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Questions for Written Answer for 4 November 2021

Tabled on 3 November and due for answer by 17 November.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 2 November (HL3262), what details they can provide regarding the 60 titles within the Greater London boundary where the registered owner is the People's Republic of China.  HL3659
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports of young Afghan girls being sold into marriage.  HL3660
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to respond to reports of young Afghan girls being sold into marriage.  HL3661
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Lord Kamall on 2 November 2021 (HL3362), how prospective patients are best enabled to give informed consent if the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority needs to suppress the release of pertinent data on safety and efficacy of methods to avoid mitochondrial disease through assisted c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Lord Kamall on 2 November 2021 (HL3362), what assessment they have made of the fact that only 24 patients have been licensed as eligible for mitochondrial donation treatment in the UK.  HL3663
Answered
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights into alleged violations of human rights in Tigray, published on 3 November; what implications the findings will have on the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance funding to Ethiopia… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation of the Tigrayan minority in Ethiopia; and reports of human rights abuses of that community in (1) Addis Ababa, and (2) other cities outside Tigray.  HL3665
Answered
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the escalating military conflict in Ethiopia, and (2) the introduction of a state of emergency in that country.  HL3666
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 2 November (HL3272), what plans they have to commit extra resources to the Insolvency Service should the Ratings (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification Bill receive Royal Assent.  HL3667
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to communicate the need for public take-up of the COVID-19 booster vaccination via (1) national, and (2) local, media.  HL3668
Tabled
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Dayton Agreement of 1995 is upheld.  HL3669
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will to take to ensure peace and the upholding of international law in Bosnia-Herzegovina through discussions with (1) the United Nations, and (2) NATO.  HL3670
Answered
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to eliminate (1) sexual harassment, (2) physical assault, and (3) bullying, suffered by female members of the armed forces.  HL3671
Answered
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect Afghan refugees from harassment in the hotels and other temporary accommodation in which they reside.  HL3672
Answered
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United States of America regarding its review of its nuclear arms policy.  HL3673
Answered
Earl Cathcart to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require all new (1) homes, and (2) industrial and commercial buildings, to have sufficient solar panels to meet the energy demands of that building.  HL3674
Answered
Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support (1) small, and (2) medium, sized telecommunications providers in mitigating Distributed Denial of Service attacks.  HL3675
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the definition of an accommodation centre applied by the Home Office; and what are the reasons Napier Barracks is not classified as such.  HL3676
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of pension rules on the (1) reduction in clinical hours, and (2) early retirement, of senior doctors.  HL3677
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report published by the Royal College of Anaesthetists Working together to improve retention in anaesthesia, published on 30 September, in particular its finding that "1 in 4 Consultants and 1 in 5 SAS Anaesthetists planned to leave the NHS within five years"; and what steps they intend… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund additional higher anaesthetic training places as part of this year’s Spending Review; and what assessment they have made of (1) the current staffing level of anaesthetists, and (2) the costs of relying on (a) agency, and (b) bank, staff to fill any shortages.  HL3679
Answered
Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review they are committing to build a bigger and better NHS workforce.  HL3680
Answered
Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government which specialties will receive the additional funding announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review to build a bigger and better NHS workforce.  HL3681
Answered
Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government how the additional funding announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review to build a bigger and better NHS workforce will be distributed.  HL3682
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £2.3 billion announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to transform diagnostic services will be used to implement the recommendations from Sir Mike Richards 2020 review of services to rebuild and expand endoscopy services.  HL3683
Answered
Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to respond to the Sir Mike Richards 2020 review of services, which found that (1) 20 NHS trusts require a complete rebuild of their endoscopy facilities, and (2) 200 new endoscopy rooms are needed to meet rising patient needs.  HL3684
Answered
Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Benyon on 27 May (HL Deb, col 1097), when they will publish details of how new Environmental Land Management schemes will deliver the "very clear access commitment, backed by funding".  HL3685
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 7 July 2020 (HL Deb, col 1070), how the new Environmental Land Management schemes will deliver improvements in public access to water bodies and waterways.  HL3686
Answered
Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply from Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 21 June 2021 (HL Deb, col 116), what progress they have made in identifying how they will objectively measure their performance in improving access to nature.  HL3687
Answered
Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government who is the head of the UK delegation to the General Assembly of INTERPOL.  HL3688
Answered
Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government which candidate, if any, they intend to support at the election for the new President of the General Assembly of INTERPOL on 21 November.  HL3689
Answered
Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they make, if any, of a nation’s adherence to the rule of law in determining who to support in elections held by INTERPOL.  HL3690
Answered
Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizens are employed by the General Secretariat of INTERPOL; and how many of these are serving police officers.  HL3691
Answered
Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government which body they have appointed to be the National Central Bureau of the UK, as required by Article 32 of the INTERPOL constitution.  HL3692
Answered
Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current UK financial contribution to INTERPOL, in relation to (1) membership subscriptions, and (2) other gifts, grants and subsidies.  HL3693
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Bristol University What are the odds? The appeal of gambling adverts to children and young persons on twitter, published on 26 October; and particularly the findings that (1) the majority of gambling advertisements were twice as likely to appeal to children as older adults,… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation from the report by Bristol University What are the odds? The appeal of gambling adverts to children and young persons on twitter, published on 26 October, that there should be an opt-in requirement to receive gambling advertisements on social media.  HL3695
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government how many times gambling companies have paid compensation for failing to prevent money laundering when an individual criminally convicted of theft used stolen funds to gamble; and what was the total amount paid by gambling companies in such cases.  HL3696
Answered
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of Israel about reports of Israeli settlers firing at Palestinians in the West Bank on 26 June.  HL3697
Answered
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, if any, to the government of Israel in relation to reports of the use by Israeli forces of (1) tear gas, and (2) sound bombs, against people trying to protect the graves at the Palestinian al-Yusufiyah cemetery in East Jerusalem on 27 June.  HL3698
Answered
Viscount Stansgate to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of Sir Jeremy Farrar not to participate in subsequent meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.  HL3699
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the Help to Grow scheme to allow businesses with fewer than five employees to participate.  HL3700
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they are providing to businesses about applications to the relief funds announced in March 2020.  HL3701
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide councils with £28 per person per day to support Afghan refugee families.  HL3702
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have received from the Welsh Government requesting financial assistance to make safe coal-tips that existed prior to 1999.  HL3703
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restart generating nuclear power at the former sites at (1) Trawsfynydd, and (2) Wylfa.  HL3704
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of Brexit on the port of Holyhead.  HL3705
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they will provide to the Welsh Government to replace the (1) European Regional Fund, (2) European Structural and Investment Fund, and (3) European Social Fund, for (a) 2022–23, (b) 2023–24, and (c) 2024–25.  HL3706
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have allocated to protect maritime communities in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, from the effects of rising sea levels.  HL3707
Answered
Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of physical activity in tackling health (1) improvement, and (2) disparities.  HL3708
Answered
Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government why the initial priorities for the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities do not include (1) mental health, or (2) physical activity.  HL3709
Answered
Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities will receive a separate funding allocation from HM Treasury; and if so, whether that will be for the next three years.  HL3710
Answered
Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty's Government what the staffing compliment for the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities will be; and what percentage of staff will transfer from Public Health England.  HL3711
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