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Questions for Written Answer for 24 March 2021

Tabled on 23 March and due for answer by 8 April.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will correct the figure for the estimated cost of the works for HS2 Phase 2a on their website page HS2 Phase 2a: High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Act 2021; why other documents on this page have been updated but this figure has not; and whether they will place in the Library of the House the most recent comparable figu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were sentenced to custody for 20 years or more, who were not subject to a life sentence, in each of the last 10 years.  HL14482 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently in prison serving a determinate sentence of 20 years or more, categorised by ethnicity.  HL14483 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently in prison serving a life sentence who have spent a total period of 10 years or more in custody having been either (1) unreleased, or (2) recalled.  HL14484 [I]
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of Great Britain to Northern Ireland parcel delivery services; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol on such services.  HL14485
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of their policy of "seamless trade across the UK's Internal Market" as stated in the Policy Paper by the Business Secretary UK internal market, published in July 2020 (CP 278), as it relates to Northern Ireland.  HL14486
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK's trade deals since the UK’s departure from the EU.  HL14487
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 vaccines have been disposed of in the UK as a result of missed vaccination appointments.  HL14488
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support has been offered to Border Force officers in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14489
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that NHS key workers are exempt from hospital car parking charges during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14490
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of public concern about streaming services applying age ratings that may not reflect British Board of Film Classification ratings; and what steps they are taking to ensure that streaming platforms apply age ratings that (1) align with established ratings, and (2) maintain child protectio… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a product licensing regime for online gambling products.  HL14492
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they will give to gambling-related harm as part of their forthcoming cross-government Addiction Strategy.  HL14493
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the collapse of Football Index.  HL14494
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the Gambling Commission’s decision to grant an operating licence to Football Index, and (2) whether the level of oversight of that company's activities was adequate.  HL14495
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) arrests, (2) prosecutions, and (3) convictions, there were for offences committed under section 24 of the Immigration Act 1971 in each of the last five years.  HL14496
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the study 'Does Euthanasia Have a Dampening Effect on Suicide Rates? Recent Experiences from the Netherlands', published in the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health on 28 December 2017, and (2) the relationship between the legalisation of assisted suicide and suicide rates in the general pop… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to raise educational standards in schools across the United Kingdom.  HL14498
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of mental health and wellbeing provision for victims of crime.  HL14499
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of levels of online problem gambling.  HL14500
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support from large technology companies for tackling online problem gambling.  HL14501
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of mental health support services provided for armed forces veterans.  HL14502
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide legal protections for aquatic animals.  HL14503
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the demolition of Palestinian homes in Al-Bustan, East Jerusalem, and (2) the displacement of Palestinian residents from that area.  HL14504
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to participate in the Palestinian elections scheduled for May; and what steps they will take to ensure that they are able to participate.  HL14505
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the death of Ahmad Dola in a house fire in Kafr Aqab, East Jerusalem, on 8 March; and in particular, concerning the reports of Palestinian fire engines being delayed at a checkpoint.  HL14506
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Israel is planning to remove 37 Palestinian households from the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan areas of East Jerusalem; and what action are they taking, both unilaterally and multilaterally, to prevent any such removals.  HL14507
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the elections in the Republic of Congo; and whether the UK sent observers to monitor those elections.  HL14508
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government to which international elections the UK has sent observers in each year from 2015 to 2020.  HL14509
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of potential impacts arising from the measures proposed in the Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure consultation on those with a protected characteristic.  HL14510 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to evidence that overcrowding disproportionately affects those with protected characteristics in their proposals in the Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure consultation to allow conversion of use Class E units to residential units.  HL14511 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their proposals in the Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure consultation to allow conversion of use Class E units to residential on high street recovery plans.  HL14512 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their proposals in the Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure consultation to allow conversion of use Class E units to residential on levels of physical activity, given that gyms, swimming pools and sports and leisure facilities are included within that… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the judicial review proceedings brought by Fair Play for Women against the UK Statistics Authority, whether they will standardise the use of the words ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ by public authorities.  HL14514
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers have reviewed the decision for Professor Andrew Pollard to recuse himself from all meetings of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation discussing COVID-19.  HL14515
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (1) circulated, and (2) discussed, the published Sepsis Occurrence in Acutely Ill Patients (SOAP) study on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines on cancer patients.  HL14516
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish all the vaccine effectiveness assessments which Public Health England has provided to date to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.  HL14517
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how often the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation meets; what was the date of the most recent meeting; and when the minutes of the most recent meeting will be published.  HL14518
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a publicly available register of interests for the members of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.  HL14519
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what public responsibilities are currently held by Professor Dame Sally Davies.  HL14520
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government which Official Development Assistance research projects, including those under the Global Challenges Research Fund are (1) being cut, or (2) having funding reduced; and whether any funding is being cut from projects relating to (a) girls' education, (b) food security and nutrition, (c) HIV, or (d) ventilators.  HL14521
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government why Official Development Assistance (ODA) research funding is being cut at this time in the financial year; and what assessment they have made of the compatibility of such cuts to ODA with their stated aim of the UK becoming a "scientific superpower".  HL14522
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to fund the UK's participation in the Horizon Europe research programme.  HL14523
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government why Greensill Capital remains listed on the British Business Bank website as an accredited lender.  HL14524
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government who nominated Mr Lex Greensill as a Crown Representative in March 2014; whether Mr Greensill continues to hold this status; and if not, (1) when did he cease to be a Crown Representative, and (2) why.  HL14525
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Mr Lex Greensill had an entry pass (1) to Number 10 Downing Street, or (2) to the Cabinet Office; and if so, who made the request for the pass.  HL14526
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Bank of England has required Wyelands Bank to return all deposits or a category of deposits; if so, when; whether Wyelands remains an approved bank on the Bank of England list of banks; and if not, why this has not been publicly announced.  HL14527
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) about Greensill Capital and anti-money laundering regulations; and on what dates the FCA visited Greensill Capital in relation to such regulations.  HL14528
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the mental health of the prisoners serving an imprisonment for public protection sentence who continue to be detained 10 years or more beyond their tariff.  HL14529
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Prime Minister on 8 July 2020 (HC Deb, col 964) that they will “invest massively in our care homes and in our care workers”, and further to the judgment in Royal Mencap Society (Respondent) v Tomlinson-Blake (Appellant) [2021] UKSC 8, what plans they have to legislate to provide that care workers are paid a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of their decision to remove the cost of association with Horizon Europe from the provision for research and development in the UK budget; when they made the decision to treat Horizon money as additional funding; how much will be the total annual cost of association with Horizon Europe; and what plans… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of cuts to Official Development Assistance on (1) university research, and (2) the UK’s soft power across the world.  HL14532
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the effect of the UK’s departure from the EU on ferry crossings from Ireland to Welsh ports since 1 January.  HL14533
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what technology they are (1) using, and (2) developing, to improve the safety of women.  HL14534
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the Palestinian Authority to ensure that supplies of COVID-19 vaccines (1) to the West Bank, and (2) to Gaza, are not delayed.  HL14535
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of Palestinian families in the West Bank being attacked by Israeli settlers; what steps they will take to support such families; and what further representations they will make to the government of Israel to protect such families.  HL14536
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the reported killing of Atef Yousef Hanaysha by Israeli forces during a protest against the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.  HL14537
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain funding for the UK's participation in the Horizon programme at the same level as that before the UK's departure from the EU; and what plans they have to (1) maintain, and (2) enhance, the level of funding for UK Research and Innovation.  HL14538
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of regulations regarding home education.  HL14539
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to deal with the Private Finance Initiative school contracts that will end in the next five years.  HL14540
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the written evidence by the Paymaster General to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, published on 3 March, which states that “since 2016 £100m of funding has focussed on building collective resilience to Russian disinformation across Europe and the Eastern Neighbourhood Region”, on what that money was… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that more young people are enrolled in the Kickstart scheme.  HL14542
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local skills improvement plans will meet the skills gaps in each local authority.  HL14543
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with universities regarding (1) the technical skills, and (2) the employability, of graduates; and what steps they are taking to increase practical work experience opportunities for young people.  HL14544
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children with special educational needs in disadvantaged areas receive the required support.  HL14545
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government how their proposals in the Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure consultation to allow the conversion of use Class E units to residential will operate alongside local plans that have already been developed to identify where housing should be situated.  HL14546
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that proposals in the Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure consultation do not lead to developments that (1) fail to meet adequate design standards, and (2) fail to contribute to local areas and result in poorer living environments.  HL14547
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Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of use Class E units converted to residential use, as proposed in the Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure consultation, returning to high street or town centre uses.  HL14548
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Lord Vaux of Harrowden to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of Seasonal Coefficient of Performance which is achieved by air and ground source heat pumps in real-life installations compared to those stated in the Microgeneration Certification Scheme Product Directory; and what plans they have (1) to introduce a requirement that real-life perfo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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