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Questions for Written Answer for 2 February 2021

Tabled on 1 February and due for answer by 15 February.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for altering the voting procedure for Company Voluntary Arrangements.  HL12746
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on carbon emissions of charging VAT on the repair and maintenance of residential properties; and what plans they have to ensure that the VAT treatment of (1) constructing new build, and (2) repairing and maintaining existing, residential property is aligned.  HL12747
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Company Voluntary Arrangements were made in the last 12 months for which data is held.  HL12748
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 25 January that "I and my officials do not believe that [the directors income support scheme] as framed overcomes the fundamental issues of protecting taxpayers’ money and safeguarding it against fraud and abuse" (HC Deb, col 137), which aspects of the pro… 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 two gay men have been subjected to public beatings by the religious police in Indonesia; when they last raised the use of public beatings with the government of Indonesia; and what response they received.  HL12750
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the caning of women for breaking dress codes with the governments of (1) Sudan, (2) Saudi Arabia, and (3) Iran; and, if so, what responses they have received from those governments.  HL12751
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of people in Saudi Arabia receiving repeated public lashings for asserting their atheism; and whether they consider that such punishments contravene the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  HL12752
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) practical, and (2) political, implications of the announcement that the governments of China and Hong Kong will not recognise British National (Overseas) passports as valid travel documents.  HL12753
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it remains their policy that the determination of genocide is a matter for international judicial systems.  HL12754
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish their plans relating to the former Hassockfield Young Offenders Centre in Medomsley.  HL12755
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the levels of problem gambling among women.  HL12756
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have commissioned into the most common pathways to gambling disorder for women.  HL12757
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Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty's Government what concerns relating to problem gambling and women they intend to address in their Review of the Gambling Act 2005.  HL12758
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the UN’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the decision by the UN to designate 2021 as the International year of Fruits and Vegetables.  HL12759
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a negative result to a COVID-19 lateral flow test undertaken by the NHS presented to Border Force is sufficient evidence that the bearer is (1) not infected, and (2) eligible to travel.  HL12760
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 January (HL12331), whether they have set out the environmental effects of developing an Inland Border Facility at Dover; and whether they have sought separate approvals for (1) a Construction Management Plan, (2) an Operational Management Plan, and (3)  a Reinstatement Plan.  HL12… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 January (HL 12331), whether they have (1) consulted with local residents and others affected by any new Inland Border Facility at Dover, and (2) they have published any application documents.  HL12762
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 January (HL 12331), whether the Department for Transport has provided a demonstration of need for an Inland Border Facility at Dover; and whether any alternative sites have been considered.  HL12763
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to adopt the existing EU vehicle fleet targets and regulatory targets for CO2 emissions.  HL12764
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to limit the number of petrol and diesel cars sold ahead of the implementation of the 2030 total ban on the sale of such cars.  HL12765
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the Permitted Paid Engagement route from 30 days to 90 days (1) to allow for longer opera seasons and tours and (2) to form the basis of a reciprocal arrangement with the EU.  HL12766 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to negotiate with the EU an exemption from cabotage rules for the movement of goods, including those subject to an ATA carnet, on the basis of the goods (1) not being sold, and (2) the rules also affecting EEA performing arts companies coming to the UK.  HL12767 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to charge musicians applying for a CITES Musical Instrument Certificate for musical instruments containing Ivory, Rosewood, Abalone, and other endangered species when transported between (1) the UK and the EU, and (2) Great Britain and Northern Ireland; and if so, how much this will cost musicians.  HL127… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an ATA Carnet is required for the shipment of musical instruments and equipment by truck or cargo between the UK and the EU.  HL12769 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether an ATA Carnet is required for the portable transportation of musical instruments and equipment for (1) UK musicians working in the EU, and (2) EU musicians working in the UK.  HL12770 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the haulage and cabotage rules in the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement do not prevent multi-country touring for musicians and other performers.  HL12771
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 January (HL11916), and reports of (1) hostile espionage, (2) threats to Taiwan, and (3) the persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang, by the government of China, why the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office continues to refer to that government as a strategic partner. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote a global vaccine passport scheme.  HL12773
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a requirement for all international travellers to quarantine in hotels upon arrival in the UK.  HL12774
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote opportunities for UK companies to offer online tuition in (1) the UK, and (2) overseas.  HL12775
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities about their levelling up agenda.  HL12776
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations about their levelling up agenda.  HL12777
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with public authorities about their levelling up agenda.  HL12778
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the list of businesses eligible for local authority financial support as a result of COVID-19 includes travelling and permanently-sited fairground businesses.  HL12779
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The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of ethnic cleansing in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and what discussions they have had with the government of Azerbaijan about the use of derogatory language that could increase the risk of conflict in that region.  HL12780
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Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 January and the statement that "new homes in England delivered through any Permitted Development Right must meet this [the Nationally Described Space Standard] space standard as a minimum", why all new homes developed in England do not have to meet the Nationally Described Space Stan… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Armenians will be included in the genocides to be commemorated in the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and, if so, what consultation they have carried out with Armenian representatives.  HL12782
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) nations, and (2) minority groups, will be included in the genocides to be commemorated in the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what consultation they have undertaken with the representatives of any such nations or groups.  HL12783
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the educational impact of the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and whether they have consulted the British Association of Holocaust Scholars on the content of the memorial and learning centre.  HL12784
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a plan for the management of the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and if so, where that plan is available.  HL12785
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the annual running costs of the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and how such costs will be met.  HL12786
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with representatives of the government of Poland about the restitution of property seized from Polish Jewish citizens during the period of Nazi occupation; and what was the outcome of any such discussions.  HL12787
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Iraq in (1) establishing its authority in that country, and (2) reducing the influence of other governments.  HL12788
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are required to give a 15 day period of advance notice of their intention to move armed forces personnel and military equipment from Great Britain to Northern Ireland under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; if so, (1) to whom they give notice, (2) whether such personnel and equipment can be refused entry, and (3) what… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government under what arrangements they can send armed forces personnel and military equipment to sovereign bases in Cyprus; and whether they are required to provide 15 days notice in advance of any such deployment.  HL12790
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a NATO 302 form must be completed before they can move armed forces personnel and military equipment from Great Britain to Northern Ireland under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and if so, why.  HL12791
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are required to notify any authorities of their intention to move armed forces personnel and military equipment to Gibraltar; if so, to whom they give notice; and under what conditions such movements are permitted.  HL12792
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether military equipment being moved from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is required to undergo inspection under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and if so, where any such inspections will take place.  HL12793
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 28 January (HL12149), whether they will reconsider the recommendation made by the Policy Exchange in their report Efficient Energy Policy: How to encourage improvements in domestic energy efficiency, published on 2 March 2016, to link Stamp Duty Land Tax to the energy performance… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the level of gambling by women.  HL12795
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what research, if any, they have conducted into the pathways to gambling disorder by women.  HL12796
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what treatments are available for women affected by gambling addiction; and what assessment have they made, if any, of the percentage of women gamblers receiving treatment.  HL12797
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average amount of weekly disposable income; and what assessment they have made of the average amount of weekly gambling expenditure.  HL12798
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that (1) food, and (2) medical, importers can continue to bring supplies into Yemen following the government of the United States' designation of the Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organisation.  HL12799
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK non-governmental organisations can continue to operate in Yemen following the government of the United States' designation of the Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organisation.  HL12800
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK businesses can trade with Yemen following the government of the United States' designation of the Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organisation.  HL12801
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that those responsible for attacks on Oxfam infrastructure in Yemen are held to account; and what plans they have to publish any information they have gathered about such attacks.  HL12802
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publicly condemn the killing of the two women Afghan Supreme Court judges in Kabul.  HL12803
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have downloaded the NHS COVID-19 application; how many contacts of people with COVID-19 tested positive after being traced through (1) the NHS COVID-19 application, and (2) other means, on each day since 1 January; and of such contacts, how many they were (1) able, and (2) not able, to communicate with.  HL12804
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of improving labelling on alcohol products on reducing obesity.  HL12805
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential financial benefit of increasing alcohol duty to reduce the cost of alcohol-related illness and harms to the NHS.  HL12806
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on their commitment to introducing a new addiction strategy.  HL12807
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Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report Safety in Custody Statistics, England and Wales: Deaths in Prison Custody to December 2020 Assaults and Self-harm to September 2020, published on 28 January, what steps they are taking to address the reported increase in self-harm in the female prison estate in England and Wales.  HL12808
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how the UK members of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Committee will be selected.  HL12809
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK civil society organisations have put forward a representative for the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Committee.  HL12810
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what gender policies they plan to take forward as part of the foreign and development track at the G7.  HL12811
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the relationship between the Government Equalities Office and the Equality Hub.  HL12812
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are meeting the UK's responsibilities under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; and how they are ensuring that women can participate in non-governmental and civil society organisations.  HL12813
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether members of the Women 7 will be asked to participate in the G7 summit; and, if so, how their views will feed into the discussions.  HL12814
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish further details of the National Pilot for Environmental Land Management Schemes for farm support.  HL12815
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funds are being allocated for agricultural research and development; and how applications for such funds will be administered.  HL12816
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government when the statutory instrument to protect peatlands will be laid before Parliament; and whether it will be subject to the affirmative procedure.  HL12817
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their report Landscapes Review, published in September 2019, what plans they have to introduce a National Landscape Service.  HL12818
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to announce the 2021 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs budget allocations for national parks.  HL12819
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the distribution of funds to football teams in the National League during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12820
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the cultural sector in aiding economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12821
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Lord Knight of Weymouth to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the causes of climate change, and (2) actions that can benefit and decrease any negative impact on the natural environment, are taught in schools in England.  HL12822
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Lord Knight of Weymouth to ask Her Majesty's Government what incentives are in place for schools in England (1) to measure, and (2) to reduce, carbon emissions.  HL12823
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the outbreak of COVID-19 at Napier Barracks, what plans they have to end the use of such barracks as asylum accommodation; and if they have no such plans, what steps they intend to take to ensure (1) that social distancing measures are adhered to, and (2) that the dignity and freedom of residents is upheld.  HL1… 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 plans they have to review regulations relating to short selling  to ensure that any such regulations are fit for purpose.  HL12825
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide Open Bionics ‘Hero-Arms’ through the NHS for amputees who have lost upper limbs.  HL12826
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or any regulators, have reviewed the adequacy of the capitalisation of securities and derivative clearing houses since the introduction of restrictions on dealings in GameStop and AMC Entertainment; and what assessment they have made of the robustness of resolution plans for clearing houses  HL12827
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what joint work they are undertaking with the EU into the human rights situation in Cambodia; what assessment they have made of the EU’s partial withdrawal of trade privileges under the “Anything But Arms” trade arrangements due to human rights abuses and the undermining of democracy in that country; whether they plan to make any… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support democracy and human rights in Cambodia in view of the treason charges brought against 121 members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party for treason.  HL12829
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to promote human rights and democracy in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries, and (2) to provide support for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and the further application of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration.  HL12830
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) on 28 January (HL Deb col 1804), whether the Minister for the Constitution and Devolution received evidence from (1) NHS England, (2) the Department for Health and Social Care, and (3) the Chief Scientific and Medical Officers, prior to issuing the letter on cam… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) on 28 January (HL Deb col 1804), what was the basis for the advice on local election campaign leaflets in relation (1) to leaflets delivered by volunteers, (2) to leaflets delivered by Royal Mail and other commercial organisations, and (3) to volunteers deliveri… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) on 28 January (HL Deb col 1804), what representations they received from members of political parties prior to issuing the letter on campaign leaflets on 22 January.  HL12833
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proposal by Lord Young of Cookham on 14 January (HL Deb col 889), what assessment they have made of the suggestion that local authorities should include information about registering to vote and voting by post with council tax bills; and whether this information can be delivered safely.  HL12834
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to introduce early voting for local elections in England, or (2) to allow polling to take place over the weekend.  HL12835
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make arrangements for the local government election counts due to take place on 6 May in England to be conducted on a day soon after polling day to ensure that the counts can be COVID-19 secure.  HL12836
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses’ ability to trade.  HL12837
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with business representative organisations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses.  HL12838
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with small businesses on the effect of the (1) COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the UK’s trading relationship with the EU, on such businesses.  HL12839
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with manufacturers about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment levels.  HL12840
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the self-employed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL12841
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with business organisations about the impact of the UK’s trading relationship with the EU on businesses.  HL12842
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were employed in the agricultural sector in Wales in (1) 1991, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, and (4) 2019.  HL12843
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they estimate was provided by the European Economic Community to support agriculture in Wales in 1991; and how much such money was provided by the EU in (1) 2000, (2) 2010, and (3) 2019.  HL12844
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the living conditions for refugees being housed at the former army barracks at Penally.  HL12845
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of cancelled ferry crossings to ports in Wales on employment in local communities; and what steps they are taking, if any, to provide training for other careers to such communities.  HL12846
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are required to notify any authorities of their intention to move troops and equipment to the Falkland Islands; and if so, (1) who must be informed and (2) under what restrictions are such movements conducted.  HL12847
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government how much Government funding has been spent in the current financial year on physical infrastructure at sea ports in Northern Ireland.  HL12848
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Lord Rotherwick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the risk assessment evaluating the impact of the HS2 Colne Valley viaduct, and in particular, its proximity to the main runway at Denham Aerodrome; and if not, why not.  HL12849
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the actions of some retail stock brokerages preventing retail traders from purchasing specific stocks on 28 January; and what plans the Financial Conduct Authority has to investigate the matter.  HL12850
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) benefits to institutional finance firms, and (2) costs to retail traders, of the decision by some retail stock brokerages to prevent traders from taking long positions on specific stocks on 28 January.  HL12851
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Eritrea to encourage its military withdrawal from Ethiopia.  HL12852
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to UNESCO about the establishment of a task force to assess, document and protect cultural sites in Tigray.  HL12853
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the governments of Hong Kong and China not to continue to recognise British National (Overseas) passports as valid travel documents.  HL12854
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to seek an assurance from appointees for the Chair of Ofcom that they are committed to the future of public service broadcasting in the UK; and if so, how they intend to seek such an assurance.  HL12855
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of unregistered schools that have continued to operate during the COVID-19 national lockdown which began on 5 January.  HL12856
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to close any legal loopholes which allow (1) home education, and (2) unregistered schools, to operate.  HL12857
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Getters Talmud Torah school is continuing to operate as an unregistered school.  HL12858
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the underwriting of insurance costs of care homes to businesses in the (1) hospitality, (2) adult, and (3) retail, sector to support the reopening of such businesses once restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.  HL12859
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the insurance industry about flexibility in the provision of Employer Liability Insurance for businesses in the (1) hospitality, (2) adult, and (3) retail, sectors, to support such businesses to reopen when the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.  HL12860
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Green Homes Grant vouchers have been (1) submitted to ICF for payment, and (2) paid out by ICF to contractors presenting vouchers, in each month since September 2020.  HL12861
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the contractual maximum period for honouring vouchers tendered to ICF by contractors under the Green Homes Grant scheme; what proportion of payments have exceeded that period since September 2020; and what steps they are taking to accelerate such payments to contractors who have completed eligible works.  HL12862
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with social media companies about racist abuse of Premier League football players on social media platforms.  HL12863
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support small businesses in equipping remote workers with digital technology.  HL12864
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they plan to give to small businesses about any new VAT arrangements which have been put in place since the UK's departure from the EU.  HL12865
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce "portable" apprenticeships.  HL12866
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to the government of Israel about reports that a Civil Administration official threatened Palestinians with expulsion from their homes if they invited (1) journalists, or (2) activists, to witness attacks on them by Israeli settlers.  HL12867
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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 Palestinians have been attacked in response to the killing of an Israeli citizen by the Israeli police on 21 December 2020 in the West Bank.  HL12868
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about (1) whether that country possesses nuclear weapons, and (2) any plans by that government to declare any such possession.  HL12869
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Palestinian Authority's Minister of Health on 26 January requesting the intervention of international human rights organisations to stop the demolition of a health clinic in Zanouta.  HL12870
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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 Israel Defence Force (1) denied medical aid to Atallah Mohammad Rayan after he was shot by soldiers, and (2) raided his family home.  HL12871
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about (1) reports that Hala Mash'hour Qutt was injured during (a) attacks on her family home, and (b) an attempted kidnap, by Israeli settlers; and (2) the steps being taken by that government (i) to investigate, and (ii) to charge, anyone involved in perpetrating any suc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for greater UK manufacturing capacity of monoclonal antibodies; and what steps they intend to take to secure such capacity.  HL12873
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake a strategic review of the role biologics manufacturing could play in pandemic responsiveness and resilience.  HL12874
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Lord Walney to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to incorporate the UK life sciences sector in their Project Defend strategy.  HL12875
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the judgment by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on 28 January concerning the delimitation of maritime boundary between Mauritius and Maldives, which found that the Advisory Opinion was determinative of Mauritian sovereignty, what steps they are taking to comply with (1) the Advis… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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