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Questions for Written Answer for 1 February 2022

Tabled on 31 January and due for answer by 14 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the killing of a Christian priest and the wounding of another in an attack in Peshawar on 30 January; and what recent discussions they have had with the government of Pakistan about the protection of religious minorities.  HL5779
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Ambassador to China plans to attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.  HL5780
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing a legal definition of (1) sourdough bread, and (2) other sourdough products.  HL5781
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in identifying the graves of more than 10,000 Egyptians who died in the service of the British Empire during World War One, including those in the Egyptian Labour Corps.  HL5782
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need for further COVID-19 boosters beyond the third vaccination; and what steps they plan to take as a result of this assessment.  HL5783
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make glue traps illegal based on the danger that these present to animals, including pets.  HL5784
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need for better coordination across rail networks of (1) rail ticket types, (2) ticket restrictions, and (3) ticket names; and what steps, if any, they are taking to improve such coordination.  HL5785
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Barran on 27 January (HL Deb col 434), what was the breakdown for (1) the 16,500 applicants in 2019–20 for the Erasmus+ scheme, (2) the 41,000 applicants in 2020–21 for the Turing Scheme, between (a) undergraduates, (b) graduates, (c) school students, (d) apprentices, (e) youth workers, and (f) s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Barran on 27 January (HL Deb col 434), which countries outside the EU accounted for the 60 per cent of applications for the Turing Scheme in 2020–21.  HL5787
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Barran on 27 January (HL Deb col 434), of the (1) 41,000 placements under the Turing Scheme, and (2) 16,500 placements under Erasmus+ in 2020–21, how many were for (a) an academic year, (b) an academic term, and (c) six weeks or fewer.  HL5788
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have issued to sporting representatives of (1) Team GB, and (2) Paralympics GB, participating in the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games regarding the exercise of fundamental human rights in China.  HL5789
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Higher Education Statistics Agency data published on 25 January showing that their International Education Strategy target to increase the number of international higher education students in the UK to 600,000 per year has been met a decade ahead of schedule, what assessment they have made of the level of their… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to update their target of hosting at least 600,000 international students in the UK, and (2) to increase the value of education exports to £35 billion per year by 2030.  HL5791
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to work with the education sector "to enhance the evidence base on international graduate outcomes and to monitor the UK’s comparative position with respect to international student recruitment and the international student experience", further to Action 5 of their International Education Strateg… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the employment outcomes of international students who have completed their higher education studies at UK institutions.  HL5793
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what regulatory measures the Office for Students is taking to encourage universities to focus as much on the completion, attainment and progression outcomes of international students, as those of domestic students.  HL5794
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion, of international students have chosen to stay in the UK after their studies in each of the last 10 years; and what was the breakdown of students by nationality for each year.  HL5795
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their homelessness statistics, updated on 27 January, which show that 222,360 households have become homeless since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, what steps they are taking to assist homeless people.  HL5796
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address child poverty in the UK.  HL5797
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Healthwatch England report What people have told us about NHS dentistry, published on 20 December; what assessment they have made of the particular finding that only two per cent of NHS dental practices in Gloucestershire are accepting new adult patients, while those in (1) Dorset, (2) D… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Benyon on 25 January (HL Deb col 69GC), how many of the dogs recently imported from Afghanistan have been found to have serious diseases; what steps are being taken to control the spread of Brucella canis, identified among some of these dogs; and whether the dogs will remain in quarantine… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to pass a bill to make provision about the welfare of certain kept animals that are in, imported into, or exported from Great Britain, in the current parliamentary session.  HL5800
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the level of avian influenza in the UK.  HL5801
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what response, if any, they have had from the agricultural industry in England regarding the Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024, published in November 2020.  HL5802
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage hospitals to enable friends and family to come in to (1) visit, and (2) give support, to new patients with (a) brain, and (b) spinal, injuries in order to help with their rehabilitation.  HL5803
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Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 26 October 2021 (HL2952), how many unaccompanied Afghan minors with family links to the UK have been resettled in the UK since the Kabul airlift of August 2021; and how many are still in Qatar waiting to be resettled.  HL5804
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 31 January (HL5594), on what date Leeds City Council (1) councillors, or (2) officials, were informed of the Government's decision not to proceed with previous plans to bring HS2 to Leeds.  HL5805
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the harms caused by breeding exotic cat species with domestic cat breeds in England.  HL5806
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to banning the cross breeding of exotic cats with domestic cat breeds in England.  HL5807
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle the sale of (1) hybrid, and (2) wild, cats online.  HL5808
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have considered to tackle social media influencers promoting the sale of (1) exotic, and (2) hybrid, animals online.  HL5809
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the need to introduce legislation to ban the importation of F1 and F2 hybrid cats.  HL5810
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the licensing requirements for holders of (1) exotic, and (2) hybrid, cat species in England under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981.  HL5811
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' Protection of Civilians Report of 11–24 January, what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning roadblocks and checkpoints placed on Palestinian village entrances and agricultural roads in the West Bank.  HL5812
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli authorities are blocking donations of winter clothes and blankets to Palestinian prisoners in jails in Israel; and what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Israel on this issue.  HL5813
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of Israeli forces firing gas bombs at Palestinian farmers on their fields near the Gaza–Israel perimeter fence; and what representations, if any, have they made to the government of Israel.  HL5814
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Baroness Stowell of Beeston to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation in the next parliamentary session to regulate pedicabs in London.  HL5815
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to add British Sign Language to mainstream curriculum classes for (1) nursery, (2) primary school, and (3) secondary school.  HL5816
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Bitcoin accounts for 0.5 per cent global electricity production; and what plans they have to prohibit crypto currency mining in the UK.  HL5817
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the (1) Towns Fund, and (2) Future High Streets Fund, to (a) target struggling small rural towns, and (b) help smaller towns adapt to changing consumer trends and demands.  HL5818
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Education Policy Institute report Measuring Pupil Inclusion in School Groups, published on 31 January; and what plans they have to ensure that schools are measured on whether they (1) exclude, or (2) off-roll, vulnerable pupils.  HL5819
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many looked after children in England were referred to mental health services in (1) 2021, and (2) 2020.  HL5820
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of children in England referred to mental health services in each year from 2018 to 2021 were looked after children.  HL5821
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in England (1) attended, and (2) were admitted through, Accident and Emergency departments for self-harming in each year from 2018 to 2021; and what percentage of those were looked after children.  HL5822
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