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Questions for Written Answer for 18 August 2021

Tabled on 22 July and due for answer by 5 August.

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty's Government why the rate of statutory sick pay in the UK of £95.85 per week is lower than the average of other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; and when they plan they address this issue.  HL2286
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that jobseekers being supported through Department for Work and Pensions programmes have been referred to websites that advise them to state in job interviews that climate change may not exist; and what steps they plan to take as a result.  HL2287
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by the Secretary of State for Health on 12 July (HC Deb, col 26), what percentage of the £90 billion extra provided to the health and care system during the pandemic has been spent on air ventilation units.  HL2288
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they sought legal advice in respect of the Zimbabwean nationals due to be deported on 21 July in relation to (1) non-refoulement, and (2) the risk posed to individuals being deported from the UK to Zimbabwe by the Emergency Travel Document process; and if so, what steps they took as a result.  HL2289
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current percentage of carbon dioxide emissions attributed to (1) road, (2) rail, (3) air, and (4) shipping, including any UK share on international routes.  HL2290
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to introduce comprehensive diagnostic and outcome data collection on outpatient appointments within the NHS.  HL2291
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their agreement with the government of the United States of America regarding space launches from the UK will permit launches by US companies in competition with those based in the UK.  HL2292
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a memorandum of understanding in place between the National Space Council and the United Kingdom Space Agency; and if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.  HL2293
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government what department or organisation (1) is responsible for reporting on, and (2) determines the funding to be made available for, innovation in the space industry in the United Kingdom.  HL2294
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Frost on 4 March (HL Deb, col 504GC), when they expect to publish their report on the new national space strategy.  HL2295
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to cancel the Ajax programme; and what alternatives to that programme they are considering.  HL2296
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how much they would have to pay of the contract with General Dynamics if the Ajax programme is cancelled.  HL2297
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the contract for the Ajax programme allows them to reclaim funding from General Dynamics in the event of the programme’s cancellation; and if so, in what circumstances.  HL2298
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the contract with General Dynamics for the Ajax programme.  HL2299
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to how the vehicles already delivered by the Ajax programme will be used in the event that the programme is cancelled.  HL2300
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the Army's capabilities of cancelling the Ajax programme.  HL2301
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support online learning initiatives at local and national level in the UK; and what plans they have to promote online learning at the Global Education Summit on 28–29 July.  HL2302
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of tax that will be paid to the EU by consumers and businesses in Northern Ireland in the current fiscal year through (1) customs duties, (2) Value Added Tax, and (3) other instruments.  HL2303
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to expand their Industrial Clusters Mission to other regions; and what consideration they have given to the Liverpool City Region being a suitable cluster.  HL2304
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Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of COVID-19 in the Galapagos Islands; and what plans they have, if any, to review its rating as a red list country for travel purposes.  HL2305
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to encourage more manufacturing of electronic chips in the UK.  HL2306
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health inequalities that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in cardiovascular diseases; and what steps they are taking to rectify this issue.  HL2307
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Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to change the self-isolation period before 16 August for key workers who have received two COVID-19 vaccines so that they do not have to self-isolate if contacted by Test and Trace; and whether they will list those professions which fall under the key worker category.  HL2308
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the chair of their Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council has any current financial interests or holdings with Fujitsu.  HL2309
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants are employed full time in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on sport and recreation policy.  HL2310
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to complete the interview process for the post to lead the Office for Health Promotion. HL2319
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure the cross-departmental coordination necessary for the functioning of the Office for Health Promotion; and whether this will involve regular ministerial meetings with all interested departments.  HL2320
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect to appoint external advisors to the Office for Health Promotion.  HL2321
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office for Health Promotion will be their lead organisation for the promotion of physical activity.  HL2322
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Highways England about their work at Great Musgrave Bridge in Cumbria on why weight restrictions and repointing were not considered as an alternative to infilling; and what assessment they have made the cost of removing the infilling if retrospective planning permission is not granted.  HL2311
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 vaccines the UK has supplied to Vietnam; and what assessment they have made of (1) how they are being distributed, and (2) which age groups are receiving them.  HL2312
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made with the government of Vietnam to provide for British nationals over 65 years of age in that country to receive COVID-19 injections.  HL2313
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce unlawful immigration detention; and what common factors they have identified in the erroneous decisions taken to detain.  HL2314
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect Hammersmith Bridge to be re-opened to vehicular traffic.  HL2315
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of spyware targeting mobile phones sold by NSO Group, what assessment they have made of the security of the mobile phones of (1) Government Ministers, (2) Members of Parliament, and (3) journalists; and what steps they will take to (a) identify any security risks, and (b) hold those responsible to account.  HL2316
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Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to protect (1) British citizens, and (2) governing institutions, against espionage and foreign surveillance.  HL2317
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many functional economic areas there are in England; and what plans they have to match them with local authority administrative boundaries.  HL2318
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