31 December.  HL11045
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in addressing (1) tax avoidance, (2) fraud, and (3) money laundering.  HL11046
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the priority that should be given to making a COVID-19 vaccine available to people with diabetes.  HL11047
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on job losses of the withdrawal of ferry services between Ireland and (1) Holyhead, (2) Fishguard, and (3) Pembroke Dock.  HL11048
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 6 February (HL944), what progress they have made on the introduction of a mandatory electronic waste tracking system to combat fly tipping.  HL11049
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to address the costs of disposing of toxic or hazardous waste incurred by victims of fly tipping.  HL11050
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the medical training provided to staff administering COVID-19 tests to university students.  HL11051
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of skills gaps on employee mental wellbeing.  HL11052
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on job losses of changes to the duty-free regime for travellers from outside the EU.  HL11053
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings from Race on the Agenda's survey, featured in Channel 5's Everyday Racism programme on 25 November, on experiences of racism and, in particular, that 95 per cent of respondents identifying as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic have faced racism or racial prejudice.  HL11054
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they spent on overseas aid for (1) family planning services, and (2) sexual and reproductive health services, in each of the last three years, as calculated using (a) their usual reporting methodology, and (b) the Muskoka 2.0 methodology.  HL11055
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate the Dapivirine vaginal ring will be available to women (1) in the UK, and (2) abroad; and what plans they have to ensure that it is free at the point of delivery.  HL11056
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any additional costs to shipping companies that will be incurred from the end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU.  HL11057
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to communicate with interested UK parties in the event of trade deals not being reached with (1) Turkey, and (2) Mexico, by 31 December 2020.  HL11058
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the United Nations Sustainability Goals as a framework for their COVID-19 recovery strategy.  HL11059
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