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Questions for Written Answer for 12 March 2021

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

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the provision of practical music education in England.  HL14124
Answered
Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to initiate formal bilateral talks with any EU member states on reciprocal arrangements for touring musicians during this calendar year.  HL14125
Answered
Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the merits of providing financial support to music exporters looking to export to the EU.  HL14126
Answered
Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accessibility of commercial COVID-19 cancellation insurance for live events.  HL14127
Answered
Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision not to offer a Government-backed reinsurance scheme on the number of live music events that will go ahead in the summer.  HL14128
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Kavita Kumari was (1) abducted at gunpoint, and (2) forcibly converted, in Kandhkot, Sindh when she was 13 years old.  HL14129
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the custodian of Bharchundi Shareef Dargah, Mian Mithu, has been responsible for forcibly converting underage Hindu girls in Sindh, including Kavita Kumari.  HL14130
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of Hindu girls who have been forcibly (1) converted, and (2) married, at the Bharchundi Shareef Dargah.  HL14131
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce the process for securing a private sector development partner for the Southern Railway Link to Heathrow Airport.  HL14132
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the National AIDS Trust HIV and the police, published on 11 March; and what steps they intend to take forward on the recommendations about tackling HIV stigma.  HL14133 [I]
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the National AIDS Trust HIV and the police, published on 11 March, what steps they are taking to ensure that police forces have the sufficient resources to tackle HIV stigma effectively.  HL14134 [I]
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided in the last 12 months for residential outdoor education for children and families with disabilities; and what plans they have to provide further funding for such education.  HL14135
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of funding that is required to enable (1) the Bendrigg Trust, (2) the Exmoor Calvert Trust, (3) the Northumbria Calvert Trust, and (4) the Lake District Calvert Trust, to remain open following the financial losses sustained by those specialist residential outdoor centres for children and fa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the news release by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy and Human Rights Watch Bahrain: Police Beat, Threaten Children, published on 10 March; and what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain about the human rights concerns raised in that article.  HL14137
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by the Minister for Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 1 March (158190 and 158191), whether a UK Government representative attended Sayed Hasan Ameen's hearing in Bahrain (1) on 4 March, and (2) on 11 March.  HL14138
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 5 March (158193), what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain about securing the early release of Abdulhadi Mushaima from prison.  HL14139
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to answer the Written Question asked by Baroness Deech on 8 February (HL13065); for what reasons their answer has been delayed; and when they expect to respond to the consultation on Statutory Storage Limits for eggs, sperm and embryos.  HL14140
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the re-opening of the Rafah Border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, what discussions they have had with the governments of (1) Egypt, (2) Jordan, (3) France, and (4) Germany, about action to support the Middle East Peace Process.  HL14141
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 10 March (HL13814), what action does a British Overseas Territory without a reciprocal agreement on state pensions need to take to open negotiations on securing such an agreement.  HL14142
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many citizens resident in each of the British Overseas Territories that has a reciprocal agreement on state pensions with the UK qualify for an annual uprating of their pensions.  HL14143
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost of uprating the state pensions of all citizens of British Overseas Territories that (1) have reciprocal agreements with the UK on state pensions, and (2) do not have such agreements.  HL14144
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost of removing interest payments from the student loans of health and social care workers.  HL14145
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) (1) to continue its overseas development work, and (2) to offer voluntary opportunities; and what assessment they have made of the contribution of the experience gained by returning VSO volunteers to wider society in the UK.  HL14146
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the national availability of warehouse space; what steps they are taking in response; and what assessment the Ministry of Defence has made of the potential for private sector involvement in the utilisation of suitable surplus or underutilised sites and buildings.  HL14147
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current political situation in Armenia; and, in particular, (1) the reports of an attempted military coup, and (2) the recent protests in the country.  HL14148
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on re-engaging with the government of Iran on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  HL14149
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Commission of Inquiry of the Syrian Arab Republic A decade of arbitrary detention and imprisonment, published on 1 March; and what action they intend to take as a result.  HL14150
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the position set out in the Joint Declaration 1993, that they have “no selfish strategic or economic interest in Northern Ireland”, is their current policy.  HL14151
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of job losses and business closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) women, and (2) ethnic minorities; and what action they are taking as a result.  HL14152
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the United States' Office of the Director of National Intelligence Assessing the Saudi Government’s Role in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi, declassified on 26 February, and what discussions they have had with the government of Saudi Arabia about the conclusions of that report.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 March (HL13681), to provide a list of the individuals, companies and countries that were not sanctioned because the UK statutory tests were not met.  HL14154
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks by the Chief Operating Officer of Heathrow Airport that queues at border control (1) regularly exceed three hours, and (2) sometimes exceed six hours; what plans they have to provide more staff to process border procedures; and what assessment they have made of the impact of border con… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implementation of devolution in Northern Ireland.  HL14156
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about their decision to open an office of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in Belfast.  HL14157
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have provided about the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and its implications for people in (1) Great Britain, and (2) Northern Ireland.  HL14158
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to secure a veterinary agreement with the EU.  HL14159
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish a summary of responses to their Raising accessibility standards for new homes consultation, which closed on 1 December 2020.  HL14160
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people accessed the British National (Overseas) visa scheme within its first month.  HL14161
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the differences between (1) the Turing scheme, and (2) the Erasmus+ scheme.  HL14162
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision not to pay for the tuition of disadvantaged students on the Turing scheme on the ability of such students to study abroad.  HL14163
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to meet the housing needs of (1) older, and (2) disabled, people.  HL14164
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 March (HL13499), what estimate they have made of the number of girls resident in the UK who were married abroad when they were underage and brought back to the UK in (1) 2014,  (2) 2015, (3) 2016, (4) 2017, (5) 2018, (6) 2019, and (7) 2020.  HL14165
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many 50 PLUS Champions are currently employed in Jobcentres.  HL14166
Answered
Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions held with the Business Champion for Older Workers in (1) 2020, and (2) 2021.  HL14167
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Employment) held with the Business Champion for Older Workers in (1) 2020, and (2) 2021.  HL14168
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the funding for the Lifetime Skills Guarantee is ring-fenced for workers aged 50 or over.  HL14169
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many workers aged 50 or over are both (1) on Government-funded retraining or reskilling programmes, and (2) in receipt of furlough payments.  HL14170
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the roll-out of COVID-19 home testing kits, whether their preferred testing method is (1) a lateral flow test, or (2) a saliva-based test; and what are the reasons for any such preference.  HL14171
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 9 March (HL13616), to provide a list of the people they have appointed to their working group on the ability of UK artists to perform in the EU.  HL14172
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 9 March (HL13616), whether their working group on the ability of UK artists to perform in the EU includes, or will hear from, performers with experience of applying for the necessary visas.  HL14173
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans were agreed, (2) how many EHC appeals took place, and (3) of those appeals, how many were successful, in each year from 2016.  HL14174
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many investigations into (1) current, or (2) former personnel, have been launched following the pursuit of civil claims against the Ministry of Defence by (a) current, or (b) former, personnel in each year since 2015.  HL14175
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the new UK Armed Forces Families Strategy.  HL14176
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what countries the British Armed Forces provided training to on UK territory in (1) 2020, and (2) 2021.  HL14177
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the value of school breakfast clubs, and (2) the impact of hunger on learning in the classroom; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL14178
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