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Questions for Written Answer for 16 May 2022

Tabled on 12 May 2022 and due for answer by 26 May 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current state of the truce between armed groups within Tigray and the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia; and what steps they plan to take, if any, to increase pressure on the government of Eritrea to withdraw its forces from Ethiopia.  HL183
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the decision by the Department of Health and Social Care to remove (1) Hikvision, and (2) Dahua, technology cameras from their premises, what plans other government departments have, if any, to also remove those cameras from their premises.  HL184
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Cabinet Office will offer written guidance on the use of Chinese-made cameras in government departments; and whether they intend to include provisions in the Procurement Bill to prevent the purchase of (1) equipment, or (2) commodities, linked to states accused of (a) genocide, or (b) slave labour.  HL185
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current status of the bid by a Chinese owned company to purchase Newport Wafer Fab; how many UK businesses in the semi-conductor supply chain are owned by companies based outside the UK; and what assessment they have made of (1) the value of Newport Wafer Fab’s intellectual property, and (2) the sensitivity of any… 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 how many extra inspections, prosecutions and convictions have been conducted under the Farming Rules for Water, and other matters, since the appointment of 50 extra Environment Agency Inspectors, comparing the period before and after their appointment.  HL187
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been made under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) in each year since the enactment of the regulation; how many breaches of the regulations have been identified and prosecuted; and what assessment has been made of the area of land where changes have been made to land use with… 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 what assessment they have made of the acreage of permanent pasture ploughed up as a result of the Renewable Heat Initiative in England.  HL189
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards offering 100 per cent coverage for the Catchment Sensitive Farming programme across all farms in England.  HL190
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government why different advice is being provided for new homes construction in the Wye, Lugg and Usk catchments between Natural Resources Wales and Natural England with regard to nutrient neutrality of foul water.  HL191
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Lord Crathorne to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ukraine regarding the protection of collections in museums in Ukraine to protect them from possible looting during the current conflict; and what support they are providing to the government of that country.  HL192
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security pact between the People's Republic of China and the Solomon Islands.  HL193
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the People's Republic of China's involvement in Papua New Guinea.  HL194
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Australia to ensure an integrated response to the growing influence of the People's Republic of China in the South Pacific.  HL195
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the UK’s naval capability in supporting British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories in the South Pacific.  HL196
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Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Cabinet Office received any declaration of interests by Baroness Mone or Doug Barrowman regarding their links to PPE Medpro during the COVID-19 PPE procurement process.  HL197
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the latest findings by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) regarding the presence of rodenticide in barn owls; and what plans they have, if any, to prohibit the purchase and use of Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) by non-professional users who are not for… 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, if any, to enable any group of parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly to form a devolved administration.  HL199
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce proportional representation into elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly.  HL200
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to create a safe sea channel for (1) agricultural, and (2) other exports, from Ukraine to the outside world, using such military force as may be necessary.  HL201
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances police officers are permitted to be in possession of (1) PAVA spray, and (2) TASER, when they are off duty.  HL202
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the HM Courts & Tribunals Service Common Platform roll-out on (1) the delivery of justice, and (2) staff morale.  HL203
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent levels of (1) retention, and (2) cumulative experience, of prison officers.  HL204
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what comparative assessment they have made of the levels of pay for education staff (1) working in prisons, and (2) not working in prisons.  HL205
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government, following recent local council elections, what assessment they have made of the (1) advantages, and (2) disadvantages, of changing to a proportional system.  HL206
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of current workload of staff in (1) the Probation Service; and (2) the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.  HL207
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government who represented the UK government at the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Marrakesh on Wednesday 11 May; and what conclusions the meeting reached with regard to Coalition action against ISIS in Africa, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.  HL208
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take, if any, with international partners to prevent an increase in acute food insecurity in Africa as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  HL209
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel and the Palestinian authorities on the need for a full, independent, transparent and accountable investigation into the killing of the Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on 11 May.  HL210
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what figures they have on the increase in the number of people in the UK using high-cost credit, such as ‘buy now pay later’ debt schemes, to pay their energy bills since 1 April.  HL211
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have recently made, if any, to international partners regarding the ways in which the international community can support democracy in the Central African Republic in view of their upcoming local elections in September.  HL212
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current political and security situation in Sri Lanka following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on 10 May.  HL213
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of eligible patients have received doses of COVID-19 antiviral therapies within the five day guidelines set out by Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.  HL214
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not recognised the laboratory assay tests conducted in (1) the US, and (2) the EU, on Evusheld against Omicron subvariants.  HL215
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of UK care standards for immunocompromised patients; what assessment they have made of these in comparison to international standards; and what assessment they have made of the failure to provide pre-exposure prophylactic treatments to eligible patients.  HL216
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of individuals who are continuing to shield due to their immunocompromised condition.  HL217
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care on 20 April (151279), on what date the UK Health Security Agency began further testing on Evusheld’s effectiveness against the Omicron variant.  HL218
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care on 20 April (151279), what the in vitro data has shown about Evusheld’s efficacy against Omicron sub-lineage BA.2 VOC-22JAN-01.  HL219
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of water efficiency measures in helping achieve the government’s net zero aims.  HL220
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of including all energy-saving technologies that reduce the cost of heating or hot water into the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).  HL221
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government whether joint working is taking place between the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department and HM Treasury to explore bespoke funding pots to enable the roll-out of water saving technologies.  HL222
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the dangers posed by the explosives on board the wreck of SS Richard Montgomery; whether shortening the masts of the vessel will ensure the level of safety required on a busy waterway; and what assessment they have made as to whether complete removal of the explosives is (1) necessary, and (2) fea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that over 1,000 rail ticket offices are being considered for closure; which ticket offices are currently being assessed for closure; what steps they intend to take to ensure that passengers who (1) do not have access to bank cards, or (2) who may need assistance with accessing rail service… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the National Maritime Museum, and (2) the National Gallery, about the percentage of their collections that have remained in storage during the last five years; and how many items in storage were lent to private collections outside London.  HL225
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time equivalent staff at the Department of Education have responsibility for biometric technology use in schools; and what are the job titles of each post.  HL226
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what policy guidance they have sent to schools in the last five years on the use of biometric technology in schools; and on what dates each set of guidance was issued.  HL227
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have had with private companies to discuss the use of biometric technologies in schools in the last five years; and in each case, which companies they met with and on what dates.  HL228
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings they have had with the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner in the last three years on the issue of the use of biometric technologies in schools.  HL229
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of paragraph 9.1.2 of the Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Rwanda for an asylum partnership arrangement signed in Kigali on 13 April, what equivalent standard applies in Rwanda for the Home Office requirement that interpreters are members of the Institute of Translating and Interpreting, The… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of paragraph 9.1.2 of the Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Rwanda for an asylum partnership arrangement, what is Rwandan law and practice for the provision of independent legal assistance of asylum seekers; and what assessment they have made of the capacity of the legal profession within Rwa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of paragraph 9.1.3 of the Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Rwanda for an asylum partnership arrangement, what assessment they have made of the capacity of Rwanda to expand its appeals process.  HL232
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of paragraph 11 of the Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Rwanda for an asylum partnership arrangement, under what circumstances they could make a request to the government of Rwanda to make a Relocated Individual available for return to the UK.  HL233
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how members of the Monitoring Committee for the Migration and Economic Partnership Understanding with Rwanda will be appointed; how their independence will be assured; and what consultation will be undertaken for their appointment.  HL234
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Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Ukrainian students have been offered at a place at a UK university; and what are those universities.  HL235
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