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Questions for Written Answer for 28 January 2022

Tabled on 27 January 2022 and due for answer by 10 February 2022.

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Post Office will be permitted to demand confidentiality in the Post Office Horizon Alternative Dispute Resolution.  HL5728
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Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the cases will be pursued (1) in parallel, or (2) sequentially, in the Post Office Horizon Alternative Dispute Resolution.  HL5729
Answered
Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the size of the compensation cost connected to the Post Office Horizon scandal, and (2) the extent to which the Post Office remains a going concern.  HL5730
Answered
Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to protect businesses in the engineering, manufacturing and construction sectors in Northern Ireland from any price increases for products imported from China when EU anti-dumping duties come into force in February in accordance with the terms of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.  HL5731
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, with regard to the Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability: Guidance Note, published in June 2017, when an assessment on India was last conducted; and what is their assessment of the situation in India, with particular reference to instances of Islamophobic hate speech.  HL5732
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, with regard to the Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability: Guidance Note, published in June 2017, when an assessment on Afghanistan was last conducted; and what is their assessment of the situation in Afghanistan, with particular reference to the treatment of the ethnic Hazara community.  HL5733
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, with regard to the Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability: Guidance Note, published in June 2017, when an assessment on Nigeria was last conducted; and what is their assessment of the situation in Nigeria, with particular reference to the treatment of Christians in (1) Northern Nigeria, and (2) the Middle Belt.  HL5734
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, with regard to the Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability: Guidance Note, published in June 2017, when an assessment on China was last conducted; and what is their assessment of the situation in China, with particular reference to the alleged atrocity crimes committed against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.  HL5735
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, with regard to the Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability: Guidance Note, published in June 2017, when an assessment on Myanmar was last conducted; and what is their assessment of the situation in Myanmar, with particular reference to the alleged mass atrocity crimes committed against the Rohingya people.  HL5736
Answered
Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, with regard to the Joint Analysis of Conflict and Stability: Guidance Note, published in June 2017, when an assessment on Ethiopia was last conducted; and what is their assessment of the situation in Ethiopia, with particular reference to the mistreatment of the ethnic Tigrayan people.  HL5737
Answered
Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any health problems created by urban gulls as a result of an increase in numbers and spread inland; and what discussions they have had with Natural England about re-instating rooftop-nesting Herring gulls and Lesser black-back gulls on the General Licence to allow local councils to address any su… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of television advertising slots there have been on UK free to view television in the most recent year for which data is available, and (2) of the trend in the number of such advertisements over the previous 10 years.  HL5739
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the 2050 Net Zero target, whether they have assessed the amount of (1) energy required for, and (2) the global warming potential of, the manufacture of insulation materials.  HL5740
Answered
Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the 2050 Net Zero target, whether they have assessed the levels of embodied carbon contained in (1) synthetic, and (2) nature-based, insulation materials.  HL5741
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the decision by NICE to change the way medicines and other health technologies are evaluated for use in the NHS, what steps they will take to develop a definition of innovation which differentiates transformative technologies, together with the consultative process that will achieve this.  HL5742
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recent decision by NICE to change the way medicines and other health technologies are evaluated for use in the NHS, how "sufficient evidence" will be defined recognising that in respect of early-stage development and “true” innovation, there may be no comparator for evidential purpose.  HL5743
Answered
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recent decision by NICE to change the way medicines and other health technologies are evaluated for use in the NHS, how they will ensure fast-tracking any true innovation is supported by the NICE MedTech Innovation Briefing (MIB) or other "sufficient evidence" into the relevant concurrent NHS Supply Chain Fra… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Home Office is taking to close safeguarding loopholes where a name is changed in relation to a change of gender.  HL5745
Answered
Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) risks, and (2) potential legal consequences, for individuals who intervene to try to stop an assault or similar violent crime.  HL5746
Answered
Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of infrared heating to support their aim of decarbonising homes.  HL5747
Answered
Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered research published by the Environmental Technologies & Resource Efficiency Support Service (EnTRESS), at the University of Wolverhampton, concerning any cost and efficiency advantages infrared heating has over other alternatives to decarbonising home heating.  HL5748
Answered
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 “Lord Truman Hell Christ”; 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 Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of permitting the directors of Spypriest Limited to file annual accounts at Companies House on 29 October 2021 under the name of War Trumpet Limited for the accounting period ending 31 January 2021.  HL5750
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 24 January (HL Deb, col 21) where he stated that "total fraud loss across government is estimated at £29 billion a year", whether they will provide a list containing details of that loss.  HL5751
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 24 January (HL Deb, col 21) where he stated that "at the beginning of Covid, BEIS had the grand total of two counter-fraud officials on its staff", whether they will provide details about (1) where the staff were located, (2) their job specifications, (3) their qualifications, (4) their w… 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 remarks by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 24 January (HL Deb, col 21) where he stated that "three out of the seven main lenders account for 87 per cent of loans paid out to companies already dissolved", whether they will provide (1) names of the three lenders, (2) the (a) number, and (b) names, of the dissolved companies, and (3)… 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 remarks by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 24 January (HL Deb, col 21) where he stated that "three out of the seven main lenders account for 87 per cent of loans paid out to companies already dissolved", why the ratio is so skewed; and following his further remarks that "two of the seven account for 81 per cent of cases where loan… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what contingency plans they have put in place since the temporary liquidity shortage in March 2020 for the management of subsequent liquidity shortages.  HL5755
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Lord Tyrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact on the economy of a rise in interest rates of one per cent.  HL5756
Answered
Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses were received to the Mental Capacity Act: Small Payments Scheme consultation, which ran from 16 November 2021 to 12 January 2022.  HL5757
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