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Questions for Written Answer for 10 February 2022

Tabled on 9 February and due for answer by 23 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the national security implications of government departments using Chinese-made surveillance cameras and technology; and what assessment they have made of the use of such cameras by (1) local councils, (2) schools, and (3) NHS trusts.  HL6108
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence has made any use of (1) Dahua Technology, and (2) Hikvision, cameras.  HL6109
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to adopt the Council of Europe's recommendation to "include the history of Roma and Travellers in school curricula and teaching materials", published in their list of recommendations on 1 July 2020; and what plans they have to make the teaching mandatory and educate those unaware of the genocide of the Ro… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the holders of the South Western Railway franchise regarding the operation of the London to Portsmouth line; and when they expect that timetable to return to pre-pandemic regularity.  HL6111
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the levels of student absenteeism in secondary schools in England for each week in the current academic year.  HL6112
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government which state secondary schools have been selected to take part in the Department for Education pilot scheme to extend the teaching of Latin.  HL6113
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 55 Education Investment Areas have surplus school places.  HL6114
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, if there are surplus school places available in the Education Investment Areas, new specialist sixth form free schools will be allowed to be established there.  HL6115
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Lord Baker of Dorking to ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the Board of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education have themselves undertaken an apprenticeship.  HL6116
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Guardian article ‘Standards board “looks like a cabal”’, published on 7 February, which person in the Financial Reporting Council is the Accounting Officer responsible for making disbursements on behalf of the UK Endorsement Board; and whether disbursements will be suspended pending an investigation by… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Guardian article ‘Standards board “looks like a cabal”’, published on 7 February, whether the National Audit Office has given any opinion on the funding model for the UK Endorsement Board.  HL6118
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 22 May 2018 (HL7589), what assessment they have made of the appointment of David Willis to the board of the Financial Reporting Council given his previous role as Chief Executive of a company that was contracted to undertake enforcement work for that body without a tende… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Buscombe to ask Her Majesty's Government how much HM Treasury has paid out to Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBL) lending banks under the state guarantee up to 31 January 2022; and what percentage of this figure was attributed to losses from fraud.  HL6120
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government how many victims of Daesh have been granted asylum in the UK since 2014; and how many of these belonged to religious minorities in the countries they left.  HL6121
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce and alleviate human suffering in Ethiopia; and in particular, in the Tigray region.  HL6122
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist the International Court of Justice to apply, where necessary, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; in particular, in Ethiopia and the Tigray region of that country.  HL6123
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to seek to impose sanctions on armed groups or others who are identified as having committed or participated in crimes against humanity, including the targeted destruction of cultural property and heritage sites.  HL6124
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to sign the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property, adopted on 3 May 2017.  HL6125
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the work of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts, established by the United Nations Human Rights Council, to conduct an investigation into allegations of violations and abuses committed in Ethiopia.  HL6126
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The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ethiopia (1) to prevent, and (2) to punish, the vandalism and desecration of cultural heritage in that country.  HL6127
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by St Martin in the Fields, London Prisons Mission and Prison Reform Trust Safe Homes for Women Leaving Prison, published in October 2020; and what steps they intend to take in response.  HL6128
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the booklet by the Balfour Project Israel/Palestine: in search of the rule of law, published in May 2021; and what assessment they have made of the content of that booklet in helping them develop their policy for that region.  HL6129
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what checks are undertaken in e-scooter rental trials to ensure that those who use the e-scooters (1) hold the appropriate driving licence, and (2) are at least 16 years old.  HL6130
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce compulsory insurance for e-scooters; and if so, how that measure would be enforced.  HL6131
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the UK insurance sector regarding insurance cover for the users of e-scooters.  HL6132
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government, for each of the six months from August 2021, how many fines or penalties have been issued for inappropriate use of (1) rental e-scooters, and (2) privately owned e-scooters.  HL6133
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Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 8 February (HL Deb cols 1553-1554), why the figures on the number of migrants crossing the English Channel will in future be published on a quarterly, rather than daily basis.  HL6134
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current threats, if any, to the Christian presence in Israel and the Palestinian territories.  HL6135
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect (1) long-distance, and (2) commuter, train services into London mainline stations to reach the levels they were at prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL6136
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government whether HGV drivers who have independently acquired a provisional HGV licence and passed the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence modules one and two are eligible to enrol on a recognised course to complete the training.  HL6137
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what due diligence they have done on the sustainability claims of e-scooter providers currently operating in pilot schemes.  HL6138
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the requirements for e-scooter providers participating in the current trials regarding their carbon footprint.  HL6139
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether users of e-scooters were primarily travelling by (1) car, or (2) public transport, prior to the introduction of e-scooters.  HL6140
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Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Kamall on 31 January (HL Deb cols 621–3), whether the antiviral pills molnupiravir and Paxlovid will be available for free on the National Health Service; and if not, how people will be able to get hold of them.  HL6141
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government when responses to the consultation on modernising lasting powers of attorney will be published.  HL6142
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to appoint a Commissioner for Older People for England; and if so, when such plans will be published.  HL6143
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Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Penn on 7 February (HL5670 and HL5671), what assessment they have made of the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on the levels of smuggling of red diesel across the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  HL6144
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Barran on 21 October (HL Deb col 381), what progress they have made on the education sector certification scheme.  HL6145
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bahrain regarding the reported detention of six children without clear justification or allowing their parents to be present during questioning.  HL6146
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by (1) Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 23 November 2021 (HL3907), (2) the Minister for Europe on 19 November 2021 (UIN72473), and (3) the Minister for Europe on 9 December 2021 (UIN85206), for what reason they will not disclose the most recent date or dates when they raised the case of Dr Abduljalil al-Singace… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of claims in the Politics Home article, ‘Bahrain-Linked “Think Tank” Accused Of Trying To "Silence" MPs and Peers Raising Human Rights Abuses’, published on 18 January, that the Gulf Centre of Strategic Studies has made undue attempts to dissuade Members of Parliament from raising concerns over Bahrain’s h… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the reforms in the Health and Care Bill will meet the needs of Inclusion Health populations.  HL6149
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Lord Stevens of Birmingham to ask Her Majesty's Government by what date they expect British universities to have a definitive answer as to whether the UK has succeeded in formally associating with the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.  HL6150
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when admitted to mainstream schools, pupils receive a Unique Pupil Number; and if so, how this number is used to track the educational journey of a child.  HL6151
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government what statistics they keep of the outcomes for pupils after they leave school; and who is responsible for maintaining these records.  HL6152
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the eligibility criteria for free school meals to all children whose parents are on universal credit.  HL6153
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reform the MiFID II market rules to help encourage analyst research for companies.  HL6154
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to begin a new levelling up assessment of the Integrated Rail Plan with Transport for the North.  HL6155
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a grant for homeowners to upgrade their gas boilers to heat pumps.  HL6156
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Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the meetings of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce, what progress they have made with repairing Hammersmith Bridge; and when they expect the bridge will fully re-open.  HL6157
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reconsider their decision to grant planning permission for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens; and what assessment they made of (1) the appropriateness of this location for such a museum, and (2) the importance of using the area around Parliament to tell the story of democracy rat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require as a condition of funding that the focus of the proposed museum to be built in Victoria Tower Gardens be broadened to include all acts of persecution and genocide by totalitarian regimes, such as those that took place in Russia and China under communist regimes in the 20th century.  HL6159
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish annual totals from the information collected by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service in the MC100 Statements of assets and other financial circumstances for (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6160
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who received a court fine in England and Wales were unemployed at the time of being fined for (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6161
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who received a court fine in England and Wales were in receipt of Universal Credit at the time of being fined for (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6162
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who received a court fine in England and Wales were in receipt of Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance at the time of being fined for (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6163
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Lord Wasserman to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who received a court fine in England and Wales were in receipt of Income-related Employment and Support Allowance at the time of being fined for (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020.  HL6164
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Baroness Wilcox of Newport to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the First Minister of Wales regarding the Shared Prosperity Fund.  HL6165
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