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Questions for Written Answer for 19 January 2022

Tabled on 18 January 2022 and due for answer by 1 February 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with human rights organisations, including EyeWitness, in relation to (1) collecting, and (2) preserving, evidence of atrocity crimes in (a) Nigeria, and (b) elsewhere; if they have had such discussions, what assessment they have made of the findings of those organisations; and if they have not,… 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 assessment they have made of the UK's use of universal jurisdiction to prosecute the crimes of (1) genocide, (2) crimes against humanity, and (3) war crimes.  HL5468
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are helping other countries to prosecute (1) genocide, (2) crimes against humanity, and (3) war crimes, where there is evidence of such crimes; and if not, what is their reason for not doing so.  HL5469
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the findings of their Pavement parking: options for change consultation, which ran from 31 August 2020 to 22 November 2020.  HL5470
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to bring into effect Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 to allow local authorities outside London to enable school street schemes to be enforced by cameras.  HL5471
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when the strengthening of existing laws making it illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving will come into force.  HL5472
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of cells in each women’s prison in England and Wales have in-cell telephony.  HL5473 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of cells in each men’s prison in England and Wales have in-cell telephony.  HL5474 [I]
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Baroness Brinton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the UK are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed and classified as (1) severely clinically extremely vulnerable, and (2) clinically extremely vulnerable excluding those who are severely clinically extremely vulnerable.  HL5475
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the options beyond the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons to address concerns about lethal autonomous weapons systems.  HL5476
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the International Committee for the Red Cross’s analysis that a new legally-binding instrument, including prohibitions and positive obligations, is required to regulate autonomous weapons systems.  HL5477
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the Artificial Intelligence Defence Strategy; and what consultation, including public consultation, they have carried out to inform the strategy.  HL5478
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they maintain the position that the UK does not possess fully autonomous weapon systems and has no intention of developing them.  HL5479
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of increasing autonomy in weapons systems on (1) civilian protection, and (2) compliance with international humanitarian law.  HL5480
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how they seek to reconcile a focus on tackling the proliferation of advanced military technologies with prioritising the development and integration of new technologies “required for near-peer, high-tech warfighting”, such as “AI-enabled autonomous capabilities” as identified in the Ministry of Defence’s Defence in a Competitive A… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of the British Council's presence in Slovenia; and what have been the principal successes of its work in that country.  HL5482
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value to the UK of developing relationships with Slovenian citizens currently living in Slovenia, who have undertaken courses in universities in the UK.  HL5483
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Lord Glenarthur to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide aid to the Kingdom of Tonga, following the volcanic eruption on 15 January; what is the timetable for delivering any such aid; and whether they have made any assessment of what aid is most needed.  HL5484
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Lord Grocott to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether, when the Clerk of the Parliaments announces the winner of the hereditary peers’ by-election on 9 February, he will also announce the number of votes cast for each candidate in the final round of voting.  HL5485
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ask the House of Lords Appointments Commission to vet the candidates who stand in the hereditary peer by-election to be held on 8 February.  HL5486
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to confirm the appointment of the National Clinical Director for Eye Care.  HL5487
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement targets for NHS eye care services to reduce waiting times for follow-up appointments.  HL5488
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with Derbyshire County Council regarding the council’s proposals to close care homes in the county.  HL5489
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed powers in clause 9 of the Nationality and Borders Bill (HL Bill 82) to enable the Secretary of State to rescind British citizenship without notice for those with or entitled to dual citizenship would apply to anyone automatically (1) in possession of, or (2) entitled to, citizenship of another country ba… 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 the level of support among (1) businesses, and (2) individuals, in the UK for the resettlement of refugees, both by (a) returns to countries of origin, and (b) moves to third countries; and whether they will be publicising to UK businesses and individuals the opportunities to assist refugees wanting to r… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 27 October 2021 (HL3353), why there are more unsalaried Ministers in the House of Lords, who are not in receipt of a parliamentary salary, compared to unsalaried Ministers in the House of Commons, who do receive a parliamentary salary; and how many unsalaried ministers are currently members… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were employed in 10 Downing Street or associated buildings, connected directly to serving the Prime Minister of the day, leaving aside cleaning, maintenance, and security staff in each of the years (a) 1995, (b) 2005, (c) 2015, and (d) 2021; and in each case, how many of those were permanent civil servants.  HL5493
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Internal Process Reviews conducted by the Department of Work and Pensions relate to cases that have also been subject to Safeguarding Adults Reviews.  HL5494
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what changes have been implemented by the Department of Work and Pensions in response to the 289 Internal Process Reviews into (1) the death, or (2) serious harm, of claimants related to the actions of that department since 2012.  HL5495
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the findings from the 289 Internal Process Reviews undertaken by the Department of Works and Pensions into the death or serious harm of claimants which have been related to the actions of that department since 2012.  HL5496
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government when their Environment Principles Policy Statement will be published.  HL5497
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Insolvency Practitioners Association 2021 Monitoring Report will be published.  HL5498
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government what documented evidence they have of market failure in the relationship between Recognised Professional Bodies and the Insolvency Service.  HL5499
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government what independent documented evidence they have that the current (1) structure, and (2) model, for insolvency regulation is failing to deliver (a) consistent outcomes, (b) robust outcomes, and (c) the breadth of regulation required for an effective modern regulatory regime.  HL5500
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government what independent documented evidence there is of inconsistent regulatory outcomes between different Recognised Professional Bodies in the regulation of Insolvency Practitioners.  HL5501
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have undertaken (1) within, and (2) without, the insolvency industry that has suggested the Insolvency Service as a suitable candidate to be a Single Regulator of the Insolvency Industry; and whether they will publish that evidence.  HL5502
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review their pension "abatement" rules for (1) nurses, (2) midwives, (3) physiotherapists, and (4) mental health officers, who wish to keep working due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5503
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Wildlife and Countryside Link’s estimates of the resources required for successful implementation of Local Nature Recovery Strategies.  HL5504
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Local Nature Recovery Strategies (1) protect, and (2) enhance, urban nature, in order to increase opportunities for people to benefit from access to nature near where they live and work.  HL5505
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Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that adequate funding is available for local authorities to meet their general duty to facilitate their Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 biodiversity duty obligations, as updated by sections 102 and 103 of the Environment Act 2021.  HL5506
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Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will update their business risk advisory system regarding forced labour in the Uyghur region in China, in light of the conclusions of the Uyghur Tribunal, published on 9 December 2021.  HL5507
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports of a significant reduction in (a) the number of traffic cameras in active use, and (b) the number of breathalyser tests administered, in the last five years; and (2) the relationship between any such changes and an increase in road traffic accidents.  HL5508
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion, of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises they have provided support with exports to, in each of the last three months.  HL5509
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that protections for exports to third countries negotiated while the UK was a member of the EU are maintained following the UK's departure.  HL5510
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises can benefit from Free Trade Agreements.  HL5511
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to increase exports of UK steel.  HL5512
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to (1) support, and (2) increase, exports of food and drink.  HL5513
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage World Trade Organization members to support the introduction of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights waiver.  HL5514
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report HMRC responses to inaccurate claims, published on 12 January, what is the methodology for estimating the amount lost to fraud and error; what is the value of these claims; and what is the forecasted expenditure for such claims, for (1) the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (2) the Self-Employment Income Support Schem… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 2 November 2021 (HL3320), what progress they have made in bringing criminal charges against KPMG’s insolvency partner for misconduct during the Silentnight insolvency.  HL5516
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the recommended capital adequacy level for energy companies regulated by Ofgem.  HL5517
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people who have claimed Statutory Sick Pay following one or more COVID-19 infections.  HL5518
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce new policies to deliver long-term reductions in water usage across England.  HL5519
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Human Rights Watch and Childhood Trust report “I Want Us to Live Like Humans Again”: Families in Temporary Accommodation in London, UK, published on 17 January, what steps they are taking to reduce the placement of families in unfit temporary housing.  HL5520
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement a price control mechanism to reduce freight costs for the landscaping industry.  HL5521
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce measures in the Online Safety Bill aimed at preventing the use of end-to-end encryption in online private messaging.  HL5522
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