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Questions for Written Answer for 27 January 2022

Tabled on 26 January 2022 and due for answer by 9 February 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of a two-year freeze in the BBC Licence Fee, what assurances they can provide on future funding of the BBC World Service; and what assessment they have made of whether planned funding will be sufficient to sustain the services it provides.  HL5688
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of the BBC World Service in supporting UK international diplomatic objectives, in particular in relation to establishing and developing new relationships following the UK's departure from the EU.  HL5689
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Pakistani Minorities Abductions, Forced Conversions, and Forced Marriages of Religious Minority Women and Girls in Pakistan, published on 25 November 2021; and what plans they have to implement its recommendations to assist the government Pa… 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 whether they intend to support the proposal by the government of Sri Lanka to the International Maritime Organisation to regulate the transport of plastic nurdles.  HL5691
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban the further sale of plants listed in Schedule 9 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.  HL5692
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to appoint a new leader of the cross-government Commission on Access to the Outdoors; and when they expect it to (1) conclude its work, and (2) report.  HL5693
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Kamall on 24 January (HL Deb, col 5) where he stated that they are "looking at how we change diets in schools and across the public sector", how that work is being conducted; in which department it is being conducted; with what deadlines; and when the (1) recommendations, and (2) imple… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Crathorne to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on appointing a new Chair of the Wallace Collection.  HL5695
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 25 January (HL5539), in respect of the Cabinet Office’s contract with Bain & Company, reference CCCC20A01-04, (1) what was the procurement process, (2) what work was delivered, and (3) what evaluation of the (a) quality, and (b) value for money, of that work they undertook at the completion of… 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 25 January (HL5539), in respect of the Cabinet Office’s contract with Bain & Company, reference CCCC18A29 L1 PSP2, (1) what was the procurement process, (2) what work was delivered, and (3) what evaluation of the (a) quality, and (b) value for money, of that work they undertook at the completi… 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 25 January (HL5539), in respect of the Cabinet Office’s contract with Bain & Company, reference CCCC18A29-01, (1) what was the procurement process, (2) what work was delivered, and (3) what evaluation of the (a) quality, and (b) value for money, of that work they undertook at the completion of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by the Boat Group, which found that UK (1) new, and (2) used, boat sales grew by 9 per cent in 2020; and what assessment they have made of the link, if any, between the purchase of such yachts and the payment of furlough money.  HL5699
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Lord Hain to ask the Leader of the House, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 26 January (HL5538), what assessment they have made of (1) whether, and (2) how, the Written Answers by Lord True on 10 January (HL5119) and 18 January (HL5234, HL5235, HL5236 and HL5360) conform to the criteria set out in the Written Answer.  HL5700
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quantity of insulation material needed to insulate the entirety of the UK’s building stock in time to meet the 2050 Net Zero target.  HL5701
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) quantity, and (2) mix, of insulation that will be needed for typical homes to enable the UK to hit its 2050 Net Zero target in respect of the built environment.  HL5702
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether, and (2) to what degree, they have quantified what proportion of an entire building’s embodied carbon can be attributed to nature-based insulation materials.  HL5703
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) existing UK manufacturing capacity, and (2) associated supply chains, in relation to the capacity required to insulate the entirety of the UK’s building stock in time to meet the 2050 Net Zero target.  HL5704
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a list of (1) organisations, and (2) project titles, that in 2021 had any access to data via NHS England's National Commissioning Data Repository; and for each organisation or project, whether they will provide a brief description of its purpose.  HL5705
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to apply a separate climate compatibility checkpoint for future (1) oil, and (2) gas, licensing on the UK mainland; and what role English local authorities will have in making the assessment of compatibility.  HL5706
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that remote rural locations in the UK which rely on the 3G mobile phone network will have a guaranteed continuation of service when the 3G signal is turned off in 2023.  HL5707
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that in summer 2022 fruit and vegetables in the UK will not be left unharvested.  HL5708
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent another mass cull of healthy pigs in the UK.  HL5709
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking along with (1) farmers, (2) growers, (3) wholesalers, and (4) others in the supply chain, to ensure the largest possible variety of British produce on supermarket shelves.  HL5710
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend road traffic legislation to make causing death or serious injury by dangerous cycling an offence; and whether any such changes would cover (1) electrically assisted pedal cycles, and (2) e-scooters.  HL5711
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include (1) systems leadership, and (2) antimicrobial stewardship programmes, in Integrated Care Systems, to support management of antimicrobial resistance in the NHS.  HL5712
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Health and Care Bill to enable the entrenchment of antimicrobial stewardship in the NHS.  HL5713
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Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to tackle economic crime, and (2) to prevent fraudulent companies from accessing public funds.  HL5714
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they held in relation to amending the Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill to allow an MP to (1) seek a dual mandate as an MLA, and (2) hold both mandates for the duration of the current Parliament; which political parties participated in these discussions; what agreement was reached; and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what checks were made by Companies House to establish the authenticity of a director of Spypriest Limited who registered his name as "Lord Truman Michael Spypriest", and who listed a succession of implausible occupations in association with his registration; and whether they have taken any action against this individual for filing incorre… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what checks were made by Companies House to establish the authenticity of a secretary of Spypriest Limited who gave his name as "Mr Adolf Tooth Fairy Hitler"; and whether they have taken any action against (1) this company, or (2) individuals associated with it, for filing incorrect information.  HL5717
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what checks were made by Companies House to establish the authenticity of a secretary of Spypriest Limited who gave his name as "Victor Les-Appy Hugo"; and whether they have taken any action against (1) the company, or (2) individuals associated with the company, for filing incorrect information at Companies House.  HL5718
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what checks were made by Companies House to establish the authenticity of a director of Spypriest Limited who gave his name as "Joseph Smith Jr" and listed a number of implausible occupations in association with the company registration; and whether they have taken any action against the company, or individuals associated with it, for inc… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what checks were made by Companies House to establish the authenticity of a director or secretary of the company MI5ER SCR00GE SPYPRIEST THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE LTD, who gave his name as "James Bond" and stated his occupation to be "Security Controller".  HL5720
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what checks were made by Companies House to establish the authenticity of a director or secretary of MI5ER SCR00GE SPYPRIEST THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE LTD who gave his name as "Judas Superadio Iskariot"; and whether they have taken any action against this company or individuals associated with it for filing incorrect information at Companies… 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 increase offerings of (1) vocational, and (2) technical, courses throughout the school system, to help better prepare students for the working world.  HL5722
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce an independent regulator for cricket to oversee the progress the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) makes to tackle racism in that sport.  HL5723
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to replace references to harmful ‘content’ in the Online Safety Bill with ‘content and activity’, to cover the release of new social media products such as virtual reality.  HL5724
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of diversity in the administration of English cricket; and what plans they have to support or require the England and Wales Cricket Board to increase levels of diversity as a condition of receipt of future public funding.  HL5725
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the British Educational Research Association High standards, not high stakes: An alternative to SATs that will transform England’s testing and school accountability system in primary education and beyond, published in July 2021.  HL5726
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by United Learning to reduce the pay of teaching assistants at Salisbury Manor Primary School in Waltham Forest whilst increasing their working hours; and of reports that they propose to introduce a "fire and rehire" policy which would cut the sick pay rights of teaching assis… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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