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Questions for Written Answer for 4 July 2022

Tabled on 30 June 2022 and due for answer by 14 July 2022.

Lord Bach to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide to NHS Community First Responders; and what steps they are taking to improve public awareness of the work done by First Responders.  HL1370
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Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 June (HL854), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they have made of the report by Lord Skidelsky Economic Sanctions: A Weapon out of Control, published in April; and in particular, what assessment they have made of the conclusion that "They… 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 Answers by Lord Callanan on 20 May (HL31) and 21 June (HL864), whether (1) quangos acting under a legislative framework, and (2) government departments overseeing the activities of quangos acting under a legislative framework, take into account the leading case law on the subject matter at stake… 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 (HL865), which stated “the UK Endorsement Board has interpreted its statutory functions in accordance with the Companies Act and the provision in Section 11 of the Interpretation Act 1978”, whether they will issue a correction to the Written Answer by Lord Call… 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 (HL865), whether the answer “the UK Endorsement Board has interpreted its statutory functions in accordance with the Companies Act” means that the UK Endorsement Board has determined the suitability of accounting standards for the applicable accounting framewor… 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 20 December 2021 (HL4706), which said that the Companies Act 2006 “does not establish a requirement for the company to disclose its undistributable reserves”, what consideration they have given to amending that answer in light of the Financing Reporting Council Publica… 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 Henley on 11 April 2018 (HL6619), why (1) they, and (2) the Financial Reporting Council, consider that the powers of section 464 do not include distributable profits GAAP for the audited annual accounts as relevant accounts, given that section 853(4) Companies Act 2006 states that… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the UK enforces fishing access rights in its waters.  HL1377
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, during their chairmanship of the 2024 International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, to call on Poland (1) to honour its commitment to the democratic principle of property rights, and (2) to resolve the claims of those whose property was stolen in Poland during the Holocaust.  HL1378
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, during their chairmanship of the 2024 International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, to prioritise the case for Poland to set up a scheme (1) to make restitution of, and (2) to commemorate, private property stolen during the Holocaust.  HL1379
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide to encourage (1) business, (2) industry, and (3) agriculture, to (a) participate in, and (b) install, alternative forms of energy generation such as wind, solar, or wood pellets.  HL1380
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in the past three years local authorities in England have exercised their powers (1) to requisition, and (2) to purchase compulsorily, houses or flats that have been unoccupied for long periods; and whether they will issue new guidance for areas of great housing need.  HL1381
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals out of the target of 500,000 have been helped into paid work through the "Way to Work" campaign, up to the end of June.  HL1382
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to allow prisoners to vote in (1) parliamentary, and (2) other elections; what assessment they have made of the case for allowing prisoners to vote in such elections; and whether they plan to publish the results of such an assessment.  HL1383
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop a strategy for deploying (1) shore power, and (2) electric recharging infrastructure, at UK ports, harbours and marinas.  HL1384
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the recommendations contained within the Maritime UK and Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group Maritime UK: Coastal Powerhouse Manifesto, published in September 2021.  HL1385
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help the maritime sector realise the ambitions set out in Maritime 2050: Navigating the Future, published on 24 January 2019 and updated on 12 September 2019.  HL1386
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to enable the deployment of technologically mature but presently economically unviable decarbonisation technologies, such as shore power.  HL1387
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities regarding the potential advantages of supporting maritime projects through the (1) Levelling Up, and (2) Shared Prosperity, funds.  HL1388
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the research and innovation budget is allocated to support the maritime sector in the financial years (1) 2022–23, and (2) 2023–24.  HL1389
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans for the UK to join Horizon Europe; and if so, what steps they are taking to secure the UK's membership.  HL1390
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have donated surplus COVID-19 vaccination doses to developing countries since June 2021; and if not, how many doses have been donated.  HL1391
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India regarding reports of increased targeted killings and violence by militants against Hindus, including Kashmiri Pandits, in Indian-administered Kashmir.  HL1392
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government hat assessment they have made of whether initial teacher training (ITT) applications this year, particularly for (1) physics, (2) computing, and (3) modern languages, are sufficient for secondary school recruitment requirements; whether they estimate an increase in the shortage of qualified teachers; and if so, what steps the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Somalia to end its conflict with the Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgency.  HL1394
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the World Health Organisation Director-General's statement on 25 June, in which he declared the Monkeypox outbreak an "evolving health threat", what steps they are taking to stop the spread of that virus.  HL1395
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 17 June (HL645), whether an agenda for NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group's next meeting has been finalised; and if so, when the agenda will be shared with stakeholders.  HL1396
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bellamy on 28 June (HL Deb, col 580), what plans the Attorney General has to meet the Chairman of the Bar Association to discuss delays in dealing with rape cases.  HL1397
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Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty's Government when the terms of reference for the UK COVID-19 public inquiry, chaired by Lady Hallett, will be published; and what are the reasons for the delay.  HL1398
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Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bellamy on 28 June (HL Deb, col 580) that Lord Stewart of Dirleton will lead on legal aid for the government in this House, due to Lord Bellamy’s previous independent review of criminal legal aid, whether this is a temporary arrangement during the period of industrial action by barristers; w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide low-interest long term loans to non-qualifying buy-to-lent landlords with more than two leasehold properties who are unable to afford fire safety remedial costs.  HL1400
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of non-qualifying buy-to-let landlords with two or more leasehold properties who will go bankrupt due to being unable to afford fire safety remedial work.  HL1401
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of non-qualifying buy-to-let landlords with more than two leasehold properties who (1) are unable to sell their properties, and (2) are unable to afford the fire safety remedial work.  HL1402
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they plan to provide to non-qualifying buy-to-let landlords with more than two leasehold properties who (1) are unable to sell their properties, and (2) are unable to afford the fire safety remedial work.  HL1403
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what engagement they have had with representatives of the Sundanese National Congress Party in 2022.  HL1404
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, if any, towards designating the Sudanese Rapid Forces as a terrorist organisation.  HL1405
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to (1) the visit by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon to Bahrain in February, and (2) the comment by a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson to the Middle East Eye on 22 June which said that “a number of human rights cases were raised with senior members of the Bahrain Government by Lord Ahmad during his visit in Febr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comment by a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) spokesperson to the Middle East Eye on 22 June which said that “a number of human rights cases were raised with senior members of the Bahrain Government by Lord Ahmad during his visit in February”, why the FCDO said that it does not hold any information abo… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that (1) political prisoner Hussein Al-Saadi has been returned to Jau Prison in Bahrain despite suffering from heart problems and sickle cell disease, and (2) complaints made to Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior Ombudsman have not secured Al-Saadi adequate medical treatment, what urgent representations they will make to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants were overpaid Universal Credit, due to no fault of their own, in the financial year 2020/21; and in what proportion of those cases the overpaid money was recovered.  HL1409
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants, who were overpaid Universal Credit due to no fault of their own in the financial year of 2020/21, asked for a waiver of the recovery of the money; and how many claimants were granted such a waiver.  HL1410
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Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances they waive the recovery of overpayments of Universal Credit due to no fault of the claimant.  HL1411
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