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Questions for Written Answer for 31 January 2022

Tabled on 28 January and due for answer by 11 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take, if any, (1) to introduce sanctions on companies in China involved in the harvesting of genetic data, or (2) take other steps to ensure that UK businesses are not engaged with such companies.  HL5758
Answered
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the military takeover in Burkina Faso, and (2) the implications for combating Islamist militancy in the Sahel region.  HL5759
Answered
Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of funding for COVAX to enable the (1) purchase, and (2) distribution, of ancillary vaccination equipment; and what assessment have they made of its implications for the delivery of vaccination programmes in the developing world.  HL5760
Answered
Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty's Government why the statistics on National Insurance numbers issued to overseas nationals were delayed two days before the due publication date of 25 November 2021; why they have now been suspended; and when they expect them to be published.  HL5761
Answered
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government when the consultation on the proposed changes to public sector food procurement policy will take place.  HL5762
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the effect of the Bus Services Act 2017 in improving bus services.  HL5763
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any recent assessment of the development of the English sparkling wine industry.  HL5764
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any recent assessment of the future of digital currencies; and whether they have any plans to trade digital currencies.  HL5765
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support wind turbine construction in England.  HL5766
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support solar panel construction in England.  HL5767
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce regulations for the use of self-driving cars on roads in England; and what is the timetable for this work.  HL5768
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report UK Poverty 2022: The essential guide to understanding poverty in the UK, published on 18 January; and what steps they plan to take, if any, in response to the case for "co-ordinated commitment, effort and action on the intersecting issues and challenges"… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, following instances of thefts of Georgian and Victorian post boxes in East Anglia, (1) how many post boxes have been stolen across the UK in the last 12 months, and (2) what discussions they have had with Royal Mail regarding the replacement of those post boxes.  HL5770
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British troops they are preparing to deploy to the countries on NATO's eastern flank, including (1) the Baltic States, (2) Bulgaria, and (3) Romania; and how many British troops they are preparing to deploy to those NATO countries which directly border Ukraine.  HL5771
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current average waiting time for a driving test in Great Britain; how many driving examiners are currently employed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA); what assessment they have made of the number of driving examiners that need to be recruited to meet the demand for tests; and how long they forecast… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the potential (1) economic, and (2) inflationary, impact on the UK of any global shortage of computer chips; and what steps they are taking to mitigate any impact.  HL5773
Answered
The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the governments of (1) India, and (2) Pakistan, the resumption at the earliest opportunity of formal bilateral relations over Kashmir since the suspension of those relations in 2019.  HL5774
Answered
Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the Financial Conduct Authority has made for the levels of over-indebtedness in the UK; and what independent evidential basis informs that assessment.  HL5775
Answered
Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government what communications ministers from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy had with Sanjeev Gupta between January 2019 and December 2021.  HL5776
Answered
Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the accounting officer’s assessment of the value for money of the choice of transport for the Foreign Secretary’s recent visit to Australia.  HL5777
Answered
Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the lifeboat accident on the research ship Sir David Attenborough, whether they plan to review legislation relating to (1) hook release problems, and (2) wire and brake failures, leading to difficulties of recovering free-fall life boats once they have been launched onto the water.  HL5778
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