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Questions for Written Answer for 25 February 2021

Tabled on 24 February and due for answer by 10 March.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for mandating the voluntary protections for victims of authorised push payment scams; whether the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has powers to do this using Faster Payment Scheme rules; and, if not, what plans they have to legislate to provide the PSR with such powers.  HL13638
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Payment Systems Regulator has requested additional powers to create mandatory protections for victims of authorised push payment scams.  HL13639
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Payment Systems Regulator regarding the need to introduce mandatory protections for victims of authorised push payment scams.  HL13640
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of women who did not receive the automatic uplifts to their State Pension under the rules applying from 17 March 2008, and (2) the number of women who failed to claim uplifts due prior to March 2008.  HL13641
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to consider the energy use of cryptocurrencies as part of their preparations for COP26 and other international meetings on climate change during 2021; and what plans they have to investigate how cryptocurrencies affect their requirements for public and private sector organisations to meet climate change targets.  H… 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 workers in North Korea have been sent to Russia to provide overseas labour contrary to the sanctions imposed under UN Security Council Resolution 2375 (2017); what assessment they have made of how such workers are selected; and what plans they have to raise this issue at the UN S… 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 the government of North Korea has ordered the capacity of its prison camps to be expanded.  HL13644
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the implementation of the recommendations in the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea published on 7 February 2014, at the UN Human Rights Council; and in particular, the recommendation… 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 statements by Professor David Miller about Jewish students; and what discussions they have had with (1) the University of Bristol, and (2) the police, about the steps being taken to ensure the safety of such students.  HL13646
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Regeneris Consulting Economic Value of Mobile Batching Plant Sector and Consequences of Weight Change Policy, published in February 2015, what estimate they have made of the number of additional vehicle miles required to transport concrete since the permitted weight of volumetric concrete mixer vehicle… 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 estimate they have made of the number of jobs in the (1) manufacturing, and (2) construction, sectors which are linked to the (1) production, and (2) use, of mobile concrete batching plants.  HL13648
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of fatal accidents caused by mobile concrete batching plants in each of the last five years.  HL13649
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of fatal accidents caused by 32 tonne drum ready-mix concrete vehicles in each of the last five years.  HL13650
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the clinical impact of GPs directing patients to dedicated blood test centres rather than carrying out such tests at local surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13651
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that questions for written answer from members of the House of Lords that are allocated to the Department for Health and Social Care are answered on time; and what plans they have to recruit more staff for that purpose.  HL13652
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce legislation (1) to allow organisations (a) to dismiss, or (b) to refuse to employ, any person who has refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and (2) to protect any such organisation from claims of unfair dismissal.  HL13653
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to allow dismissal of any NHS staff who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  HL13654
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the underlying health conditions which would make it unsafe for a person to have any of the currently approved COVID-19 vaccinations; and how many people have these conditions.  HL13655
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the introduction of a mandatory news media bargaining code by the government of Australia, what plans they have, if any, to introduce legislation to compel social media companies to pay for news content taken from other news outlets.  HL13656
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Lord Blencathra to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans he has to discuss with the appropriate House committees and authorities the possibility of opening House catering facilities on 17 May, in strict compliance with any COVID-19 rules applicable at that time to cafes, bars and restaurants outside the House.  HL13657
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations on reports of concerns UK musicians have about touring within the EU.  HL13658
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 22 February (HL13057), when they expect to announce the first meetings of the committees established under the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement; and what representations they have made to the EU to establish these meetings.  HL13659
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of potential human trafficking victims facing exploitation of a sexual nature.  HL13660
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are (1) collaborating with international partners, and (2) leveraging foreign aid, to prevent (a) human trafficking in general, and (b) human trafficking that involves sexual exploitation.  HL13661
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (1) to reflect, and (2) to combat, increases in reports of potential human trafficking cases related to sexual exploitation.  HL13662
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (1) to reflect, and (2) to combat, increases in reports of the number of potential human trafficking cases involving children.  HL13663
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Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 10 December 2020 (HL10798), how many new staff have taken up their posts to work in the Home Office Single Competent Authority since 10 December 2020.  HL13664
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide written guidance (1) to informal organisations, and (2) to individuals, about the suitability of trees for planting according to (a) habitat, (b)(i) carbon, and (ii) pollution, control, and (c) the encouragement of (i) insects, and (ii) other forms of animal life.  HL13665
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been removed from the UK in each of the last 10 years as a result of the expiry of their leave to remain.  HL13666
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Lord Heseltine to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the devolution of powers to the Mayor of Greater Manchester, which powers, if any, have been devolved to other Metro Mayors since December 2019.  HL13667
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 17 February (HL13177), whether an intervention under the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017 has taken place to control the cost of Liothyronine (T3); and if not, why not.  HL13668
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to incorporate predictions by the International Panel on Climate Change of rapid sea level rises into their assessments of (1) coastal erosion, and (2) flooding, to enable planning authorities to request up to date Flood Risk Assessments for new nuclear power stations.  HL13669
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 22 February (HL13268), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, further to the letter dated 22 January from the Minister for the Constitution and Devolution to members of the Parliamentary Parties Panel and the May 2021 polls delivery plan, published on 5 Febr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 22 February (HL13269), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, further to the letter dated 22 January from the Minister for the Constitution and Devolution to members of the Parliamentary Parties Panel and the May 2021 polls delivery plan, published on 5 Febr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 22 February (HL13270), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, further to the letter dated 22 January from the Minister for the Constitution and Devolution to members of the Parliamentary Parties Panel and the May 2021 polls delivery plan, published on 5 Febr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 22 February (HL13271), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what consultation, if any, they undertook with (1) independent candidates, (2) smaller political parties, and (3) the Independent Group of the Local Government Association, in the development of t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 February (HL13107), how many COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to (1) UK Overseas Territories, and (2) Crown Dependencies.  HL13674
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Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 February (HL13107), when they expect the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to be complete in (1) UK Overseas Territories, and (2) Crown Dependencies.  HL13675
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of visitors to the UK who are currently quarantined in a managed quarantine hotel.  HL13676
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the mental health of prisoners of being confined to their cells for 23 hours a day or more.  HL13677
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Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the findings which informed the Environment Agency’s “reasonable worst case scenario for climate", referred to by the Agency's Chief Executive Sir James Bevan on 23 February.  HL13678
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice of journalists offering ministers a "right of reply" to a story by email correspondence; whether such correspondence is considered to be confidential; and, if so, whether such confidentiality is in the public interest.  HL13679
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have commissioned to determine the potential risks to patients and healthcare workers of (1) short-range, and (2) long-range, aerosol transmission of COVID-19 in health and care premises.  HL13680
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions against (1) individuals, (2) companies, and (3) countries, the UK implemented while a member of the EU; and which sanctions have stopped being applied following the UK's departure from the EU.  HL13681
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have they have made of the number of permissive access footpaths that have been closed to the public since permissive access payments provided through legacy environmental stewardship schemes ceased following the introduction of the Countryside Stewardship scheme.  HL13682
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, as part of their provision of computers to schoolchildren during the COVID-19 pandemic, what was the value of the Direct Award to Computacenter made under Procurement Policy Note 01/20; and how many (1) computers, (2) laptops, and (3) tablets were provided.  HL13683
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the computers provided to Computacenter, made under Procurement Policy Note 01/20 as part of their provision of computers to schoolchildren during the COVID-19 pandemic, were made on loan.  HL13684
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to support self-employed workers to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL13685
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the working conditions of courier drivers; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such drivers are not paid less than the national minimum wage.  HL13686
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase COVID-19 financial support to businesses in the wedding industry.  HL13687
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that full-fibre broadband is accessible for all small businesses.  HL13688
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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 23 February (HL13331), whether there are any high frequency coast stations in the UK.  HL13689
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to suspend repossession of leasehold properties until potentially dangerous cladding in such properties has been replaced.  HL13690
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