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Questions for Written Answer for 18 January 2021

Tabled on 14 January and due for answer by 28 January.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks made by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 7 December 2020 (HL Deb, col 1085), what plans they have to enter free trade negotiations with the government of China in the future; and what human rights due diligence they will employ during any such negotiations to ensure that the UK does not support the exploi… 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 representations they have made, if any, to the government of Nigeria about the condition and wellbeing of Leah Sharibu.  HL12130
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 6 January (HL10942 and HL10943), whether those purchases had a combined value of half a billion pounds; and why “Details of such decisions on individual contracts is regarded as commercially sensitive information” remain secret once the purchases have been made; whether they… 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 reports that three senior members of the Tigray People's Liberation Front, including the former Ethiopian Foreign Minister, have been killed by the Ethiopian military on 13 January; and what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia about those deaths.  HL12132
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that eye witness statements are taken from refugees from Tigray about reports of war crimes and crimes against humanity in that region; how they intend to preserve any such evidence; and what plans they have to put judicial mechanisms in place to bring those responsible to justice.  HL1213… 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 discussions they have had with the World Food programme about the humanitarian requirements of people displaced by conflict in Tigray; and what estimate they have made of the number of people who have been so displaced.  HL12134
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there are new opportunities for British companies in the energy sector in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  HL12135
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there are new opportunities for British companies in (1) in the tourism sector, and (2) the film industry, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  HL12136
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 4 November 2020 (HL9402), and the identification of new variants of COVID-19, what plans they have to update their guidance for the ventilation of (1) existing, and (2) new, buildings.  HL12137
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Israel's approach to administering vaccinations for COVID-19; and what aspects of that approach, if any, they have drawn on for the implementation of the UK's COVID-19 vaccination programme.  HL12138
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide additional support for people with mental health problems that have been (1) caused, or (2) exacerbated by, the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12139
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to encourage engagement with the Data Sharing Code of Practice, published by the Information Commissioner's Office on 17 December 2020.  HL12140
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage data sharing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12141
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to protect the Rohingya community in Myanmar.  HL12142
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a national autism strategy for people of all ages; and if so, when.  HL12143
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made about the barriers to prescribing Sativex to treat spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis; and what plans they have to work with NHS England and organisations such as the MS Society to address any such barriers.  HL12144
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made on the impact of COVID-19 on the rehabilitation needs of people living with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis; and what plans they have to work with NHS England on a long term strategy for delivering (1) physiotherapy, (2) speech and language therapy, and (3) occupational therapy to people wi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Committee on Climate Change Net Zero: The UK's contribution to stopping global warming, published on 19 May 2019, what steps they are taking to ensure that their commitment for net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050 is "comprehensive, achieved without use of international credits" and covers international… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Committee on Climate Change The Sixth Carbon Budget: The UK’s path to Net Zero, published on 9 December 2020, what plans they have to ensure that all social homes achieve EPC band C by 2028.  HL12147
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Committee on Climate Change The Sixth Carbon Budget: The UK’s path to Net Zero, published on 9 December 2020, what plans they have to set a legally binding target to upgrade all buildings to EPC Band C by 2035.  HL12148
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, what consideration they have given to the recommendations of the report by Policy Exchange Efficient Energy Policy: How to encourage improvements in domestic energy efficiency, published on 2 March 2016, and in particular the recommendation that Stamp Duty Land Tax should be linked to the energy performance of a dwelling.  HL121… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have undertaken in relation to holding local and other elections in England on 6 May with bodies representing (1) schools, (2) school staff, and (3) parents; and what representations they have received from such bodies.  HL12150 [I]
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for schools that would be used as polling stations in elections on 6 May for (1) the number of days they would need to close for extra cleaning and other management arrangements (a) before, and (b) following, polling day, and (2) the costs of such cleaning and management arrangements.  … 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 proportion of the people who volunteer on a regular basis to staff polling stations and count votes at elections who will not be available to do so on 6 May as a result of (1) having contracted COVID-19, (2) self-isolating, (3) working at home, (4) being unwilling for other perceived safety reasons,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, how they define unfettered market access for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.  HL12153
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Specialised Committee on Ireland and Northern Ireland Protocol has met since 1 January; and when the minutes of any such meetings will be published.  HL12154
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government who constitutes the full membership of the Specialised Committee on Ireland and Northern Ireland Protocol.  HL12155
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the departure of the UK from the EU, what assessment they have made of the impact on exports to the EU of (1) fish from St Helena, (2) crayfish from Tristan da Cunha, and (3) squid and meat from the Falkland Islands.  HL12156
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of ‘long’ COVID-19, what plans they have to make changes to statutory sick pay.  HL12157
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on grassroots cricket of allowing golf clubs to reopen while retaining restrictions on cricket clubs.  HL12158
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last spoke to President Trump.  HL12159
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the government of Israel, and (2) international partners in the World Health Organization (WHO), about making COVID-19 vaccines doses available in the Occupied Palestinian Territories before the arrival in March of WHO vaccine supplies.  HL12160
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in (a) primary, and (b) secondary, schools, (2) to ensure such schools are COVID-19 secure, and (3) to expedite the safe re-opening of such schools.  HL12161
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have taken any urgent action in the UN Human Rights Council in response to reports of the government of China's treatment of pro-democracy leaders in Hong Kong; and if so, whether any such action includes (1) resolutions, or (2) emergency sessions.  HL12162
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable further Parliamentary scrutiny of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement  HL12163
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister has spoken to the Prime Minister of New Zealand about New Zealand's decision not to join the statement by the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada and the UK, and the United States Secretary of State on arrests in Hong Kong issued on 9 January 2020; and whether any ministerial discussions have tak… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) technology failures, (2) issues with the infrastructure at ports of exit from Great Britain, and (3) the number of veterinarians available, on the timeliness of goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.  HL12165
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Lord Morrow to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of evidence that suggests people can be reinfected with COVID-19 more than once; and what estimate they have made of the number of people who have contracted COVID-19 for a second time.  HL12166
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many primary care networks have no GP practices which are delivering COVID-19 vaccines to patients.  HL12167
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to take any action in relation to primary care networks which chose not to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to patients within their area.  HL12168
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the security issues in Tunisia, and (2) of the impact of that situation on (1) UK citizens resident there, and (2) the political stability of that country.  HL12169
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer bi-lateral (1) financial, and (2) advisory, assistance to Tunisia during 2021.  HL12170
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current balance of trade between the UK and Tunisia; and what assessment they have made of whether such economic activity will increase following the UK's departure from the EU.  HL12171
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks, if any, for UK shipping crossing the eastern Mediterranean.  HL12172
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how much unsecured creditors have been unable to recover from the bankruptcy of their corporate customers in each of the last five years.  HL12173
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, how many (1) bank directors, (2) insolvency practitioners, (3) estate agents, (4) lawyers, and (5) accountants, have been prosecuted since the publication of the report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking Project Lord Turnbull report, published on 22 June 2018.  HL12174
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) the quality of water, (2) human health, and (3) the soil condition, of the countries receiving plastic waste exported from the UK.  HL12175
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce legislation under which partners of law and accounting firms judged by the courts to have sold unlawful tax avoidance schemes would not be permitted to become members of the General Anti-Abuse Rule Panel and advise HM Revenues and Customs.  HL12176
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the (1) fees, and (2) costs, which have been paid to each member of the General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) Panel.  HL12177
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Supreme Court judgment in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Appellant) v Pendragon plc and others (Respondents) [2015] UKSC 37, whether they have (1) investigated, (2) fined, or (3) prosecuted, KPMG for designing and marketing the tax avoidance scheme.  HL12178
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 13 January (HL11904), what advice they have provided to people whose driving licences expire in January, or later, who are having difficulty renewing online and who are self-isolating.  HL12179
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make driving licence renewal forms available by post to vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12180
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the website webchat services provided by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.  HL12181
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of more virulent strains of COVID-19 appearing in Kent, South Africa and Brazil, what plans they have to purchase additional supplies of the Oxford/Modena and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines.  HL12182
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government which companies have contracts to supply free school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what is the total value of those contracts.  HL12183
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of closing the (1) telephone helpline, and (2) online advisory support service, of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority; and what plans they have to reinstate these services.  HL12184
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their commitment in the Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2019, published on 24 November 2019, what progress they have made in setting up a "fan-led review of football governance."  HL12185
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Social Mobility Commission Changing gears: understanding downward social mobility, published in November 2020; and what plans they have to address the Commission's finding that one in five people move into a lower occupational group than their parents.  HL12186
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that staff working in early years settings are vaccinated against COVID-19.  HL12187
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 23 December 2020 (HL11511), what plans they have to continue funding childcare at the same level as before the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12188
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