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Questions for Written Answer for 28 January 2021

Tabled on 27 January and due for answer by 10 February.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of HS2 seeking access to undertake works on properties in Park Village East before (1) approval, and (2) independent auditing, of access tunnels at Euston Station; and whether HS2 has plans to fund an independent survey of (1) the property owners, and (2) the leaseholders, of Park Village East before work… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) HS2, or (2) its contractors, have comprehensive insurance to cover the proposed ground anchor installation under properties in Park Village East in Camden.  HL12627
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the passing of resolution S.Res.684 on 1 January by the United States Senate relating to violence in Cameroon, what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about relations with the government of Cameroon since the resolution; and what assessment they have made of (1) the impact of this resolution o… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were taken into care because their mother was given a custodial sentence in each of the last five years; and in such cases, how many of those sentences were for (1) less than two months, (2) two months to four months, (3) four months to six months, (4) six months to 12 months, and (5) over 12 months.  HL12629
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last five years, how many people who were serving a life sentence and have been released on licence have had their licence conditions suspended before the 10 year anniversary of their release date; and how many such people have been (1) convicted of a further serious offence, (2) convicted of more than one serious offenc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last five years, how many people who were serving an imprisonment for public protection sentence have had their licence conditions suspended before the 5 year anniversary of their release date; and how many such people have been (1) convicted of a further serious offence, (2) convicted of more than one serious offence, a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish any transcripts of the negotiations between the UK and the EU on reciprocal arrangements for the mobility of musicians.  HL12632
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Barran on 19 January (HL Deb, col 1084) that they "pushed for ambitious arrangements for performers and artists to be able to work across Europe", what were the details of those ambitious arrangements; whether they had proposed a maximum time period allowed for performers and artists to undert… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to negotiate a separate standard visa-waiver arrangement with the EU that would include exemptions for artists.  HL12634
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the EU's existing visa waiver agreements with other countries which cover 'artists performing an activity on an ad hoc basis' as a basis for a reciprocal agreement for short-term visas for artists working between the UK and the EU.  HL12635
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what definition they use of the term 'ad hoc' in relation to visa arrangements for those artists performing an activity on an ad hoc basis between the EU and other countries; and whether that definition would cover artists whilst touring.  HL12636
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports following the meeting between representatives of the music industry and the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 20 January that they plan to set up a working group to investigate ways to support the music industry following the UK's withdrawal from the EU, what will be the remit of th… 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 Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 26 January (HL12049), how they define “as far as is reasonably practicable”; and what is their estimate of the number of homes that may be excluded from the fuel poverty target.  HL12638
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the allocation of £34 million to the scheme to restore passenger services to the Ashington–Blyth rail line, where the scheme lies within (1) the Rail Enhancement Schemes Pipeline and (2) the Governance for Railway Investment Projects (GRIP) process.  HL12639
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of facilities for recharging batteries of electric vehicles to households which do not have space to charge the vehicle from their own home; and what proportion of households do not have space to charge electric vehicles from their own home.  HL12640
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide assistance to households which do not have space for recharging electric vehicles from their own home; and, if so, how they plan to provide such assistance before 2030 (1) for houses where vehicles are parked on the street outside the house, and (2) for flats or apartments where communal parking facilities a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend building regulations to ensure that all new developments are provided with facilities for recharging electric vehicles relating to each new dwelling in the development.  HL12642
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are providing (1) to owners, and (2) to occupiers, of older terraced houses and similar properties on ways of insulating external walls to modern standards.  HL12643
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) UK national, and (2) locally engaged, staff were employed in the British embassies in (a) Slovenia, (b) Croatia, (c) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (d) Serbia, (e) Montenegro, (f) North Macedonia, (g) Kosovo, and (h) Albania, in the (i) 2015/16, (ii) 2016/17, (iii) 2017/18, (iv) 2018/19, (v) 2019/20, and (vi) 2020/21, financial year… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) UK national, and (2) locally engaged, staff are employed in the British embassies in (a) Slovenia, (b) Croatia, (c) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (d) Serbia, (e) Montenegro, (f) North Macedonia, (g) Kosovo, and (h) Albania.  HL12645
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to change the number of (1) UK national, and (2) locally engaged, staff employed in the British embassies in (a) Slovenia, (b) Croatia, (c) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (d) Serbia, (e) Montenegro, (f) North Macedonia, (g) Kosovo, and (h) Albania.  HL12646
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the annual cost of the UK's participation in the EU-led military mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina; and how that participation was funded.  HL12647
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Lord Hendy to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Callanan on 26 January (HL Deb, cols 1509–13), who is being consulted as part of their review of workers' rights; whether the Trades Union Congress and trade unions have been excluded from such consultations, and if so, why; and how that review relates to the Employment Bill referred to in the Queen's Speech… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many care home residents in England have died from COVID-19 (1) in hospital, (2) in hospices, and (3) in residential care and nursing homes, in total to date.  HL12649
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of care homes in England have not carried out continuous (1) weekly, and (2) monthly, COVID-19 tests of staff and residents at any point since 7 September 2020 as part of their serial testing strategy.  HL12650
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of the Infection Control Fund allocated to local authorities that has been used by residential care homes to ensure that staff who are isolating in line with COVID-19 guidance experience no loss of income.  HL12651
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional (1) clinical, and (2) palliative, care support, other than access to tele-medicine, has been available to carers providing end of life care (a) in residential care homes where there is no nursing presence, and (b) at home, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12652
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to track the number of patients who tested negative for COVID-19 on admission to hospital in England but then contracted COVID-19 whilst in hospital.  HL12653
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the government of Canada's request for a reciprocal social security agreement covering the uprating of pensions.  HL12654
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the renewal of the licence for supplying communication services to the government of St Helena, what plans they have for competitive tendering in the process of granting the new licence.  HL12655
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the extension of the Equiano subsea cable project to St Helena provides (1) a universal, and (2) a cheap, internet connection, in line with the EU’s conditions for a grant for the extension.  HL12656
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the (1) economic situation, and (2) political situation, in Mali.  HL12657
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the (1) economic situation, and (2) political situation, in Nigeria.  HL12658
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Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the quantity of "blue" carbon released from English waters as a result of bottom trawling.  HL12659
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the sensitivity of public sector borrowing costs to interest rate changes as a result of quantitative easing affecting the maturity of public sector funding; and what plans they have to publish comparative sensitivity data from the time since quantitative easing was first introduced.  HL126… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (1) quantitative easing, and (2) monetary policy in general, on reaching their inflation target.  HL12661
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the number of chaplains from all faith groups active in NHS hospitals since March 2020.  HL12662
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work done by hospital chaplains in helping (1) the welfare, and (2) the recovery, of patients.  HL12663
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current arrangements for chaplains of all faith groups to visit residents in care homes.  HL12664
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of new prison officers being recruited in meeting the needs of (1) inmate security, and (2) prison security.  HL12665
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the work in prisons carried out by chaplains of all faith groups.  HL12666
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) doctors, and (2) other staff, being recruited into the prison medical service in meeting the needs of inmate health.  HL12667
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many miles of railway track have been electrified since 1 January 2015; and what has been the cost per mile of that electrification.  HL12668
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to launch an inquiry into whether there is any correlation between employment practices at Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices in Swansea and the number of employees in those offices who have contracted COVID-19.  HL12669
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the outcome of their discussions with the government of France about the financial support required by Eurostar whilst restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.  HL12670
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the safety of smart motorways.  HL12671
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 21 January (HL Deb, cols 95–6GC), whether they will place a copy of his legal opinion commending the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism in the Library of the House.  HL12672
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of (1) civil servants, (2) legal regulators, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and (3) legal trade bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (a) to investigate, and (b) to adjudicate, complaints about antisemitism fairly; and of the effectiveness of those groups'… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place for citizens to complain against an individual civil servant in instances where they are believed to have broken the Civil Service Code; and where are complaints published.  HL12674
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 24 November 2020 (HL9950), how many claims the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme has received; how many payments have been made by that Scheme; and what was the total value of those payments.  HL12675
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of viability of small businesses in London; and what plans they have to provide cash grants to London-based small businesses.  HL12676
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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 the price of food and drink to consumers in the UK.  HL12677
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Bar Council Self-Employed Bar Survey, published on 21 January; and what plans they have to provide financial support to self–employed legal professionals.  HL12678
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what further financial support they intend to provide to the events industry, including support for freelancers within that industry.  HL12679
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to the Remote Electronic Monitoring call for evidence; and what steps they intend to take following this.  HL12680
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential use of Remote Electronic Monitoring technology to monitor vessels using (1) bottom trawling, and (2) other fishing practices that may harm marine ecosystems, on England’s Marine Protected Areas.  HL12681
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Goldie on 25 January (HL Deb, col 1377), what discussions there have been as part of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy on separating the capital costs of nuclear deterrent submarine replacements from the defence budget.  HL12682
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the publication date for the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; and whether publication will occur before 31 May 2021.  HL12683
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 25 January (HL12034), how many aircraft carriers they plan to deploy in cases of a national emergency after 2023.  HL12684
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 25 January (HL12037), whether the use of "different harmony guidelines" applies to personnel in squadrons of F35B combat aircraft embarked in carriers.  HL12685
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the long separation periods allowed by Royal Navy harmony rules allow greater periods deployed without rotation of personnel.  HL12686
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 25 January (HL12036), how many F35B aircraft they will possess by 2026; and whether they will be able to deploy the 35 aircraft that are required for high end operations.  HL12687
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the policy on working from home which is applied at the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency office in Cardiff.  HL12688
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the staff at the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency office in Cardiff have been required to attend the office during the period when Public Health England COVID-19 guidance has been to work from home where possible.  HL12689
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Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of vaccines against COVID-19 for (1) elderly, or (2) vulnerable, patients hospitalised for other conditions.  HL12690
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