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Questions for Written Answer for 20 May 2021

Tabled on 19 May and due for answer by 3 June.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the safety of ethnic minorities in refugee displacement camps in South Sudan following the withdrawal of peacekeepers from that country.  HL386
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of who is responsible for the attack on the village of Dungob Alei in South Sudan on 16 May.  HL387
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress towards ensuring that all commitments entered into in the peace deal signed in South Sudan in 2018 are fully implemented; and which commitments are still to be put into effect.  HL388
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) peacebuilding programmes, and (2) other peacebuilding initiatives, they intend to continue funding in South Sudan.  HL389
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely impact of their cuts to financial support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; and by what percentage has the amount been cut from the support given in the previous two years.  HL390
Answered
Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative cost of (1) peat free compost, and (2) compost incorporating peat; and what steps they are taking to reduce the cost of peat free materials to gardeners.  HL391
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children under the age of 16 who have been subject to handcuff restraint in the last 12 month period for which statistics are available.  HL392
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what protocols exist governing the circumstances under which a person under the age of 16 can be subject to handcuff restraint.  HL393
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Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to recruit retired judges and magistrates to serve on a temporary basis to reduce delays in court hearings; and, in bringing forward any such plans, what assessment they have made of their potential contribution to reducing these delays.  HL394
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of their Comprehensive Improvement Plan in response to the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, they have a stated aim to increase case escalation where there are ethical considerations.  HL395
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their COVID-19 guidance for rehearsals by non-professional choirs; when they plan to review this guidance; and whether the guidance has a statutory basis.  HL396
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Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government, further the answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 18 May (HL Deb, cols 434–5), whether the Planning Inspectorate’s report on the AQUIND interconnector will be published before the Secretary of State makes his decision.  HL397
Answered
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reduction in the numbers of children learning to swim due to the closure of swimming pools in the past year.  HL398
Answered
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what help they are providing to primary schools to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn to swim before moving on to secondary school.  HL399
Answered
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many primary school children have not been able to swim the statutory 25 metres in the 2019/20 academic year and what is their projection for this figure in 2020/2021.  HL400
Answered
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £320 million of PE and sport premium available for primary schools has been spent on children’s swimming.  HL401
Answered
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they have taken since January to ascertain the impact of alternative enforcement schemes for the BBC licence fee.  HL402
Answered
Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many over 75 year-olds have been prosecuted for non-payment of the BBC licence fee since the free licence was abolished.  HL403
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Biometric Residence Permit cards confirming that the holder has been granted indefinite leave to remain have been sent to an address other than the latest address on the successful applicant's record; and what plans they have to ensure that such Permits go to the correct addresses in future.  HL404
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the population of native bees; and what assessment they have made of the extent to which any such plans will (1) improve pollination, and (2) boost production of UK farming crops.  HL405
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the cost of building each stage of the HS2 railway.  HL406
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the improvement in UK productivity that will result from building the HS2 railway.  HL407
Answered
Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been spent in legal aid for members of the Rochdale grooming gang; and what is their estimate of the amount of money spent assisting the victims of that gang.  HL408
Answered
Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 19 May (HL236), why they consider the list of companies that were placed on the “VIP” fast-track for potential contracts related to the COVID-19 pandemic to be commercially sensitive, given that the question put sought no contractual or payment information; and whether they will now answe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish a list of all the actions that have been made lawful under changes to COVID-19 regulations, but which have been described by Ministers of the Crown as “dangerous” within 24 hours of those changes taking effect.  HL410
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to limit the entry requirements for level two apprenticeships.  HL411
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure local authorities are issuing Restart Grants within the required timeframe.  HL412
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to decrease the paperwork burden for the meat and seafood industry as a result of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  HL413
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require mandatory climate reporting for small and medium sized businesses.  HL414
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Lord Vaizey of Didcot to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the publication of the report from the Telecoms Diversification Task Force on 20 April, what plans they have (1) to incentivise, and (2) to encourage, UK Mobile Network Operators to invest in Open Radio Access Networks.  HL415
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Lord Vaizey of Didcot to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invest in large-scale urban Open Radio Access Network trials in 2022, in order to assess whether Open Radio Access Networks can be successfully deployed in a dense urban environment.  HL416
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Lord Vaizey of Didcot to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to attract, and (2) to incentivise, Open Radio Access Network suppliers to establish an operational base within the UK.  HL417
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) companies, or (2) persons, subject to UK sanctions are also banned from initiating actions in UK courts.  HL418
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