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Questions for Written Answer for 30 November 2021

Tabled on 29 November 2021 and due for answer by 13 December 2021.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of massacres and incitements to ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia; what plans they have, if any, to review the UK citizenship of Andargachew Tsege regarding reports of his involvement in such activities.  HL4444
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the granting of UK Research and Innovation money to an academic at the University of Birmingham researching the impact of UK parliamentarians' remarks on international relations with China.  HL4445
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of findings of research connections between Chinese organisations responsible for committing genocide against the Uyghur people and UK universities; and what steps they are taking to address such findings.  HL4446
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they have taken to implement the four steps to address modern day slavery, as announced by the then-Foreign Secretary in a statement to the House of Commons on 12 January; and what assessment they have made of their effects.  HL4447
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many statements have been made under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in each of the last three years; and what percentage of all companies falling within the purview of that section have been identified.  HL4448
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China regarding reports that 1,100 North Korean escapees are currently detained in China; when they last made representations to the government of China regarding its obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention; and what response they have received to any such represe… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what safety assessment they have made of the impact of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2021.  HL4450
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what data they hold on the safety impact of the B+E car and trailer test; and what criteria they will use to review the impact on safety of the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2021 after three years.  HL4451
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Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of unsold vocational driving test appointments in the last month.  HL4452
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 November (HL3917), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Options Assessment Report produced by the Council of the Isles of Scilly regarding passenger and freight vehicles.  HL4453
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the level of worldwide carbon emissions in 2021; and what estimate they have made of projected carbon emissions in (1) 2022, (2) 2023, (3) 2024, and (4) 2025.  HL4454
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current average response time for ambulances in England.  HL4455
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the state of governance in Afghanistan; and what is their assessment of the international implications of this governance.  HL4456
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 22 November (HL3771), what assessment they have made of (1) the UK Endorsement Board's objectives for its endorsement activities, (2) the risk of the Board being subject to regulatory capture, (3) conflicts of interest among the legal advisers to the Board, and (4) the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the proposed Ely area capacity enhancement project will make adequate provision for any increase in demand for freight train paths from East Coast ports to (1) the Midlands, and (2) the North of England.  HL4458
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide grade separation of the railway at Newark.  HL4459
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of the Integrated Rail Plan for Lincoln.  HL4460
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to serve the train station at Toton with passenger trains.  HL4461
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce stops at Welwyn North station in order to increase capacity on the East Coast Main Line.  HL4462
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Kamall on 22 November (HL Deb, col 586), what cross-government steps they are taking to raise awareness among (1) carers, and (2) healthcare practitioners, of the value of music therapy and its application in the care of patients with dementia.  HL4463
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Kamall on 22 November (HL Deb, col 586), whether support will be made available for musicians to train as music therapists (1) to increase the number of practitioners able to deliver music interventions for dementia patients, and (2) to meet the ambitions for social prescribing as set out in the NHS Long T… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Kamall on 22 November (HL Deb, col 586), what steps they are taking to integrate social prescribing into the core undergraduate curriculum within medical schools.  HL4465
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Baroness Bull to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of how many Direct Debits are set up fraudulently each year through the Automated Direct Debit Instruction Service (AUDDIS); what assessment they have made of whether AUDDIS offers sufficient security against the establishment of fraudulent Direct Debits; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks made by Baroness Goldie on 25 November (HL Deb, col 1057), how many regional hubs for army deployment and training are being created; where they are being created; and when they will be operational.  HL4467
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks made by Baroness Goldie on 25 November (HL Deb, col 1057), what electromagnetic capabilities are being developed for use by the army; and when they will be operational.  HL4468
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel have been injured by challenger tanks in each year from 2016 to 2021; and what injuries were sustained.  HL4469
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel have been injured by warrior vehicles in each year from 2016 to 2021; and what injuries were sustained.  HL4470
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel have been injured during testing of Boxer armoured personnel carriers.  HL4471
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Lord Coaker to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel have been injured during testing of Challenger 3.  HL4472
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) retail, and (2) industrial energy, consumers will contribute via a Regulated Asset Base model to the building of a new nuclear power station in the UK; and if so, how this will be calculated.  HL4473
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) lowest, and (2) highest, expected cost of power per kWh from Sizewell C, based on the assumptions in their impact assessment.  HL4474
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of an international copyright exhaustion regime on the UK's book exports; and what plans they have, if any, to publish this assessment.  HL4475
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of an international copyright exhaustion regime on author incomes; and what plans they have, if any, to publish this assessment.  HL4476
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 1 November (HL3196), when they will make an announcement regarding the UK's future exhaustion of intellectual property rights regime.  HL4477
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Lord Haworth to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will introduce the Registration of Overseas Entities Bill to Parliament.  HL4478
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the survey by the Association of Directors in Adult Social Services, published on 29 November, and (2) in particular, the findings that (a) almost 400,000 people are now waiting for an assessment of their needs, and (b) more than 1.5 million hours of commissioned home care could not be p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that medical equipment intended for the care of cancer patients in Gaza is being held in Egypt; and what steps they are taking to secure the release to Gaza of any such medical equipment.  HL4480
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to have discussions with (1) the Jesuit Refugee Service, (2) the Helen Bamber Foundation, (3) Refugee Action, (4) Care4Calais, and (5) other NGOs, before proceeding further with the Nationality and Borders Bill.  HL4481
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last had discussions with the government of Israel regarding (1) violence by settlers in the West Bank, and (2) the action of Israel's military forces in (a) protecting civilians, and (b) removing illegal settlement outposts; and what were the results of such discussions.  HL4482
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Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the percentage change since (1) the UK withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020, and (2) the application of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, in trade between Northern Ireland and (a) Great Britain and (b) the Republic of Ireland.  HL4483
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the weekly cost of keeping an individual in prison.  HL4484
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) travel, support they provide to prisoners on release.  HL4485
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will bring forward regulations under Schedule 3 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.  HL4486
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) which, measures they intend to take to reduce sewage discharges into rivers and coastal waters in the current price review.  HL4487
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the damage done by single use plastics in terms of causing flooding; and what steps they intend to take to reduce such damage.  HL4488
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor (1) immunocompromised patients' antibody levels, and (2) their variation over time, in response to the rollout of the third primary dose vaccination.  HL4489
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to protect the (1) primary, and (2) secondary, immunodeficiency community against COVID-19 this winter.  HL4490
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address staff capacity issues within the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to ensure that patients get treatments in a timely manner.  HL4491
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government why patients dependent on immunoglobulin are experiencing (1) treatment "holidays", (2) longer waits between treatments, and (3) smaller doses; and what steps they are taking to secure (a) a stable, and (b) a secure, supply of immunoglobulin.  HL4492
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they are taking to recruit HGV drivers to meet (1) the current shortfall, and (2) the predicted demand given the increase in online retail and e-commerce.  HL4493
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government why the post of director general of Border Force and Immigration Enforcement continues to be vacant.  HL4494
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the freedom for Christians, including missionaries, to practise their religion in Egypt.  HL4495
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the freedom of religion for Christians in Eritrea.  HL4496
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the freedom of religion for Christians in Ethiopia.  HL4497
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects on public health of levels of face coverings worn on public transport.  HL4498
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when the report of their review of the Human Rights Act 2001 will be published.  HL4499
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy for the development and provision of overseas aid in Africa.  HL4500
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with international partners on delivering the funding required to help countries in the global south tackle climate change.  HL4501
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.  HL4502
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they have made of the potential effect of reductions in the Official Development Assistance budget on (1) poverty, (2) inequality, and (3) the UK’s reputation, in the global south.  HL4503
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to address inequalities in the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to low income countries.  HL4504
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have either (1) alone, or (2) with allies, to create a hypersonic missile technology programme.  HL4505
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the (1) development, and (2) testing, of hypersonic missile technology by the government of China.  HL4506
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees from Afghanistan have been accepted into the UK for each of the past six months.  HL4507
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries the 27 migrants who drowned in the English Channel on 24 November were from.  HL4508
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff are directly supporting intergovernmental relations; in which departments they are based; and in which locations in each part of the UK they are based.  HL4509
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government which tax changes proposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget Statement on 27 October will not apply to Northern Ireland.  HL4510
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported threats from Serb separatists in Republika Srpska in Bosnia-Herzegovina to join Serbia; what steps, if any, they intend to take in response; and what discussions have they had with NATO regarding those threats.  HL4511
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reinstate a military contribution alongside the EU-led stabilisation force in Bosnia.  HL4512
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer tailored support for travel businesses whose recovery will be affected by new COVID-19 restrictions.  HL4513
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide additional support for those unable to pay their (1) rent, or (2) mortgage, due to COVID-19.  HL4514
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable those pursuing claims through the Windrush Compensation Scheme to receive legal aid.  HL4515
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what development issues have been found during the testing of Boxer armoured personnel carriers.  HL4516
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government what development issues have been found during the testing of Challenger 3.  HL4517
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many armed forces personnel have received a (1) forced, and (2) voluntary, redundancy package in each year from 2016 to 2021.  HL4518
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed in the UK; and of these, what sectors they are deployed in.  HL4519
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed in (1) the food industry, (2) the energy sector, and (3) as HGV drivers.  HL4520
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Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK armed forces personnel are currently deployed in the NHS.  HL4521
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to replace the role of the Lord Chancellor in the instance of absence and incapacity of the Sovereign with the Lord Speaker in the next revision of the Cabinet Manual.  HL4522
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Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish a full list of the passengers on board British Airways Flight 149, which departed London on 1 August 1990.  HL4523
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