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Questions for Written Answer for 9 June 2021

Tabled on 8 June and due for answer by 8 June.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States' State Department about its "announcement of visa restrictions on those undermining the peaceful resolution of the crisis in the anglophone regions of Cameroon”, published on 7 June; and what plans they have to take similar action.  HL826
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of France about the co-ordination of European, USA and UK action against those undermining the peaceful resolution of the crisis in the anglophone regions of Cameroon.  HL827
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with the government of Nigeria about that government's decision to ban Twitter; if so, what response they have received; and if not, whether they plan to do so.  HL828
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the attack on an Ahmadi Muslim burial by an armed group in Sheikhupura District in Pakistan with the government of Pakistan; if not, whether they plan to do so;  and whether they will place the details of any response in the Library of the House.  HL829
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to begin negotiations with representatives of the National Unity Government (NUG) in Myanmar with a view to giving it official recognition; how they intend to respond to the request sent by the NUG to the Prime Minister requesting (1) engagement with the NUG as the representative of Myanmar, (2) aid to as… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the difference in the cost of COVID-19 tests for travellers (1) entering, and (2) leaving, the UK.  HL831
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to increase the opportunity for pregnant women to have two doses of vaccinations by the time their pregnancy is full term by ensuring that the NHS vaccination booking system allows them to book a second dose of vaccine eight weeks after their first, and (2) to ensure that any NHS-supported applications used to ena… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they intend to make for members of the House of Lords named as having MI5 files in the course of the Undercover Policing Inquiry to see those files.  HL833
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct a post-construction environmental impact assessment of their new port at Duqm in Oman; whether they have made any assessment of the (1) overall environmental impact, and (2) impact on Arabian humpback whales, of the visit of HMS Queen Elizabeth to that port.  HL834
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) environmental, and (2) economic, impact of the use of flags of convenience by ships, in (a) UK waters, and (b) globally; and what steps they plan to take with international partners to reduce the (i) use, and (ii) any negative impact, of such flags.  HL835
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by UNICEF's Executive Director at the meeting marking the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes on 21 May, what steps they are taking (1) to end the marketing of such substitutes to new parents, and (2) to promote breastfeeding.  HL836
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by UNICEF's Executive Director at the meeting marking the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes on 21 May, what steps they plan to take (1) with international partners, and (2) through the direction of Overseas Development Assistance, (a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take in response to the report by the TUC Ranking G7 Green Recovery Plans and jobs, published on 2 June.  HL838
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of the contamination of land on two dairy farms in Cumbria after the application of liquid fertiliser, what assessment they have made of the frequency of such incidences of contamination; and what plans they have to take regulatory action to prevent further such contaminations.  HL839
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many prison service staff have attended intersectionality courses, (2) what is the cost of any such courses, and (3) how the courses help prison officers deal with prisoners.  HL840
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of NHS staff who have refused a COVID-19 vaccination, and (2) the impact such refusal has made to the spread of COVID-19 in NHS facilities; whether vaccine refusal amounts to gross misconduct; and if so, what steps they are taking to dismiss any such staff.  HL841
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what information is available on the current (1) use, and (2) whereabouts, of the circular table used by the National Economic Development Council, commonly known as NEDDY, until 1992.  HL842
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, since March 2020, how much money they have given for transport-related purposes to (1) Transport for London, and (2) all other councils and transport authorities in England; and what is the per capita amount of expenditure for those living (a) in the Greater London area, and (b) in the rest of England.  HL843
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to call for a full independent inquiry into the possibility of the COVID-19 virus leaking from a laboratory in Wuhan.  HL844
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people serving a life sentence were released at their first eligible parole date in each year since 2000.  HL845 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people serving an imprisonment for public protection sentence were released at their first eligible parole date in each year since 2005.  HL846 [I]
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support for (1) academic, and (2) living, costs is available to English postgraduate students studying for a Masters degree at an English university.  HL847
Tabled
Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many planned discontinuation notices for the supply of medicines they have received as of 1 June 2021; and what steps they are taking to mitigate such notices.  HL848
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of shortages of tubular steel, what arrangements they plan to put in place to ensure that the NHS has enough supplies of rehabilitation equipment including (1) walking frames, (2) four-wheeled walkers, and (3) rollators.  HL849
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to ensure women prison leavers supported by the Ministry of Justice’s temporary accommodation service are supported into permanent accommodation.  HL850
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Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they expect the Planning Inspectorate’s report into the AQUIND Interconnector to be completed and sent to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  HL851
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government which parts of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill would not have been allowed had the UK remained a member of the EU.  HL852
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the medical device innovations sent from the HealthTec Connect portal in its first 12 months to (1) NHS, and (2) Government, agencies, have since been adopted by NHS Supply Chain.  HL853
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to put in place a framework agreement specifically for the adoption of medical devices innovation, and (2) to ensure that each procurement framework agreement has a section specifically for innovation adoption to speed up the use of innovative medical devices for patients.  HL854
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a separate budgeting and adoption process for medical devices designated as innovative products.  HL855
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to follow the approach of the government of the United States' Food and Drug Administration in adapting regulatory requirements by putting clinical evidence into the post-market approval phase and improving the introduction of medical innovation devices.  HL856
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the contents of the Home Office's Diversity and Inclusion webpage on gov.uk to ensure the inclusion of the protected characteristic of sex.  HL857
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update the list of characteristics that the Home Office lists it will not discriminate on detailed in the contents of the Home Office's Diversity and Inclusion webpage on gov.uk to include the protected characteristic of sex.  HL858
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports (1) that the government of Israel has removed health insurance benefits from Palestinian prisoners on their release from custody, and (2) that such persons have been deported from East Jerusalem and banned from the city; and what representations they made to that government about such reports.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Israel has  issued a ban on the further construction of Palestinian developments near Yatta; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such a ban on any possible peace process in the region.  HL860
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Turkey about the attack on Maxmur Refugee Camp and villages in northern Iraq on 5 June.  HL861
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure women prison leavers supported by the Ministry of Justice’s temporary accommodation service are supported into permanent accommodation.  HL862
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the (1) economic, (2) political, and (3) security, situation in Zimbabwe.  HL863
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the African Union for the development of the African Continental Free Trade Area.  HL864
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK’s diplomatic soft power of the BBC World Service in Africa.  HL865
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people required to self-isolate in hotels on arrival back in the UK do so.  HL866
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what sanctions are available upon discovering that a hotel is not fulfilling its agreed role in self-isolating travellers arriving back in the UK.  HL867
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the threat posed by repurposed previously decommissioned firearms.  HL868
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of (1) Russia, and (2) Armenia, to have the location of land mines in Azerbaijan sovereign territory made available to the government of Azerbaijan.  HL869
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of civilians who have lost their lives since 1 June as a result of unidentified Armenian land mines in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  HL870
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure no woman is released from prison to homelessness.  HL871
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure women prison leavers supported by the Ministry of Justice’s temporary accommodation service are supported into permanent accommodation.  HL872
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) local authorities, and (2) police forces, to prevent the illegal (a) purchase, and (b) use, of e-scooters in England.  HL873
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Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any evidence of the relationship between silica or asbestos and anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody associated vasculitis which has been discovered since the publication on 3 April 2020  of the report by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council Occupational exposure to Silica or asbestos and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Social Mobility Commission The road not taken: drivers of course selection, published on 30 March, what steps they plan to take (1) to focus on educational inequalities for people aged 16 and under, and (2) to target specific disadvantaged groups.  HL875
Withdrawn
Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Social Mobility Commission The road not taken: drivers of course selection, published on 30 March, what steps they plan to take to provide targeted support resources to address any challenges faced by disadvantaged pupils.  HL876
Withdrawn
Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Social Mobility Commission The road not taken: drivers of course selection, published on 30 March, what steps they plan to take (1) to promote progression routes, (2) to combine technical and academic courses, and (3) to ensure T Levels are properly recognised and fully transferable qualifi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Social Mobility Commission The road not taken: drivers of course selection, published on 30 March, what steps they plan to take to help disadvantaged young people with travel costs to ensure such people can afford to travel to certain courses or apprenticeships which should otherwise be ava… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Social Mobility Commission The road not taken: drivers of course selection, published on 30 March, what plans they have (1) to reintroduce the Education Maintenance Allowance in England, or (2) an equivalent allowance with similar purpose.  HL879
Withdrawn
Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to provide to local councils to comply safely with holding council meetings in public.  HL880
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what powers local councils have to ensure all those who attend council meetings provide a negative test result for COVID-19 before they are allowed entrance to those meetings in the period for which COVID-19 restrictions are in place.  HL881
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the adequacy of support provided through the legal aid system for victims of domestic abuse.  HL882
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they plan to make to the prison and probation systems to reduce re-offending.  HL883
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Safety in custody quarterly: update to December 2020, published on 29 April, what steps they are taking to address self-harm in women’s prisons.  HL884
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to address so-called "legal advice deserts".  HL885
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the anonymity of victims of sexual assault.  HL886
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards the restoration of the probation service in England and Wales to public ownership and control.  HL887
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) whether the outbreak of COVID-19 at Napier Barracks is now over, and (2) the safety of Napier Barracks for new arrivals of asylum seekers.  HL888
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Penally Training Camp is now being used; and what discussions they have had, if any, with the Welsh Government about this camp.  HL889
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals were on board UK deportation flight Esparto 11; and to which countries they were deported.  HL890
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what personal data is held on the database of people who have received a COVID-19 vaccination; and who can that data be shared with.  HL891
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make the theft of pet dogs a specific criminal offence.  HL892
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of delays in the issuing of the Aspen payment cards to asylum seekers.  HL893
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to resume resettlement programmes for refugees.  HL894
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings published by Together With Refugees on 1 June that two-thirds of women and children currently accepted by the Government as refugees would be deemed inadmissible under their New Plan for Immigration, published on 24 March.  HL895
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to help the applicants for British National (Overseas) visas in the first three months of 2021 (1) to move to, and (2) to integrate in, the UK.  HL896
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to NHS Digital’s General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection, what plans they have (1) to write individually to every affected patient fully explaining the proposed data acquisition and its benefits and risks, (2) to include an easily understandable summary of the Data Processing Impact Assessment in any… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to NHS Digital’s General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection, who was consulted about the deferral of this project; and which civil liberties organisations have been consulted about the project as a whole.  HL898
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Baroness Sugg to ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the equalities impact assessment on the reductions in UK aid from 0.7 per cent to 0.5 per cent was completed; and when that assessment will be published.  HL899
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of small businesses that will be unable to retain current staff numbers after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends; and what steps they are taking to financially support small businesses after September 2021.  HL900
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of families at risk of eviction; and what steps they are taking to support them.  HL901
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support businesses that have lost revenue from cross-border card payments because of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.  HL902
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reassure small businesses that financial support will be made available in the case of future COVID-19 restrictions being introduced.  HL903
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Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been killed by someone who has previously been found guilty of homicide, imprisoned, and subsequently released, for the years for which figures are available.  HL904
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Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to come forward with proposals following their Offshore Transmission Network Review.  HL905
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