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Questions for Written Answer for 2 March 2022

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) job centres, and (2) prisons, currently use Chinese-made Hikvision and Dahua Technology cameras.  HL6518
Answered
Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what was discussed at the meeting on 20 July 2021 between the China General Nuclear Power Group and the then Minister of State (Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change) at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  HL6519
Answered
Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government how many government-operated prisons are currently without (1) up-to-date fire risk assessments, or (2) sufficient first aid cover, in place.  HL6520
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Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty's Government how many privately operated prisons are currently without (1) up-to-date fire risk assessments, or (2) sufficient first aid cover, in place.  HL6521
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent Russian (1) registered, or (2) owned, ships from entering or leaving UK ports.  HL6522
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that no employers take action against employees with historical or family links with (1) Ukraine, or (2) Russia, and who have a conscientious objection to working on Russian owned or operated ships within any UK port or pilotage area.  HL6523
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional people will be enfranchised by their proposal to introduce votes for life for British citizens living overseas.  HL6524
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Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty's Government how many overseas voters requested a vote in the 2019 general election, listed by the constituency to which they were allocated.  HL6525
Answered
Lord Hannan of Kingsclere to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific (CPTPP) membership is compatible with the UK’s continued membership of the Convention on the Grant of European Patents; and whether they have requested exclusions from Article 18.38 CPTPP (patent grace period) or Article 18.4… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hannan of Kingsclere to ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that UK patents granted via the European Patent Office are subject to the same conditions, and confer the same rights, as national patents granted via the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO); and what assessment they have made as to whether the IPO could grant a separate but equivalent right which pro… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to distinguish between the people of Russia and the government of Russia in their statements on the conflict in Ukraine made in (1) domestic settings, and (2) international fora.  HL6528
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the government of Israel regarding reports of detention and abuse of (1) disabled, (2) underage, and (3) vulnerable, Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces.  HL6529
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proportionality of the security response by Israeli forces to Palestinians accused of throwing stones.  HL6530
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make, if any, to the government of Israel about the use of isolation for Palestinians prisoners, including for minors.  HL6531
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Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the human rights of Palestinians of (1) the restrictions placed on Gaza by the government of Israel, and (2) Israeli military activity in Gaza.  HL6532
Answered
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what target outcomes they have for the UK delegation to the UN COP15 Biodiversity Conference being held in Kunming, China, in April and May.  HL6533
Answered
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation with stakeholders they have undertaken in preparation for the UN COP15 Biodiversity Conference.  HL6534
Answered
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the composition of the UK delegation to the UN COP15 Biodiversity Conference.  HL6535
Answered
Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to support the hydrogen sector across the UK.  HL6536
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to support solar energy across the UK.  HL6537
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to halt Russia's military action against the people of Ukraine.  HL6538
Answered
Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they are taking to improve social mobility.  HL6539
Answered
Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they are taking to strengthen the union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  HL6540
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Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown to ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they are taking to alleviate the impact of rising energy prices.  HL6541
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government when people with chronic kidney disease will receive guidance regarding how they are to be supported and protected from COVID-19; and whether this guidance will be published.  HL6542
Answered
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make lateral flow tests available free of charge to people (1) on low incomes, or (2) on benefits, to help address health inequalities.  HL6543
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what support employers will be asked to provide for employees who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 to enable them to continue working safely following the removal of COVID-19 from risk assessments.  HL6544
Answered
Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce preventative antibody therapies to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 for clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.  HL6545
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to work with charities that represent clinically extremely vulnerable people to ensure that these groups rapidly receive communications concerning their risk from COVID-19 as restrictions and mandatory isolation comes to an end on 1 April.  HL6546
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of asylum seekers looking for accommodation in Northern Ireland.  HL6547
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce in the UK measures equivalent to the proposal published by the European Commission on 23 February for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence.  HL6548
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to make debt restructuring binding for all private creditors on loans provided for under legislation for England and Wales.  HL6549
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability (Session 2016–17, HL Paper 153), what steps they will take to introduce a mandatory human rights and due diligence law.  HL6550
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the government of Russia has targeted civilians, including children, in its invasion of Ukraine.  HL6551
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) killing, and (2) forced expulsion, of civilians in Ukraine, during Russia’s invasion of that country.  HL6552
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the attacks by Russia on civilians in Ukraine; and what plans they have, if any, to seek to initiate proceedings at the International Criminal Court in respect of those attacks.  HL6553
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of Israeli settlement activity on the Geneva Convention.  HL6554
Answered
Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, if any, to the government of Israel regarding the killing of 13-year-old Mohammad Rezq Shehadeh Salah by Israeli forces near Bethlehem.  HL6555
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Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about incursions by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.  HL6556
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Lord Stevens of Birmingham to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech by the Minister for Higher and Further Education on 24 February regarding their response to Dr Philip Augar's Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, published in May 2019, what proportion of their modelled overall reduction in future costs to taxpayers from student loans arises from (1) the new pro… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government by what date someone fleeing the war in Ukraine who is seeking a Seasonal Worker visa to come to the UK must have had their application submitted for (1) poultry work, (2) pork butchery work, and (3) driving Heavy Goods Vehicles.  HL6558
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage social media platforms to suspend the accounts of the political leaders from (1) Russia, and (2) Belarus.  HL6559
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban Russian state-backed television channels.  HL6560
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to waive visa requirements for Ukrainian nationals for up to three years.  HL6561
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage more oil companies to cut ties with their Russian partners.  HL6562
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