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Questions for Written Answer for 15 June 2021

Tabled on 14 June and due for answer by 28 June.

Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals are medically unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19, either because they are (1) immuno-compromised, (2) undergoing cancer treatment, or (3) undergoing any other treatment rendering them unsuitable for vaccination.  HL1031
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to protect individuals who are immuno-compromised and therefore cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19; and whether they plan to offer those individuals plasma from people who have either (1) recovered from COVID-19, or (2) been fully vaccinated.  HL1032
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what interest rate is applied to the arrears payments for women whose automatic pension uplifts were not applied as they should have been since 2008, and who are now receiving the back-dated amounts due.  HL1033
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to contact all people aged over 80 who are receiving less than the basic State Pension of £82.45 per week, including those receiving no State Pension, so they can be paid their entitlement.  HL1034
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have identified why automatic pension uplifts were not applied since 2008 to women's State Pension when their husbands reached State Pension Age; and what steps they have taken to ensure that future pension payments are subject to checks.  HL1035
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have identified why the Pensions Service helpline has been giving incorrect advice to women whose State Pension payments were too low about the accuracy of their payments; and what steps they are taking to improve the quality of the advice offered by the helpline.  HL1036
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of widespread post-election violence purportedly targeting Hindu communities in West Bengal, India; and what representations they have made to the government of India about such reports.  HL1037
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether elections have inflamed tensions and violence between religious and ethnic groups in India; and what steps they are taking to promote freedom of religion or belief in that country following the intercommunal violence in West Bengal.  HL1038
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide to India to prevent political violence.  HL1039
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on intercommunal violence in India.  HL1040
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 10 June (HL596), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they have made of the report by Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases Our open letter on the UK cuts: A tragic blow for 'global Britain' and the world's most vulnerable p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens are (1) facing charges, or (2) are imprisoned under (a) the National Security Law in Hong Kong, (b) Hong Kong's Public Order Ordinance, and (c) Hong Kong's Crimes Ordinance; and what assessment they have made of reports that at least four British citizens are being mistreated or tortured in detention… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients who died in NHS hospitals in England between 1 April 2020 and 31 March were subject to Do Not Attempt Resuscitation orders.  HL1043
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients who died in NHS hospitals in England between 1 April 2020 and 31 March and whose death certificate gave COVID-19 as the cause of death were subject to Do Not Attempt Resuscitation orders.  HL1044
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients who were subject to Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) orders and died in NHS hospitals in England between 1 April 2020 and 31 March, had the option "unknown" marked next to the "name of the relevant other" on the DNAR form.  HL1045
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 1 June (HL255), whether they will provide a list of all meetings of the Oxford–Cambridge Arc since 2019; and whether they plan to place the minutes of (1) these meetings, and (2) any future ones in the Library of the House.  HL1046
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many honours, broken down by each award level, were received in each region or nation in the UK; and what percentage of the population of each such region or nation that number represents.  HL1047
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many schoolchildren from the EU who visited UK schools in the last year used identity cards to enter the UK.  HL1048
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral official development assistance they expect to provide to Albania in 2021/22.  HL1049
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral official development assistance they expect to provide to Kosovo in 2021/22.  HL1050
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral official development assistance they expect to provide to Moldova in 2021/22.  HL1051
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral official development assistance they expect to provide to North Macedonia in 2021/22.  HL1052
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral official development assistance they expect to provide to Turkey in 2021/22.  HL1053
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Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty's Government how much bilateral official development assistance they expect to provide to Belarus in 2021/22.  HL1054
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve (1) the newborn screening programme, and (2) the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases.  HL1055
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the smart motorway programme.  HL1056
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Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Court of Appeal's judgment of 26 May against the Secretary of State on the immigration exemption clause in the Data Protection Act ([2021] EWCA Civ 800); and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL1057
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Professional Qualifications Bill, what are the objectives and responsibilities of the assistance centre.  HL1058
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Professional Qualifications Bill, which minister is responsible for the assistance centre.  HL1059
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Professional Qualifications Bill, how many members of staff the assistance centre has.  HL1060
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Professional Qualifications Bill, how much annual funding the assistance centre receives.  HL1061
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Professional Qualifications Bill, on what date the assistance centre was created.  HL1062
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Professional Qualifications Bill, what additional powers are provided to staff of the assistance centre by placing it on a statutory footing.  HL1063
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the duty to refer under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, with respect to vulnerable women leaving prison.  HL1064
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy for the use of self-destructing messages in communications with Government departments where no record of these messages is retained.  HL1065
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Defense for Children International–Palestine on 11 June that Israeli (1) forces, and (2) settlers, have killed at least 168 Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 2013.  HL1066
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether any of the weapons used by the government of Israel in its recent military activities in Gaza contain components manufactured in the UK.  HL1067
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks posed to Palestinians in the Occupied Territories from armed Israeli settlers.  HL1068
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to protect Palestinian homes in the neighbourhood adjacent to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron from being demolished.  HL1069
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Her Majesty's British ambassador to France has discussed the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland with the foreign minister of France.  HL1070
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Court of Appeal judgment in PRCBC & O v Secretary of State for the Home Department on 18 February, whether they will complete the assessment provided for in section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009; and if so, (1) when the assessment will be completed, and (2) whether it will be pu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government when their response to the consultations on (1) shared parental leave, and (2) carers’ leave, will be published.  HL1072
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure no woman is released from prison to homelessness.  HL1073
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they differentiate between ancient and veteran trees; and if so, what is their definition of each type.  HL1074
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact, if any, that ancient and veteran trees may have on particular ecosystems.  HL1075
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the numbers of recorded ancient and veteran trees in England are increasing or declining.  HL1076
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need, if any, to improve the protection of ancient and veteran trees in England.  HL1077
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the pay banding scales for phlebotomists in the NHS.  HL1078
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection for prisoners imprisoned prior to 2012.  HL1079
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the fire at the Blue apartment block in Leeds on 8 June, what plans they have, if any, to organise an emergency roundtable meeting with (1) developers, (2) insurance companies, and (3) finance providers, in relation to flammable cladding and other fire safety defects present in residential developments.  HL10… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list the projects using the NHS data store.  HL1081
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel to ensure that freedom of the press is protected in (1) East Jerusalem, (2) Gaza, and (3) the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.  HL1082
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reports that demolition orders have been have been issued to residents of the al-Bustan area in Silwan, East Jerusalem; and in particular, (1) the 21-day notice that residents were given to leave their homes, and (2) the requirement that residents either demolish the houses themselves or pay the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will (1) list each nation to which they have delivered AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as part of the World Health Organisation COVAX programme, and (2) list the quantity of vaccines they have delivered to each nation.  HL1084
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Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to deliver 600,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to the government of Sri Lanka, to enable the availability of second doses amongst the population of that country.  HL1085
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Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure women released from prison will not be released to homelessness.  HL1086
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Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure women released from prison are (1) supported by the Ministry of Justice's temporary accommodation service, and (2) are supported into permanent accommodation.  HL1087
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Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the NHS Digital project to collect General Practice data for planning and research in England, whether they plan to place documents relating to the (1) transparency, (2) accountability, and (3) risks of the project in the Library of the House; and if so, when.  HL1088
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the terms of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the event that COVID-19 restrictions last beyond the 21 June.  HL1089
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent report by Simply Business The impact of Covid-19 on UK small business, published on 9 June; and what assessment they have made of the finding that 81 per cent of small businesses do not feel they have received enough support from government.  HL1090
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Brexit Support Fund is easily accessible to small businesses; and what steps they are taking to increase applications.  HL1091
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide subsidised skills training courses for small businesses.  HL1092
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to launch a consultation on introducing new accountability structures underpinning the delivery of local skills improvement plans, and related matters; and when they plan to launch this consultation.  HL1093
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure children with (1) DiGeorge syndrome, and (2) other genetic conditions, receive specialist support to address and prevent any loss of learning and social skills further to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL1094
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect career hubs to be established in every part of England; and what plans they have to support such expansion.  HL1095
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Scott of Bybrook on 8 June (HL Deb, col 1312), what steps they are taking to prioritise, in addition to need assessment, the provision of specialist job coaches for people with learning disabilities.  HL1096 [I]
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