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Questions for Written Answer for 26 May 2021

Tabled on 25 May 2021 and due for answer by 9 June 2021.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they currently impose, or intend to impose, any penalties on (1) employers, (2) scheme trustees, (3) pension providers, or (4) employer advisers, if automatic enrolment scheme members are contributing to a pension scheme which is unsuitable for them.  HL548
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate have they made of the number of (1) women, and (2) men, earning less than the personal tax threshold who were automatically enrolled in workplace pension schemes which operate on net pay basis in each tax year since 2017–18.  HL549
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans do they have to implement legal obligations on employers (1) to select a suitable pension scheme for low-paid workers, and (2) to inform those workers about the lower take-home pay as a result of enrolling onto a Net Pay scheme.  HL550
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase take-up of Pension Credit and reduce pensioner poverty, especially for older women.  HL551
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement legal obligations on (1) pension scheme trustees, (2) pension advisers, and (3) pension scheme providers, to ensure that the take-home pay of members of auto-enrolment pension schemes take-home pay is not reduced as a direct result of the pension scheme’s tax relief administration system.  HL552
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will raise the public execution of a North Korean citizen in Wonsan on 25 April who was found to have smuggled CDs and USBs (1) at the next meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, and (2) with the Ambassador of North Korea to the United Kingdom.  HL553
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the call of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, for a diplomatic boycott on the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.  HL554
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the estimate by US Customs and Border Protection that 85 per cent of China’s manufactured cotton comes from the Xinjiang region; and what plans they have to introduce restrictions on imports of cotton to prevent the import of goods sent from Uighur internment camps in the Xinjiang region.  HL… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government why the mid-term review of the BBC Charter not being conducted before the Ofcom review of public service broadcasting; and how will the review by Ofcom be used to inform the mid-term review of the BBC Charter.  HL556
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to invite Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya as a guest to the G7 summit in June, so that she may put the case of the Belarusian opposition to the G7 heads of government.  HL557
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Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the closure of Askham Bryan College’s Newton Rigg campus in Cumbria; and what discussions they have had with (1) Askham Bryan College, and (2) other bodies, about the closure.  HL558
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Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will update the Impact Assessment conducted by DEFRA in 2018 now that more is known about the Agriculture Transition Plan and Environmental Land Management Schemes.  HL559
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Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the figures published by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services on 23 November 2020 which show that 19,510 children have been removed from school registers since the start of the 2020/21 academic year; what steps they are taking to identify those children; and what as… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to negotiate with the EU to reduce barriers faced by musicians intending to tour EU countries; whether they have produced a timetable for those negotiations; and if so, whether they will place a copy of the timetable in the Library of the House.  HL561
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish a transitional support fund for UK musicians intending to tour in the EU.  HL562
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of providing an indemnity for live music events following the Step 4 lifting of COVID-19 restrictions; and whether they will place the results of any such assessment in the Library of the House.  HL563
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish (1) the results, and (2) any arising guidance, from the Events Research Programme.  HL564
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish guidance for (1) musicians, and (2) other live performers, operating after the Step 4 lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.  HL565
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure UK workers have the necessary skills to work in the UK music sector.  HL566
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the provisions of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 that require Members of the Legislative Assembly to designate themselves as nationalist, unionist, or other, upon taking their seats.  HL567
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to modify the provisions of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 that require the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to be drawn from the largest nationalist and unionist designations in the Northern Ireland Assembly.  HL568
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps have been taken since 2004 to reduce, and if possible eliminate, the (1) trapping, and (2) shooting, of migrating birds in the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus, in particular since the Larnaca Declaration of 2011.  HL569
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have received that organised and violent criminals are involved with bird trapping in Cyprus, especially in the Sovereign Base Areas.  HL570
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards fulfilling their promise to improve the current monitoring system for pesticides beyond measuring the weight of chemicals.  HL571
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the 2021 study in the Netherlands which found that the impact of pesticides on insects could have knock-on effects on other animals such as birds which rely on them for food.  HL572
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to improve publicly available data on pesticide use, in order to reverse global wildlife diversity decline.  HL573
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research by Professor Ralf Schulz of the University Koblenz and Landau 'Applied pesticide toxicity shifts towards plants and invertebrates, even in GM crops', published in Science in April, which shows that as pesticides become more specific, they become more toxic to ‘non-target organis… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of (1) the use of paraquat in agriculture in the United States of America and Australia, and (2) the use of neonicotinoids in Australia; and what consideration they will give to the use of such chemicals in the negotiation of trade deals with those countries.  HL575
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to negotiate a new arrangement with the EU for those involved in the creative industries sector, particularly in relation to arrangements for touring musicians.  HL576
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they will give to local councils to enable them to safely comply with the Government's guidance on returning to holding council meetings in public.  HL577
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government, while national COVID-19 restrictions remain in force, what powers local councils have to ensure that all those who attend council meetings have tested negative for COVID-19 before they are permitted entry.  HL578
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Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Akua Reindorf for the University of Essex, published in December 2020; and what plans they have to prohibit departments seeking advice from Stonewall on diversity policies.  HL579
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the latest evidence base which has led to the B1.351 COVID-19 variant being categorised as a variant of concern, particularly in regard to its transmissibility.  HL580
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific evidence they have on the effectiveness of the (1) Pfizer, and (2) Astra Zeneca, vaccines in reducing (a) hospitalisations, and (b) symptomatic infections, linked to the B1.351 COVID-19 variant; and what plans they have to publish this evidence.  HL581
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to cooperate with the scientific community of South Africa on genomic sequencing relating to COVID-19.  HL582
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional funding to local authorities for early abuse interventions following increases in domestic violence.  HL583
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of existing legislation in preventing the re-sale of football match tickets.  HL584
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review financial support provided to lower tier football clubs following the COVID-19 pandemic, including support to football club community projects.  HL585
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the forthcoming Health and Social Care Bill will make provision relating to unpaid carers.  HL586
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the finance industry regarding the adoption of the voluntary Contingent Reimbursement Model Code; and what steps they are taking to persuade retail banks to sign up to the Contingent Reimbursement Model Code.  HL587
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of implementing a requirement for banks to regularly publish data on the reimbursement rates of bank transfer scam victims.  HL588
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase awareness of the impact of 'Making Tax Digital' on tax.  HL589
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Gingerbread Caring without Sharing, published in May; and what steps they are taking to provide financial support to single parents once the furlough scheme ends.  HL590
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Vodafone Lost Connections, published in May; and what steps they are taking to ensure that women do not face increased barriers when returning to work.  HL591
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent cuts to the construction industry workforce once the furlough scheme ends.  HL592
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United Arab Emirates regarding the imprisonment of Albert Douglas.  HL593
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to table a UN Security Council Resolution to secure a comprehensive global arms embargo on Myanmar.  HL594
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The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to governments of ASEAN-member states to implement the conclusions agreed at the ASEAN emergency summit on Myanmar on 24 April.  HL595
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