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Questions for Written Answer for 14 January 2021

Tabled on 13 January and due for answer by 27 January.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the employment of British barristers by the Hong Kong Department of Justice for the prosecution of Hong Kong residents on charges relating to protests against the governments of Hong Kong and China.  HL12086
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban British barristers from being employed by the Hong Kong Department of Justice for the prosecution of Hong Kong residents for charges relating (1) to state security, and (2) to civil protest.  HL12087
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of British judges continuing to serve on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.  HL12088
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Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban British judges from serving on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.  HL12089
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have established with the EU, if any, to share data on (1) vehicle number plates, (2) vehicle owners, and (3) vehicle keepers, from EU member states, in order to enable UK enforcement authorities to impose penalties or charges relating to the use of such vehicles.  HL12090
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they (1) have given, and (2) plan to offer, any support to companies providing lifeline services (a) to, and (b) within, the Isles of Scilly; if not, why not; and what is the funding source for any such support.  HL12091
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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the EU during their negotiations relating to the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement about visa arrangements for (1) UK performing artists touring the EU, and (2) performing artists from the EU touring the UK.  HL12092
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 12 January (HL Deb, col 596), what data they have used to determine that delaying a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine beyond 42 days from the first dose is effective and free of risk; and where, if anywhere, this data has been published.  HL12093
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the key (1) economic, (2) health, (3) education, and (4) other, indicators they plan to use to monitor their 'levelling-up' agenda.  HL12094
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on cooking, nutrition and food education in schools.  HL12095
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give early years workers priority status in their UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan, published on 11 January.  HL12096
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government how many international medical graduates are working for the NHS in the UK on a temporary visa; how many (1) such graduates, and (2) families of those graduates, have not yet been granted indefinite leave to remain; and how many of those graduates have been told that they may be deported.  HL12097
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have encouraged principal councils to provide financial support to parish and town councils from the funding they have received from the Government; and if so, (1) how, (2) what guidance they have provided, and (3) when any such guidance was issued.  HL12098
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of large-scale offshore windfarms on (1) the ecology of the seabed, (2) the ecology of the sea, (3) birdlife, and (4) maritime geomorphological processes whether undersea or coastal.  HL12099
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they have made of the effects on the ecology of (1) the seabed, and (2) the intertidal zone, of the construction of (a) powerlines between turbines, (b) powerlines between turbines and the coast, and (c) other associated structures, as a part of offshore windfarm developments.  HL12100
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for including emissions from military sources in targets for carbon emission reductions; and what plans they have to support their inclusion in international agreements during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.  HL12101
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated level of annual carbon emissions (1) from military sources in the UK, and (2) by UK military activities outside the UK.  HL12102
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal in the report by Onward The Policies of Belonging, published on 12 January, that every local area should have the 'right to self government' through a parish or town council; and, further to this, what assessment they have made of proposals for the removal of the ability of principal local… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Office for National Statistics removed the upper age limit from the Crime Survey for England and Wales; and when the statistics from this survey relating to those aged 75 and older will be published.  HL12104
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have introduced, if any, to increase scrutiny of supply chains linked to Xinjiang for UK-based companies with an annual turnover below £36 million.  HL12105
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have established to monitor the involvement of UK-based businesses in Xinjiang; and what further steps they are considering in the event that measures announced on 12 January to prevent UK-based businesses from directly or indirectly contributing to human rights violations in Xinjiang are not successful.  HL12106
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that all public sector bodies follow their new procurement rules designed to exclude suppliers linked to human rights abuses.  HL12107
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given (1) to introducing sanctions on businesses or individuals linked to human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and (2) to mirroring the sanctions imposed by the government of the United States on companies associated with the abuse of human rights in that region.  HL12108
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they conduct A/B tests on applicants for, and recipients of, Universal Credit; and, if so, (1) for how long they have been doing so, (2) how many tests have been conducted, and (3) for what purpose each test has been carried out.  HL12109
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish poverty statistics based on the measures recommended in the report by the Social Metrics Commission A new measure of poverty for the UK, published in September 2018; and, in preparing these statistics, whether they are incorporating the proposals of that report that indicators of the lived ex… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on fish exports.  HL12111
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Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to rectify issues with commodity codes that are reportedly causing trucks exporting fish to France to be delayed at the UK–France border.  HL12112
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on their relations with the government of Qatar of the presence of a Turkish military base in Qatar; and whether UK armed forces undertake any activity with the Turkish military stationed in Qatar.  HL12113
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the government of Turkey's deployment of naval vessels to explore natural gas fields near Greece on peace in the eastern Mediterranean.  HL12114
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which Jewish and Christian UK citizens resident in Turkey are free to practise their religion.  HL12115
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of their (1) political, and (2) economic, links with the government of Turkey.  HL12116
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 27 November 2020 (HL10838), what assessment they have made of protests by asylum seekers at the Napier Barracks on 12 January; and what plans they have to reassess their assessment that “the accommodation itself is entirely adequate for its purpose, with the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 8 January (HL11702), what is the source of those data presented at COVID-19 press conferences which show the percentage of people testing positive in the community for the new variant in English regions; and why those data are not held by Public Health England.  HL12118
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce specific financial support for landlords who have lost rent as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12119
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial support to tenants who have accrued rent arrears as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12120
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Prospect Inquiry into the future of self-employment, published in December 2020; and what plans they have to increase financial support for the self-employed.  HL12121
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage private companies to provide digital resources to apprentices.  HL12122
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for Work and Pensions Armed Forces Champions there are (1) in total, (2) on Jobcentre sites, and (3) in Jobcentre plus districts; and how many (a) Jobcentre sites, and (b) Jobcentre plus districts, do not have such a Champion.  HL12123
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Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on increasing the number of Department for Work and Pensions Armed Forces Champions since 4 September 2019.  HL12124
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in infrastructure for local communities and businesses in order to address any impacts of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  HL12125
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the UK does not export plastic waste to poorer countries; and what plans they have to address ocean pollution ahead of COP26.  HL12126
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a comprehensive trade and environment strategy; and how they plan to publicise any strategy ahead of COP26.  HL12127
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure cooperation between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for International Trade, on (1) trade, and (2) climate strategy and policy implementation.  HL12128
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