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Questions for Written Answer for 14 December 2021

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether face masks produced for the NHS by (1) PestFix, and (2) Ayanda Capital, are compliant with Health and Safety Executive safety standards; whether surgical gowns manufactured by (a) PestFix, and (b) PPEMedpro, meet the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority standards; how much these products cost; what procedures… 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 percentage of the 47 VIP public contracts involving facemasks and surgical gowns have led to defaults that are now in dispute; what estimate they have made of the percentage of public contracts that involve defaults; and what is the total cost to public funds of public contacts that involve defaults.  HL4882
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any (1) person, or (2) organisation, will be censured for defaults involving the 47 VIP public contracts for facemasks and surgical gowns; and what steps they have taken in connection with defaults associated with their contract with PPE MedPro.  HL4883
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to ban investment in the Chinese surveillance company SenseTime, and (2) to respond to the call by the government of the USA for such sanctions to be part of a broad effort to unite democracies against authoritarian states.  HL4884
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 13 December (HL4447), when they expect their review of export controls to be completed; and what plans they have to introduce the financial penalties for those in contravention of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, as announced by the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commo… 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 by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 13 December (HL4447), what caused the delay in publishing the review of export controls to the Uyghur region, which was described as "urgent" by the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on 12 January (HC Deb cols 160–62).  HL4886
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the use of chemical weapons in Northern Iraq by the government of Turkey.  HL4887
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Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) poses a terrorist threat to the UK; and what assessment they have made of the ruling by the Court of Cassation in Belgium that the PKK is not a terrorist organisation.  HL4888
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government how much public money was spent by the Official Receiver on the High Court case against Kids Company.  HL4889
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of Kids Company's former (1) trustees, or (2) chief executives, received any public money to contest the Official Receiver case; and if so, what was the full breakdown of all costs incurred.  HL4890
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Charity Commission will publish their report into the collapse of Kids Company.  HL4891
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the policies of (1) Brazil, (2) France, (3) Denmark, and (4) Bolivia, towards reducing economic inequalities; and what steps they plan to take on the basis of such assessment.  HL4892
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the policies of (1) Thailand, (2) Cambodia, and (3) South Korea, towards reducing economic inequalities; and what steps they plan to take on the basis of such assessment.  HL4893
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to uphold religious freedom in other countries; and what representations they are making to the governments of countries with restrictive blasphemy or apostasy laws which restrict that freedom.  HL4894
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK humanitarian aid is accessible to all (1) religious, and (2) faith, communities, in particular while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.  HL4895
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Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proposals set out in their consultation document Banning conversion therapy, published on 29 October, whether the ban will apply to attempts made to change a person from being transgender to not being transgender.  HL4896
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Secretary has (1) received, and (2) is complying with, advice from the UK Health Security Agency, regarding (a) the ongoing use of Napier Barracks, (b) the current COVID-19 outbreak in Napier Barracks, and (c) the current cases of active tuberculosis in Napier Barracks.  HL4897
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals are currently accommodated in Napier Barracks who indicated in their asylum screening interview or ASF1 form that they are (1) a victim of trafficking, (2) torture, or (3) suffering from mental health problems; and what is the total number of people who have been accommodated in Napier Barracks sinc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government why they created the Immigration Enforcement Competent Authority on 8 November; what were the reasons for the timetable for its creation; and what plans they have to monitor its activity to ensure there are no inconsistencies in decision making based on immigration status.  HL4899
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the existence of two trafficking and slavery decision makers (the Single Competent Authority and the Immigration Enforcement Competent Authority) does not result in differences in decision making based on immigration status.  HL4900
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the creation of the Immigration Enforcement Competent Authority, what training has been delivered to First Respondents to ensure that all adults identified as potential victims of trafficking are able to give informed consent to a referral.  HL4901
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 8 December (HL Deb col 1976) that draft guidance issued under Clause 65 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is "open to anyone who wishes to comment", whether there is a formal consultation on the draft guidance; to whom comments should be made; and what is… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme; and when the scheme will open.  HL4903
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme places have been allocated to those who have already evacuated to EU member states.  HL4904
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) international organisations, and (2) NGOs, they are working with as part of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.  HL4905
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the economies of African countries as a result of being placed on the UK's COVID-19 travel red list.  HL4906
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to review the COVID-19 travel red list; and what factors they will take into account when conducting that review.  HL4907
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have offered to the governments of (1) South Africa, and (2) other African countries, in view of the economic impact of being placed on the UK's COVID-19 travel red list.  HL4908
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks made by Lord Kamall on 29 November (HL Deb, col 1223), what discussions they have held to ensure that countries are not disincentivised from transparent reporting of variants to the World Health Organisation.  HL4909
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government what objections they have received, if any, to their Command Paper declaring their intention to ratify the International Labour Organisation Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No.190).  HL4910
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of the benefit cap on levels of child poverty.  HL4911
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Baroness Primarolo to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the ratification of International Labour Organisation Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No.190).  HL4912
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the development of Drax into the world’s first carbon neutral industrial cluster on (1) safeguarding existing jobs, and (2) creating new green skilled jobs, in Yorkshire and the Humber.  HL4913
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the targeting of Palestinian medics by Israeli border police.  HL4914
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how goods produced in the Israeli settlements should be treated in negotiations on trade and defence with the government of Israel.  HL4915
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce (1) school attainment gaps, and (2) exclusion rates, in refugee and asylum-seeking pupils.  HL4916
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure school classrooms are properly ventilated; and what plans they have, if any, to introduce a requirement to keep CO2 in classrooms below 800 parts per million.  HL4917
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to extend VAT relief, and (2) to reduce business rates, to support businesses implementing the new COVID-19 restrictions.  HL4918
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reinvest Plastic Packaging Tax revenue to help achieve their target of eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042.  HL4919
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 12 October (HL2767), in which format the data relating to the number of COVID-19 PCR tests for travel is held; and what plans they have, if any, to publish this data.  HL4920
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Lord Watts to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to answer the Written Questions tabled by Lord Watts on 17 November (HL4171, HL4172 and HL4173).  HL4921
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are serving in the Ministry of Defence's diversity and inclusion directorate; what are their (1) grades, and (2) salaries; what is their reporting chain; and who is the responsible Secretary of State for their work.  HL4922
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Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target for answering written correspondence from the general public; and what percentage of answers met that target in (1) 2019, (2) 2020, and (3) 2021.  HL4923
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