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Questions for Written Answer for 19 March 2021

Tabled on 18 March and due for answer by 1 April.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government why they decided to disband the Industrial Strategy Council; and what plans they have to replace it with another independent body.  HL14356
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government which department leads on the Industrial Strategy; whether that department will continue to lead that strategy (1) during the next financial year, and (2) to the end of the current parliament; and if that department will not continue to lead that strategy, (a) which department will do so, and (b) whether the Industrial Strat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the impact, and (2) the effectiveness, of the Industrial Strategy.  HL14358
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to divide Her Majesty’s Treasury into (1) a department for economic and industrial policy, and (2) a ministry of finance; and if they have no such plans, whether they have any plans to change the structure of Her Majesty's Treasury.  HL14359
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what risk assessment they have conducted of students from China undertaking research in universities which are carrying out research connected with (1) critical infrastructure, and (2) national security, particularly in relation to (a) cyber technology, (b) artificial intelligence, (c) nuclear capability, (d) automation, (e)… 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 the conclusion in the report by King's College London and the Harvard Kennedy School The China question: managing risks and maximising benefits from partnership in higher education and research, published on 9 March, that the UK has “poorly understood” risks of increasing collaboration betwee… 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 the conclusion in the report by King's College London and the Harvard Kennedy School The China question: managing risks and maximising benefits from partnership in higher education and research, published on 9 March, that an increase in funding from China and collaboration with Chinese resear… 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 the conclusion in the report by King's College London and the Harvard Kennedy School The China question: managing risks and maximising benefits from partnership in higher education and research, published on 9 March, that the UK "urgently needs to put in place a robust framework for engaging… 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 the conclusions in the report by King's College London and the Harvard Kennedy School The China question: managing risks and maximising benefits from partnership in higher education and research, published on 9 March, that (1) China is projected to become the UK's most significant research pa… 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 the conclusion in the report by King's College London and the Harvard Kennedy School The China question: managing risks and maximising benefits from partnership in higher education and research, published on 9 March, that "the UK’s dependence on a neototalitarian technology power for the fina… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of students likely to make use of the Turing scheme each year from its launch until 2030.  HL14366
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how the financial aid available through the Turing scheme compares to that available through the Erasmus+ scheme.  HL14367
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government which EU Member States they have spoken to since 1 January about touring arrangements for musicians; and whether any of the solutions relating (1) to visas, and (2) to work permits advocated by music organisations sitting on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Cultural Renewal Taskforce Working Groups were… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Holy See has met the Vatican Secretary of State following the visit by Cardinal Parolin to Cameroon in February; what (1) financial, and (2) other, support they have provided to faith-based groups working in conflict resolution in that country; and if none, what plans they have to prov… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take support the mental health needs of frontline care workers in the charitable and not-for-profit sectors.  HL14370
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Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of National Living Wage costs on care providers in the charitable sector.  HL14371
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Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty's Government what definitions they use for the purpose of assessing health and welfare needs for (1) severe disability, (2) long-term disability, and (3) terminal illness.  HL14372
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government when the SME Brexit Support Fund will open to applicants.  HL14373
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the earliest date by which applicants can expect to receive funding from the SME Brexit Support Fund.  HL14374
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether small and medium-sized enterprises (1) that were trading with the EU prior to 1 January, and (2) that trade with other countries, will be eligible for the SME Brexit Support Fund if they meet the criteria.  HL14375
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum gross amount available to applicants through the SME Brexit Support Fund.  HL14376
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have taken to ensure that people who are not permitted to enter the UK are prevented entry when they seek to enter through the Common Travel Area via the Republic of Ireland.  HL14377
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring arrangements are in place to ensure that the law relating to entry to, and departure from, the UK of non-UK citizens is enforced in the Common Travel Area.  HL14378
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the joint bid for hosting the FIFA Men's World Cup in 2030.  HL14379
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop (1) ultra light, and (2) very light, rail to achieve decarbonised transport; what assessment they have made of the (a) efficiency, and (b) longevity, of rail vehicles as compared with road vehicles; and what is their timetable for investment into light rail in urban locations, as well as on branch r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what metrics they use to calculate the emissions from transport run on (1) hydrogen, (2) biomethane, (3) biogas, and (4) electricity, when allocating funding for transport infrastructure; and what plans they have to publish their methodology.  HL14381
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce particulate pollution from urban traffic; and what assessment they have made (1) of the report by University College London and Harvard University et al Global mortality from outdoor fine particle pollution generated by fossil fuel combustion, published on 9 February, and (2) in particular the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of biomethane to assist hydrogen transport; what plans they have to utilise biomethane gas from farms and cities to fuel (1) trains, (2) trams, and (3) buses, until the cost of green hydrogen can be reduced to a competitive level; what estimate they have made of the impact of any such plan… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Transport and DEFRA are taking any joint steps to support UK farming communities to harness methane emissions to be used as renewable biomethane fuel for buses, trains and trams along with digestates capable of enriching soils and sequestering carbon; and if so, what are any such steps.  HL14384
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made (1) of the requirement for councillors to publish their home addresses on council websites, and (2) of the effect of this requirement on the safety and welfare of councillors, and female councillors in particular; and what plans they have to remove this requirement so that councillors have parity with Me… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the number of residents at Napier Barracks and Penally training camp has reduced since 12 March; how many residents have tested positive for COVID-19; and when they expect to provide adequate accommodation for all residents.  HL14386
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 16 March (HL Deb, col 167), what discussions they have had with the Independent Office for Police Conduct about the reasons (1) why the deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police was not cross-examined in relation to allegations of misconduct during Operation Midland, an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar on 16 March (HL Deb, col 168), what independent public scrutiny of Operation Conifer has been carried out.  HL14388
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 March (HL Deb, col 371), that “on an experimental basis” they “will ask police forces to identify and record any crimes of violence against the person, including stalking and harassment, as well as sexual offences where the victim perceives it to have been motivated by a hos… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Nye to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Myanmar citizens are currently in the UK on student visas.  HL14390
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations about (1) the reduction in the number of available COVID-19 vaccines during April, and (2) the impact of that reduction on the UK’s vaccination programme.  HL14391
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to protect adults who fear assault.  HL14392
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the provision of personal alarms to vulnerable people who fear assault.  HL14393
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers have been recruited as part of the campaign to recruit 20,000 additional police officers, announced on 5 September 2019.  HL14394
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Ministry of Defence will use Penally training camp once it is returned to them by the Home Office on 21 March.  HL14395
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to relocate all asylum seekers who are housed at Napier Barracks.  HL14396
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many alternative schools are registered; and what estimate they have made of the number of unregistered alternative providers.  HL14397
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many parents who have been unable to resolve the issue of excessive school uniform costs with schools directly have raised that issue with the Department for Education in each of the last three academic years.  HL14398
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils entered the 11-plus examination in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020.  HL14399
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils qualifying for Pupil Premium funding entered the 11-plus examination in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020.  HL14400
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils qualifying for Pupil Premium funding achieved a qualifying score or pass mark in the 11-plus examination in (1) 2019, and (2) 2020.  HL14401
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Lord Wharton of Yarm to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are is taking to agree a visa-free facilitation regime with the government of Georgia.  HL14402
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