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Questions for Written Answer for 17 November 2021

Tabled on 16 November and due for answer by 30 November.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the acquisition of semiconductor manufacturer Newport Wafer Fab (NWF), by a Chinese company, in particular in the light of (1) the previous funding of the company by Her Majesty’s Government to undertake defence research, and (2) the efforts by the government of the United States of America t… 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 reported remarks by the Foreign Secretary relating to genocide in Xinjiang, what plans they have, if any, for boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.  HL4056
Tabled
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reported remarks by the Foreign Secretary relating to genocide in Xinjiang; what plans they have (1) to ban cotton imports from Xinjiang, or (2) to impose sanctions on companies operating there.  HL4057
Tabled
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reported comments by the Foreign Secretary relating to genocide in Xinjiang, what discussions they intend to have with UNESCO about the destruction of Uyghur cultural sites including cemeteries.  HL4058
Tabled
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 2 November (HL3362), what were the affected genes in the mitochondrial genome and the associated mutations in each of the 24 patients licensed as eligible for mitochondrial replacement treatment; and on what dates each corresponding application was approved by the Human Fertili… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the Cameroon military occupying a hospital in Shisong; and what discussions they have had with the government of that country in relation to this incident.  HL4060
Tabled
Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the impact of Ultra Low Emissions Zones towards meeting climate change targets; and whether any such assessments have been broken down into individual zones.  HL4061
Answered
Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the British Lung Foundation Failing on the fundamentals: Insights from those living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) around the UK, published in November; and what plans they have to improve the percentage of people with COPD who are receiving the Five Fundamentals… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that people who need it (1) receive the Five Fundamentals of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Care, and (2) get better access to diagnostic tests.  HL4063
Tabled
Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restore the provision of respiratory care to pre-pandemic levels.  HL4064
Tabled
Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average response time for each of the ambulance services in England in (1) April, (2) July, and (3) October, for (a) emergency, and (b) routine, calls.  HL4065
Tabled
Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Extended Determinate Sentences, (2) Extended Sentences of Detention, and (3) sentences for offenders of particular concern, were imposed in each of the last five years for which data are available; and of these, how many had a minimum term in custody of 10 years or more.  HL4066 [I]
Tabled
Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) mandatory life sentences, (2) automatic life sentences, and (3) discretionary life sentences, were imposed in each of the last five years for which data are available; and of these, how many had a minimum term in custody of 10 years or more.  HL4067 [I]
Tabled
Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government, (1) what criteria will be used to assess bids for funds available in the Bus Strategy for England, (2) whether those criteria will include the relief of congestion, and (3) what plans they have, if any, to increase the funding available.  HL4068
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to section 40 of the Glasgow Climate Pact, what steps they will take to provide emergency assistance for necessary mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Sudan.  HL4069
Tabled
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 3 November (HL3348), what further steps they have taken to "coordinate with international partners on efforts to reduce tensions and support regional stability” in Armenia.  HL4070
Tabled
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to join the governments of the United States of America, Germany, France and Canada in formally recognising the Armenian Genocide of 1915–23.  HL4071
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 29 September (HL2695), what progress they have made on their engagement "with state governments, civil society, faith and community leaders and affected communities” in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.  HL4072
Tabled
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that increased military attacks against civilians in the Burmese province of Chin State are approaching the classification of genocide.  HL4073
Tabled
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ascertain the number of British citizens currently united in religious-only marriages.  HL4074
Tabled
Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links to ask Her Majesty's Government what impact assessments on the societal cost of problem gambling they have undertaken to inform their proposed white paper on gambling reform.  HL4075
Tabled
Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been prosecuted for supplying illegal, unregulated, or black market gambling services in each of the last five years.  HL4076
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Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links to ask Her Majesty's Government how many gifts or instances of hospitality have been received by (1) ministers, and (2) officials, from representatives of the gambling industry in each of the last five years; and in each case, (a) what was the gift or hospitality, (b) who provided it, and (c) who received it.  HL4077
Answered
Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any changes in the (1) volume, and (2) patterns, of gambling activity resulting from the COVID-19 restrictions since March 2020.  HL4078
Tabled
Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 15 November (HL3617), what assessment they have made of the plans for the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in respect of protecting access to green spaces, including Victoria Tower Gardens.  HL4079
Tabled
Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty's Government to which named funds the £500 million of families and early years funding will be directed.  HL4080
Answered
Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) clinical trial data showing the effectiveness of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, and (2) the urgency of approving new treatments for COVID-19; and when they expect the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to come to a decision on approving Ivermectin for use in the UK.  HL4081
Tabled
Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what was the cost of delivering each of the seven hereditary peer by-elections this year in respect of (1) outside contractors, and (2) the time of House staff.  HL4082
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received regarding negotiating bilateral arrangements for the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa from (1) any EU member state, and (2) any other countries, who are not already covered by the scheme.  HL4083
Tabled
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made regarding negotiating bilateral agreements for the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa to (1) any EU member state, and (2) any other countries, who are not already members of the scheme.  HL4084
Tabled
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 November (HL Deb, col 1441), which two new countries will be added to the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa next year; and on what date.  HL4085
Tabled
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether access to the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is routinely included as part of trade negotiations with other countries.  HL4086
Tabled
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a cap on the total number of visas they will allocate through the Youth Mobility Scheme.  HL4087
Tabled
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing via NATO to Operation Althea (the European Union Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina); and whether any military contingent will be of equal size to that previously provided.  HL4088
Answered
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what data they have on the catch taken by the EU Fisheries fleet in UK waters this year.  HL4089
Tabled
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the UK fishing fleet will continue to have access to their natural fishing grounds so that fishing is not displaced by inshore windfarms.  HL4090
Tabled
Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the pressure on the management of non-quota species and the impact this will have on the UK Inshore Fisheries fleet.  HL4091
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £525 million allocated to replace diagnostic equipment has been dedicated to (1) replace outdated MRI scans, and (2) improve access to multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging, to support the diagnosis of prostate cancer.  HL4092
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government why patients who are immunocompromised must (1) test positive for COVID-19, (2) have no detectable antibodies for COVID-19, and (3) have been hospitalised specifically for acute symptoms of COVID-19, in order to access Ronapreve; and what plans they have to end this health inequality between immunocompromised patients and the rest of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to rollout Ronapreve as a prophylactic preventative treatment for COVID-19.  HL4094
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure stocks of AstraZeneca's treatment AZD7442 as a prophylactic preventative therapy against COVID-19 infection.  HL4095
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to evaluate AZD7442 for emergency use as a preventative treatment against COVID-19; and what are the timelines for its approval.  HL4096
Tabled
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to test people with immunodeficiencies for their individual responses to COVID-19 vaccinations.  HL4097
Tabled
Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to stop the importation of illegal e-cigarette products into the UK.  HL4098
Tabled
Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to Trading Standards offices to undertake enforcement actions to ensure that illegally imported e-cigarette products are removed from the UK market.  HL4099
Tabled
Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will open the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme, announced in August.  HL4100
Tabled
Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to engage Parliament in the scrutiny of the interim targets that will be set under section 11 of the Environment Act 2021.  HL4101
Tabled
Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to facilitate parliamentary scrutiny of the proposed long-term targets to be set under section 1 of the Environment Act 2021 before the statutory instruments to give those targets legal effect are laid in October 2022.  HL4102
Tabled
Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will add the Chair of the Office for Environmental Protection to the list of significant public appointments it agrees with the Commissioner for Public Appointments.  HL4103
Answered
Lord Ricketts to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to enable digital confirmation of a third COVID-19 vaccination on the NHS Covid Pass.  HL4104
Withdrawn
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the feasibility of their target of reducing the cost of heat pumps by between a quarter and a half by 2025, as set out in the Heat and Buildings Strategy, published on 19 October.  HL4105
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce VAT on (1) home renovation, and (2) retrofit work, in order to support households to invest in energy efficiency measures.  HL4106
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure effective cross-departmental working towards the decarbonisation of the built environment in the UK.  HL4107
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding by the Building Research Establishment report The Cost of Poor Housing in England, published 11 November, that "it is costing the NHS some £1.4 billion per year to treat those people who are affected by poor housing".  HL4108
Tabled
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) aid, and (2) assistance, they are providing to help ease the migrant crisis in Belarus.  HL4109
Answered
The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential of combined heat and power systems; both as an alternative to gas and in relation to climate change targets.  HL4110
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty's Government why a freestanding pre-school is not permitted to be a member of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) unless it is partnered with a single primary school; and what steps they intend to take to allow such pre-schools to join MATs without being subject to that requirement.  HL4111
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Higher Education Policy Institute report The Humanities in Modern Britain: Challenges and Opportunities, published on 23 September; and what plans they have to ensure that humanities degrees teach professionally valuable skills to boost (1) enrolments, and (2) the employment, prospects of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to create an apolitical organisation to lead an independent consultation on reforming the education (1) curriculum, and (2) assessment, models.  HL4113
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports that 2,500 long-serving police officers and other police staff are working despite not having up-to-date vetting; and what steps they are taking to ensure that all serving police officers have been vetted.  HL4114
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to unilaterally stop checks on some goods sent across the Irish Sea as an alternative to triggering Article 16 to suspend the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL4115
Answered
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