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Questions for Written Answer for 13 April 2021

Tabled on 12 April and due for answer by 26 April.

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to (1) departments, and (2) their respective arms-length bodies, regarding the use of cash retentions in (a) construction, and (b) maintenance projects.  HL14669
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) construction, and (2) maintenance, contracts issued by departments since 1 January 2018 have used cash retentions; what was the total value of these retentions; how many of these retention monies have been released; and how long on average it took to release these monies.  HL14670
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they give to local authorities regarding the use of cash retentions in (1) construction, and (2) maintenance, projects.  HL14671
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of cash retentions by local authorities in (1) construction, and (2) maintenance, contracts; and what data they hold on the use of such retentions since 1 January 2018.  HL14672
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to add any guidance on retentions to the Construction Playbook when it is next reviewed.  HL14673
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Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor (1) adoption of, and (2) compliance with, the Construction Playbook by (a) departments, and (b) their arm’s-length bodies.  HL14674
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation in Tigray; and what reports they have received about (1) human rights atrocities, (2) levels of starvation, (3) the number of displaced people and refugees, and (4) fighting, in that region.  HL14675
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor the withdrawal of Eritrean forces from the Trigray region following the announcement by the prime minister of Ethiopia in March.  HL14676
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the visits by representatives of the (1) government of the United States, and (2) European Union, to Ethiopia, what steps they are taking to co-ordinate international efforts to end the war in that country.  HL14677
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the influence and role of the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (1) in the Horn of Africa, and (2) in brokering a peace agreement between the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea; and what discussions they have with the government of (a) Saudi Arabia, and (b) the United… 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 (1) dispute between the governments of Sudan and Ethiopia over the al-Fashaga territory, and (2) involvement of the government of (a) Eritrea, and (b) Egypt, in that dispute.  HL14679
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of mass killings in Tigray on 5 January; and what steps they are taking to ensure that evidence of human rights atrocities are systematically collected and used to identify and prosecute those responsible for such crimes.  HL14680
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Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to exempt Community Land Trusts from leasehold enfranchisement.  HL14681
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 29 March (HL13356), what are the other two stages of the three-stage assessment process to attain full UKAS accreditation.  HL14682
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government which departments use external contractors to prepare responses to questions tabled by members of the House of Lords and Members of Parliament; and, in each case, how often such contractors are used.  HL14683
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of written answers to questions tabled by members of both Houses of Parliament were drafted by external contractors in the current parliamentary session.  HL14684
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure there are no conflicts of interest when the preparation of (1) responses to parliamentary written questions, (2) responses to parliamentary urgent questions, and (3) background briefings, are made by external contractors to departments.  HL14685
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they amended the guidance on responding to parliamentary questions to take account of the use of external contractors in preparing and drafting responses.  HL14686
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a cost-benefit financial assessment of the impact of reduced Official Development Assistance funding for research and development over the next five years.  HL14687
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reduced Official Development Assistance funding for research and development on (1) the UK’s skills base, and (2) levels of employment, in research and development.  HL14688
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the collapse of Greensill Capital, what assessment they have made of the Crown Representative programme.  HL14689
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) ban the "fake farm" labelling of meat, (2) bring forward legislation for consumers to be informed about the age and breed of animal meat, and (3) prevent the use of terms to market such meat as "natural", or (b) "traditional".  HL14690
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reports of the financial trading of oil and gas companies being routed through tax havens, what assessment they have made of the loss of tax revenue.  HL14691
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) maintain, or (2) increase the level of funding in 2021/2022 for (a) parliamentary strengthening, and (b) promoting pluralism in Africa; and what plans they have to (i) maintain, or (ii) increase this funding through the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in 2021/2022.  HL14692
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the distraction of drivers using in-vehicle infotainment systems.  HL14693
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 24 March (HL14079), prior to the Fire Safety Bill being introduced to Parliament, what changes were made to the draft text of the Bill to satisfy representations made by (1) Her Majesty The Queen, (2) His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, or (3) their representatives; and what plans th… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications under the Transport and Works Act 1992 order process to modify or close level crossings have been (1) received, (2) approved, and (3) rejected, per region in each of the last five years; and how many are completed within each yearly timeframe.  HL14695
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any increased risk to the safety of (1) pedestrians, and (2) other road users, due to delays in the completion of the Transport and Works Act 1992 order process to modify or close level crossings.  HL14696
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government whether OneWeb will use large or small launchers to create Low Earth Orbit satellite constellations.  HL14697
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the above-average incidence of COVID-19 infections in Corby in February and March; and what assessment they have made of the efficacy of restrictions in place to reduce transmission of COVID-19.  HL14698
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial capability of UK citizens; whether it is affected by (1) age group, (2) gender, or (3) region; and what plans they have to review the provision of financial education in secondary schools.  HL14699
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are in custody in England and Wales awaiting trial; and what is the average time taken from imprisonment to trial for those in custody.  HL14700
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people aged 17 are awaiting trial in England and Wales.  HL14701
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people over the age of 18 are awaiting trial for alleged offences committed while they were 17 years old.  HL14702
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are they putting in place for COVID-19 vaccinations for Muslims during Ramadan  HL14703
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered night clinics for the vaccination of Muslims during Ramadan.  HL14704
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the expected increase in passenger numbers at Swinderby train station resulting from the forthcoming additional train services; and what evidence this estimate is based on.  HL14705
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Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people with learning disabilities have (1) training on, and (2) access to, IT, so that they are not isolated from information and services.  HL14706
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The Lord Bishop of Carlisle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will allocate the remainder of the £40 million pledged to brain cancer research announced in May 2018.  HL14707
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Office for Nuclear Regulation regarding the transportation of spent fuel rods recently discovered at the Hunterston nuclear power plant to the Sellafield nuclear power plant; and whether the spent fuel rods will now be transported to the Sellafield nuclear power plant.  HL14708
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Scottish Government relating to radioactive waste held at the site of the Hunterston nuclear power station; and, in any such discussions, how they addressed existing radioactive waste policy.  HL14709
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with EDF regarding safety issues at (1) Hunterston B, and (2) Hunterston A, nuclear power stations since 2015.  HL14710
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held in relation to (1) Chinook helicopters flying low over, and (2) other military exercises taking place in close proximity to, people's houses in the vicinity of (a) the Hunterston nuclear power station, and (b) nuclear power stations in general.  HL14711
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Baroness Clark of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held in relation to safety issues regarding civil vessels operating in close vicinity to (1) the Hunterston nuclear power station, and (2) nuclear power stations in general.  HL14712
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the US Department of State 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Azerbaijan, published on 30 March.  HL14713
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, published on 31 March, which stated that Iran "was using 5,060 IR-1 centrifuges installed in 30 cascades, 696 IR-2m centrifuges installed in four cascades and 174 IR-4 centrifuges installed in one cascade to enrich natural UF6 up to 5 per cent U-23… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported decision of government of Iran to block daily access of UN inspectors to its nuclear facilities; and what representations they have made to the government of Iran.  HL14715
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers they have asked (1) Mears, (2) Serco, and (3) Clearsprings Ready Homes, to provide accommodation for as part of Operation Oak.  HL14716
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a maximum recommended length of stay for asylum seekers in contingency accommodation before they are offered more suitable long-term accommodation.  HL14717
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number of (a) regional, and (b) local, theatres that have permanently closed, and (2) the number of local authority areas that have lost their only performance venue, since March 2020.  HL14718
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Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of local councils’ ability to fund local and regional theatres following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14719
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have offered to the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines in response to the ongoing eruption of the La Soufrière volcano.  HL14720
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Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the decision by the World Snooker Championship to refuse entry to fans that are considered clinically vulnerable to the event at the Crucible Theatre in May, and (2) the consistency of the decision with (a) government guidelines, and (b) equality legislation.  HL14721
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Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the World Snooker Championship, prior to its decision to exclude clinically vulnerable people from attending the event at the Crucible Theatre in May  HL14722
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Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that disabled people will be allowed to attend sporting competitions, including events that are part of the pilot programme enabling the safe return of mass gatherings, as COVID-19 regulations ease in England.  HL14723
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer the letter that he wrote to the Lord Chancellor concerning Arcadia pensions on 2 March.  HL14724
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer the letter that he wrote to the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs concerning vaccines and the Commonwealth, dated 3 March.  HL14725
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer the letters that he wrote to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, dated 8 and 16 March.  HL14726
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer the letter that he wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer concerning COVID-19 bonds on 8 March.  HL14727
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the responsibilities of the (1) Financial Conduct Authority, and (2) Gambling Commission, in regulating Football Index.  HL14728
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the owners and management of Football Index, and (2) individuals affected by the collapse of Football Index.  HL14729
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-Irish EU citizens over the age of 65 they estimate live in (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, (3) Northern Ireland, and (4) England.  HL14730
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications to the EU Settlement Scheme from people both over the age of 65 and living in Scotland have been successful.  HL14731
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-Irish EU citizens over the age of 65 living in Scotland they estimate have not applied for the EU Settlement Scheme.  HL14732
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what reasons have been identified for unsuccessful applications for the EU Settlement Scheme from people over 65 living in Scotland; under what circumstances late applications will be permitted; what exceptional circumstances will be permitted; and how mitigation for (1) illness, and (2) disability, will be taken into account… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications were made to colleges for enrolment on courses for the forthcoming academic year by the end of January (1) 2019, (2) 2020, and (3) 2021.  HL14734
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of applications made under the EU Settlement Scheme; and of why this number is now nearly one million more than the upper estimate included in the report Impact Assessment for EU Settlement Scheme – Updated analysis, published in March 2019.  HL14735
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) people, and (2) children, are included in the 27,000 British Nationals (Overseas) applications referred to in their press release of 8 April, National welcome for Hong Kong arrivals.  HL14736
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Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 24 March (HL14223), what assessment they have made of (1) the percentage of commercial pornography sites, and (2) the total number of commercial pornography sites, that will not be in scope of the Online Safety Bill.  HL14737
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of homeless veterans in England in each year since 2018.  HL14738
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of current levels of (1) knife crime, (2) anti-social behaviour, and (3) gun crime, in England and Wales.  HL14739
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on diabetes services in England in 2019/20.  HL14740
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the manufacturing industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14741
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help people affected by large scale (1) retail, and (2) hospitality, sector redundancies to find employment.  HL14742
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Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those designated as clinically extremely vulnerable do not have to travel more than 115 miles to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.  HL14743
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Lord Hendy to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a 'roadmap' setting out the allocation of responsibilities relating to (1) fire safety, and (2) building safety, between departments.  HL14744
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Lord Hendy to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the protection provided by safety guidance in relation to (1) fire, and (2) building, with respect to (a) flats, (b) care homes, (c) hospitals, (d) schools, and (e) hotels.  HL14745
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Lord Hendy to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their response of 28 March 2013 to the Coroner’s report on the Lakanal House fire, what progress has been made on their review of Approved Document B to the Building Regulations 2010.  HL14746
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the peer review for the Review of the Evidence for Sentience in Decapod Crustaceans and Cephalopod Molluscs report has been completed; and when the accompanying Seafish Report into welfare risks facing these sea creatures will be published.  HL14747
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's departure from the EU on au pairs; and whether au pairs who are EU citizens will still be able to work in the UK for one year.  HL14748
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of au pair schemes (1) in creating ties with young people from EU countries, (2) in promoting UK values to au pairs arriving in the UK, and (3) in providing affordable childcare.  HL14749
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise at the G7 summit the limited participation of women in the Afghan peace process; and what plans they have to increase the participation of women in this process and other global peace processes.  HL14750
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make a statement at the G7 summit on (1) the safety of women engaged in peace processes, and (2) the provision by G7 countries of funding (a) bodyguards, and (b) other security measures for women involved in global peace processes.  HL14751
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise awareness at the G7 summit of (1) the impact of the underrepresentation of women in politics on girls' education, and (2) the impact of the underrepresentation of women in peace processes and peace building on girls' education, in conflict zones.  HL14752
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Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure financial technology solutions are considered as part of the Debt Resolution Services supplier roster being created by the Crown Commercial Service.  HL14753
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Lord Horam to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet with the Courtyard Societies of Burlington House to ensure that they remain based at their current premises.  HL14754
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the government of Syria has (1) restricted aid (a) supplies, and (b) personnel, seeking to enter Syria, and (2) manipulated these to serve its purposes, since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.  HL14755
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they (1) have taken, or (2) plan to take, to achieve the re-opening of former crossing points into Syria for humanitarian supplies at (a) Bab al-Salam, (b) Yarubiyah, and (c) al-Ramtha.  HL14756
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the benefits of the government of Germany’s policies for integrating approximately two million refugees since 2015; and what conclusions have they drawn from any such assessment in adapting their policies for refugee integration.  HL14757
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Prison Reform Trust No Life, No Freedom, No Future: The experiences of prisoners recalled under the sentence of Imprisonment, published on 3 December 2020; and what plans they have publish a response to that report.  HL14758
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how much aid have they provided to support (1) the government of Bangladesh, and (2) agencies operating in Bangladesh, with the arrival of Rohingya refugees; and what plans they have to lead international efforts to find permanent settlement for Rohingya refugees.  HL14759
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey about the reported arrest and mistreatment of Dr Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu.  HL14760
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect children in the Palestinian Occupied Territories following reports that a child lost an eye after being hit by a rubber tipped steel bullet fired by Israeli Defence Forces on 9 April.  HL14761
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Palestinian Returns Centre to the UNHRC on 9 March about reports that Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank have been arrested by Israeli authorities under the pretext of illegal communication with foreign enemies when contacting friends and family abroad.  HL14762
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported decision by the government of Israel not to grant visas to EU delegates to monitor the forthcoming Palestinian elections because of restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14763
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that those who have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine receive the second dose within 12 weeks.  HL14764
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have made available to those who do not receive an appointment for a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within 12 weeks of receiving a first dose.  HL14765
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide (1) social, and (2) affordable, housing in rural communities to address (a) social inequality, and (b) rural poverty.  HL14766
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the definition of affordable housing.  HL14767
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of help to rent schemes for individuals in supported accommodation, or similar schemes whereby a local authority provides funds for a deposit for a young person who has experienced homelessness; and whether they will provide any relevant data on these schemes.  HL14768
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government what is (1) the proportion of young people claiming Universal Credit or Housing Benefit who also claim Discretionary Housing Payments, and (2) the average additional amount of Discretionary Housing Payments to a young person.  HL14769
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Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people in supported accommodation are able to move into social housing or private housing (1) nationally, and (2) regionally.  HL14770
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in England died in the first three months of 2021 due to (1) flu and (2) COVID-19.  HL14771
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government at which ports in Northern Ireland will EU officials be stationed to conduct checks on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  HL14772
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, whether EU officials will check trade arriving by air from Great Britain to Northern Ireland at (1) Belfast City Airport, (2) Belfast International Airport, or (3) Derry City Airport.  HL14773
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, whether EU officials at Derry City Airport will check (1) goods arriving from Great Britain, and (2) goods arriving from the Republic of Ireland.  HL14774
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Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 22 March (HL13985), what plans they have to reduce air pollution from diesel (1) engines, and (2) generators, on canal boats moored in residential areas.  HL14775
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the creation of new charitable trusts focussed on supporting local and regional charitable community activities and initiatives.  HL14776
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Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve the (1) procedures, and (2) policies, for UK citizens seeking assistance following a death abroad, in particular in respect of repatriation of deceased relatives, subsequent to the murder of Daniel and Amelie Linsey in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday 2020.  HL14777
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Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty's Government why those who receive a new driving licence from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) are required to cut in half and return their previous driving licence to the DVLA; and what estimate they have made of the annual cost to their customers of this requirement.  HL14778
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish a report on the work to reduce health inequalities around maternal mortality rates, in particular the higher rate of death in childbirth for Black women, led by Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE; and what action will be taken as a result of this report.  HL14779
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Black students in schools and colleges are not disadvantaged disproportionately as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL14780
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The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the breakdown by (1) protected characteristic, and (2) socio-economic background, of the patients who choose to opt out of surgery following the waiting list validation process.  HL14781
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what minimum standards they require from providers in the procurement of call centre operations regarding (1) the surveillance, and (2) other working conditions, for remote-working staff.  HL14782
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require NHS doctors, when prescribing a treatment off-label, to encourage patients to allow their data to be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment; what plans they have to provide mechanisms whereby (1) consent and refusal may be easily recorded, and (2) relevant data may be made available for academi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the Feminist Declaration on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, published in March 2020, and (2) the decision by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) to adopt that Declaration on 9 March 2020; what assessment… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the University of Greenwich Research into Covid-19 workplace safety outcomes in the food and drink sector, published on 29 March.  HL14785
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that greater numbers of clinical staff are able to undertake research within the NHS.  HL14786
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government which organisation provides the secretariat for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation; and what processes were undertaken in (1) selecting, and (2) appointing, this organisation.  HL14787
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Deputy Chief Medical Officers have any formal role in relation to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation; and if so, what are the roles.  HL14788
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the budget of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation for each of the last three years for which figures are available.  HL14789
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is able to commission specific research to inform its considerations; and if so, what specific research has it commissioned since 1 January 2020 regarding the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.  HL14790
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the expertise of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in its ability to address issues relating to COVID-19 vaccines and immunosuppressed people.  HL14791
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any members of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation have a specialism in haematology.  HL14792
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the statutory (1) role, and (2) responsibilities, of authorised corporate directors following the performance of Link Financial Solutions in the collapse of Woodford Investments.  HL14793
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government how many accredited providers of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme were not regulated lenders; and whether they will publish the names of such providers.  HL14794
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government what talks they have held with banks about requests by the EU to move more (1) functions, and (2) people, from offices in the EU to the UK; and what assessment they have made of any such requests.  HL14795
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reopen the British Business Bank's investigation of loans made by Greensill Capital, including disclosure around the (1) issuing, (2) funding, and (3) distribution, of such loans; and whether any of the findings of the original investigation were known before Greensill Capital was granted accredited lender status.  HL14… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British Business Bank had any communication with the Rt Hon David Cameron on the decision to accredit Greensill Capital as a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lender; what form any communication took; whether Mr Cameron was mentioned in Grensill Capital's (1) formal application, or (2) oral discussion, around thei… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any records of the Rt Hon David Cameron (1) contacting, or (2) arranging meetings with, (a) ministers, or (b) senior civil servants, over the last three years, in connection with Afiniti Limited.  HL14798
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to undertake the review exploring approaches to drafting legislation on subjects that prompt questions around language announced by Lord True on 25 February (HL Deb, col 960); and when they plan to inform Parliament of the outcome of that review.  HL14799
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian National Authority to ensure that Palestinian elections take place to the existing timetable.  HL14800
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel to ensure that Palestinian voters in occupied East Jerusalem are able to take part in elections to the Palestinian National Authority.  HL14801
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) technical, and (2) financial, support they are providing to the Palestinian Central Elections Commission to help ensure free and fair elections are able to take place in the Occupied Palestinian territories.  HL14802
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel to ensure free access to Gaza for campaigning in Palestinian elections.  HL14803
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for requiring dogs to be on leads when near livestock on working farms.  HL14804
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether specific training is given to Metropolitan Police Officers on procedures to be followed (1) before, and (2) upon entering, public places of worship.  HL14805
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the availability of English-speaking Official Veterinarians to monitor abattoirs.  HL14806
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of who was originally responsible for the prosecution of Post Office subpostmasters.  HL14807
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of xenophobic acts against Polish citizens resident in England.  HL14808
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 22 March (HL14054) which states "Islamist extremism is not true Islam", what assessment have they made of (1) any verses in the Koran which appear to support violence, and (2) the use of these verses by Islamist extremists to sanction violence.  HL14809
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the size of the room that will be required to enable annual meetings of local and parish councils, where social distancing is fully observed.  HL14810
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of restricting the spreading of slurry on fields that are adjacent to residential property.  HL14811
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Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) families, (2) children’s best interests, (3) the length of family court proceedings, and (4) family court capacity, of delays in access to the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes recommended by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; and what steps a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the electrification of vehicles on (1) lowering the cost of motoring, and consequentially, (2) the mode shift to public transport and active travel.  HL14813
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 8 April (HL14532), what assessment they have made of the impact of cuts to Official Development Assistance (ODA) on contracts both in the UK and abroad entered into by universities as part of research projects funded via the Research Councils; and which authority… 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 human rights abuses against (1) women, and (2) political activists, in Zimbabwe.  HL14815
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of The Woolward Review: A review of change and innovation in the unsecured credit market, published on 2 February.  HL14816
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is a coordinated approach to protecting children from sexual abuse online, for example through joining up the upcoming online harms legislation with the new strategy on violence against women and girls.  HL14817
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children and their parents or carers have effective education about internet safety, specifically online abuse and sexual exploitation, and about what healthy relationships look like in the digital world.  HL14818
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they plan to hold the next British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference.  HL14819
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) ongoing civil unrest, and (2) political situation, in Northern Ireland.  HL14820
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restore overseas aid to Yemen to at least the level of £164 million set in 2019–20.  HL14821
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how they collect data regarding individuals who are homeless; and whether any personal data of homeless individuals is collected without their consent.  HL14822
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of guidance that requires the Union flag to be flown all year round on UK Government buildings, what plans they have to require UK Government buildings in Wales to also fly the flag of Wales.  HL14823
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 13 November 2020 (HC112026), what impact has been made by the winter support package; and whether there is an increasing need for support regarding food insecurity.  HL14824
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to improve the relationship between grocery stores and food banks, specifically to encourage the use in food banks of food that would otherwise become waste.  HL14825
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce a shelf-labelling scheme to inform customers of the food items that are most needed in food banks.  HL14826
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Baroness Rock to ask Her Majesty's Government why questions about land occupation were not asked of farmers submitting an expression of interest to take part in the pilot Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme; and whether they will now consider asking those farmers to provide information about their land occupation status.  HL14827
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect general practitioners to use their clinical judgement in including patients with existing diseases in Group 6 for COVID-19 vaccinations if they consider them to be at risk of exacerbation of their underlying disease should they become infected with COVID-19.  HL14828
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the decision by Pearson Education to pause the distribution of two textbooks by author Hilary Bash following allegations by academics that its text regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had been altered.  HL14829
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect Palestinians living in the West Bank from violence from Israeli settlers.  HL14830
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the summons by Israeli forces of a 14-year-old Palestinian boy for interrogation.  HL14831
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether their National Strategy for Disabled People will be published after the Cabinet Office’s systematic review of the lived experience of disabled people (CCZZ21A07) is completed, and (2) how it will take into account the findings of that review.  HL14832
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Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty's Government why they commenced the National Strategy for Disabled People survey before the Cabinet Office's systematic review of the lived experience of disabled people (CCZZ21A07) was completed.  HL14833
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of freedom of religion or belief in Egypt.  HL14834
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the legal challenges facing the Anglican Church in Egypt from the Protestant Churches of Egypt and the impact this legal dispute on (1) the life of the Anglican Church in Egypt, and (2) Christianity and religious freedom in Egypt.  HL14835
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about (1) the official recognition of the recently established Anglican Province of Alexandria and the distinct identity of the historic Anglican Church in Egypt, (2) the effect that the absence of such recognition is having on current legal challenges faced… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Stroud to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability to screen for ectopic pregnancies via telemedicine abortion services.  HL14837
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Baroness Sugg to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the report The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, published on 2 February, and (2) the importance of investment in family planning and reproductive health in relation to the ecological system.  HL14838
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Baroness Sugg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to continue their support for the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health programme.  HL14839
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Baroness Sugg to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to pledge funds to the Global Partnership for Education before the forthcoming G7 summit; what plans they have to make representations to foreign governments to pledge funds to the Global Partnership for Education; and what plans they have to meet (1) the Send my Friend to School coalition, or (2) other civil socie… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Suri to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the freedom of religion or belief in Burkina Faso.  HL14841
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Lord Suri to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of (1) Eritrea, and (2) Ethiopia, about attacks in the town of Axum in which hundreds of civilians are reported to have been killed.  HL14842
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Lord Suri to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Mozambique about reports that children are being beheaded in the Cabo Delgado province.  HL14843
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research by Pennyfreedom, published 14 March; and what steps they are taking to ensure that small businesses receive prompt payments of invoices.  HL14844
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a backdated grant for workers who have not had access to any COVID-19 financial support.  HL14845
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that secondary schools are equipped to help new pupils with basic literacy.  HL14846
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support businesses to incorporate hybrid working arrangements on a long-term basis.  HL14847
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the occurrence of the small hive beetle in Europe on their Pest Risk Analysis; and further to the importation of bees from Italy, what plans they have to update the Pest Risk Analysis.  HL14848
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the occurrence of the small hive beetle in Europe, what plans they have to ban the import of honey bee queens from Italy.  HL14849
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Healthy Bees Plan 2030, what steps they plan to take to prevent the importation of package bees from Europe into Great Britain through Northern Ireland.  HL14850
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Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) organisation, and (2) advertisement, of all-night parties during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the ones in Primrose Hill in March; what assessment they have made of the impact of such events on (a) drug dealing and use, (b) nuisance noise for local residents, and (c) littering; and what steps… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how much legal aid has been provided through the Armed Forces Legal Aid Scheme to (1) current, and (2) former, armed forces personnel in each year between 2010 and 2021.  HL14852
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) successful, and (2) unsuccessful, requests for legal aid have been submitted to the Armed Forces Legal Aid Scheme in each year from 2010 to 2021.  HL14853
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applicants for (1) British citizenship, and (2) long-term residence in the UK, took the Life in the UK test in (a) Welsh, and (b) Scots Gaelic, in each of the last three years for which figures are available.  HL14854
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government how they calculate the fees for (1) British citizenship, and (2) long-term residence in the UK, applications; and whether those fees are used (a) only to cover the direct expenses incurred from such applications, and (b) to defray the overall Home Office budget.  HL14855
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Timpson review of school exclusion published in May 2019, how many of the 30 recommendations made in the report they have implemented.  HL14856
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities in England have combined their adult social services and children's social services under one director.  HL14857
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Lord Woolley of Woodford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether highly skilled Tier 1 (general) migrants were notified of the sharing of their tax return data between Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and the Home Office for visa decisions; and if so, how.  HL14858
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Lord Woolley of Woodford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many highly skilled Tier 1 (general) migrants who have been refused indefinite leave to remain have been convicted of a criminal offence in the UK.  HL14859
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