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Questions for Written Answer for 13 June 2022

Tabled on 9 June 2022 and due for answer by 23 June 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding alleged recent atrocities committed in Nigeria by jihadist groups and organisations targeting minorities; and what assistance they are providing to the ICC in proceeding with any formal investigations.  HL805
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Harrington of Watford on 1 June (HL337), and his remarks on 7 June in relation to Ukraine that “visas take between two and three days" and that "the number of applications awaiting conclusions is about 19,000" (HL Deb col 1088), how many of those applicants have been waiting for clearance for (1)… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 8 June (HL337) regarding the cost of the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, where the information concerning the costs was published in September 2021.  HL807
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many cannabis prescriptions have been issued to treat severe treatment-resistant epilepsy for each year since November 2018.  HL808
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many lump sum (1) regular, and (2) discretionary, one-off payments were made between the establishment of the Infected Blood Inquiry in 2017 to July 2018.  HL809
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether he plans to publish the marked-up text showing the proposed changes to the Companion to Standing Orders from the 2017 version; and whether he plans to consult peers prior to printing the new version.  HL810
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 6 June (HL302), how many UK-based (1) Permanent Secretaries, and (2) Senior Civil Servants, have been working from abroad at any time in the last 24 months.  HL811
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Lord German to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 13 April (HL7497), when they will announce their decision on a rebate to (1) service personnel, and (2) their families, living in serviced accommodation.  HL812
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter from the IC Change coalition to the Home Secretary on 30 May, which invites them to ratify the Istanbul Convention without reservations and without waiting for the findings of the Support for Migrant Victims pilot scheme evaluation.  HL813
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence on the effects of applying a reservation on Article 59 of the Istanbul Convention; and what assessment they have made of the impact of applying a reservation on Article 59 of the Istanbul Convention.  HL814
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to revisit the reservation on Article 59 of the Istanbul Convention after the Support for Migrant Victims pilot scheme evaluation is published; how long they expect the process of revisiting the reservation to take; and when the reservation might be lifted if the decision is taken to do so.  HL815
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to prevent the sale in the UK of international holidays which steer tourists towards visiting attractions involving animals that have been treated cruelly.  HL816
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government how long there has been a vacancy on the BBC Board for a member from Northern Ireland; and when they expect this vacancy to be filled.  HL817
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government which sections of the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 are now in force; and when they expect to implement the other sections.  HL818
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) special, and (2) additional, expenditure (a) for, and (b) on behalf of, Ukraine since February has come from emergency budgets; and if those sources are now used up, where they will draw further spending from.  HL819
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Benyon on 8 June (HL Deb col 1151), what steps they are taking to ensure that private sector investment in the natural environment is carried out with "the proper social underpinning".  HL820
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent marine protected areas from being (1) bottom trawled, and (2) dredged.  HL821
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent seasonal agricultural workers being charged recruitment fees; and how many UK recruitment firms have lost their licence for charging such fees illegally.  HL822
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of retrofitting homes to enable them to use energy created from waste.  HL823
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to return to Nigeria historic artefacts from the Kingdom of Benin which are housed in public institutions and museums in the UK.  HL824
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the increase of cases of heart arrhythmia and death after the onset of heart arrhythmia in the last year, and (2) research linking the onset of heart arrhythmia to contracting COVID-19.  HL825
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many new migrants legally settled in the UK in the period January–April.  HL826
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Lord Mann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many migrants from Hong Kong have settled in the UK since June 2020.  HL827
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve upon (1) 30, and (2) 90, day re-admission rates for those leaving hospital with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  HL828
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce waiting times targets for respiratory conditions for (1) diagnosis, and (2) treatment.  HL829
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Baroness Nye to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding the pending executions of four Myanmar political prisoners, including the democracy activists (1) Phyo Zeya Thaw, and (2) Ko Jimmy.  HL830
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Baroness Nye to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the pending executions of four Myanmar political prisoners including the democracy activists (1) Phyo Zeya Thaw, and (2) Ko Jimmy, with their UN Security Council counterparts.  HL831
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will evaluate the success of the Environmental Land Management schemes based on the size of uptake.  HL832
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to provide land managers engaged in Environmental Land Management schemes with access to affordable, accredited advice to deliver the changes necessary in management practice.  HL833
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Baroness Redfern to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will give to land managers to track the outcomes of their engagement in Environmental Land Management schemes; and how they will evaluate the impact of Environmental Land Management schemes by comparing areas where land managers (1) are, and (2) are not, participating in such a scheme.  HL834
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 31 May (HL450 and HL451), whether the £72 million in financial aid to (1) Ethiopia, (2) Kenya, (3) Somalia, and (4) South Sudan, to combat drought, flooding and conflict was additional to the £169 million in aid allocated to those countries in 2021–22.… 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 estimate they have made of the shortfall in grain allocated to (1) African, and (2) Middle East, countries as humanitarian aid through United Nations agencies in (1) 2022, and (2) 2023.  HL836
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take, if any to increase grain production in the UK in the light of current global supply shortages; and what discussions they have had with other governments regarding the expansion of grain production globally in response to those shortages.  HL837
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have provided (1) aid, and (2) diplomatic support, in response to recent attacks on Massalit communities in Darfur, Sudan, by the Janjaweed militia.  HL838
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to (1) the African Union, and (2) other bodies, to broker new peace negotiations following the recent release of political prisoners in Sudan.  HL839
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) Ms Kate Josephs, former Director General of the COVID-19 Taskforce, since she left the role in January 2021, and (2) Sheffield County Council, regarding the Cabinet Office leaving party Ms Josephs attended on 17 December 2020; and what date any communication took place.  HL840
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government through what process the post of the Children’s Commissioner for England is filled; what the term of appointment is; whether the appointment is renewable; and if so, how many times the appointment can be renewed.  HL841
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government through what process the post of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills is filled; what the term of appointment is; whether the appointment is renewable; and if so, how many times the appointment can be renewed.  HL842
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the independence of the office of the Children’s Commissioner for England; and whether it is consistent with the independence of that office for the postholder to be a member of a registered political party.  HL843
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Lord Tyrie 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 7 June (1507), when they expect the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) testing review of Evusheld to be completed.  HL844
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Lord Vaizey of Didcot to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of pre-market engagement in the procurement of technology by the Government; and what plans they have to publish that assessment.  HL845
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Lord Vaizey of Didcot to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of contract awards made by public sector buyers in (1) 2019, (2) 2020, and (3) 2021, were preceded by pre-procurement market engagement processes.  HL846
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Lord Vaizey of Didcot to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential of using commercial off-the-shelf software solutions as opposed to bespoke software solutions in the public sector.  HL847
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Lord Vaizey of Didcot to ask Her Majesty's Government what regulations exist to protect electronic scooters from cyber threats.  HL848
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the numbers and total values of public contracts covered by (1) the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No. 2) Regulations 2013, (2) the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, (3) the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, (4) the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with public contracts entered into by (1) government departments, their executive agencies, and non-departmental public bodies, and (2) other public authorities covered by public procurement regulations.  HL850
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the (1) numbers, and (2) total values, of public contracts entered into by government departments, their executive agencies, and non-departmental public bodies with an anticipated contract value above £5 million (excluding VAT) per annum, that are (a) subject to Procurement Policy Note 06/21, and… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the (1) numbers, and (2) total values, of public contracts entered into by public authorities with an estimated value of (a) more than £2 million that is not a light-touch contract, (b) more than £2 million that is a light-touch contract, and (c) less than £2 million.  HL852
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