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Questions for Written Answer for 4 February 2022

Tabled on 3 February and due for answer by 17 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 1 September (HL2328) and 21 September 2021 (HL2472) where she stated that she would “be meeting with the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner shortly to discuss the issues raised in the correspondence with Hikvision”, and her remarks on 2 February… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 1 September (HL2328) and 21 September 2021 (HL2472) and her remarks on 2 February (HL Deb col 998), what discussions they have held with the government of the United States about its reasons for banning Hikvision; and why they have not taken similar steps wit… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many personal protective equipment contracts have been referred to their Anti-fraud Unit since April 2020.  HL5911
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Health and Social Care’s anti-fraud unit investigating personal protective equipment contracts (1) has passed, or (2) intends to pass, dossiers of evidence for criminal prosecutions to the Serious Fraud Squad.  HL5912
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the event that any suppliers of faulty PPE are required to return public funds to the Department of Health and Social Care, they will publish what monies have been returned; by whom; how much has been recouped; and whether any evidence of criminality has been exposed and being prosecuted.  HL5913
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any risk to the Myanmar community in the UK presented by any Myanmar military attaché in the UK.  HL5914
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the banning of (1) e-bikes, and (2) e-scooters, from some train services; what assessment they have made of the impact of such bans on the use of public transport; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that such products using lithium ion batteries sold in the UK are safe.  HL5915
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether people who use mobility aids with lithium ion batteries are permitted to travel with them on trains.  HL5916
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Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government, when preparing the White Paper Levelling Up the United Kingdom, published on 2 February, what assessment they made of the impact of ethnicity in determining the scale and nature of geographical disparities across the UK; and what measures, if any, they plan to introduce to reduce (1) the ethnic pay gap, and (2) the disparities in the l… 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 knife crime in (1) urban areas, and (2) rural areas; and what steps they will take as a result of that assessment.  HL5918
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need for catch-up classes for time missed from school during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps will they take to provide this.  HL5919
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the National Crime Agency's seizure of millions of pounds derived from the Azerbaijan laundromat on 31 January, what steps they intend to take, if any, against complicit shell companies registered in the UK.  HL5920
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Viscount Craigavon to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward a renewed approval for the continuation of early medical abortion treatment at home, prior to the expiration of the current approval on 31 March.  HL5921
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Baroness Cumberlege to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 8 June 2021 (HL Deb cols 1219–20), what improvements they have made to the process for patients opting out of their medical data being used for research and planning; and how each patient can see where data about them are used.  HL5922
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government who they are sending as delegates to the meeting of the Joint Committee on the Northern Ireland Protocol on 21 February.  HL5923
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Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what priority is being given by the NHS to the availability of mechanical thrombectomy in the treatment of stroke.  HL5924
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-border aid they are providing to vulnerable populations in Myanmar.  HL5925
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) about the case for not inviting Myanmar to participate to meetings of ASEAN and other such fora to avoid recognising or legitimising the military regime in that country.  HL5926
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Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce sanctions on Burmese companies involved in the supply of aviation fuel to the military in Myanmar.  HL5927
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Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the outcomes of their consultation on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans, which ran from 8 June 2021 to 19 July 2021.  HL5928
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made, if any, of the increase in billionaires resident in the UK by (1) number, and (2) percentage, between (a) 2019–20, and (b) 2020–21; and what assessment have they made of the link, if any, between this increase and the payment of furlough money.  HL5929
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Sky News on 8 November 2021 that found an increase in the sale of super yachts between 2019 and 2021; and what assessment they have made of the link, if any, between the purchase of such yachts and the payment of furlough money.  HL5930
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government what constraints are imposed on ministers who receive no ministerial salary in relation to their capacity to receive non-Parliamentary income.  HL5931
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Lord Jopling to ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the delay in scheduling debates for Select Committee reports in the House of Lords; and what plans she has to provide for the scheduling of Select Committee report debates on Fridays when the House is not otherwise expected to sit.  HL5932
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Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty's Government how many special advisers were engaged with supporting the Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office in (1) 1995, (2) 2005, (3) 2015, and (4) currently.  HL5933
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not yet submitted the UK state party’s report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as part of the seventh periodic review, which was due by 30 June 2021; and when they expect to submit it.  HL5934
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to repay the rebate announced to help alleviate household energy bills; and what assessment they have made of the impact on households as a result of such repayment.  HL5935
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term arrangements they will put in place to assist (1) low-income households, and (2) pensioners on fixed incomes, to alleviate their domestic energy costs.  HL5936
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the increase in energy costs for those living in rural areas; and what plans they have to alleviate those additional costs.  HL5937
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS hospital services have been put out to procurement in the past year.  HL5938
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) primary, and (2) community, care services have been put out to tender in the past year.  HL5939
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Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty's Government which Alternative Provider Medical Services primary care contracts have been found to be inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.  HL5940
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that alcohol labels include the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines on low-risk consumption of alcohol.  HL5941
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the appeal of alcohol to children.  HL5942
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the details of their consultation on the calorie labelling of alcohol.  HL5943
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the reasons for the delay in commencing the consultation of alcohol labelling since its announcement in 2020.  HL5944
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities' investigation into potential breaches of the prohibition of characterising flavours in tobacco products, why an American organisation was appointed to undertake the testing rather than a UK one.  HL5945
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Lord Moylan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities' investigation into potential breaches of the prohibition of characterising flavours in tobacco products, what specific issues have arisen in the export of cigarettes to Roswell Park; whether the correct exports process was followed; and when they expect the investigation to c… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk that developments of blocks of flats between 11 and 18 metres in height that used (1) special purpose vehicles, or (2) shell companies, for their construction could avoid paying towards the £4 billion cost for cladding remediation.  HL5947
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards achieving the voluntary contributions of £4 billion for the remediation of cladding from developers of blocks of flats between 11 and 18 metres in height.  HL5948
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Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether registered social housing providers are eligible for grants from the Building Safety Fund towards the (1) removal, and (2) replacement, of flammable cladding.  HL5949
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Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the reasons for the delay in the assessment by the Environment Agency of the Fenix alkaline battery recycling plant waste permit application at Willenhall.  HL5950
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Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the reasons why permits for battery recycling facilities, including the Fenix plant in Willenhall, were not authorised by the Environment Agency.  HL5951
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Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the speed with which the Environment Agency considers permits for recycling plants, and (2) the extent to which the Environment Agency consents to permits in time for projects to proceed.  HL5952
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of pupils with Permanent Exclusions or Fixed Term Exclusions from School have Special Educational Needs in the most recent period for which figures are available.  HL5953
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many schools achieved an Artsmark in each of the last five years.  HL5954
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to the Right Reverend James Jones's report on learning from those bereaved through the Hillsborough Disaster The Patronising Disposition of Unaccountable Power, published on 1 November 2017.   HL5955
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many non-disclosure agreements were agreed in government departments in each of the last five years.  HL5956
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many alternative education schools are registered.  HL5957
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total percentage absentee rate of (1) head teachers, (2) teachers, and (3) teaching assistants, since the beginning of the academic year.  HL5958
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