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Questions for Written Answer for 9 February 2022

Tabled on 8 February and due for answer by 22 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a modern slavery statement covering their procurement of personal protective equipment since January 2020.  HL6062
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued regarding local public bodies’ use of surveillance cameras and technology from (1) Dahua Technology, and (2) Hikvision.  HL6063
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use in schools, colleges and universities of Chinese-made surveillance cameras made by companies which are currently subject to US sanctions and investment bans.  HL6064
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use by NHS Trusts of Chinese-made surveillance cameras made by companies currently subject to US sanctions and investment bans.  HL6065
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use by police forces in England and Wales of Chinese-made surveillance cameras made by companies currently subject to US sanctions and investment bans.  HL6066
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Chinese-made surveillance cameras made by companies currently subject to US sanctions and investment bans (1) by local councils and other buildings in public ownership, and (2) by shopping precincts and in high streets.  HL6067
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) regulations, (2) protocols, or (3) engineering standards, require all the batteries of (a) an electric, or (b) a hybrid, vehicle in the UK to be automatically electrically isolated in the event of a collision; and if no such measures exist, what assessment they have made of whether they should be introduced.  HL6068
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there are any novel risks associated with (1) an electric, or (2) a hybrid, vehicle which has been involved in a serious collision; and what steps they have taken to mitigate any such risks.  HL6069
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) regulations, (2) protocols, or (3) engineering standards, that standardise the means of confirming electrical isolation of all the batteries of (a) an electric, or (b) a hybrid, vehicle in the event of a serious collision exist; and if no such measures exist, what assessment they have made of whether they should be introduced.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 31 January (HL5420), and further to the research by Tim Deere-Jones reported in the Guardian article 'Study links crab deaths and dog illness to dredging for Teesside freeport', published on 7 February, what further assessment they plan to make of a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the FE Week article 'Confused and frustrated: Most universities reject first cohort of T Level students', published on 14 January, what steps they are taking to ensure that T Level qualifications are accepted by universities, both this year and in future years.  HL6072
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of uninsured motor vehicles on UK roads; what they are doing to support police in removing uninsured vehicles from the roads; and what other measures they have considered to reduce this crime, including the use of automatic number plate recognition at petrol stations.  HL6073
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their White Paper Levelling up the United Kingdom, published on 2 February, when they plan to formally launch the Task Force investigating housing for older people; and what the remit of that Task Force will be.  HL6074
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the article in The Times ‘Standards board ‘looks like a cabal’’, published on 7 February, whether they plan to investigate the report that the UK Endorsement Board intended to use Martin Moore QC for legal advice “behind the scenes” despite an acknowledged conflict of interest which prevented him from being… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the documents referred to in the article in The Times ‘Standards board ‘looks like a cabal’’, published on 7 February.  HL6076
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 5 March 2018 (HL5587) and to the article in The Times ‘Standards board ‘looks like a cabal’’, published on 7 February, what assessment they have made of whether legal advice obtained from Martin Moore QC for (1) the Financial Reporting Council, or (2) the Institute of Ch… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Cameron of Dillington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the delay to building new houses caused by uncertainty about how to mitigate against the production of phosphate and nitrate nutrients; and what steps they are taking, if any, to tackle this issue.  HL6078
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The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU about an exemption from cabotage rules for UK-based performing arts organisations touring in the EU; and whether the Secretary of State for Transport and the Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (1) have met, or (2) will meet, to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to assess their Points-Based System for skilled and qualified migrant workers, so as to give extra points to those having close relatives already lawfully resident in the UK.  HL6080
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Afghans already evacuated from their country will be required to apply for asylum and protection; what length of leave to remain they will be granted; and whether this will vary according to individual circumstances.  HL6081
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making, if any, to the governments of (1) Turkey, and (2) Iran, to regulate the flow of water into trans-frontier rivers at no less than the monthly average flow in recent years; and whether they will urge all states in the region to adopt the most efficient form of water use, particularly for crop irrigatio… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they (1) have had, and (2) intend to have, with the government of Israel regarding the displacement of Bedouins from Negev land.  HL6083
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for introducing the sector-specific codes on fair dealing in the food supply chain as set out in the Agriculture Act 2020.  HL6084
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent small farmers being pressured into signing unfair food supply deals by large supermarkets.  HL6085
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what stakeholders they intend to involve when drawing up the new fair dealing Codes of Practice provided for in the Agriculture Act 2020; and in what ways those stakeholders will be involved.  HL6086
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Lord Lansley to ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they plan to provide, if any, to the Albanian prison system; and under what circumstances such funding will be provided.  HL6087
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Lord Lansley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Albanian prisoners (1) have been returned to Albania from the UK to date, and (2) are expected to return in the rest of 2022.  HL6088
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Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to retain the fine money levied on KPMG and one of its then partners by the Financial Reporting Council, rather than paying it to the Silentnight pension scheme which lost out as a result of KPMG’s actions.  HL6089
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Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the new Strategy for International Development between 20 March and 8 April.  HL6090
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Baroness Neville-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Home Office will publish their response to the Call for Information on the Computer Misuse Act 1990, which ran from 11 May to 8 June 2021.  HL6091
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to achieve its core purpose of improving health and wellbeing by putting science and evidence at the heart of health and care decision making.  HL6092
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)'s capacity to continue producing respected clinical guidance, based on up-to-date medical evidence, in order to support the best health outcomes for all patients.  HL6093
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support patients to access (1) new, and (2) cost-effective, medicines as quickly as possible through robust oversight of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) processes.  HL6094
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish a new life cycle assessment of nappies to replace the 2008 Life Cycle Assessment.  HL6095
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect DEFRA and the Office of Environmental Protection will (1) agree, and (2) publish, a Framework Document; and whether this will be in draft form.  HL6096
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 7 February (HL5872), what plans they have to make causing death by dangerous riding of an e-scooter a criminal offence.  HL6097
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Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the next biennial report to Parliament required by Section 6 of the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004.  HL6098
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting.  HL6099
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide information on how much of the funding allocated to the Home Office in the Spending Review for fighting economic crime will reach crime-fighting agencies.  HL6100
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent finding by the Association of Accounting Technicians that only 29 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds heard about alternatives to degrees while they were at school; and what steps they are taking to encourage schools to promote such alternatives.  HL6101
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage universities to increase the numbers of black staff to reflect the diversity of students.  HL6102
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the 2021 Spending Review, by how much funding for early years entitlement schemes will increase for (1) 2022–23, (2) 2023–24, and (3) 2024–25.  HL6103
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish an inquiry into the manner in which A-level grades in independent schools were assessed in 2021.  HL6104
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies 2021 annual report on education spending in England, published on 30 November 2021; and in particular, the finding that spending per pupil in further education colleges in 2024–25 will be around 10 per cent below 2010–11 levels, while spending… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations identified by the National Institute for Health Research in its article A highly personalised approach to end of life care is needed to help Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities, published on 17 December 2021; and what plans they have to implement them.  HL6106
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement on building safety by the Secretary of State for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on 10 January (HC Deb col 288), whether leaseholders who are buy-to-let landlords will be covered by the "protection for leaseholders" referred to.  HL6107
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