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Questions for Written Answer for 8 July 2022

Tabled on 7 July 2022 and due for answer by 21 July 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of the Yazidi Justice Committee Report on State Responsibility and the Yazidi Genocide on 6 July, whether they have assessed whether genocide of the Yazidi has or is continuing to occur; if not, whether they plan (1) to take undertake such an assessment, and (2) to recognise ongoing those events as… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief, they will (1) introduce a Religious Freedom Bill guaranteeing the provisions of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and (2) make the appointment of a Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief a statutory req… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the outcomes and recommendations of the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief, held in London between 5 and 7 July.  HL1549
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of the Yazidi Justice Committee Report on State Responsibility and the Yazidi Genocide on 6 July, what steps they have taken, or are planning to take, to refer (1) Syria, (2) Iraq, or (3) Turkey, to the International Court of Justice for alleged violations of the Genocide Convention to make a formal… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the policy of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office concerning Freedom of Religion or Belief and the mandate of the Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief is restricted to the provisions of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and whether it can be used to promote other substantive… 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 6 July (HL1265), how the post of Technical Director of the UK Endorsement Board can have been recruited by the process set out in the attachment in the light of the metadata showing that this document was created on 29 April 2021, whilst Financial Reporting Council min… 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 15 June (HL757), whether the use of judgement in resolving accounting issues is by reference to (1) the purpose of audited accounts as set out in company law, or (2) the Conceptual Framework that has “no status because it is not adopted into UK law”.  HL1553
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Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Henry Jackson Society UNRWA's Future Reconsidered, published on 23 February 2020, which referred to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as a significant road block to peace and a Two State solution, whether they will review the $92m annual funding they provide to the Agency.  HL1… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what allocations have been made from the Levelling Up Fund, and to which recipients, in Northern Ireland since its creation.  HL1555
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent consultations they have undertaken with the Northern Ireland authorities about changing regulations to allow folic acid to be added to flour.  HL1556
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to encourage greater transparency among UK companies accused of exaggerating their environmental commitments, commonly termed as greenwashing, to prevent this from adversely impacting the Government’s Net Zero strategy.  HL1557
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) use of buffer zones outside abortion clinics, and (2) reports from women and girls who have attended such clinics in the UK that they were intimidated and harassed on arrival.  HL1558
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Rwanda concerning its record on (1) freedom of expression, (2) political debate, and (3) the right for women and girls to safely access abortion, in that country.  HL1559
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 4 July (HL1123), how those eligible for a free place on the Holiday Activities and Food Programme will be notified of this to ensure that none of those eligible for free school meals will miss out during the summer holidays; and what will be done to ensure that this progr… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any strike action of British Airways staff on travel at airports in the summer; and what plans they have to prevent any further travel disruption if such strikes take place.  HL1561
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government why the colonial archive series FCO 141 has been withdrawn from public access by the National Archives; and whether these documents are being withheld from public viewing and research.  HL1562
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support lone parent families, in light of the Institute for Fiscal Studies briefing on 4 July which stated that (1) "1.5 million children of lone parents were in relative income poverty" in 2019–20, and that (2) "the pre-pandemic relative poverty rate for children of lone parents was almost doubl… 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 assessment they have made of the US State Department statement on 4 July that a detailed forensic analysis "could not reach a definitive conclusion regarding the origin of the bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh", despite multiple eyewitness reports that it was fired by an Israel Defense… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister met Aleksandr Lebedev in Italy in 2018 without his officials present whilst he was Foreign Secretary; and what was discussed during that meeting.  HL1565
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government how many current members of the Senior Civil Service were recruited via the Fast Stream; and why they have paused the Civil Service Fast Stream recruitment in 2022/23 for the 2023 intake.  HL1566
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent events in Karakalpakstan; what discussions they have had with the government of Uzbekistan (1) regarding those events, and (2) to seek a peaceful resolution.  HL1567
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty's Government why a 10-mile section of the A12 between Ipswich and Colchester has a 40 mile per hour speed limit; and when this section will return to its previous speed limit.  HL1568
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Baroness Mobarik to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of France regarding an agreement to stop asylum seekers undertaking unsafe Channel crossings.  HL1569
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Baroness Mobarik to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will negotiate with the government of France for centres in that country where asylum seekers can apply for asylum to the UK, rather than crossing the Channel to apply.  HL1570
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Baroness Mobarik to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total budget for the Home Office for each year since 2009.  HL1571
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Baroness Mobarik to ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff have been employed by the Home Office for each year since 2009.  HL1572
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have extended trials of rented electric scooters to 2024; and how the outcome of those trials will be taken into account in the proposed Transport Bill.  HL1573
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to respond to the results of their 'Managing pavement parking' public consultation, which ran from 31 August 2020 to 22 November 2020.  HL1574
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not (1) responded, or (2) taken action, following their 'Bus Services Act 2017: accessible information' public consultation, which ran from 5 July 2018 to 16 September 2018.  HL1575
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to incorporate the World Health Organization noise guidelines, published in 2018, into legislation related to aviation.  HL1576
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government why National Highways has not provided the information requested by Mr Graeme Bickerdike in response to his Freedom of Information request made on 10 May regarding Great Musgrave Bridge (FOI/3614); what were the reasons for their public comments about the motives of Mr Bickerdike in making that request; and whether they will now s… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to establish a sub-committee of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on Respiratory Syncytial Virus, as discussed in the JCVI meetings in (1) June 2019, and (2) October 2019.  HL1578
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Kamall on 6 July (HL Deb col 999), whether they will cite the “scientific contestation” referred to concerning folic acid fortification as part of the Bread and Flour Regulations review.  HL1579
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Kamall on 6 July (HL Deb col 1000), whether they will give details of the cases where people “have died because of high levels of folic acid”.  HL1580
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with governments of other nations which operate a policy of mandatory fortification with folic acid regarding any unintended consequences which have arisen.  HL1581
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Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Kamall on 6 July (HL Deb cols 1001–2) regarding the scientific evidence available regarding folic fortification, whether they will publish the science brief referred to by Lord Kamall referencing heliocentrism versus geocentrism.  HL1582
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees from (1) Ukraine, (2) Afghanistan, and (3) Syria, have been helped through either (a) the Homes for Ukraine scheme, (b) the Ukraine Family Scheme, (c) the Afghans Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme, (d) the Afghans Relocation and Assistance Policy, or (e) the Syrian Resettlement Programme, since each of those respective sche… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they advised the former Director General of the COVID-19 Task Force, Kate Josephs, at any point about whether or not she should tell her employer, Sheffield City Council, about her attendance at her leaving party held on 17 December 2020.  HL1584
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Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the forecast cost pressures on the NHS due to COVID-19 (1) in July, and (2) for the rest of the 2022–23 financial year.  HL1585
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the joint submission by Human Rights Watch and Lawyers for Justice on the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to the UN Committee Against Torture at its 74th Session, 12–29 July; and what discussions they have had with the Palestinian Authority as a signatory of the Convention Against Tortur… 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 what plans they have to relocate (1) interpreters, (2) security guards, and (3) other locally employed government staff, who are still in Afghanistan, back to the UK; and what is the timescale for that relocation.  HL1587
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Baroness Stowell of Beeston to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the excess profits generated by (1) Meta, and (2) Google, in the UK from online advertising; and whether they will direct the Competition and Markets Authority to update their calculations in the Online platforms and digital advertising study, published in July 2020.  HL1588
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Lord Strathcarron to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the 45 pence per mile HMRC mileage rate motoring allowance in the light of current levels of inflation.  HL1589
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