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Questions for Written Answer for 25 November 2021

Tabled on 24 November and due for answer by 8 December.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the UN is evacuating families of international staff from Addis Ababa.  HL4354
Tabled
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to work with (1) other European states, and (2) the government of Egypt, to ensure that delegates to the COP27 climate change conference are able to travel to Egypt by low-carbon routes such as (a) rail, and (b) ferry.  HL4355
Tabled
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to account for the embodied carbon of existing buildings; and the (1) climate, (2) wider environmental, and (3) public health, costs of their demolition.  HL4356
Tabled
Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion, of incidents of the use of force in the children’s custodial estate were recorded in each of the last 10 years by the child’s ethnicity.  HL4357 [I]
Tabled
Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion, of prisoners’ complaints about (a) racism, or (b) racial discrimination, were upheld in each of the last 10 years by ethnicity.  HL4358 [I]
Tabled
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the US State Department's decision to remove Nigeria from its list of Violators of Religious Freedom.  HL4359
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the findings of the British High Commission's recent visit to Benue State in Nigeria; and what steps they are taking in response.  HL4360
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 17 November (HL3864), what steps they have taken to either (1) institute proceedings in the International Court of Justice that would lead to a pronouncement of genocide in Armenia, or (2) give British courts a role in determining whether states are guilty of committin… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Tabled
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 March (HL13390), what further steps they will take to ensure the democratic wishes of the people of Myanmar are respected.  HL4362
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children are currently waiting for a decision on their asylum application and have waited for over six months.  HL4363
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether 14 residents in a dormitory meets the UKHSA recommendations for a COVID-19 compliant environment; and if so, what guidance informed this recommendation.  HL4364
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether issuing priority removal notices and evidence notices to those under the age of 18 at the time of their arrival in the UK is compliant with (1) the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, (2) the Children Act 1989, and (3) the Children Act 2004.  HL4365
Tabled
The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office on 16 April (175879), whether they now intend to publish the internal review looking into the assessment of asylum claims on the grounds of (1) religion, and (2) sexuality.  HL4366
Tabled
Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) universities, (2) university students, and (3) vice-chancellors or their equivalents, there were in (a) 1991, and (b) 2020.  HL4367
Tabled
Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total aggregate remuneration of vice-chancellors or their equivalents in (1) 1991, and (2) 2020.  HL4368
Tabled
Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Bangladesh about the release of political prisoners, particularly the former Prime Minister of that country.  HL4369
Tabled
Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make representations to the government of Armenia to (1) provide maps of landmines in the Nagorno-Karabakh region to the government of Azerbaijan, and (2) cooperate with the government of Azerbaijan in clearing landmines in the region.  HL4370
Tabled
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in resolving the dispute over licences for French fishermen operating in UK waters.  HL4371
Tabled
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government which public body is responsible for ensuring the welfare of farmed fish at processing sites.  HL4372
Tabled
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Environment Agency is taking to ensure that all waste carriers are recorded accurately on their official register.  HL4373
Tabled
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum penalty for fly tipping; and when this figure last was reviewed.  HL4374
Tabled
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of fly tipping were reported to the Environment Agency in each of the last five years; and how many of these cases resulted in a successful prosecution.  HL4375
Tabled
Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to allow descendants of the natives of the Chagos Archipelago to have the right to register as full British citizens.  HL4376
Tabled
Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Domestic Abuse Commissioner Safety before Status, published on 20 October.  HL4377
Tabled
Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they are taking to overturn the BBC removal of free TV licences for those over 75 years old.  HL4378
Tabled
Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to support victims of financial scams.  HL4379
Tabled
Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to stop children aged 11 to 16 from becoming gambling addicts.  HL4380
Tabled
Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government how many vulnerable children are in (1) council, or (2) social care, facilities in England.  HL4381
Tabled
Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote Northern Ireland's constitutional position within the UK.  HL4382
Tabled
Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to ensure that pensioners' homes will not be sold to fund social care costs.  HL4383
Tabled
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to initiate an independent inquiry into (1) the market for the hire of private aircraft, (2) the level of observance of current regulations within the market, (3) whether there is a need to tighten those regulations, and (4) the adequacy of the (a) powers, and (b) resources, available to the Civil Aviation Aut… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why fewer than 25 per cent of new public electric vehicle charging points installed in the last three months were rapid chargers; and how they plan to increase the numbers of rapid chargers.  HL4385
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to update, and (2) to simplify, the (a) design, and (b) requirements, of the passenger locator forms required for international travellers arriving in England.  HL4386
Tabled
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce delays following the introduction of biometric border checks in May 2022 on (1) passengers in vehicles using ports, and (2) the Eurotunnel, to travel to the EU.  HL4387
Tabled
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 1 November (HL3360), how long the pause referred to is intended to be; what the financial penalties will be if a decision is taken to not proceed with the infilling of Barcombe Bridge; and why the price for the infilling was accepted after the decision was taken to pau… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Answered
Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the results of the internal review on road traffic offences; and why there was not a public phase to the review.  HL4389
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with international partners on delivering the funding required to help countries in the global south tackle climate change.  HL4390
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy for (1) development, and (2) the provision of official overseas aid, in Africa.  HL4391
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.  HL4392
Tabled
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic do not reduce children's global access to (1) health, (2) education, and (3) nutrition.  HL4393
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to tackle the inequality of COVID-19 vaccines available in low income countries.  HL4394
Tabled
Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Armenia on sharing information with the government of Azerbaijan about Azerbaijanis who went missing during the First Nagorno-Karabakh War.  HL4395
Tabled
Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Armenia on sharing mining maps and data with the government of Azerbaijan to facilitate the process of de-mining.  HL4396
Tabled
Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Unexplained Wealth Orders were issued each year under the Criminal Finances Act 2017; and in each case, (1) what was the value of the wealth, (2) what subsequent prosecutions took place, and (3) what were the outcomes of any such prosecutions.  HL4397
Tabled
Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints about the conduct of insolvency practitioners have been filed with (1) the Insolvency Service, and (2) each of the Recognised Professional Bodies, during each of the last five years; how many have been investigated; how many are outstanding; and how many insolvency practitioners' licences to practice have been revoked.… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Tabled
Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the gender pay gap in each government department.  HL4399
Tabled
Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the ethnicity pay gap in each government department.  HL4400
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) number, and (2) value, of loans made under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to companies formed within 14 days before the application for the loans.  HL4401
Tabled
Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued for health professionals regarding patients who are at risk of suicide.  HL4402
Tabled
Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what immediate NHS provision is available to those at risk of suicide.  HL4403
Tabled
Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS patients present as a suicide risk; and what steps they are taking in response.  HL4404
Tabled
Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to the NHS on contacting (1) a parent, (2) a family member, or (3) a carer, in cases of young people under the age of 18 who are considered to be a suicide risk by (a) the NHS, or (b) another health professional.  HL4405
Tabled
Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty's Government what NHS guidance exists for parents of children who are at risk of suicide.  HL4406
Tabled
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) metrics, and (2) other measures, are used by (a) the Office for Students, and (b) the Quality Assurance Agency, to assess the performance of individual further education colleges for quality assurance purposes.  HL4407
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Nick de Bois The de Bois Review: an independent review of Destination Management Organisations in England, published on 14 September; and what steps they intend to take to implement its recommendations.  HL4408
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide more support for students at risk of dropping out of university.  HL4409
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the 30 hours funded childcare policy.  HL4410
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute for Public Policy Research Towards True Universal Care: Reforming the NHS Charging System, published on 23 November; and what plans they have to set up an independent body to (1) receive complaints about the charging system, and (2) review decisions by providers.  H… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Tabled
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to withdraw the responsibility for the Windrush Compensation Scheme from the Home Office and give the responsibility to an independent body.  HL4412
Tabled
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