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Questions for Written Answer for 17 January 2022

Tabled on 13 January 2022 and due for answer by 27 January 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many human rights and social media activists they believe to have been arrested in Kazakhstan in the last month; what is known about their status and wellbeing; and what estimate they have made of the number of fatalities involving protestors.  HL5375
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how they are addressing any (1) unavailability, and (2) rationing, of FFP3 masks used by GPs required for treating COVID patients in the community via home antiviral therapy.  HL5376
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, with regard to the provision of FFP3 masks to GPs, whether they also provided fit-testing of such masks; whether fit-testing is required before the use of FFP3 masks by GPs; what guidance they have provided to GPs concerning arranging a fit-test; and what assessment they have made of the impact on the resources and capacity… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment has been made of the demand for install electric vehicle charging points in the House of Lords car parks; what is the estimated cost of installing charging points; whether there are plans to install such charging points; and if so, when they are expected to be operational.  HL5378
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 28 April 2021 (HL15095), what financial contribution the EU requested for the UK to continue to access to the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service Safety of Life service; how the request compared with the UK’s previous contributions; how they assessed value for money in vi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential to support authors by increasing the Public Lending Right Fund.  HL5380
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered the introduction of an online sales tax for the purpose of levelling the playing field between high street and online retailers, with particular regard to the sale of books.  HL5381
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have measured the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) creative freelancers, and (2) other creative workers; and if so, by what means.  HL5382
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Baroness Cumberlege to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 8 June 2021 (HL Deb, col 1319–20), what improvements they have made to the process for patients opting out of their health data being used for research and planning; and how each patient can see where data about them is used.  HL5383
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) support, and (2) care for, those suffering from Fetal Valproate Spectrum Disorder.  HL5384
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to lay before Parliament the report of the Independent Review of the Prevent Programme; and whether the review is still accepting further comments or evidence.  HL5385
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees have been evacuated from Afghanistan to the UK since August 2021; how many of those are currently living in temporary accommodation in the UK; and how many of those have been found permanent homes in England.  HL5386
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the government of France to relax the border restrictions on UK arrivals introduced on 18 December 2021; when they last discussed the issue with the government of France at any level; and when the Prime Minister last raised the closure of the UK–France border with the President of France.  HL5387
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political and security situation in Sudan, following the resignation of Abdalla Hamdok as Prime Minister of the military-run interim government on 4 January.  HL5388
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to require (1) web hosting services, (2) technology companies, and (3) non-UK based service providers such as Cloudflare, to do more to identify and remove hateful content in order to protect the public; and whether they believe 'incel' content constitutes terrorism.  HL5389
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current political and security situation in Kazakhstan, following the recent protests and violent unrest in the country.  HL5390
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that 3,500 new homes for Israeli settlers are planned for construction in East Jerusalem, and (2) the impact that any such housing developments in Givat Hamatos and Har Homa would have on the contiguity of Palestinian land in the Occupied Territories.  HL5391
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their Levelling Up white paper.  HL5392
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proceeds of crime generated by cyber attacks by hostile states utilising ransom demands; and what steps they are taking to prevent such crime.  HL5393
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government how many trained mental health first aiders there are in secondary schools in England.  HL5394
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce a dedicated mental health first aider in every secondary school in England.  HL5395
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that those harmed by sodium valproate in pregnancy are supported by adequate health services following the recommendations by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, published on 8 July 2020.  HL5396
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government when the public health grant allocations for 2022/23 will be announced.  HL5397
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with petrol retail companies regarding the reported increase in profit margin per litre of petrol; and what assessment they have made of the reasons for this increase.  HL5398
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to add the Office for Environmental Protection to the list of protected (1) persons, and (2) bodies, for whistleblowers.  HL5399
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects on (1) the economy, and (2) connectivity, of South West England of South Western Railway's decision to cease providing through services from Exeter to London Waterloo, with trains splitting at Salisbury.  HL5400
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of notice given by South Western Railway on 12 January of substantial timetable changes coming into effect on 17 January.  HL5401
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they take to ensure that ministerial statements are checked for accuracy.  HL5402
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Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to provide official channels to support charities sending aid funding to Afghanistan.  HL5403
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Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to integrate Afghan refugees who have arrived in the UK into the UK labour market at a level which is equivalent to their qualifications.  HL5404
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Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reopen the diplomatic mission in Afghanistan; and what discussions they have had with the government of France concerning a joint mission.  HL5405
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Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given in collaboration with the United Nations about granting an exemption from sanctions for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan; and how they and international partners will monitor the effectiveness of any agreed resolutions.  HL5406
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 12 January (HL Deb, col 1083), whether they have anything further to add about whether one of the UK's Trident submarines is always on patrol.  HL5407
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses the Ministry of Justice have received to their recent consultation on the Mental Capacity Small Payments Scheme.  HL5408
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