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Questions for Written Answer for 13 July 2022

Tabled on 12 July 2022 and due for answer by 26 July 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to hold the 11th UK–China Economic and Financial Dialogue before the appointment of the next Prime Minister; and if so, what are the reasons for making such arrangements.  HL1661
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current foreign and domestic policy of the People’s Republic of China.  HL1662
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government, in arrangements for the 11th UK–China Economic and Financial Dialogue, what consideration they have given to (1) reports that the Foreign Secretary described events in Xinjiang as a “genocide”, (2) threats to the territorial integrity of Taiwan, and (3) the statement by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in the… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of international funding for LGBT+ organisations; and what plans they have to increase the Official Development Assistance funding allocation to such groups.  HL1664
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to place the UK as a leading funder of LGBT+ rights.  HL1665
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what investment they will make in the Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV Innovation Fund this financial year.  HL1666
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government how much was allocated to the Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV Innovation Fund in the financial years (1) 2021–22, and (2) 2022–23.  HL1667
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the next round of the Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV Innovation Fund focuses on (1) tackling inequalities, and (2) communities who have not seen the same improvement in HIV outcomes.  HL1668
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Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the next round of the Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV Innovation Fund includes a focus on (1) shared learning, and (2) ensuring successful pilot projects feed in to national services.  HL1669
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government with which EU countries they have negotiated mutual recognition of the disabled persons blue parking badges.  HL1670
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Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 17 May (HL32), when they last discussed mutual recognition of the disabled persons blue parking badges with the government of Spain; and what outstanding issues are preventing mutual recognition.  HL1671
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) lower quartile, (2) median, (3) upper quartile, and (4) interquartile range, of tariff lengths for people who received a life sentence in each year since 2002.  HL1672 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) lower quartile, (2) median, (3) upper quartile, and (4) interquartile range, of the number of months spent in custody by life sentence prisoners who were released in each year since 2002.  HL1673 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) lower quartile, (2) median, (3) upper quartile, and (4) interquartile range, of the age of people serving a life sentence at the point of release in each year since 2002.  HL1674 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) mean, and (2) median, number of months spent in custody beyond tariff for life sentence prisoners at the point of release in each year since 2002.  HL1675 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people serving a life sentence were released at their first Parole Board hearing in each year since 2002.  HL1676 [I]
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Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence with a tariff of 10 years or more in each year, by ethnicity.  HL1677 [I]
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of support available to veterans subject to ongoing historic investigations.  HL1678
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the mileage allowance for frontline care workers given the rising cost of fuel.  HL1679
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the action required to safeguard universities as places of (1) free speech, and (2) challenging ideas.  HL1680
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Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 13 June (HL49), what assessment they have made of the violence in Abyei; and what further steps they intend to take in response.  HL1681
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been made for licences to permit legal advice to be given to sanctioned (1) individuals, or (2) entities, since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February; and how many of those applications have been (a) granted, (b) refused, and (c) not yet dealt with.  HL1682
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been made for licences to permit payment for legal (1) advice, or (2) representation, since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February; and how many of those applications have been (a) granted, (b) refused, and (c) not yet dealt with.  HL1683
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the median time taken to determine licence applications to permit payment for legal (1) advice, or (2) representation.  HL1684
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for licences to permit payment for legal (1) advice, or (2) representation, have been made by (a) barristers, or (b) solicitors.  HL1685
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Lord Garnier to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are employed to deal with applications for licences to permit payment for legal (1) advice, or (2) representation.  HL1686
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people received a life sentence and were (1) under 18, (2) 18 to 20, (3) 21 to 24, (4) 25 to 29, (5) 30 to 34, (6) 35 to 39, (7) 40 to 49, (8) 50 to 59, (9) 60 to 69, and (10) 70 and older, at the time of sentencing in each year since 2002.  HL1687
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people received a life sentence with a tariff of between 10 years to less than 15 years, and were (1) under 18, (2) 18 to 20, (3) 21 to 24, (4) 25 to 29, (5) 30 to 34, (6) 35 to 39, (7) 40–49, (8) 50 to 59, (9) 60 to 69, and (10) 70 and older, at the time of sentencing in each year since 2002.  HL1688
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people received a life sentence with a tariff of between 15 years to less than 20 years, and were (1) under 18, (2) 18 to 20, (3) 21 to 24, (4) 25 to 29, (5) 30 to 34, (6) 35 to 39, (7) 40 to 49, (8) 50 to 59, (9) 60 to 69, and (10) 70 and older, at the time of sentencing in each year since 2002.  HL1689
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people received a life sentence with a tariff of between 20 years to less than 25 years, and were (1) under 18, (2) 18 to 20, (3) 21 to 24, (4) 25 to 29, (5) 30 to 34, (6) 35 to 39, (7) 40 to 49, (8) 50 to 59, (9) 60 to 69, and (10) 70 and older, at the time of sentencing in each year since 2002.  HL1690
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce an annual respiratory services delivery report.  HL1691
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Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the levels of (1) training, and (2) accreditation, for staff administering simple breathing tests, such as (a) spirometry, and (b) FeNO.  HL1692
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the Australian software company Atlassian to leave the UK and move to the USA; and what assessment they have made of the impact that this will have on their ambition to cement the UK "as a global tech superpower", as outlined in their Digital Strategy, published on 13 June.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the article 'News & campaigns' in the Incorporated Society of Musicians July/August 2022 music journal; and what assessment they have made of the concerns expressed in that article that the Schools White Paper "suggests a possible narrowing of focus away from creative subjects such as music"… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the article 'News & campaigns' in the Incorporated Society of Musicians July/August 2022 music journal; and what assessment they have made of the concerns expressed in that article that proposals to reform Higher Education courses "will cause particular harm to arts courses, as well as damag… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Earl of Leicester to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many (1) vacancies, and (2) roles, there were in the farming sector, in each month of 2022.  HL1696
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The Earl of Leicester to ask Her Majesty's Government how many short-term visas were granted for people working in the farming sector in (1) January, (2) February, and (3) March.  HL1697
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government how many refugees who had entered the UK through safe and legal routes were granted leave to remain (1) every year since 2015, and (2) broken down by route.  HL1698
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty's Government why the repeal of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011 required a provision to amend the Welfare Reform Act 2012 to review the benefit cap every five years, rather than in each Parliament; and why this five year period began in March 2022.  HL1699
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have completed preparations for the Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons that will take place in August this year; and who will represent the UK at that conference.  HL1700
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for the Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; and what emphasis will they put on the following elements of strategic risk reduction (1) building confidence, (2) increasing mutual understanding and comprehension about nuclear posture and capabilities amongst the P5… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the use of nuclear weapons; and what steps they are taking to ensure that they will not be used.  HL1702
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in discussions at the Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and given the international political situation, they will prioritise discussion on a moratorium for (1) intermediate-range nuclear weapons, and (2) the deployment of new short-range nuclear weapons.  HL1703
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Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as outlined in the National Report ahead of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, they will hold regular engagement with Parliamentarians to increase understanding and awareness of the UK’s nuclear deterrence and disarmament policy, and provid… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the close season for woodcock.  HL1705
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to use Official Development Assistance funds to support countries to deliver an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity; and if so, how.  HL1706
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Lord Randall of Uxbridge to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to support the international implementation of the Global Ocean Alliance 30by30 initiative.  HL1707
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 8 July (HL1360), who are the industry partners who have provided cost estimates for funding the East Coast Digital Programme; what is the 3 Lines of Defence approach to scrutinising cost estimates; and who is responsible for the independent analysis within the 3 Lines… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 8 July (HL1360), what assessment they have made of additional capacity that will be produced by the East Coast Digital Programme.  HL1709
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Home Office on 8 February 2021 (HC 144733), how it was possible for an individual to take the Life in the UK test 118 times in 2015 and 2016 when government guidance says that applicants must wait 7 days before taking the test again.  HL1710
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who are (1) survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and (2) otherwise recognised as vulnerable under the Adults at Risk policy, were brought to an immigration detention centre in (a) 2019, (b) 2020, and (c) 2021.  HL1711
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government how many British citizens have paid to send email enquiries via SITEL UK; and what is the cost to the applicant of sending such an email from within the UK.  HL1712
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Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to coordinate a response to the outbreak of avian influenza in seabird colonies across Britain, (2) to put in place a surveillance programme that will improve the early detection of avian flu in wild bird populations in the future, and (3) to (a) plan for, and (b) mitigate the risk of, the sprea… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sugg to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of hosting refugees from Ukraine for the calendar year 2022; and whether this cost will be borne by the Official Development Assistance budget.  HL1714
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address falling retail sales.  HL1715
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle rising energy prices.  HL1716
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce VAT relief for small businesses until the end of the tax year.  HL1717
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reintroduce mandatory mask-wearing in hospitals.  HL1718
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