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Questions for Written Answer for 18 January 2022

Tabled on 17 January 2022 and due for answer by 31 January 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Ethiopian air force strikes on the Mai Aini refugee camp have killed three Eritrean refugees and injured four.  HL5409
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made concerning reports of conditions in the blockaded hospital in Mekelle, Tigray; what discussions they have had with the government of Ethiopia regarding medical supplies reaching that hospital; and what steps, if any, they will take, to provide support.  HL5410
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what sum the UK Supreme Court received from the government of Hong Kong in fees for UK judges sitting on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal in (1) 2017, (2) 2018, (3) 2019, and (4) 2020.  HL5411
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what sum was spent on airfares for UK judges sitting on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal in (1) 2017, (2) 2018, (3) 2019, and (4) 2020.  HL5412
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a bespoke humanitarian visa scheme for Uyghurs.  HL5413
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they collect on genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes; and how they process this evidence to assist with prosecutions.  HL5414
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of classrooms that have windows that cannot be opened; what steps they are taking to address this; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of air filtration units in classrooms that do not have a source of fresh air.  HL5415
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a waste law that would prevent companies destroying unsold or returned goods.  HL5416
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to signing up to the “Peace Dividend Campaign”.  HL5417
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, as a signatory to the Antarctic Treaty, what assessment they have made of the practice of charter flights carrying tourists to the Antarctic.  HL5418
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for establishing ventilation standards for privately owned indoor areas such as shops and entertainment venues.  HL5419
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the cause of the mass loss of sea-life around the North Yorkshire coast, particularly in regards to Teesport and Scarborough; and whether any link has been found to reports of dogs falling ill after going into the sea.  HL5420
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to engage directly with creative freelancers in a similar manner to their engagement with creative industries through regular meetings with the Creative Industries Council.  HL5421
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the size of the market for (a) cryptocurrencies, and (b) other digital assets, in the UK, and (2) the need for legislation to facilitate a well-regulated market of these; whether they have any plans to introduce legislation in order to regular this market; and if so, what is the timetable for that… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what their timetable is to (1) determine, or (2) create, an appropriate regulatory authority with a full regulatory perimeter for crypto assets.  HL5423
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate registration with the Financial Conduct Authority of companies involved in the crypto sector.  HL5424
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the skills in the workforce of regulatory authorities in relation to crypto assets.  HL5425
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand consumer protection in relation to crypto assets, in particular through access to the (1) Financial Ombudsman Service, and (2) Financial Services Compensation Scheme.  HL5426
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Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to teach consumers about the (1) nature, (2) taxation, and (3) levels of protection of digital assets, such as crypto currency; in particular, including through making the rules about advertising such digital products consistent with other risk assets.  HL5427
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases have been reported to the Department for Work and Pensions via the coroners focal point since February 2020.  HL5428
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has to meet with the group of bereaved families calling for an independent public inquiry into deaths and serious harm related to the benefits system.  HL5429
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The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of introducing senior safeguarding leaders within the Department for Work and Pensions.  HL5430
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the implications of the Adult Social Care Reform White Paper for (1) housing-with-care, and (2) integrated retirement communities  HL5431
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what form of cross-government work they are undertaking on expanding housing-with-care.  HL5432
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal from the Associated Retirement Community Operators on setting up a cross-government task force on expanding housing-with-care.  HL5433
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Associated Retirement Community Operators on expanding housing-with-care.  HL5434
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India regarding (1) religious intolerance, and (2) violence, in that country; and what representations they have also made regarding hate speech by members of the Bharatiya Janata Party.  HL5435
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they (1) have taken, or (2) are taking, or (3) are planning to take, to support (a) minority rights, and (b) religious tolerance, in India.  HL5436
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Lord Howard of Rising to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative harms caused by (1) combustible tobacco products, and (2) non-combustible tobacco products.  HL5437
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government which countries have so far approved the UNHCR's Global Compact on Refugees; and what steps they are taking to encourage countries to do so.  HL5438
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether countries adhering to the UNHCR's Global Compact on Refugees are required to give due priority to applications for family reunion.  HL5439
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the work of (1) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and (2) the International Organization for Migration.  HL5440
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the first high-level meeting of officials for the UNHCR's Global Compact of Refugees took place in 2021; and if not, when they expect that meeting to take place.  HL5441
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether their aid and humanitarian programmes are designed to encourage self-help by refugees; and if so, how.  HL5442
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning reports of the destruction of Palestinian agricultural land for military training purposes.  HL5443
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the storming of Birzeit University by Israeli forces on 10 January and the arrests of members of the student union.  HL5444
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of weaponised unmanned aerial vehicles; and what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about the use of such weapons in the Occupied Territories.  HL5445
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of a drinking culture in No 10 Downing Street; and what records they have, if any, of ministers or staff being intoxicated on the premises since March 2020.  HL5446
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether those who are immunocompromised can access a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; and what steps they are taking to improve clarity on how this information is being recorded.  HL5447
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent estimate they have made of the number of asylum applications pending initial decision.  HL5448
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to expedite the processing of Windrush Compensation Scheme claims.  HL5449
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to strengthen support for victims of domestic abuse.  HL5450
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to carry out checks at the border to ensure that (1) a pet animal is the same as the animal listed on the pet passport, (2) the animal is the age stated, and (3) there are no welfare concerns about the animal.  HL5451
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to shift the focus of enforcement of pet travel legislation from carriers to a qualified animal professional working for a government agency.  HL5452
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were fined for breaking the rules during all of the COVID-19 lockdowns.  HL5453
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning reports of clashes in the Negev desert between Israeli police and Bedouin over afforestation activities.  HL5454
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the death of 80-year-old Omar Abd al-Majid As’ad in Jiljilya on 12 January.  HL5455
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning the administrative detention of Amal Nakhleh since November 2020.  HL5456
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Viscount Stansgate to ask Her Majesty's Government how they define a prerogative power.  HL5457
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Viscount Stansgate to ask Her Majesty's Government which, if any, prerogative powers have been restored using statute law; and on what occasions.  HL5458
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Viscount Stansgate to ask Her Majesty's Government which, if any, prerogative powers have been removed using statute law; and on what occasions.  HL5459
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the September 2021 report of the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision, what plans, if any, they have to ensure that (1) the 80 per cent of bodies identified as having failed to implement an effective risk-based approach to anti-money laundering do so without delay; and (2) the 66 per cent of bodies… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the two-year grace period included in the Online Safety Bill before criminal sanctions can be imposed on named technology executives.  HL5461
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban gambling adverts in the UK.  HL5462
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to replace the BBC licence fee with a subscription service.  HL5463
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to develop an external dispute resolutions scheme for issues with large technology companies.  HL5464
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have increased the number of Disability Employment Advisors at Job Centres in the last 12 months.  HL5465
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government whether landlords are required to give tenants without fault the booklet How to Rent before seeking to evict them; and if so, whether they can do this at the same time as issuing a Form 6A notice seeking possession of a property let on an assured shorthold tenancy.  HL5466
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