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Questions for Written Answer for 12 April 2021

Tabled on 25 March and due for answer by 12 April.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about (1) the death sentence imposed on Sajjad Masih Gill, and (2) the use of the death sentence in Pakistan; and what response they have received (a) on this case, and (b) on the use of the death sentence.  HL14613
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether tax payers in Liverpool will fund the cost of (1) the investigation led by Max Caller into activities at Liverpool City Council, and (2) commissioners for the investigation; how much the investigation is expected to cost; and how much money is alleged to have been overspent as a result of an alleged lack of oversight… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Minister of State for Care on 24 March (HCWS877), what functions are covered by the term "speciality and associate specialist doctors"; which of these functions had vacancies to improve the (1) recruitment, and (2) percentage of doctors in these posts; what are the "contractual changes" that will d… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives following that organisation's declaration against conversion therapy of December 2020.  HL14616
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity Report on Conversion Therapy, published in February 2020, what assessment they have made of its findings; and what plans they have this year to take forward the reco… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association Curbing deception: a world survey of legal restriction of so-called "conversion therapies", published in 2020, what assessment they have made of its findings, especially its strategies to restrict conversion therapy practices.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include bans on attempts to change someone's gender identity with any ban on conversion therapy practices.  HL14619
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their research on conversion therapy practices in the UK has included consultation with (1) religious organisations opposed to a ban, and (2) survivor groups and victims.  HL14620
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidelines to independent schools about the cost of school uniforms.  HL14621
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those traveling to the UK indirectly from 'red list' travel ban countries quarantine in a hotel upon arrival.  HL14622
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to control the amount of sugar in food.  HL14623
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote health and wellbeing nationally.  HL14624
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government which Cabinet minister is responsible for the levelling up agenda.  HL14625
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that measures (1) to mitigate the impact of climate change, and (2) to promote COP26, are taken account of in their levelling up agenda.  HL14626
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the volume of trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland since the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland entered into force on 1 January.  HL14627
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of consent granted by representatives of the people of Northern Ireland for the implementation of a regulatory border in the Irish Sea.  HL14628
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what funds have been paid to date to the Northern Ireland Executive for the creation of infrastructure at (1) ports, and (2) airports in Northern Ireland, as a result of the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL14629
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for enabling individuals to show proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19.  HL14630
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to collect evidence to inform their review of the initial teacher training market; and if so, (1) in what format, (2) from whom, and (3) where that evidence will be published.  HL14631
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government how the timescale for their review of the initial teacher training market will allow for evidence from the first round of OFSTED inspections under its new inspection framework to be taken into account.  HL14632
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government whether evidence relating to the delivery of the core content framework by initial teacher education providers will be used to inform their review on the initial teacher training market; and if so, how.  HL14633
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 19 February (HL13078), whether the women’s health strategy that is currently in development will make provision for improving patient access to diagnosis and treatment for women-specific health concerns including heavy menstrual bleeding and endometriosis.  HL14634
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Lord Hannan of Kingsclere to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of applying the EU’s Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC).  HL14635
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Lord Hannan of Kingsclere to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of applying the EU’s REACH Regulation (1907/2006); and what assessment they made, if any, of that cost compared to the risk-based regime that predated REACH.  HL14636
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recognise animal sentience in law.  HL14637
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide for animal sentience in law; and if so, whether the definition of animals in that law (1) will be the same as that for vertebrates in the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and (2) will include decapods and cephalopods.  HL14638
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Case C-441/17 Commission v Poland (Białowieża Forest) in April 2018, what representations they have made to the government of Poland about deforestation in that country.  HL14639
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in North Korea.  HL14640
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the recent ballistic missile tests conducted by North Korea in the Sea of Japan.  HL14641
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how many residents made homeless by the fire at Grenfell Tower are still in temporary accommodation.  HL14642 [I]
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish a unitary local authority in Devon.  HL14643 [I]
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) cost, and (2) practicability, of establishing a police presence at sites in towns and cities that do not have police stations; and if so, what consideration they have given to such sites being staffed by volunteers, communicating with the nearest full police station as required.  HL14644
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last spoke to (1) the President of Russia, and (2) the President of China, about the military presence of those countries within the Arctic Circle; and what discussions they have had with (a) the government of Russia, and (b) the government of China, at any ministerial level about that issue.  HL14645
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their report Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published on 16 March, and their stated aim to secure the UK’s status as a ‘Science and Tech Superpower’ by 2030 by redoubling the commitment to research and development, whether they inten… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) security situation in Mozambique, and (2) the statement by Save The Children, published on 16 March, highlighting atrocities that have occurred in the Cabo Delgado province, including the beheading of children; and what steps they are taking with international partners to prevent Isla… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to show support for the new National Unity-led government of Libya; and what discussions the Prime Minister has had with the interim Prime Minister of Libya.  HL14648
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that the Prime Minister-designate of Lebanon and the President of Lebanon are yet to agree on the formation of the government of Lebanon’s cabinet, and (2) the political situation in Lebanon  HL14649
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the remarks made by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia on 23 March that “reports indicate that atrocities have been committed in Tigray region”, and (2) the humanitarian situation in northern Ethiopia.  HL14650
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of provisions in recent roll-over trade agreements that grant trading surpluses to partner countries rather than for UK exports; and what assessment they have made of the benefits to date of the UK's departure from the EU.  HL14651
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to negotiate a sanitary and phytosanitary trade agreement with the EU.  HL14652
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Financial Ombudsman Service about (1) the Ombudsman's mass claims unit, and (2) the affordability of mass claims relating to consumer credit companies.  HL14653
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) they, or (2) the Financial Conduct Authority, approved the use by the Financial Ombudsman Service of 'mass claims' to deal with claims against consumer credit companies.  HL14654
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress towards (1) increasing recycling and reducing waste, (2) increasing recycling of plastic waste, and (3) reducing plastic waste.  HL14655
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress towards (1) reducing litter, and (2) reducing litter in (a) the countryside, and (b) on the seashore.  HL14656
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of waste associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14657
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban oxo-degradable plastics.  HL14658
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Lord Russell of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Practice guidance: placements in unregistered children’s homes in England or unregistered care home services in Wales, published on 12 November 2019; and, in the light of that guidance, whether it is permissible for a child on remand to be (1) placed, and (2) detained, in unregulated accomm… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Armenian cultural heritage, including churches and monuments, in the Nagorno-Karabakh region has been destroyed by Azerbaijan during the dispute over that territory.  HL14660
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan about reports of the (1) destruction of an Armenian church, and (2) destruction of cultural heritage, in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL14661
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist members of the Roma community to apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June; and what assessment they have made of the barriers (1) to obtaining the required documentation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) to accessing, and completing, online applicatio… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Cabinet Office's systematic review of the lived experience of disabled people (CCZZ21A07), what informed the decision to carry out the review ahead of conducting the public National Strategy for Disabled People survey.  HL14663
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the safeguarding requirements for tutors working with children on the National Tutoring Programme.  HL14664
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) on what date they established the Review Group into Initial Teacher Training, (2) what is the membership of the Review Group panel, and (3) how the Review Group plan to (a) take evidence, and (b) consult on its findings.  HL14665
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many review groups are currently established in the Department for Education, and (2) what areas they cover.  HL14666
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the trained personnel strength of the Royal Marines on (1) 1 April 2010, (2) 1 April 2016, and (3) what do they estimate will be the trained personnel strength on 1 April 2025.  HL14667
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to contribute to accelerating the decarbonisation of the maritime industry; and whether they expect to contribute to this initiative through (1) the UK Infrastructure Bank, or (2) alternative means.  HL14668
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