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Questions for Written Answer for 2 February 2022

Tabled on 1 February and due for answer by 15 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how the incidence of serious incidents disclosed to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, including where samples are mixed up or patient records are read incorrectly, compares to the frequency of serious incidents in other areas of medicine for which comparable records are available.  HL5823
Answered
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 31 January (HL Deb col 685) regarding the Sue Gray report, what steps they have taken in response to its publication; and what plans they have, if any, to remove the 34-bottle capacity wine cooler from the Downing Street offices.  HL5824
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 31 January (HL5657), whether they will publish (1) the cost/benefit analysis, and (2) the additional independent analyses, on which they and HS2 Ltd based their decision to build a viaduct rather than a tunnel at Wendover.  HL5825
Answered
Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 31 January (HL5527), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, 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… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact of migration to the UK under the British National (Overseas) visa scheme for people from Hong Kong.  HL5827
Answered
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of threats to the otter population in the UK; and what steps, if any, they are proposing to address any such threats.  HL5828
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British nationals who are Russian speakers were employed in each of the last five years by (1) the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, (2) the Diplomatic Service, and (3) the Security Services.  HL5829
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Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British nationals who are Russian speakers were employed in each of the last five years by the Armed Forces.  HL5830
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government which provisions of the proposed Brexit Freedoms Bill (1) will, and (2) will not, apply to Northern Ireland.  HL5831
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the territorial extent to the proposed Brexit Freedoms Bill.  HL5832
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Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they plan to take to ask Haringey London Borough Council to conform with the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity in the regularity of its magazine publications.  HL5833
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 20 December 2021 (HL4956), whether they will publish the details of the Government to Government agreements with (1) Kenya, (2) Malaysia, and (3) the Philippines.  HL5834
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Kamall on 27 January (HL Deb col 436) regarding the ethical international recruitment of nurses, what ethical provisions were included in the agreements with (1) Kenya, (2) Malaysia, and (3) the Philippines, to which he referred in his Written Answer on 20 December 2021 (HL4956).  HL5835
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the potential for carbon storing nature-based insulation products to decarbonise the built environment, and (2) the impact such products could have on reaching the 2050 Net Zero target.  HL5836
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals for a mechanism to inform consumers (1) how much embodied carbon an insulation product contains, and (2) whether, and if so how much, it stores biogenic carbon, through Environmental Product Declarations at the specifier level.  HL5837
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of showing potential consumers the relationship between energy savings and operational carbon versus stored biogenic carbon of insulation materials.  HL5838
Answered
Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of using breathable nature-based insulation on the comfort, health and well-being of occupants.  HL5839
Answered
Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether breathable nature-based insulation is more appropriate for insulating older homes in the existing housing stock than synthetic products.  HL5840
Answered
Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the extent to which insulation can be a source of indoor air pollutants, (2) the impact of any such pollutants on occupant health, and (3) the impact of using nature-based insulation as a low pollutant source material.  HL5841
Answered
Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following reports of (1) roadblocks and checkpoints placed on entrances to the Palestinian village of Dir Nizam, and (2) military incursions into that village.  HL5842
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they intend to offer, if any, to the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Palestinians in Gaza, given reports of shortages of medical equipment.  HL5843
Answered
Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sectoral breakdown of employment of international students who have stayed in the UK post-study in each of the last 10 years by (1) nationality, and (2) sector of employment.  HL5844
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average (1) earnings, and (2) economic contribution, of international students who have stayed in the UK post-study in each of the last 10 years.  HL5845
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the rates of fraud relating to the demonstration of proof of funds in international student visa applications, and (2) of the reported prevalence of fraudulent practices by rogue agents providing funds on a short-term basis, in order to assist students to meet the finance expectations… 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, if any, of whether elements of Canada's Student Direct Scheme, including proof of funds and deposit requirements, would improve the integrity of the UK visa system for international students.  HL5847
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist universities in identifying (1) where in-country recruitment agents are failing to detect fraud, or (2) where agents are themselves engaged in malpractices, by publishing visa refusal rates by recruitment agent.  HL5848
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Lord Johnson of Marylebone to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which requiring the Office for Students (1) to publish a code of practice governing universities’ use of recruitment agents and sub-agents, and (2) to enforce the code on a ‘comply or explain’ basis as a condition of registration with the Office for Students, would help drive… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how many infant hospital admissions in each month of 2021 were as a result of Respiratory Syncytial Virus-related illnesses in each NHS hospital trust in England.  HL5850
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what data are available on the impact of Respiratory Syncytial Virus on (1) A&E attendances, and (2) hospital admissions, broken down by NHS hospital trusts in England.  HL5851
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of levels of sovereign debt on lower income countries' ability to invest in climate change (1) mitigation, and (2) adaptation.  HL5852
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what contributions they have made to the Khartoum Process (EU/Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative) in North Africa in each year since 2014; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of that programme on curbing illegal migration and human trafficking.  HL5853
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK funds contributed to the Khartoum Process (EU/Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative) in Sudan directly supported the Rapid Support Forces, including former members of the Janjaweed militia, in their task of border management.  HL5854
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current strength of UK forces in Mali; and what changes, if any, they will make to their military activities in Mali following the announcement by the government of France that it would partially withdraw its forces from that country.  HL5855
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government how many aid and development programmes they are supporting in Mali; and through which channels this support is provided, including United Nations and UK non-governmental organisations.  HL5856
Answered
Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposed new alcohol duty system, which is currently under consultation, on the diversity, choice and quality of wines available to consumers.  HL5857
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to complement the £1.5 billion Brownfield Fund with planning policies to support the creation of (1) homes, (2) jobs, (3) transport, and (4) infrastructure.  HL5858
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce financial incentives to make proposals for new housing care and support schemes more attractive to potential (1) developers, and (2) providers.  HL5859
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the freeze on the student loan repayment threshold will only stay in place for one year.  HL5860
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the uptake of the MMR vaccine.  HL5861
Answered
Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average time it takes to renew a driving licence with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.  HL5862
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what delays there are, if any, in processing driving licence (1) applications, and (2) renewals, at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.  HL5863
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 31 January (HL5653), whether there is no comparability between the Jubilee Medal and the Merchant Navy Medal for meritorious service.  HL5864
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