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Questions for Written Answer for 6 January 2021

Tabled on 5 January and due for answer by 19 January.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Genocide Watch Nigeria is a Killing Field of Defenseless Christians, published on 13 April 2020, which states that “over 11,500 Christians have been murdered since June 2015”; and what action they have taken (1) to verify the reported figures, or (2) to seek independent verifica… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Intersociety 2,200 Nigerian Christians hacked to death in 2020 and 34,400 since 2009, published on 16 December 2020; and what action they have taken (1) to verify the reported figures, or (2) to seek independent verification.  HL11716
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about reported killings of Christians in that country; and when any such representations were last made.  HL11717
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce export licensing controls for equipment used for the removal, freezing, or transportation, of organs to countries where there have been credible reports of forced organ harvesting.  HL11718
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government why they are offering for sale at least seven ex-Ministry of Defence MAN HX18.330 SV6T flat-bed trucks in Germany, advertised as unused.  HL11719
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average age of people who have had COVID-19 cited as a contributory cause of death in the last four weeks; how many such people were (1) 0–18, (2) 19–30, (3) 31–40, (4) 41–50, (5) 51–60, (6) 61–70, (7) 71–80, (8) 81–90, and (9) over 90, years old at the time of death; and in each cohort how many such deaths occurred in people… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Transport Focus Fairer fares: the future of rail commuting published on 18 August 2020, in particular the recommendation to trial flexi-season tickets and other marketing initiatives to encourage rail travel as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted; and what discussions they have had with rail… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many nominations for honours were (1) received, and (2) awarded, broken down by region or nation in the UK.  HL11722
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were nominated for honours above the level of OBE in the Sheffield city region; and how many such honours were awarded.  HL11723
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the breakdown of honours received by region or nation in the UK as a percentage of the population of each such region or nation.  HL11724
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce the same space standards for all new housing as those agreed for housing constructed under Permitted Development Rights.  HL11725
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have of the impact on the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination of postponing a second dose of the vaccination beyond 21 days from the first compared to giving such a dose within 21 days.  HL11726
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to collect evidence of the effectiveness of the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination being administered more than 21 days after the first.  HL11727
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage investment in (1) so-called 'Wave 2', and (2) other future generations of, vaccines for COVID-19.  HL11728
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons given by (1) UK Research and Innovation, and (2) the Medical Research Council, for (a) rejecting, and (b) accepting, applications for grant assistance from researchers developing COVID-19 vaccinations.  HL11729
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage grant funders to support so-called 'Wave 2' vaccines in development.  HL11730
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government to whom (1) the Medical Research Council, and (2) UK Research and Innovation, are accountable for decisions taken to support research into COVID-19 vaccines.  HL11731
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of deaths in the UK in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, (3) 2017, (4) 2018, (5) 2019, and (6) 2020.  HL11732
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Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the conditions governing the importation of trees and shrubs, in particular those relating to disease control.  HL11733
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform or update the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.  HL11734
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government how many investigations have been undertaken in each of the last 25 years for which figures are available into alleged offences under (1) section 1(1), and (2) section 1(2) of the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925; on how many occasions in such a period evidence has been provided to the Crown Prosecution Service for its considerat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government how many gigawatts of electricity they forecast will be required in 2030; and from what sources such electricity will be generated.  HL11736
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) Royal College of Nursing, and (2) Nursing and Midwifery Council, about the availability of (a) student nurses, and (b) nursing students, volunteering to be seconded to the NHS; and what has been the outcome of any such discussions.  HL11737
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total UK net public sector contributions to the EU/EC budget between 1991 and 2019 at real 2019 prices.  HL11738
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that they awarded personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts to companies with records of human rights abuses; what steps they are taking in response to any such assessment; whether their requests for tenders for the supply of PPE stipulate that (1) the International Labour… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement for Gibraltar.  HL11740
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Lord Horam to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the introduction of the points-based immigration system, what they estimate net migration levels in the UK will be in (1) 2021, (2) 2022, (3) 2023, (4) 2024, and (5) 2025.  HL11741
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to support the provision of COVID-19 vaccines (1) to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and (2) Palestinian prisoners in Israel.  HL11742
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to vaccinate patients who are in hospital for reasons other than for treatment for COVID-19.  HL11743
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial support to those registered as self-employed who were excluded from previous COVID-19 financial support schemes.  HL11744
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the furlough scheme beyond 30 April.  HL11745
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on consumers of EU-based companies suspending deliveries to the UK because of documentation and taxation requirements for imported goods following the end of the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU.  HL11746
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total daily cost of their COVID-19 financial support packages.  HL11747
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government why analysis of the number of (1) school workers, and (2) other key workers who had COVID-19, has not been included in ONS infection surveys since 6 November 2020; and what plans they have to publish such analysis for the period since 6 November 2020.  HL11748
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Accident and Emergency units there were in England in (1) 2010, and (2) 2018.  HL11749
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hospital beds there were in England in (1) 2010, and (2) 2018.  HL11750
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) students, (2) teachers, and (3) other staff, at (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools, and (c) further education institutions, have been reported as having COVID-19 since 31 January 2020.  HL11751
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Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used to determine the London boroughs in which primary schools would not open at the scheduled beginning of term in January.  HL11752
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Lord Mann to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many members of the House of Lords did not attend any proceedings between 12 December 2019 and 20 December 2020.  HL11753
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the requirement or otherwise for DBS checks to be made on volunteers to assist with car parking and people movement in any forthcoming programme of mass vaccinations for COVID-19.  HL11754
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have determined that retired (1) nurses, (2) GPs and (3) anaesthetists, are incapable of safely administering COVID-19 vaccinations; and if so, what criteria were used to make any such determination.  HL11755
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been tested for COVID-19 in Nottinghamshire since the announcement of mass testing in November 2020.  HL11756
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many GP practices have refused to participate in COVID-19 vaccinations.  HL11757
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) local staff, and (2) UK nationals, have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in (a) the UK embassy in Tel Aviv, and (b) the UK consulate in Jerusalem.  HL11758
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their social distancing guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have, if any, to change that guidance.  HL11759
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the effectiveness of their standards for personal protective equipment; and what plans they have, if any, to change those standards.  HL11760
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any hospitals have had to change their admission criteria for COVID-19 to reduce in-hospital patient numbers; and if so, which such hospitals have done so.  HL11761
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of whether current guidelines for schools are sufficient to address the spread of (a) the strain of COVID-19 identified in the UK, and (b) the reported “South African” strain of COVID-19; (2) who has conducted and is conducting any such assessment; (3) whether they plan to provide any new safety mea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) clinical commissioning groups, and (2) GP surgeries, were given places for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in each week since vaccinations started.  HL11763
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of vaccinations have been used compared to doses provided for each day since vaccinations started.  HL11764
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Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty's Government which nations participated in the Royal Navy’s "Thursday Wars" during 2020.  HL11765
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a daily report of the number of people who have received a COVID-19 vaccination in each 24 hour period.  HL11766
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to reduce the risk of flooding for communities that have already experienced flooding in the last 12 months.  HL11767
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of access to insurance for households affected by the 2019/2020 winter floods.  HL11768
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish an annual league table to assess the performance of water companies in addressing water leaks and wastage.  HL11769
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote sustainable fishing.  HL11770
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of air pollution from motor vehicles since the restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic were eased in August 2020.  HL11771
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial viability of (1) wildlife trusts, and (2) nature reserves.  HL11772
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 4 May 2020 (HL3062), what steps are now being taken to expedite the registration of those doctors who are awaiting final registration by the General Medical Council so that they may assist with the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11773
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide to the children of asylum seekers who are expelled from the UK following imprisonment for a criminal offence.  HL11774
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the factors which they consider will most limit the roll out of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine at scale; and what such factors they have identified.  HL11775
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 30 November 2020 (HL10390), when the Foreign Secretary will publish the outcome of the cross-Government review to review, appraise and finalise the UK's Official Development Assistance allocations for 2021.  HL11776
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish daily data on the number of people vaccinated by (1) the Pfizer/BioNTech, and (2) the Oxford/Astrazeneca, vaccine.  HL11777
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Lord Smith of Hindhead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to include non-profit private members’ clubs as a qualifying category for the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs; and if not, why not.  HL11778 [I]
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the Football Association in the recruitment of BAME referees in grassroots football.  HL11779
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a racial diversity threshold for boardrooms of all football organisations.  HL11780
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer additional emergency financial support to non-professional football clubs whose competition participation has been suspended due to restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL11781
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Football Association about increasing racial diversity amongst football managers.  HL11782
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 4 January (HL11621), what is the absolute number of TrustMark registered businesses now certified to install insulation measures in park homes under the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme; and where those installers are located.  HL11783
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that olive trees are being destroyed by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.  HL11784
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the database published by the Yasser Arafat Foundation Private Ownership by Palestine Refugees Data on 24 February 2020; and what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about the payment of reparations for any such occupied land.  HL11785
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of (1) increasing numbers of incursions by Israelis into the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and (2) Israeli police preventing Muslim worshippers from accessing that mosque for the duration of tours by Israelis.  HL11786
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of increasing numbers of incidents of hit-and-run incidents by Israelis in the West Bank where limited action is taken against those causing such incidents.  HL11787
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of a bombing of a paediatric hospital in Gaza on 26 December 2020.  HL11788
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that the Israeli Defence Force used tear gas and rubber-coated bullets during an incident at Palestinian medical facilities in Ramallah.  HL11789
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 25 November 2020 (HL10314), what progress they have made with mobile network operators to provide access to free additional data to support remote education during periods of school closures.  HL11790
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 25 November 2020 (HL10314), how many mobile network providers have responded to the request to provide a national service until the end of the academic year to assist disadvantaged families in gaining access to a free mobile data uplift to support remote education duri… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they will make available during the period of school closures announced by the Prime Minister on 4 January to ensure that all children who are participating in remote learning have access to (1) laptops or tablets, (2) internet provision, and (3) online education platforms; and what steps they have… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 10 December 2020 (HL10934), what tests they have conducted with British merchant ships contacting UK maritime authorities using (1) High Frequency, or (2) Single Side Band, radio communications from the (a) North Atlantic, (b) South Atlantic, (c) Indian, and (d) Pacific, ocea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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