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Questions for Written Answer for 26 April 2021

Tabled on 22 April and due for answer by 7 May.

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support a national memorial to recognise the work of the emergency services.  HL15201
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Trussell Trust End of Year Statistics, published this month, and in particular, its finding that the Trust distributed a record 2.5 miliion food parcels in 2020/21; what estimate they have made of the total number of food parcels that were distributed during the 2020/21 financial year;… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government when approval was granted for the introduction of smart motorways.  HL15203
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office of Rail and Road assessed the safety of smart motorways when they were introduced.  HL15204
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport on 20 April of new safety measures for smart motorways, (1) how these measures will be funded, and (2) what impact there will be, if any, on other road safety schemes.  HL15205
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individual tenants, rather than households, are represented by the finding in the Household Resilience Study: Wave 2, published on 21 April, that nine per cent of private renters were in arrears in November–December 2020.  HL15206
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individual tenants, rather than households, are represented by the finding in the Household Resilience Study: Wave 2, published on 21 April, that eight per cent of private renters said they were very or fairly likely to fall behind with rent payments over the next three months.  HL15207
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individual tenants, rather than households, are represented by the finding in the Household Resilience Study: Wave 2, published on 21 April, that 22 per cent of private renters reported finding it more difficult to keep up with rent payments since June–July 2020.  HL15208
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the 2021–22 Overseas Development Assistance will be allocated to bilateral nutrition programmes.  HL15209
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the 2021–22 Overseas Development Assistance will be allocated to (1) Gavi, the vaccine alliance, (2) the Global Fund, and (3) the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  HL15210
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £23 million for early intervention programmes to prevent young people being drawn into violence, announced on 8 March, will be used to work with their parents.  HL15211
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Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the Youth Endowment Fund has been invested in working with parents of young people.  HL15212
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China regarding their treatment of the followers of Falun Gong.  HL15213
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Baroness Fookes to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the operation of the Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme to include the ornamental horticulture sector.  HL15214
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recommendations in the coroner’s report on the death of Ella Adoo Kissi-Debrah, published on 20 April, that air quality limits should be set in line with World Health Organisation standards, whether they intend to amend the Environment Bill to that effect.  HL15215
Tabled
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to ban the sale of horticultural garden peat; and if so, when.  HL15216
Answered
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reverse the decline in cheese exports to the EU.  HL15217
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Official Veterinarians are employed in the UK; and what estimate they have made of how many Official Veterinarians will be needed in the UK for each of the next three years.  HL15218
Tabled
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, response they have received from the government of Russia to the statement by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 18 April reiterating their call for Alexey Navalny’s “immediate release from his politically motivated imprisonment”; and what information they have on Alexey Navalny’s health since t… 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 practical assistance they are providing to the government of India to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including in relation to the supply of oxygen.  HL15220
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed (1) the conflict in Yemen, and (2) Iranian support for the Houthis, with the government of Iran; and what assessment they have made of the statement by the US Special Envoy on Yemen, Tim Lenderking, on 21 April, calling Iran's support for the Houthi militia “quite significant” and “lethal”.  HL15221
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how much Official Development Assistance (ODA) to (1) the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (2) Lebanon, (3) Libya, (4) Nigeria, (5) Syria, and (6) Somalia, will be reduced as a result of the plan to reduce the commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) on ODA to 0.5 per cent.  HL15222
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, having secured Associate Status to the Horizon Europe programme, whether they will fund participation in that programme in full; and whether there will be a consequential impact on the UK Research and Innovation budget.  HL15223
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reform the Ministerial Code to take greater account of ministerial communication by (1) text, (2) Signal, (3) WhatsApp, and (4) other encrypted messaging services.  HL15224
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Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take further to the High Court’s judgment in Harrison v Secretary of State for Justice & others, published on 31 July 2020; and what consideration they have given to introducing legislation to recognise humanist marriages in England and Wales.  HL15225
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Office for Students (OfS) has taken since the Secretary of State for Education wrote to it on 8 February stating that “the OfS should not hesitate to use the full range of its powers and sanctions where quality of provision is not high enough”.  HL15226
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used to assess the credibility of evidence reports they have received which related to the situation in Sri Lanka during the civil war in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009; and whether it has ever been their practice to accept reports from unnamed sources.  HL15227
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the results of the trial of single leg pricing on the East Coast main line.  HL15228
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what value is attributed to a tonne of carbon in the Treasury’s Green Book; and whether they intend to publish the equivalent figures for each of the OECD countries.  HL15229
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the likely availability of lithium in 2030, and (2) the likely price of lithium on the world market in 2030.  HL15230
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why private coach services have been prevented from running services before 17 May, given that scheduled bus services and train operators are allowed to run services before that date subject to social distancing.  HL15231
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have that the requirement in the statutory guidance Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education, published in June 2019, that “pupils should know … the risks related to online gambling including the accumulation of debt” has assisted in reducing gambling among those und… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last negotiated with each of the three Crown Dependencies the (1) financial, and (2) other, contributions they should make in return for the UK Government (a) ensuring their security, and (b) representing their interests abroad.  HL15233
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution each of the Overseas Territories makes to the UK Exchequer in return for the UK Government (1) ensuring their security, and (2) representing their interests abroad.  HL15234
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government why the declaration form for international travel from England does not allow a British citizen to provide an overseas address.  HL15235
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether prohibiting a British resident overseas to travel to be with close family is in accordance with (1) domestic, and (2) international, human rights provisions.  HL15236
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure the future of the military base on Diego Garcia by negotiating a settlement of the sovereignty dispute with the government of Mauritius.  HL15237
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the China Tribunal Judgment, published on 17 June 2019, on the government of China’s organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners; and what action they intend to take regarding the government of China’s treatment of Falun Gong practitioners.  HL15238
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