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Questions for Written Answer for 10 June 2021

Tabled on 9 June and due for answer by 23 June.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether a representative of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office attended proceedings of the Uyghur Tribunal in London on (1) 4 June, and (2) 7 June; what assessment they have made of testimonies of witnesses to the Tribunal; whether they have asked to meet with (a) the Tribunal Chair Sir Geoffrey Nice, and (b) ot… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what projects their diplomatic missions have funded for the Universal Rights Group non-governmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland; and how much funding has been approved.  HL907
Answered
Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what partnerships their diplomatic missions (1) have at present, or (2) have had in the past, with the Universal Rights Group non-governmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland.  HL908
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Lord Austin of Dudley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure their support for the Universal Rights Group non-governmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland is contingent on that organisation's support for the UK’s policy priorities in the Middle East region; and in particular, the UK's priorities in respect of the conflict between Israel and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment the Liaison Committee has made of the case for establishing a committee for the purposes of preparing a submission to the Conference on the Future of Europe.  HL910
Answered
Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the cuts of the Young Audiences Content Fund pilot, what steps they are taking to ensure the pilot leads to a secure, well-supported and long-term future for that Fund.  HL911
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government why cuts were made to the final year of the Young Audiences Content Fund pilot; what assessment they made of (1) the effectiveness of that Fund, and (2) the need to provide notice of any changes to its funding.  HL912
Answered
Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government how their mid-term review of the BBC Charter will be informed by Ofcom’s review of the BBC’s operating licence.  HL913
Answered
Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that the BBC does not reduce the number of quotas related to delivering public value content, including those related to (1) radio, and (2) children’s programming.  HL914
Answered
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Equality Act 2010 applies to the Sovereign in her private capacity; what are the reasons for any exemption; and whether the Government Equalities Office (1) reviewed any exemption during the passage of the Act, and (2) will now review any such exemption.  HL915
Tabled
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government when any (1) minister, or (2) senior civil servant, last visited the refugee accommodation at Napier Barracks; and what assessment they made of the living conditions there.  HL916
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) progress, and (2) construction costs, of the current consented HS2 Phase One scheme at Wendover.  HL917
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether new alternative noise and environmental mitigation solutions at Wendover on HS2 Phase One will be considered by HS2 Ltd and EKFB.  HL918
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what alternative noise and environmental mitigation proposals have been agreed by HS2 Ltd and EKFB to the consented scheme on HS2 Phase One at Wendover following recent discussions with local authorities and stakeholder groups.  HL919
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment has been made of the effect of HS2 Phase One construction and operation at Wendover on (1) local transport infrastructure, (2) permitted noise levels, (3) air quality, and (4) the Site of Special Scientific Interest at Weston Turville Reservoir.  HL920
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent actions have been taken by HS2 Ltd and contractors EKFB to ensure that they satisfy legal obligations to consider all reasonable and practical alternatives to mitigate the impact of the HS2 Phase One route at Wendover.  HL921
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in prison serving a life sentence (1) enrolled on, and (2) completed, an offending behaviour course after the expiry of their tariff period in each of the last five years.  HL922 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in prison serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence (1) enrolled on, and (2) completed, an offending behaviour course after the expiry of their tariff period in each of the last five years.  HL923 [I]
Answered
Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of forensic beds available for people with mental health conditions held in police custody.  HL924
Answered
Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of spending on cancer research services in England in (1) 2019–20, and (2) 2020–21.  HL925
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to address the level of adherence to proper hand hygiene in (1) hospitals, and (2) other care settings.  HL926
Tabled
Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of illegal fuel that has been smuggled into the United Kingdom from the Republic of Ireland in each of the last five years.  HL927
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to tackle gangs involved in people smuggling and organised immigration crime.  HL928
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent progress they have made in ensuring equality in cancer treatment across England.  HL929
Tabled
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that no female prisoner is released from prison to homelessness.  HL930
Answered
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that female prisoners who have left prison and are being supported by the temporary accommodation service are assisted into permanent accommodation.  HL931
Answered
The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Berridge on 7 June (HL Deb, col 1185) that "the Office for Students has just consulted on the request to reprioritise the strategic priorities grant", what are these renewed strategic priorities; and to what level of education it is intended that these strategic priorities will apply.  HL932
Answered
Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children visited the United Kingdom on school visits using identity cards in the last year for which figures are available.  HL933
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of the UK contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency in the last 12 months; and what steps have they taken to ensure that school books for children supplied by the UN Relief and Works Agency do not (1) glorify terrorism, and (2) incite violence and hatred.  HL934
Tabled
Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of the UK contribution to the Palestinian Authority in the last 12 months; and what assessment they have made of the sources of funds for the Palestinian Authority Martyrs’ Fund.  HL935
Answered
Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the human rights record of the Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi.  HL936
Answered
Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure issues affecting the wider middle east region, including the involvement of Iran in regional conflicts, are included in discussions on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action  HL937
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proposed timescale for the (1) publication of the consultation on mandatory calorie labelling for pre-packaged alcoholic drinks, and (2) implementation of the policy following the consultation.  HL938
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Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to make representations to the government of Armenia in relation to sharing data on landmines with the government of Azerbaijan; and (2) to provide support to the government of Azerbaijan in clearing landmines from land regained by that country during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.  HL939
Answered
Baroness Goudie 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.  HL940
Answered
Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the total cost to UK businesses of EU tariffs being applied on goods entering Northern Ireland from elsewhere in the United Kingdom.  HL941
Answered
Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in the last three months to support self-employed people who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL942
Answered
Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the proportion of goods consignments from the rest of the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland that contain agri-food products.  HL943
Answered
Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of homeless people living in England in each year since 2018.  HL944
Answered
Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizens that have been arrested following extradition requests from other nations were extradited to the country of their arrest in each year since 2018.  HL945
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restore the level of Official Development Assistance to 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income.  HL946
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the international reputation of the UK of their decision to reduce Official Development Assistance to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income.  HL947
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from other governments in relation to their decision to cut Official Development Assistance to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income.  HL948
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce (1) the production, and (2) the use, of plastic in the United Kingdom  HL949
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to reduce ocean pollution.  HL950
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the legality of reducing the percentage of Gross National Income spent on Official Development Assistance without introducing new legislation to do so.  HL951
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the political situation in Nicaragua; and what representations they have made to the government of Nicaragua following the arrest of opposition politicians in June.  HL952
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government to which countries they have provided (1) advice, and (2) support, on landmine clearance programmes.  HL953
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the (1) economic, and (2) political, situation in Sri Lanka.  HL954
Answered
Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the issue of relief of poorer income countries’ indebtedness to banks and other private creditors (1) at the meeting of G7 finance ministers, and (2) in discussions with other international partners.  HL955
Answered
Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on the territorial integrity of the UK; and whether they consider that any such impact arising from the Protocol was justified in order to secure a wider agreement on the terms of the UK's departure from the EU.  HL956
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to section 10A of the British Nationality Act 1981, to be inserted on 1 July 2021, what information will be provided to EU citizens who settle in the UK on or after 1 July 2021 regarding the effect of that section and its application to any child born of such citizens while in the UK.  HL957
Answered
Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what records they will maintain relating to the timing of applications for settled status, particularly of individuals applying before 1 July but whose applications are granted on or after that date.  HL958
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide access to the records to any child to whom section 10A of the British Nationality Act, to be inserted on 1 July 2021, relates to; and what other steps they will take to ensure that a child is able to confirm their British citizenship acquired under this section, whether during childhood or… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide access to the records relating to section 10A of the British Nationality Act 1981, to be added on 1 July 2021, to the parent, local authority or other guardian with responsibility for the child.  HL960
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the antibody response in immunocompromised individuals following two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine; and if these individuals are adequately protected from COVID-19 as virus infection rates rise across areas of England.  HL961
Answered
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the antibody response in immunocompromised individuals following trials of a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  HL962
Answered
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reintroduce shielding for clinically extremely vulnerable individuals who (1) are immunocompromised, or (2) have not been protected by two doses of the vaccine, but who are expected to return to work and normal life when the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted.  HL963
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to protect immunocompromised individuals from COVID-19 as cases rise in areas of England.  HL964
Tabled
Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total number of hospitalisations of patients with COVID-19 since 1 March 2020.  HL965
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish an online media literacy strategy.  HL966
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to provide funding for, and (2) to further the work of, the Future News Pilot Fund.  HL967
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what potential tax incentives they have (1) discussed, and (2) implemented, in support of the news publishing industry.  HL968
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government when the data protection impact assessment for NHS Digital General Practice Data for planning and research data collection will be published.  HL969
Tabled
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israel undertook a mass arrest of Palestinian citizens of Israel on 24 May.  HL970
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (CP403), published on 16 March, what plans they have to increase the UK's (1) diplomatic presence, and (2) other infrastructure, around the globe.  HL971
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, given the operation of vulture funds and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poorer income countries, what consideration they have given to introducing legislation similar to the time-expired Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010.  HL972
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Frost on 27 May (HL Deb, cols 1103–6), which EU countries were involved in bi-lateral discussions with the UK Government about touring visas for workers in the cultural sector; and whether the Home Office was party to these discussions.  HL973
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that mental health first aid training is rolled out in primary school settings.  HL974
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional financial support they plan to offer to the travel and tourism industry because of the decline of business in that sector.  HL975
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the case for a ‘Right to Disconnect’; and if they have made such an assessment, what the impact of such a right would be on employee mental health.  HL976
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all individuals on Universal Credit are able to participate in learning and training courses.  HL977
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement from Annabel Denham, the Director of Communications at the Institute for Economic Affairs that after 75 years the BBC licence is “no longer fit for purpose” and should be replaced by a “subscriber-owned mutual.”  HL978
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to decriminalise the non-payment of the BBC licence fee by senior citizens.  HL979
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to finance the cost of extending overseas voting rights (1) directly, or (2) from fees attached to registration, or (3) by any other means.  HL980
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the addition of the crime of ecocide to the treaty governing the International Criminal Court.  HL981
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Baroness Wilcox of Newport to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the name of (1) each individual employer, and (2) each employer which is part of a Kickstart gateway, which has had applications approved through the Kickstart Scheme; and how many jobs has each named employer made available through the Scheme.  HL982
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Lord Woolf to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure women prison leavers in accommodation provided through the temporary accommodation scheme of the Ministry of Justice are assisted into permanent accommodation.  HL983
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