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Questions for Written Answer for 11 January 2022

Tabled on 10 January and due for answer by 24 January.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed powers to be granted to the Secretary of State in clause 9 of the Nationality and Borders Bill, to strip individuals with or entitled to dual nationality of their British citizenship, would apply to individuals (1) who were born in, or (2) whose mothers were born in, either (a) Northern Ireland, or (b) th… 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 debate on 5 January (HL Deb, cols 596–7), what assessment they have made of the cost of citizenship registration fees for children; what steps they plan to take to address this; and what plans they have to extend the British National (Overseas) (BNO) visa scheme to those from Hong Kong aged 18–25 as long as on… 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 discount was negotiated by the Home Office with hotels in London that accommodated Afghan refugees; and what consideration was given during negotiations to the relatively low occupancy rate hotels have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5212
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that HSBC invested in Xinjiang Tianye Ltd, a subsidiary of an entity sanctioned by the government of the United States of America for its involvement in crimes against Uyghurs in Xinjiang, what steps they are taking to extend section 54 (Transparency in supply chains etc.) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 so… 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 debate on 5 January (HL Deb, cols 596–7), what assessment they have made of proposals to address the effect that the public order disqualification threshold and time period of slavery and trafficking information notices will have on catching alleged perpetrators.  HL5214
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a Modern Slavery Risk Register to aid UK companies and individuals to avoid investment in organisations abroad which are alleged to have facilitated modern slavery.  HL5215
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Lord Anderson of Ipswich to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update their business Risk Advisory regarding companies operating in Xinjiang to ensure UK companies and individuals are aware of the deteriorating situation in the region.  HL5216
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 7 December (HL4251), which data sets are confidential according to precise contractual obligations.  HL5217
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 7 December (HL4251), whether the licences and contracts they have signed conform to international best practice regarding (1) confidentiality clauses, and (2) exceptions being allowed and written into contract under a range of pre-defined circumstances; and whether t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 7 December (HL4251), whether they have ever asked the relevant companies to release them from their confidentiality agreement; if so, (1) when they did so, and (2) what were the results; and if not, what plans they have to (a) do so now, and (b) publish the correspon… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 21 December (HL4992), what plans they have to (1) dispose of, or (2)  otherwise get value for the taxpayer, from the former Station Master's House at Penrith North Lakes Railway Station.  HL5220
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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations have benefited from the emergency funding increase to the Culture Recovery Fund.  HL5221
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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of applications to the Culture Recovery Fund seeking an emergency grant were successful.  HL5222
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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide a breakdown of successful applicants to the Culture Recovery Fund seeking an emergency grant by (1) geographic location, and (2) size of organisation.  HL5223
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to cut one in four trains from service; and whether a new timetable is being prepared to scale back rail services in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases.  HL5224
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time equivalent (1) civil servants, and (2) consultants, are employed to monitor train usage and estimate future train service patterns.  HL5225
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports of armed attacks in (1) Yith Pabol Village in Aweil County, South Sudan, and (2) Miodol village, Rumameer County, Abyei; what assessment they have made of the likelihood of further violence; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL5226
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make to the government of India regarding the distribution of foreign aid donations, particularly in reference to the blocking of funds to religious charities.  HL5227
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the massacre in Kayah State on 24 December, what plans they have to join the EU in backing an international arms embargo against Myanmar.  HL5228
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan concerning the protection of Armenian territory during the border delimitation process.  HL5229
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their statement on Sudan on 4 January, what steps they will take to “hold those actors impeding the democratic process accountable.”   HL5230
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper published on 14 March 2018, whether they can provide an update on their progress in exploring "the legal and practical challenges of limited reform relating to the law on marriage and religious weddings."  HL5231
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enact section 106 of the Equality Act 2010.  HL5232
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will establish a beneficial ownership register of overseas entities which own UK property, as envisaged in the draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill.  HL5233
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 10 January (HL5119), what contracts were entered into since June 2010 with Bain & Company by (1) the Cabinet Office, and (2) other government departments.  HL5234
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 10 January (HL5119), what assessment they have made of the report Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture: Part 1, published 5 on January, in particular the finding that Bain & Company acted "unlawfully"; and what plans they have to ensure that no government departments will enter in… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 10 January (HL5119), what assessment they have made of the report Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture: Part 1, published on 5 January, in particular the finding that Bain & Company acted "unlawfully" and that legal proceedings should be taken against them.  HL5236
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Lord Hannan of Kingsclere to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the cost to business of applying VAT on imports from EU states.  HL5237
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on the Suppression of Piracy; and what plans they have to support the International Labour Organisation to reduce the number of ships abandoned in ports across the world.  HL5238
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change; and what steps they will take to (1) recognise seafarers as key workers, (2) ensure they have access to COVID-19 vaccinations in UK ports, and (3) allow crews to have easy access to air flights.  HL5239
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people living illegally in the UK; which nationality is the most represented among those illegal residents; and whether people overstaying their visas is the main way in which people become illegally resident.  HL5240
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government which EU member states they are seeking to negotiate return and readmission agreements with for asylum and protection applicants.  HL5241
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the increasing number of injuries to Palestinians by Israeli settlers supported by Israeli forces.  HL5242
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports of the detention by Israeli forces of the Palestinian child Muhannad Misk in Hebron on 16 December 2021.  HL5243
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the destruction of Palestinian olive trees and crops in the Occupied Territories by Israeli settlers.  HL5244
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports that in December 2021 in East Jerusalem (1) 92 Palestinians lost their homes after 14 residential units were demolished by Israeli forces, and (2) 21 non-residential structures, including 18 commercial structures, were demolished.  HL5245
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new hospitals have been completed and brought into operation in England since 2010.  HL5246
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of the UK workforce engaged in the UK aerospace industry.  HL5247
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of UK Research and Development grants to UK industry in (1) 2010, (2) 2015, and (3) 2019.  HL5248
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many hospital beds there were in England in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, and (3) 2019.  HL5249
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The Lord Bishop of Leeds to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) (a) civil, and (b) political, unrest in Kazakhstan, and (2) the involvement of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation as peacekeepers.  HL5250
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the level of absence amongst (1) NHS staff, and (2) carers, over the last month attributed to COVID-19.  HL5251
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of staff shortages on the (1) NHS, and (2) care sector, in terms of treating patients and those in care.  HL5252
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of cyber attacks there have been in each of the last three years on UK companies by a hostile state; and what is their policy to prevent such attacks.  HL5253
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is currently in place for local councils to meet virtually.  HL5254
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Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have concerning the proportion of employees working shifts of more than six hours who do not receive payment for the rest breaks to which they are entitled.  HL5255
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in negotiations with the EU concerning the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL5256
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take with the EU to ensure that enhanced mechanisms for (1) transparency, (2) engagement, and (3) consultation, concerning the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, are put in place and fully implemented.  HL5257
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact an ETA system for local journeys across the border on the island of Ireland would have on (1) tourism, (2) trade supply lines in Northern Ireland, and (3) the daily lives of people living in the border region.  HL5258
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received concerning the proposed ETA system for local journeys to Northern Ireland across the land border on the island of Ireland.  HL5259
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to accurately measure the impact of Respiratory Syncytial Virus hospitalisations on the NHS.  HL5260
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will select those who are currently in Afghanistan to take part in the Afghans Citizens Resettlement Scheme.  HL5261
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they are making to provide transport for those eligible under the Afghans Citizens Resettlement Scheme to come from Afghanistan to the UK.  HL5262
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Written Statement by Lord Kamall on 11 October (HLWS298), what progress is being made in introducing mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.  HL5263
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks made by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 21 October (HL Deb, col 252), what steps have they taken to (1) detect, or (2) require others to detect, the prevalence of Xinjiang Cotton in garments (a) manufactured in, or (b) imported into, the UK.  HL5264
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports that 2021 saw the highest number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since 2014; and that demolitions by Israeli forces reached a five-year high, making nearly 900 Palestinians homeless.  HL5265
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the treatment of Palestinians and their property during night raids by Israeli forces.  HL5266
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent reports that the Israeli military has revised its open-fire policies for the West Bank.  HL5267
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to either (1) reimburse tuition fees, or (2) clear current student debt, for all nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare students affected by the removal of the NHS bursary.  HL5268
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage universities to make face-to-face teaching compulsory.  HL5269
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish an emergency volunteer army for social care in light of reports that (1) care homes, and (2) home care providers, are struggling to operate properly due to staff shortages.  HL5270
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the COVID-19 vaccination programme to all 5 to 11 year olds.  HL5271
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what exemptions will be granted for listed accommodation unsuitable for updating to modern energy efficiency standards for (1) homes, and (2) rental properties, in England.  HL5272
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to legislate for the regulation of property management companies.  HL5273
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that private property management companies are charging tenants excessive (1) commission, and (2) charges, to cover their building insurance; and what steps they intend to take, if any, to curtail the practice.  HL5274
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when HMS Dauntless will return operationally to the Fleet.  HL5275
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when HMS Daring will return operationally to the Fleet.  HL5276
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HMS Monmouth has been decommissioned; and whether HMS Montrose will be decommissioned later this year.  HL5277
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HMS Argyll is due to be decommissioned in 2022.  HL5278
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HMS Lancaster is due to be decommissioned in 2024; and whether HMS Iron Duke is due to be decommissioned in 2025.  HL5279
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government when the first Type 31 Frigate will first enter naval service.  HL5280
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their Levelling Up White Paper.  HL5281
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