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Questions for Written Answer for 28 April 2021

Tabled on 27 April and due for answer by 12 May.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported attack by militias from Fulani backgrounds on a Baptist church in Chikun, Nigeria on 25 April; what representations have they made to the government of Nigeria regarding attacks on places of worship; and what projects do they currently support in Nigeria that aim to assist places… 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 reports of the use of rape and sexual violence against women in Tigray; and what representations have they made to the government of Ethiopia regarding these reports.  HL15275
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of attacks by militias from Fulani backgrounds on places of worship in (1) the Middle Belt, and (2) northern states, of Nigeria; and how this compares to the (a) number, and (b) impact, of attacks by Boko Haram on places of worship in Nigeria.  HL15276
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the use of rape and sexual violence against women in Tigray in regard to indicator 7.9 of the UN Framework for Analysis of Atrocity Crimes.  HL15277
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative in relation to the situation in Tigray; and what steps they are taking in response to any such assessment.  HL15278
Answered
Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 27 April (HL15033), when they expect the assessment of National Health Service waiting times in England to be completed; and whether the assessment will be published promptly following its completion.  HL15279
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Bristol to ask Her Majesty's Government how many bids were received from organisations to provide information sessions on employment rights for overseas domestic workers; whether any of the bids have been successful; and when they expect the sessions to begin.  HL15280
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy will be administered solely by UK Embassy staff or whether any provision for its delivery will be contracted out to private companies.  HL15281
Answered
Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they keep a contact database of all locally employed civilian interpreters who have worked for UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan.  HL15282
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) interpreters, and (2) members of interpreters' families, have been relocated from Afghanistan to the UK under the (a) ex gratia redundancy scheme, and (b) intimidation policy.  HL15283
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) interpreters, and (2) members of interpreters' families, have been accepted for relocation but have not yet been relocated under the (a) ex gratia redundancy scheme, and (b) the intimidation policy; and when they expect that they will be relocated.  HL15284
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how many locally employed civilian interpreters who (1) have previously worked, or (2) currently work, for the UK Armed Forces (a) remain in Afghanistan, and (b) have fled to a third country.  HL15285
Answered
Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the right to freedom of religion or belief in China, in particular the freedom of Uighurs Muslims.  HL15286
Answered
Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of mosques being destroyed in Xinjiang province; and what representations have they made to the government of China on the destruction of mosques.  HL15287
Answered
Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks faced by journalists reporting on human rights violations in China.  HL15288
Answered
Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks faced by British (1) journalists, and (2) athletes, attending the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing; and what plans they have to mitigate any such risks.  HL15289
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of moving the 2022 Winter Olympic Games to another host nation with a better human rights record; and what representations have they made to governments of other nations on moving the 2022 Winter Olympics to another nation.  HL15290
Answered
Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for discussion at the G7 summit regarding human rights; and what plans they have to raise the human rights situation of Uighur Muslims in China at that summit.  HL15291
Answered
Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is his estimate of the costs of (1) commissioning Civica Election Services, and (2) House of Lords Administration’s staff time, to administer the five upcoming hereditary peer by-elections.  HL15292
Tabled
Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans he has to appoint scrutineers for the counts of the five forthcoming hereditary peer by-elections.  HL15293
Tabled
Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many peers are included in the current of Register of Hereditary Peers.  HL15294
Tabled
Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans they have to hold a hustings for the upcoming hereditary peers by-elections.  HL15295
Tabled
Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether candidates for the hereditary peer by-elections will be vetted by the House of Lords Appointments Commission.  HL15296
Tabled
Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government over what period was the £71 million funding invested in research by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research; how much of this funding has been spent on administrative costs; and how much of this funding has been spent on projects where refinement of the use of animals in res… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UK’s departure from the EU, what assessment have they made of regulatory guidelines for the use of a second animal species in regulatory toxicology studies.  HL15298
Answered
Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Foreign Secretary on 21 April (HCWS935), what is the allocation of the Official Development Assistance spend for (1) the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and (2) all Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office programmes on violence against women, for 2021/22.  HL15299
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) economic, and (2) political, assessments they have made of Chile following its adoption of a new constitution.  HL15300
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for exporting green energy in the next (1) five, and (2) ten, years.  HL15301
Answered
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation made by the Association of Accounting Technicians in its response, published on 6 August 2020, to the HM Revenue and Customs call for evidence on raising standards in the tax advice market, that anyone offering paid-for tax and accountancy services should be required by law to be a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their recent proposals to require unregulated tax advisers and accountants to hold professional indemnity insurance on the insurance premiums for those who already hold such insurance by virtue of their membership of a relevant professional body.  HL15303
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the desirability of requiring those who provide tax and accountancy services in the UK (1) to be appropriately qualified, (2) to undertake Continuing Professional Development, (3) to be subject to robust complaints and disciplinary processes, and (4) to be regulated by an Office for Professional Body… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the letter dated 21 April from the Chairman of the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates to the Economic Secretary to the Treasury in respect of safe harbour provisions to support the wind-down of LIBOR and the transition to SONIA.  HL15305
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker,  further to the Written Answer by the Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith) on 6 April (HL14454), whether, when the Commissioner for Standards decides that a breach of the Code of Conduct has been committed, (1) the decision, and (2) any relevant penalty, are subject (a) to a debate, and (b) to a vote of the House… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Tabled
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on charity-funded medical research; what assessment they have made of any such impact on research funding for the university sector; and what steps they will take to make up any shortfalls in funding.  HL15307
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a fund to which schools can apply to cover costs of visas required to recruit foreign language teaching assistants.  HL15308
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask the Leader of the House what (1) steps they are taking, and (2) safeguards are in place, to ensure that ministerial statements delivered in the House of Lords are accurate.  HL15309
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how often countries on the travel 'red list' are being reviewed; and how far in advance any changes to the red list will be announced.  HL15310
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their justification for increasing the number of nuclear warheads by 40 per cent.  HL15311
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reverse the reduction in foreign aid spending following the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL15312
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to donate surplus vaccines to other nations; and if they have such plans, how they will decide which nations will receive those vaccines.  HL15313
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to work with the governments of other nations to coordinate the (1) donation, and (2) distribution, of surplus vaccines.  HL15314
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to include financial education into the national curriculum.  HL15315
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the Kickstart Scheme.  HL15316
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support small businesses who have encountered payroll processing issues as a result of changes to COVID-19 support programmes.  HL15317
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow workers without qualifications in the hospitality and tourism sector to qualify for free level 3 courses.  HL15318
Answered
Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS Trusts do not provide speech therapy for stammering adults; what are the reasons for those Trusts not providing such therapy; and what plans they have to establish a consistent service across England to provide such therapy.  HL15319
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