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Questions for Written Answer for 8 February 2022

Tabled on 7 February and due for answer by 21 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the NHS has different standards for surgical gown sterility to those used by the World Health Organisation; and to provide details of any contracts for surgical gowns that did not meet NHS standards since March 2020.  HL6013
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Hikvision products are in use in (1) the Department of Health and Social Care, and (2) the NHS.  HL6014
Answered
Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they are making to the government of Turkey regarding (1) the United Nations' Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, and (2) the dismissal of Sait Erdal Dincer as head of the Turkish Statistical Institute.  HL6015 [I]
Answered
Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commit further funding to address loneliness during winter this year.  HL6016
Answered
Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the Summer Reading Challenge in 2022 to ensure that children have access to reading materials over the summer holidays; and, in particular, how they will support children in areas where reading is uncommon.  HL6017
Answered
Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions for failure to pay for a TV licence have led to imprisonment in each of the last 10 years.  HL6018
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of households that will receive the £200 energy bill rebate but repay the sum in future bills; and what estimate they have made of the demographic profile such households will have, particularly (1) age, and (2) income.  HL6019
Answered
Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government whether safeguards around government procurement prevent goods produced by slave labour in Xinjiang from entering UK supply chains.  HL6020
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government to provide the (1) budget, and (2) staffing at each grade, for the (a) Disability Unit, and (b) Government Equalities Office.  HL6021
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of (1) the Kickstart programme, or (2) its successor scheme.  HL6022
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the loss to the Treasury of (1) tax, and (2) National Insurance, from individuals from Europe who have returned to the EU since the UK's departure from the EU.  HL6023
Answered
Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the loss to the Treasury in (1) tax, and (2) National Insurance, from jobs previously undertaken in the UK that were outsourced to other parts of the world in (a) 2015, and (b) 2021.  HL6024
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the revised Highway Code will be available in high street outlets; and if so, when.  HL6025
Answered
Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a registration scheme requiring people letting properties to notify the local authority.  HL6026
Answered
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government how many pieces of Personal Protective Equipment were procured from China since January 2020.  HL6027
Answered
Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 31 January (HL5440), whether they are encouraging the maximum possible co-operation between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  HL6028
Answered
Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Middle East and North Africa on 3 February (HC114612) which refers to the need for “strong and thriving Palestinian education” and for the government of Israel to “abide by its obligations under international law”, what steps they will take to ensure that (1) Israel complies with thos… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recognise Palestine as an independent state.  HL6030
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli settler structures have been built near Khirbet Humsa Al Fouqa on privately-owned Palestinian land; that the owners of the land were forcibly evicted from their homes; and that an illegal settlement will be constructed on this land.  HL6031
Answered
Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 15 November (HL3287) which stated that “snus products contain significantly lower levels of harmful carcinogens than other smokeless tobacco product”, whether they will publish a table showing the carcinogen levels for (1) snus, and (2) other smokeless products; and what asses… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study in the European Journal of Epidemiology The Burden of Mortality from smoking: comparing Sweden with other countries in the European Union, published in 2004, which found a lower mortality rate in Sweden following a switch from smoking to snus; and whether they will explain why snus… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Independent Rail Retailers there are.  HL6034
Answered
Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency on the British aerospace industry.  HL6035
Answered
Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the expected salary range for the Chair of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency.  HL6036
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Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members will compose the Advanced Research and Invention Agency.  HL6037
Answered
Lord Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated vesting day of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency.  HL6038
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 2 February (HL Deb col 898), what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the Independent Office of Police Conduct’s report on the alleged misconduct of Mr Mike Veale.  HL6039
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that they act in accordance with the rule of law.  HL6040
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to increase the number of prosecutions for offences relating to violence against women and girls.  HL6041
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their Environmental Principles Policy Statement; what is their timetable for it coming into effect; and what interim arrangements they have made for the intervening period.  HL6042
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the (1) effectiveness, and (2) efficiency, of the (a) Serious Fraud Office, and (b) Crown Prosecution Service, in tackling (i) fraud, and (ii) economic crime.  HL6043
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce the budget for the Office for Environmental Protection; and whether this will be ring-fenced within the relevant spending review.  HL6044
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Crown Prosecution Service in ensuring access to justice for victims of crime.  HL6045
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees they have deported from Afghanistan due to failed UK asylum applications.  HL6046
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Muslim charities who are able to reach those in need in Afghanistan about the provision of aid.  HL6047
Answered
Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to deliver aid to those in need in Afghanistan.  HL6048
Answered
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel concerning the closure of Palestinian shops in the Israeli controlled area of Hebron, reportedly, as a form of collective punishment.  HL6049
Answered
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Amnesty International Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians, published on 1 February; and what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about the findings in the report.  HL6050
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect the increase in the energy price cap will have on the (1) Retail Price Index, and (2) Consumer Price Index.  HL6051
Answered
Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect the increase in the energy price cap will have on individuals in receipt of the state pension.  HL6052
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to prevent individuals associated with auditing firms fined by the Financial Reporting Council from sitting on the UK Endorsement Board.  HL6053
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a table showing the number of promoters of disguised remuneration schemes who have been prosecuted; and the outcomes of such prosecutions.  HL6054
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make the facilitation of tax avoidance a crime.  HL6055
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to investigate Unispace Global Limited for potentially failing to report the income resulting from the personal protection equipment contracts recorded in the Government’s financial statements for the year to 31 December 2020 and filed at Companies House on 30 September 2021.  HL6056
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Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with (1) the BBC, and (2) the Scottish government, about provisions for the (a) protection and (b) enhancement, of Gaelic broadcasting in any broadcasting White Paper.  HL6057
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage university accommodation providers to introduce race awareness training for students and staff.  HL6058
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the threshold in the Help to Grow: Management scheme from five employees to one to enable more businesses to participate.  HL6059
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require hospitals to implement special redirection units by their entrances to reroute patients who might not need urgent treatment.   HL6060
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a breakdown of how the additional funding allocated to the Home Office in the Spending Review for fighting economic crime will be spent.  HL6061
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