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Questions for Written Answer for 22 February 2021

Tabled on 11 February and due for answer by 25 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the remarks by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, about the obligations under international law of the Myanmar security force to not use excessive force, and that they risk being prosecuted if they do so, and (2) whether members of the Myanm… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Sutton Trust Learning in Lockdown, published on 21 January; and what plans they have to meet the Sutton Trust to discuss the report.  HL13292
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HS2 has received a bat licence which permits the demolition of trees in Jones Hill Wood, Buckinghamshire; if so, what are the terms of the licence, and whether they will place a copy of it in the Library; and whether they have confirmed that HS2 or its contractors (1) will not demolish any trees in that wood prior to receiving… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend any policy on banning overseas fossil fuel investment to investments made by the CDC Group, including those by third party financial institutions.  HL13294
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of planned (1) investments, (2) export credit guarantees, (3) loans, and (4) loan guarantees, in overseas fossil fuel projects by way of (a) Overseas Development Assistance, and (2) UK Export Finance, which have been committed but have not yet been finalised.  HL13295
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards producing a cross-addiction strategy which includes consideration of alcohol addiction.  HL13296
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they made towards the development of the National Institute for Health Protection.  HL13297
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions and recommendations relating to global population growth in the report by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta Final Report - The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, published on 2 February.  HL13298
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government whether issues relating to global population growth will be on the agenda for COP26; and if so, what proposals they have to address any such issues.  HL13299
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Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct a public consultation on (1) the impact of the (a) COVID-19 pandemic, (b) demographic change in the UK, and (c) global population growth, on public services, and (2) the legislative framework relating to voluntary euthanasia.  HL13300
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Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Barran on 7 January (HL Deb, col 281), and the statement that "the vast majority of people who gamble do not experience harm", what assessment they have made of the report by Naomi Muggleton et al The association between gambling and financial, social and health outcomes in big financial dat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their current requirements for the geographic location of servers used to store public data when procuring cloud services.  HL13302
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had since 1 January with (1) the EU, and (2) individual EU Member States about introducing work permits and visas to enable UK musicians and their crew to be paid for performances in the EU.  HL13303
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU about carnets for goods.  HL13304
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect that additional visa and work permit restrictions will have on the number and proportion of UK musicians who perform in Europe.  HL13305
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of touring in the EU for the career development of UK musicians.  HL13306
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of non-tariff barriers to trade on small and medium-sized enterprises in the cultural sector which have exported to EU customers since 1 January 2021.  HL13307
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding has been allocated to the HM Courts and Tribunals Service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; how any such additional funding has been allocated between (1) criminal court services, (2) civil court services, and (3) tribunal services;  and how much of any such funding has been spent in each such area so… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the new responsibilities for local authorities set out in the Environment Bill.  HL13309
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether producers will be required to pay local authorities the full net cost of the waste management at end of life of the products and materials specified in the waste and resource efficiency proposals set out in the Environment Bill.  HL13310
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the indemnity on visits that has been granted to designated care homes which care for patients recovering from COVID-19 to all care settings; and whether this indemnity will be made permanent.  HL13311
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and which, countries in Latin America are subject to UK sanctions; and how such sanctions and any possible infringements are monitored, in particular in any country where there is no UK Embassy.  HL13312
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement that the terms of an Enhanced Trade Partnership have been agreed with the government of India, what steps they are taking to ensure that Gibraltar can benefit from the provisions of that Partnership.  HL13313
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by Carers UK to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 3 February, and of the proposal that a £20 supplement to the Carer’s Allowance be made in the Budget to support carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13314
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support (1) the South Sudan peace deal, and (2) a power-sharing political system in that country.  HL13315
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Foreign Secretary last spoke to the Foreign Minister of Iran about (1) the conflict in Yemen, and (2) any plans for a political solution to that conflict that reflects the wishes of the Yemeni people.  HL13316
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with other European countries (1) to secure lasting stability for Kosovo and Serbia, and (2) the revival of the Kosovo–Serbia dialogue process.  HL13317
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with international partners (1) to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Tigray, and (2) to deliver aid to those affected by starvation; and what discussions they have had with the UN about declaring a famine in that region.  HL13318
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security situation in the Sahel; and when they last held discussions with the government of France about international efforts to accelerate and expand stabilisation operations in that region.  HL13319
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Freedom of Information (FOI) requests they have not responded to within 20 working days; and whether they have any plans to improve the efficiency of the FOI request system.  HL13320
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Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend eligibility for Orchestra Tax Relief to include work created for paying online audiences.  HL13321
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government when the new direct railway line from Cambridge to Oxford will be completed; and when the first (1) passenger, and (2) goods, trains will run in each direction  HL13322
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of completing the Cambridge to Oxford direct rail link.  HL13323
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures. if any, they are taking (1) to ensure the economic sustainability, and (2) to mitigate the environmental impact, of the Cambridge to Oxford direct rail link.  HL13324
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offset the historic carbon emissions produced as a result of Official Development Assistance and UK Export Finance (1) investments, (2) loans, and (3) loan guarantees.  HL13325
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total carbon emissions associated with fossil fuel projects funded through (1) Official Development Assistance, and (2) UK Export Finance, in (a) 2018, (b) 2019, and (c) 2020.  HL13326
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) the CDC Group, and (2) the Private Infrastructure Development Group, have to follow any policies set by central Government in relation to (a) investments, (b) loans, and (c) loan guarantees, linked to fossil fuels.  HL13327
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the national restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic introduced in England on 4 January, and the impact on the cultural sector of those restrictions, what plans they have to establish a third round of the Cultural Recovery Fund, and whether they plan to offer more than the £1.57 billion that they announced fo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the governance arrangements for sharing Positioning, Navigation and Timing data in the UK; and what assessment they have made of the need for an organisation that would promote the benefits of the Global Navigation Satellite System in a similar way to the Civil Global Positioning Service Interface Committee in the Unit… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 5 February (HL12745), whether, in the event of the failure of satellite-based and radio-based navigation provisions, ships’ officers should use navigation methods that were in place before the introduction of those provisions.  HL13330
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 10 December 2020 (HL10934), what assessment they have made of whether UK ocean-going merchant ships will be able to use the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) in the event of the failure of satellite-based communications, and whether those ships will be able t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Positioning, Navigation and Timing Strategy Group led by the Deputy National Security Adviser has produced a strategy; and if so, (1) when the strategy will be published, and (2) who will be responsible for the implementation of the strategy.  HL13332
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the review of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations (RFCAs) has concluded that unpaid non-executive positions of the RFCAs, including chairmanships, should remain unpaid; whether any of the review's conclusions on such unpaid executive positions reflect the voluntary ethos of the RFCAs; and whether the review has… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what role the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations play in delivering the Armed Forces Covenant.  HL13334
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans NHS England has to ensure that speech and language therapists are identified as essential members of the multi-disciplinary teams in the Designated Long COVID clinics announced on 7 October 2020.  HL13335
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation in the report by Children's Commissioner for England Still not safe: The public health response to youth violence, published on 6 February, for the levelling up of spending on speech and language therapy services around the country.  HL13336
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Kosovo about permitting to Kosovan Roma who were forced to leave Kosovo as a result of war the right to vote in the forthcoming elections in that country.  HL13337
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