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Questions for Written Answer for 20 January 2021

Tabled on 19 January and due for answer by 2 February.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the risk of COVID-19 infection arising from the use of refreshment trollies on Great Western Rail and other long distance trains before the Office of Rail and Road prohibited, or significantly reduced, the use of such trollies.  HL12273
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have paid in grants to Askham Bryan College for the development of assets and projects relating to the Newton Rigg estate in each of the last seven years; and for which projects any such grants were provided.  HL12274
Answered
The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury to ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not approve the application by the Port of Dover for funding to double the capacity for passport checks by the government of France at that port.  HL12275
Answered
The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the (1) capacity, and (2) resilience, of the Port of Dover.  HL12276
Answered
Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 19 January (HL11725), why have they not required local authorities to include the Nationally Described Space Standard in local planning policies.  HL12277
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been granted an Adult Dependent Relative visa since 2016; and how many of those Adult Dependent Relative visas were granted through appeal.  HL12278
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for Adult Dependent Relative visas have been refused since 2016.  HL12279
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the changes to the Immigration Rules in 2012, how many British citizens they estimate emigrated to take care of dependents due to a family member being refused an Adult Dependent Relative visa.  HL12280
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 16 June 2020 (HL4993), how many visas have been granted to extended family members of refugees outside the Immigration Rules.  HL12281
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Climate Change Committee Sixth Carbon Budget, published on 9 December 2020, what estimate they have made of the potential amount of greenhouse gas emissions which could be reduced by spending up to two per cent of GDP.  HL12282
Answered
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government how many fatal accidents per kilometre there have been on (1) smart motorways, and (2) regular motorways, in each of the last two years.  HL12283
Answered
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a review on how to improve the safety of smart motorways.  HL12284
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the levels of (1) personal, and (2) commercial, vehicle transportation on the roads following the COVID-19 pandemic; and if so, (a) to what level they plan to, and (b) how they intend to, reduce such activity.  HL12285
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government which rail electrification projects in England were agreed between 2010 and 2015; and which (1) have been completed, and (2) have not gone ahead.  HL12286
Answered
Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government which rail electrification projects (1) are currently taking place, and (2) been given approval to start, in England; and what is the proposed start date for each approved project.  HL12287
Answered
Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to compensate (1) the crew of, and (2) those employed through the supply chain of the catch from, the Kirkella trawler which has been unable to operate due to not having access to distant fishing waters.  HL12288
Answered
Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure access for UK fishers to the (1) Barents Sea, (2) Norwegian Economic Zone, and (3) Greenland Economic Zone.  HL12289
Answered
Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the memorandum of understanding with the government of Iceland, published on 11 November 2020, offers access to Icelandic waters for UK fishers.  HL12290
Answered
Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK–Norway Framework Agreement on Fisheries ensures distant waters fishing access for UK trawlers.  HL12291
Answered
Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to secure fishing treaties with the governments of (1) Norway, and (2) Iceland.  HL12292
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, what discussions they plan to have with the government of (1) Azerbaijan, and (2) Armenia, about (a) the number of prisoners of war still held as a result of the recent conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and (b) continuing the exchange of such prisoners which began on 14 December 2020.  HL12293
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of access the International Committee of the Red Cross has had to the Nagorno-Karabakh region and adjoining territories; and what steps, if any, they are taking to increase such access.  HL12294
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that (1) Turkish forces shelled the Ain Issa district of Syria on 4 January, (2) a Turkish military base is being built near Ain Issa, and (3) the government of Turkey is reinforcing its existing forces in north and north-west Syria; and what representations they have made to the government of Tu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of (1) Albania, and (2) North Macedonia, about the repatriation of (a) Albanian, (b) North Macedonian, and (c) British, citizens held in camps in north-east Syria.  HL12296
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a local planning authority can be required to disclose the details of any legal opinions it has received regarding a planning application to those who may be affected by the planning application; and if so, how the requirement for disclosure can be imposed.  HL12297
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks made by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 6 January that Northern Ireland has “a competitive advantage” because it is in the EU Single Market for goods, whether they have made any assessment of the possible competitive disadvantages to (1) England, (2) Wales, and (3) Scotland, of not bein… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ongoing conflict in Tigray.  HL12299
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia following the decision by the electoral board to deregister the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.  HL12300
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of the Presidential election held in Uganda on 16 January.  HL12301
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission in Gambia.  HL12302
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the (1) restoration, and (2) conservation, of war memorials.  HL12303
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 January (HLWS712), who are the members of the Commission of Inquiry led by the Rt Hon. Sir Gary Hickinbottom.  HL12304
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 January (HLWS704), when their proposed reforms to the pre-charge bail process will be implemented.  HL12305
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to postpone the elections scheduled for 6 May.  HL12306
Answered
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the effectiveness of existing flood warning systems, and (2) the level of investment in flood defences.  HL12307 [I]
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with relevant water management bodies, including (1) water companies and, (2) the Association of Drainage Authorities, about (a) increasing the maintenance of water courses, (b) achieving integrated catchment management, and (c) increasing private sector investment in flood defences.  HL1… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government who will be the members of the Cabinet Committee to be established to review opportunities to reduce red tape linked to the UK's former membership of the EU; what the outputs of this Committee will be; whether they will produce a report on such opportunities; and if so, when any such report will be published.  HL12309
Answered
Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of concerns raised by recipients of the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine about the Government's decision to extend the time between the administration of the first and second doses of the vaccine; what steps they are taking to assure recipients of the first dose of its efficacy; and what plans they have to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of visa arrangements with the EU for UK musicians.  HL12311
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many applications were approved for, and (2) what was the total amount awarded through, the Green Homes Grant scheme in 2020  HL12312
Answered
Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government how many vouchers were sent out by email to successful applicants to the Green Homes Grant scheme in 2020.  HL12313
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on job losses within the UK fishing industry.  HL12314
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing statutory sick pay on compliance with COVID-19 self-isolation requirements; and following any such assessment, what plans they have to increase statutory sick pay.  HL12315
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a long-term financial support package specific to the hospitality sector.  HL12316
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 29 December 2020 (HL11398), when the research by the King’s Fund on patterns of abortion uptake in England, commissioned by the Department for Health and Social Care, will be published.  HL12317
Answered
Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the seizure of tools used for construction by Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank by the Israel Defense Forces.  HL12318
Answered
Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the announcement by Childline on 13 January that there was a 16 per cent increase in the number of counselling sessions about mental health with children aged 11 and under from April to December 2020 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12319
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that any apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds receive access to any (1) laptops, and (2) broadband connections, required for them to complete assessments and functional skills tests remotely.  HL12320
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mandate teacher-assessed grades for functional skills tests where apprentices cannot travel to a test centre safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12321
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage local authorities to review community and charity participation in local resilience forums in order to bolster preparations for potential flood relief requirements.  HL12322
Answered
Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding support to Eurostar following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on passenger numbers.  HL12323
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to manage, and (2) to mitigate, the risk of increased tidal flooding in the Thames Estuary; and what plans they have to build further flood barriers in that Estuary.  HL12324
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to protect British civil servants and consular staff working abroad from COVID-19.  HL12325
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 19 January (HL12039), whether any of those witnesses have ever served in the British Armed Forces on a (1) carrier, or (2) warship, conducting military operations.  HL12326
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