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Questions for Written Answer for 17 May 2021

Tabled on 13 May 2021 and due for answer by 27 May 2021.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 27 April (HL14861), whether the statistics provided include those aged over 80 who received no State Pension; and, if not, as of March 2021 how many (1) women, and (2) men, living in the UK aged over 80 were receiving no State Pension.  HL201
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government which are the “42 countries with populations one step from catastrophe or famine” referred to in the policy paper G7 famine prevention and humanitarian crises compact, published on 5 May; and how decisions will be made about the amount of relief funds to be allocated to each of those 42 countries from the initial $7 billi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Anelay of St Johns to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss the policy paper G7 famine prevention and humanitarian crises compact, published on 5 May, at the G7 meeting in June; and what procedures have been put in place to ensure timely and effective delivery of the funding commitments in the paper.  HL203
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Lord Balfe to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment he has made of the value to the House of Lords of the office space in the European Parliament building set aside for House staff; whether he is aware that the UK and Norway are the only two countries that are not members of the EU that are afforded such accommodation; what plans there are to post a member of House staff t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker on how many occasions this year the office allocated to the House of Lords in the European Parliament building in Brussels has been visited by a member of House staff; and what plans there are for using that office in the near future.  HL205
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Baroness Blower to ask Her Majesty's Government when the last Trident D5 missile test took place; and how many Trident D5 missiles the UK has.  HL206
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Baroness Blower to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Trident D5 missiles will be on each Dreadnaught class submarine when this class of submarine enters service.  HL207
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Baroness Blower to ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they undertook to inform the decision to increase nuclear warhead numbers as announced in the policy paper, Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published on 16 March.  HL208
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Baroness Blower to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants are working on the Independent review of children’s social care.  HL209
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Baroness Blower to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the job titles of civil servants employed (1) full-time, and (2) part-time, on the Independent review of children’s social care.  HL210
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Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have found a solution to the problem of War Widows pensions, as referred to in the letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Craig of Radley dated 11 March 2020 and placed in the Library of the House.  HL211
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce the result of their review of the Gambling Act 2005; and what plans they have to introduce primary legislation in this parliament in response to that review.  HL212
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in advance of any steps they intend to take following their review of the Gambling Act 2005, they will use their existing statutory powers to prohibit advertising by gambling companies in or near sports venues.  HL213
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in advance of any steps they intend to take following their review of the Gambling Act 2005, they will encourage the Gambling Commission to pursue urgently the development of new licence conditions which will require operators to conduct strict affordability checks before accepting bets.  HL214
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in advance of any steps they intend to take following their review of the Gambling Act 2005, they will encourage the Gambling Commission to make it a licence condition that gambling operators should not contract with affiliates unless the affiliates themselves are licensed.  HL215
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in advance of any steps they intend to take following their review of the Gambling Act 2005, they will encourage the Gambling Commission to amend the social responsibility codes of practice to prohibit licensees from offering bet to view inducements  HL216
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of concerns expressed by non-governmental and humanitarian organisations on the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories.  HL217
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to recent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants, (1) what action they are taking to encourage restraint on both sides; and (2) what discussions they have had with the government of the United States on how to de-escalate the situation.  HL218
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the escalation of anti-government protests in Colombia, what assessment they have made of the political situation in the country.  HL219
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have had made (1) to representatives of the government of Palestine, and (2) to President Abbas, regarding the decree on 29 April postponing the 22 May legislative elections and the 31 July presidential elections.  HL220
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many independent schools have (1) withdrawn, or (2) announced their intention to withdraw, from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, since the September 2019 announcement of an increase in required employer contributions.  HL221
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used to decide to reduce UK funding to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) by 60 per cent; what assessment they have made of the statement by UNICEF of 1 May criticising this decision; and whether they consulted with (1) UNICEF, and (2) other international donors to UNICEF, (i) before, and (ii) afte… 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 progress they have made towards their 2019 target to increase GP numbers by 6,000 by 2024–25; and whether they expect to meet this target.  HL223
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new national Behaviour Survey, outlined by the Education Secretary in his speech to the Confederation of School Trusts on 28 April, will set out the connection between the details of pupil behaviour and any sanctions applied; if not, whether the survey will record the details of behaviour that results in exclusions; and whethe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government with which EU Member States they have (1) reached, and (2) signed, reciprocal agreements on driving licences.  HL225
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government when UK citizens in EU Member States with whom reciprocal arrangements on driving licences have not been signed will lose their right to drive in those countries.  HL226
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government when an agreement on driving licences will be signed with the government of Spain given UK citizens in that country will lose their right to drive on 30 June.  HL227
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a UK citizen who is resident in France can nominate an individual in the UK to buy an International Driving Permit on their behalf.  HL228
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government why a reciprocal agreement on driving licences between the UK and France has not yet been signed.  HL229
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to respond to the letter from Lord Pearson of Rannoch to Baroness Williams of Trafford dated 31 March.  HL230
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the Parliamentary Estate will remain closed to visiting members of the public until September; if so, (1) for what reasons, and (2) what consideration he has given to the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions in England on 17 May in respect of the accessibility of the Estate; and what plans there are to resume normal ca… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prepare for when both the CE and UK Conformity Assessed markings will be accepted for construction materials; how they will ensure there are enough testing facilities for each type of product; and how many new testing facilities they estimate will be required for products that are currently tested in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact predicted shortages of construction products at the end of the year will have on the (1) progress, and (2) costs, of the construction of HS2.  HL233
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made for the timeline for the (1) introduction, and (2) progress, of the Building Safety Bill.  HL234
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are restrictions preventing GP practices from being sold to investors based outside of the UK.  HL235
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government which companies were placed on the “VIP” fast-track for potential contracts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL236
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will decide on (1) Sheffield City Region’s borrowing plans announced in March, and (2) a debt cap agreed by the Treasury and Sheffield City Region.  HL237
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU citizens have been denied entry to the UK at the border since 1 January; and, of those denied entry, how many were detained.  HL238
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking any steps to advance the use of environmentally considerate methods of clearing unexploded ordnance from the sea floor.  HL239
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the eviction of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.  HL240
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the role and responsibilities of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England will be affected by the inspection of Liverpool City Council.  HL241
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards exist to ensure the secretariat of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Independent Scientific Expert Pool is independent from the rest of the Health and Safety Executive.  HL242
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the (1) number, and (2) composition, of experts that will be recruited to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Independent Scientific Expert Pool.  HL243
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