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Questions for Written Answer for 20 January 2022

Tabled on 19 January 2022 and due for answer by 2 February 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so how, they will support Resolution 511 of the African Union’s African Commission for Human and People’s Rights, which calls on the government of Cameroon to authorise an impartial fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the Anglophone regions.  HL5523
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Uyghur Tribunal, and in particular its determination that the Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims are subject to human rights abuses and crimes against humanity; and, further to the findings of the Tribunal, what plans they have to review the planned UK-China Economi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when local authorities who have applied for Mini-Holland funding will be informed whether their applications have been successful.  HL5525
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to implement the plan they announced on 19 November 2021 to expand the circumstances in which it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving.  HL5526
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the tweet by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 16 January where she stated that “this licence fee announcement will be the last”, whether they intend this to be the last time the BBC licence fee is renewed.  HL5527
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have died while under probation supervision where COVID-19 was considered a factor in their death; and how many of these individuals were recorded as having no stable accommodation at the time of death.  HL5528 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners in each prison tested positive for COVID-19 in each month of 2021.  HL5529 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many miles on average female prisoners have been held from their home address in each year since 2010.  HL5530 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in prison serving an extended determinate sentence have a custodial tariff of (1) six months or less, (2) six months to 12 months, (3) 12 months to four years, (4) four years to 10 years, and (5) 10 years or more.  HL5531 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in prison serving (1) a life sentence, (2) an extended determinate sentence, and (3) an imprisonment for public protection sentence, are aged (a) 15–17, (b) 18–20, (c) 21–24, (d) 25–29, (e) 30–39, (f) 40–49, (g) 50–59, (h) 60–69, and (i) 70 and over.  HL5532 [I]
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 18 January (HL Deb, col 1553) that "issues around friction-free visa travel within the European Union and changes to border requirements are high on the agenda", whether this will include discussion of a visa-waiver agreement for the performing arts between the UK an… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 17 January (HL5229), what further representations they will make to the government of Azerbaijan "to settle all outstanding matters including the peaceful negotiation of their borders" following reports of (1) three Azerbaijani attacks on Armenian civilians in Nagorno… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan concerning possible violations of the Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Agreement, including reports of Azerbaijani military attacks on Armenian civilians on 2, 8, 10, and 11 January.  HL5535
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of religiously-motivated torture of Christian Armenian prisoners of war by Azerbaijani military personnel.  HL5536
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of escalating Islamist violence in southeast Nigeria, including of targeted attacks against the Igbo community.  HL5537
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Lord Hain to ask the Leader of the House, further to the Written Answers by Lord True on 10 January (HL5119) and 18 January (HL5234, HL5235, HL5236 and HL5360), what assessment she has made of the extent to which Ministers answer written questions from Members of the House comprehensively; and what steps she is taking to support the requirement of the Ministerial Code that “Minist… 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 Answers by Lord True on 10 January (HL5119) and 18 January (HL5234, HL5235, HL5236 and HL5360), whether they will now answer the questions fully by (1) listing in the text of their answer the contracts they have entered into with Bain & Company since June 2010 and the lead department for each contract, and (2) setti… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the provision of care homes in Derbyshire, and (2) proposals by Derbyshire County Council to close care homes in the county.  HL5540
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of a health crisis in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 there; what steps they are taking to support the relevant authorities in relieving any such crisis in the camps; and what recent discussions they have held with the U… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the enforcement of the proposed June 2022 deadline for presidential elections in Libya; and what discussions they have had with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Libya on this matter.  HL5542
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences of the United States of America Ship traffic connects Antarctica’s fragile coasts to worldwide ecosystems, published on 18 January, what discussions they are holding with international partners to seek to counter the effect of (1) tourist, (2) researc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current backlog of cases in (1) Magistrates Courts in England and (2) the Crown Court; and, in each case, (a) what is the average reduction in the backlog each month, and (b) how long it will take to clear the backlog at the current rate of progress.  HL5544
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Russian troops entered Belarus on 17 January; and whether they have sought any explanation from the government of Russia for this military deployment.  HL5545
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to Tonga following the volcanic eruption and tsunami on 15 January.  HL5546
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Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has developed or accredited any (1) information, or (2) guidance, to support clinicians to care for a person living with a progressive or terminal illness who wishes to voluntarily stop eating and drinking with the intention of accelerating their death.  HL5547
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create formal roles for patient representation at all levels of NHS decision-making structures, including Integrated Care Boards.  HL5548
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of existing levels of accountability of NHS decision-making; and what plans they have to increase the centrality of patients in decision-making structures in future.  HL5549
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce greater transparency over how Integrated Care Systems will be (1) scrutinised, and (2) held to account, in relation to patient care.  HL5550
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce an online sales tax; and, as part of any such plans, whether they intend to hold consultative forums with small businesses, including booksellers.  HL5551
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet the Booksellers Association to discuss ways to support small creative businesses.  HL5552
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help small booksellers compete with online retailers beyond the reliefs implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5553
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish a process to discuss finance for loss and damage due to climate change in developing countries.  HL5554
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assess the level of need for loss and damage due to climate change in developing countries.  HL5555
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to identifying new and additional sources of finance for loss and damage due to climate change in developing countries.  HL5556
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure developing countries affected by loss and damage due to climate change are not pushed further into debt.  HL5557
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government when they became aware of the farewell gathering for Kate Josephs in the Cabinet Office on 17 December 2020.  HL5558
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people attended the farewell gathering for Kate Josephs in the Cabinet Office on 17 December 2020; and whether any (1) ministers, or (2) special advisers, were present.  HL5559
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any (1) ministers, (2) special advisers, (3) civil servants, from the Treasury attended the farewell gathering for Kate Josephs in the Cabinet Office on 17 December 2020; and if so, who.  HL5560
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government who sent the email inviting people to the farewell gathering for Kate Josephs in the Cabinet Office on 17 December 2020; and on what date it was sent.  HL5561
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost to the BBC of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.  HL5562
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the effects of reducing the school week from five days to four; whether they are aware of any schools in England Wales seeking to introduce a four day week; and if so, whether they are empowered to do so.  HL5563
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the Children's Commissioner's inquiry to track down the thousands of children who have gone missing from school during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL5564
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide (1) support, and (2) advice, for those who experience (a) racial discrimination, (b) harassment, and (c) racial hatred, on social media platforms.  HL5565
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Runnymede Trust report England Civil Society Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, published on 14 July 2021; and what plans they have to include measures to prevent hate crimes against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in their next Ha… 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 create a regulatory framework for non-fungible tokens.  HL5567
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a Business and Trade Growth Office at the Department for International Trade to encourage smaller businesses to increase exports.  HL5568
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the letter from 102 millionaires and billionaires to attendees to the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling for the introduction of wealth taxes.  HL5569
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