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Questions for Written Answer for 1 March 2021

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that North Korea has been operating a fraudulent scheme to force people held in prison camps to produce coal and other goods for export; and what assessment they have made of the report by The Citizen’s Alliance for North Korea Human Rights Blood Coal Exports from North Korea, publish… 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 prisoners from North Korea’s Camp 18 in Bukchang produce at least 8 million tonnes of coal annually; and what assessment they have made of whether exports of North Korean coal are in contravention of UN Security Council Resolution 2375 (2017).  HL13692
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Lord Caine to ask Her Majesty's Government what outstanding legislative commitments they have for Northern Ireland in respect of the New Decade, New Approach Agreement 2020, published on 8 January 2020; and when they expect that these will be fulfilled.  HL13693
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Lord Caine to ask Her Majesty's Government how many reports on the operation of the Petition of Concern process in the Northern Ireland Assembly have been laid before both Houses of Parliament, in accordance with the commitment in Annex A of the New Decade, New Approach Agreement 2020, published on 8 January 2020, to lay such reports every six months.  HL13694
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Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to maintain, and (2) to increase volunteer (a) support, and (b) influence, in the work of the Reserve Forces' and Cadets Associations' under the proposed formation of a Non-Departmental Public Body.  HL13695
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the planned schedules for the completion of the England Coast Path.  HL13696
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to issue a new version of the Countryside Code; if so, when; and what plans they have to launch a publicity campaign directed at people who are likely to use the UK countryside and coast for holidays in 2021, to offer advice on appropriate activities and behaviour.  HL13697
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 22 February (HC Deb, col 626–8), whether they plan to provide advice to the public on returning to using public transport; and if so, when.  HL13698
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 22 February (HC Deb, col 626–8), what discussions they have had with train operating companies about resuming a full service on the railways; and what is the timetable for such plans.  HL13699
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Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that in the case of specific funding schemes for (1) parks, (2) play areas, (3) leisure facilities, (4) town centres, (5) high streets, (6) community centres, and (7) other facilities for which town and parish councils commonly exercise powers that are concurrent with those of principal councils, town and… 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 ensure that funding for COVID-19 recovery schemes in communities will be available to town and parish councils on the same basis as for principal councils.  HL13701
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what training on domestic abuse members of the judiciary and magistrates in England are required to undertake.  HL13702
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Judicial College training on (1) practice, and (2) outcomes, in the family courts.  HL13703
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that at least 15 children have been arrested in Bahrain since 7 February, and (2) the health of those reportedly detained; and what discussions they have had with the government of Bahrain about their release.  HL13704
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to provisionally establishing the Office for Environmental Protection ahead of the passage of the Environment Bill.  HL13705
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a revised impact assessment on the Environment Bill which takes into account any further powers proposed for (1) the Office for Environmental Protection, and (2) forest risk commodities.  HL13706
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 programme.  HL13707
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the African Union in delivering the African Continental Free Trade Area.  HL13708
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic engagement they have with the African Union.  HL13709
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in expanding communications network coverage in rural areas; and what plans they have to share the resources used by the Emergency Services Network to achieve such coverage.  HL13710
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of 10 years' of reduction in the corporation tax rate on (1) economic growth, (2) productivity, (3) innovation, and (4) employment.  HL13711
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy on the use of algorithms by their departments.  HL13712
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum applications they disputed on the grounds of having little or no evidence of an asylum seeker's claimed age in (1) 1991, (2) 2010, and (3) 2018.  HL13713
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government when they introduced the provision of £39.63 in cash support to those seeking asylum in the UK; and what are the eligibility criteria for that payment.  HL13714
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they provide to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  HL13715
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the Palestinian Authority contributed to the salaries of prisoners convicted of terrorists offences in 2020.  HL13716
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that material inciting violence against (1) Israel, and (2) Jews, has been included in the Palestinian Authority's school curriculum.  HL13717
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824.  HL13718
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that some universities and independent schools are allowing overseas students to pay their fees in cash.  HL13719
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the arrest of the Mayor of Liverpool in December 2020, what discussions they have had with local government officials about ensuring probity and confidence in the city's administration.  HL13720
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what level of priority the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has assigned to its review of the conviction of former trader Tom Hayes, on charges of manipulating the Libor rate; what plans they have to increase the grant-in-aid funding to the CCRC; and what plans they have, if any, to change the law relating to Libor.  HL13721
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the COVAX Facility's ability to provide (1) timely, (2) equitable, and (3) universal, access to COVID-19 vaccines for developing countries; and what plans they have to work with other countries to coordinate the relaxation of intellectual property protections for COVID-19 pharmaceutical… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist developing countries to develop a working cold-chain storage system for storing COVID-19 vaccines at the required temperatures.  HL13723
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