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Questions for Written Answer for 5 July 2022

Tabled on 4 July 2022 and due for answer by 18 July 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether there has been genocide of the Yazidi people at the hands of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  HL1412
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about its obligations to prevent genocide against the Yazidi people; and what discussions they have had with the UN Security Council about referring Turkey to the International Criminal Court in respect of allegations of genocide within its territory.  HL1413
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or are planning to have, with the government of Turkey to locate and return kidnapped Yazidi women and children.  HL1414
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Turkey is carrying out airstrikes against Yazidi civilians and civilian targets.  HL1415
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take (1) to prevent the sale of Yazidi women and girls in Turkey and territory controlled by Turkey, and (2) to ensure that the perpetrators of any such sales are brought to justice.  HL1416
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) monitoring, and (2) mitigation, strategies they have put in place for environmental pollution by (a) metal nanoparticles, and (b) the bacteria resistant to these antimicrobial metal nanoparticles.  HL1417
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of environmental pollution from biocides in personal care products, such as (1) benzalkonium chloride in soaps, or (2) chlorhexidine in mouthwashes.  HL1418
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will (1) place in the Library of the House plans and other documentation demonstrating that the latest design for the HS2 tunnel approaches to Euston Station is within the limits of deviation specified in the High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Act 2017, or (2) set out how the changes to the design and the Environmental… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many drivers in each of the last 10 years have applied to reduce their driving disqualification period; and how many of those applications were successful.  HL1420
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 22 June (HL862), (1) by what date, and (2) by what means, the Whitehall Boiler System will be fully decarbonised.  HL1421
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Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will implement their plan to "remove repetitive and unnecessary onboard announcements on trains", announced on 21 January; and whether this will include the message “See it, say it, sorted.”  HL1422
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their new Aviation Passenger Charter, as specified at point 9 of the guidance on UK government action to minimise disruption in the aviation sector and protect passengers, announced by the Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority on 30 June; and what consultation they will conduct prior to its pu… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Blunkett to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 23 March (HL Deb col 958), what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of existing vaccines available in the UK in (1) protecting against, or (2) reducing the impact of, Omicron (a) B4, and (b) B5; what assessment they have made of the likely availability of t… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to implement the recommendation included in the Law Commission report Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements, published in 2014, that "qualifying nuptial agreements should be introduced by legislation"; and whether they plan to introduce the Draft Nuptial Agreements Bill included in that report.… 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 remarks by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 21 June (HL Deb col 51GC), when they will issue guidance on the promotion and facilitation of British Sign Language (BSL) and establish a BSL advisory board.  HL1426
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 21 June (HL Deb col 52GC), when they will conclude their analysis of the responses to their consultation on section 36 of the Equality Act 2010 relating to reasonable adjustments to common parts of leasehold homes; and when that section will be commenced.  HL1427
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 21 June (HL Deb col 52GC), when they will introduce the standards and a regulatory framework to deliver accessible new homes.  HL1428
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 21 June (HL Deb col 53GC), when they will publish guidance for taxis and private hire vehicles regarding a more inclusive and accessible service; and when they will introduce legislation to make disability awareness training compulsory for taxi and private hire vehicle drivers.  HL1… 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 remarks by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 21 June (HL Deb col 54GC), when they will respond to the September 2021 consultation conducted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on making flexible working the default.  HL1430
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord True on 6 and 22 June (HL302 and HL811), whether the Cabinet Office will write to each Government Department asking them to indicate 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.  HL1431
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Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Penn on 4 July (HL Deb col 850), whether they will increase the allowable mileage rate for employees using their own vehicles for business purposes from 45 pence per mile, given the increased cost of fuel.  HL1432
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of barriers to removing the requirement to have a UK phone number to sign up for email updates to the gov.uk page 'Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK'; and whether they will place a copy of that assessment in the Library of the House.  HL1433
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include within the Bill of Rights Bill provision for women across the UK to have access to safe abortion.  HL1434
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that youth arts are sufficiently funded to help young people with mental health problems.  HL1435
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of an increase in the prison population as a result of the introduction of new offences and longer prison sentences under the Nationality and Borders Act 2022.  HL1436
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Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider religious chaplains qualified to offer pastoral support to non-religious armed forces personnel; and if so, why.  HL1437
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Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of non-religious pastoral care in the armed forces of the Kingdoms of Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands; and whether they will consider introducing a similar model in the UK.  HL1438
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Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government how many students wanting to study medicine have been turned down because of a lack of places at universities in England.  HL1439
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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 it will be shared with relevant stakeholders.  HL1440
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what budget they allocate to (1) the support they are providing to Ukraine in response to investigating alleged Russian war crimes committed in that country, and (2) investigating alleged Rwandan war criminals living in the UK.  HL1441
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to the Metropolitan Police to assist with the investigation of any Rwandan nationals living in the UK who were allegedly involved in the 1994 genocide in that country.  HL1442
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Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing for investigations of any alleged war crimes currently taking place; and whether they will increase the resources available to support those investigations.  HL1443
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capabilities of the UK (1) construction industry, and (2) related consultancy businesses, to operate in the rebuilding of Ukraine.  HL1444
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ukraine regarding the damaged infrastructure in that country; and what plans they have, if any, to provide financial assistance to help with the rebuilding of that infrastructure.  HL1445
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the effects of jet-lag on ministerial decision-making at all levels, including the prime minister.  HL1446
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 29 June (HL1002), whether they have had any engagement with the government of Canada on a reciprocal social security agreement; and if so, what discussions they have had with that government on the subject.  HL1447
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the response of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the Fund’s role in future pandemic preparedness.  HL1448
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of the resurgence of malaria over the next three years in relation to health system strengthening, following the publication of the International Development Strategy.  HL1449
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of their programmes to prevent malaria in pregnancy, following the publication of the International Development Strategy.  HL1450
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what their strategic priorities are in relation to malaria, following the publication of the International Development Strategy.  HL1451
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list the 40 new hospitals they have promised to build; how much building work has been completed on each new hospital; and when they expect each new hospital to admit its first patients.  HL1452
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to deport refugees who arrive in the UK to Nigeria.  HL1453
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were subject to a Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) as part of a (1) community, or (2) suspended, sentence order due to a serious gambling addiction for each year since their introduction in 2005.  HL1454
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a table showing the (1) lowest, and (2) median, (a) pre-2016, and (b) post-2016, state pension for (i) men, and (ii) women.  HL1455
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Callanan on 2 November 2021 (HL3320) and 1 February (HL5516), what progress they have made in bringing criminal charges against KPMG's insolvency partner for misconduct during the Silentnight insolvency.  HL1456
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a table showing (1) the breakdown of the Supplier of the Last Resort (SOLR) levy, and (2) the amount that each customer pays for each component of that levy, through their energy bills.  HL1457
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what is the total cost to date for their support for Bulb Energy, and (2) what estimate they have made of the final cost of that support.  HL1458
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a table showing the number of (1) civil, and (2) criminal, prosecutions brought by the Insolvency Service against insolvency practitioners for abusive practices.  HL1459
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Lord Sikka to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce legislation enabling members of the general public to prosecute directors of water companies for wilful neglect of their statutory duties.  HL1460
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect government accounts on social media from hacks and cyberattacks.  HL1461
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the pub industry in England.  HL1462
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to build a review mechanism into the energy profits levy.  HL1463
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow Jobcentre Plus to use the expansion of work coach capacity to introduce specialist single parent advisers.  HL1464
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposals in the Renters Reform Bill on the availability and supply of student accommodation in the private rented sector.  HL1465
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to regulate further ultra-short lets.  HL1466
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Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the supply of accommodation in the private rented sector; and in particular, of the effect of ultra-short term lets on the availability of longer-term rental tenancies.  HL1467
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on teachers and education staff of the reported increase in mental health challenges for children and young people in schools.  HL1468
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the mental health of teachers and education staff of the post-COVID-19 education recovery programmes.  HL1469
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between the mental health of teachers and education staff and pupils' educational attainment.  HL1470
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the mental health and wellbeing of early career teachers.  HL1471
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Eurofighter/Typhoon fighter jets were originally planned for in the defence programme; and on what basis that number was calculated.  HL1472
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regarding the merger of Nexperia and Newport Wafer Fab will be taken prior to the publication of their Semiconductor Strategy.  HL1473
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Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the decision regarding the merger of Nexperia and Newport Wafer Fab will be based on (1) the risk of Chinese ownership of the UK semiconductor industry, or (2) the risk of damage to the UK semiconductor industry.  HL1474
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