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Questions for Written Answer for 28 June 2022

Tabled on 27 June 2022 and due for answer by 11 July 2022.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the survey conducted by the Institute of Directors in April which found that six in ten employers thought that digitisation, upskilling and professional training would have the greatest impact on the future productivity of their firm and only one in ten cited additional investment in plant a… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support small businesses in light of the Office for National Statistics release Producer price inflation, UK: May 2022, published on 22 June, showing that in the last year factory gate prices rose by 15.7 per cent and producer input prices rose by 22.1 per cent.  HL1257
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to reverse the fall in the number of small businesses in the UK.  HL1258
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many councils in (1) England, (2) Wales, (3) Scotland, and (4) Northern Ireland, have introduced parking which has no cash or credit card payment option and requires payment digitally or through an app.  HL1259
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all (1) parking facilities, and (2) essential public services, including medical appointments, council inquiries, service payments, and registrations, are always available to those who do not have (a) internet access, (b) a Wi-Fi connection, or (c) a smartphone.  HL1260
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people in the UK aged (1) 20–39, (2) 40–59, (3) 60–79, and (4) 80 and over, do not own a smartphone.  HL1261
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people in the UK aged (1) 20–39, (2) 40–59, (3) 60–79, and (4) 80 and over, have no (a) internet, or (b) Wi-Fi, access in their own home.  HL1262
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Baroness Altmann to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people aged over 60 in the UK have ISAs; and what is the (1) total, and (2) average, value of those ISAs.  HL1263
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report from Interfax, published on 18 June, what discussions they have had with the government of Russia about the (1) whereabouts, and (2) treatment, of the 1.9 million Ukrainian civilians, including 307,000 children, who Russia says have been transferred from Ukraine to Russia; and whether they intend to pre… 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 Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 21 June (HL866), what was the process for the fair and open competitive recruitment for the position of Technical Director of the UK Endorsement Board; and when that appointment was made.  HL1265
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 21 June (HL866), why the position of Technical Director of the UK Endorsement Board is not an executive function of (1) the UK Endorsement Board, or (2) the Financial Reporting Council.  HL1266
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Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 21 June (HL866), whether they have asked Mike Ashley whether he had any involvement in the recruitment of Seema Jamil O’Neill from KPMG to the staff of the UK Accounting Standards Board while he was a member of that Board and a partner at KPMG; and if not, whether they… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Colgrain to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what has been the cost of (1) the salaries, recruitment fees, and redundancy payments for non-parliamentary staff, and (2) the contractors to undertake surveys and preparatory work, to prepare for Restoration and Renewal since 2014.  HL1268
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the efficacy of the invitation issued by the NHS Cervical Screening Programme which is addressed to women, people with a cervix and trans men if they have a cervix; and what steps they will take to ensure that the provision of cervical screening services is not degraded by a lack of clarity concerning e… 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 22 June (HL771), whether they will provide the information requested in FOI 17451012 about optimism bias in the costing of the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.  HL1270
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps (1) they, and (2) NHS England, plan to take to (a) ensure that children in receipt of the NHS Special Schools Eye Care Service to attend day special schools will continue to benefit from that service, (b) ensure that the NHS Long Term Plan reflects the NHS England pledge to roll out this service to all special… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to assess the (1) efficiency, and (2) effectiveness, of the Home Office’s agent company TLScontact in relation to its work handling visa applications; and what reporting the Home Office requires from TLScontact for routine oversight of this work.  HL1272
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in formulating the draft Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022, they considered the impact of carbon monoxide poisoning arising from sources in adjacent properties; and why the draft Regulations do not include a requirement for audible carbon monoxide detectors in bedrooms where there is no… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 20 June (HL780) and 23 June (HL1082), what were the range of factors taken into account when considering whether to nominate a candidate to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); and what led to them to their deci… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether key worker status remains available for all foreign crews of ships visiting UK ports; and whether those crews will be allowed to go ashore unless there are known specific health risks.  HL1275
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 June (HL636), whether the data referred to are published; and if so, where they can be found.  HL1276
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Lord Knight of Weymouth to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the coverage levels of school-based (1) tetanus, (2), diphtheria, (3) polio, and (4) COVID-19, vaccination programmes; and what steps they are taking to increase such coverage.  HL1277
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Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 28 April (HL7750), whether they will now answer the question with the details requested, namely, in respect of the principal offices of each government department located in central London, (1) what temperature the offices are heated to during working hours in winter, and (2) what assessment… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 570 Defra items listed on the Retained EU law dashboard, published on 22 June, relate to (1) phytosanitary, (2) plant, or (3) animal health, welfare and hygiene, measures.  HL1279
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken on the effectiveness of different types of media literacy initiatives in tackling (1) misinformation, and (2) disinformation.  HL1280
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Online Safety Bill's ability to ensure companies in scope are (1) supporting, and (2) improving, the media literacy skills of their users.  HL1281
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the matters discussed at the conference A more confident and inclusive Northern Ireland, hosted by Wilton Park from 22 to 24 June in association with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Northern Ireland Office.  HL1282
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what individuals and organisations they invited to the conference A more confident and inclusive Northern Ireland, hosted by Wilton Park from 22 to 24 June; and if this did not include the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools or the Controlled Schools' Support Council, on what grounds they were omitted.  HL1283
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve (1) accountability, (2) transparency, and (3) value for money, in recording the average time it takes to process asylum seeker applications from the initial claim to the date of final interview.  HL1284
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards developing an extradition agreement with the European Union to replace the Dublin Regulation.  HL1285
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the distribution of asylum seekers across the country.  HL1286
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what target they have for (1) 2022, and (2) 2023, for reducing the number of people reaching the UK via the English Channel in small boats.  HL1287
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons the number of people reaching the UK via the English Channel in small boats has been rising since 2019.  HL1288
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure that the teaching of British values in schools respects protected characteristics, freedom of speech, and the freedom of conscience.  HL1289
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to carry out an audit of UK assets held by Chinese Hong Kong officials who are linked to human rights violations.  HL1290
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the NERA report Economic Assessment of Selected House of Lords Gambling Reforms, published 26 May 2021; and what assessment they have made of how gambling reform could help to level up disadvantaged communities.  HL1291 [I]
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Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Cameroon about the impact of the cholera outbreak in Cameroon on the welfare and safety of prisoners in that country; and what assistance, if any, they plan to offer to them to help combat the outbreak.  HL1292
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Resolution Foundation report Income outcomes: Assessing income gaps between places across the UK, published on 27 June; and what plans they have to re-evaluate the feasibility of the Levelling Up programme.  HL1293
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure barrister strikes do not delay the administration of justice.  HL1294
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the eligibility age for auto-enrolment pensions to 18.  HL1295
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a permanent replacement to the Recovery Loan Scheme to support cashflow.  HL1296
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make the Government Investment Decision for Sizewell C before the summer recess; and what assessment they have made of the impact if that decision were delayed.  HL1297
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to use their membership of the Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP) to support UK priorities; and what the reaction of the government of China has been to the formation of the PBP.  HL1298
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government at what level discussions by the Partners in the Blue Pacific in Washington on 23 June were held; and whether the EU were present at that meeting as observers.  HL1299
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