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Questions for Written Answer for 19 July 2022

Tabled on 18 July 2022 and due for answer by 1 August 2022.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the RAC Fuel Watch data which show that the average UK petrol and diesel prices was around 191 pence per litre of petrol and 199 pence per litre of diesel as of June, what steps they are taking to reduce (1) fuel duty, and (2) VAT on fuel, to assist families and businesses with the increased cost of living.  HL18… 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 steps they are taking to ensure that families who receive no fault overpayments of benefits are not faced with additional costs when repaying the overpayments; and whether those steps include updating guidance to benefits staff, including around the discretion in the Social Security Administration Act 1992 and Her Majes… 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 assessment they have made of the potential benefit of zero-rating VAT on fuel oil to assist households that are reliant on fuel oil to heat their homes; and what plans they have to reduce VAT on fuel oil.  HL1820
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Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to abolish the two-child cap on claims for universal credit and child tax credit in order to assist families with the increased cost-of-living; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the cap on meeting its original policy aim.  HL1821
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government how the UK’s diversity will be reflected in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.  HL1822
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the make-up of the Commonwealth Games creative delivery team reflects the diversity of the UK.  HL1823
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Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty's Government how the Commonwealth Games creative delivery team will ensure that content reflects diversity and avoids stereotypical imagery.  HL1824
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the findings of the report by the National Association of Local Councils, What can local councils do on climate change?, published on 25 October 2021.  HL1825
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the Online Safety Bill will protect local councillors and council employees at all levels of local government from online abuse.  HL1826
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking through (1) international diplomacy, (2) Official Development Assistance, or (3) other means, to protect the Sudd swamp in South Sudan.  HL1827
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of schools attending events run by the British Association of Shooting and Conservation and Gamekeepers and Landowners, as has occurred in Sheffield; and whether this has occurred in schools in other areas throughout England.  HL1828
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many maritime operators have used the (1) Mode Shift Revenue Support, and (2) Waterborne Freight Grant, schemes.  HL1829
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on implementation of the Clydebank Declaration since the agreement at COP26; and what support they are providing to businesses to develop green shipping corridors.  HL1830
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) support, and (2) incentives, they are providing for private-sector investment in (a) low-carbon maritime fuels, (b) engine technologies, and (c) energy storage facilities.  HL1831
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in establishing clean maritime clusters.  HL1832
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to enable the deployment of technologically mature but presently economically unviable decarbonisation technologies, such as shore power.  HL1833
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton (HL1417), in respect of properties in Park Village East which may be subject to settlement due to tunnelling or other construction works in the vicinity, what information has been provided by HS2 Ltd in its engagement “with affected parties in the development of the current de… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of private renters who receive housing benefit and (1) qualify for the £650 support grant, and (2) do not qualify for the £650 support grant.  HL1835
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many private renters will not receive the one-off £150 energy rebate payment because the rebate money is paid directly to their landlord and not to the tenant.  HL1836
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that, with the removal of section 21 evictions in the upcoming Renters Reform Bill, private renters are not forced out of their homes as a result of unaffordable rent increases.  HL1837
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the proposed changes to possession in the Renters’ Reform Bill, renters can be evicted every eight months with the new grounds due to no fault of their own.  HL1838
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government how many county court judgements there have been for private renters for non-payment of arrears, each year for the past five years, across England and Wales.  HL1839
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the upcoming Renter's Reform Bill will include a cost cap for bringing homes up to the Decent Homes Standard, like there is with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard.  HL1840
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what stage the review of single-sex accommodation in the NHS has reached; and when the report of that review is expected to be published.  HL1841
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Kamall on 24 May (HL476 and HL475), what assessment they have made of the risks to (1) patients, and (2) medical professionals, that might arise as a result of the policy on recording gender set out in the Gender Identity Toolkit for General Practice.  HL1842
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Kamall on 24 May (HL476 and HL475), what is the legal underpinning for the policy set out in the Gender Identity Toolkit for General Practice that only gender, not sex and gender, are included on medical records.  HL1843
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Kamall on 24 May (HL476 and HL475), how medical professionals are held to account for any negative consequences that arise from how they have recorded a patient’s gender.  HL1844
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Kamall on 24 May (HL476 and HL475), what assessment they have made of the (1) clarity, and (2) inclusivity, of using the language “people with cervixes” in the Gender Identity Toolkit for General Practice.  HL1845
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Kamall on 24 May (HL476 and HL475), what is the policy for recording the gender of people who self-identify as non-binary in medical records; and what is the legal underpinning for this policy.  HL1846
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the publication of the 2021 Marine Accident Investigation Branch Annual Report on 9 June, what steps they are taking to reduce the numbers of unsafe pilot ladders.  HL1847
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the 2021 Marine Accident Investigation Branch Annual Report, published on 9 June; in particular, the finding that 10 commercial fishermen lost their lives in 2021, the highest figure in a decade; and what steps they are taking in response to improve maritime safety and reduce fatalities.  … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Thrive initiative run by Devon County Council, which offers farmers up to three hours of free advice from a farm consultant; and what plans they have to encourage the roll out of this scheme in other areas.  HL1849
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The Lord Bishop of Exeter to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of the £55 million contract to regenerate HMS Quorn, a former Royal Navy mine-hunting vessel, what plans they have for further refurbishment of naval vessels to bolster NATO’s maritime capability.  HL1850
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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Kamall on 11 July (HL1271), how many children attending day special schools access eye tests through the domiciliary scheme.  HL1851
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Lord Goddard of Stockport to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funds they will make available to Housing Associations to enable them (1) to increase their stock of properties ahead of proposals on extending Right-to-Buy, and (2) to offset the impact on their balance sheets.  HL1852
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Lord Goddard of Stockport to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to appoint a replacement Trade Envoy to Morocco.  HL1853
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Lord Goddard of Stockport to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of their Single Living Accommodation Modernisation (SLAM) programme.  HL1854
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Lord Goddard of Stockport to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they invested in improving and replacing living accommodation in barracks and married quarters for Armed Forces personnel in 2021/22.  HL1855
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Lord Goddard of Stockport to ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they plan to invest in improving and replacing living accommodation in barracks and married quarters for Armed Forces personnel in 2022/23.  HL1856
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Lord Goddard of Stockport to ask Her Majesty's Government how many people leaving the Armed Forces last year cited the quality of accommodation as one of the reasons for leaving.  HL1857
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for (1) Her Majesty’s High Commissioner in Pretoria, and (2) the Prime Minister, to meet former President of Botswana Ian Khama to discuss why he was forced to flee to South Africa.  HL1858
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they will offer to the former President of Botswana, Ian Khama, in response to the treatment he has received from his successor.  HL1859
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Government of Botswana’s use of AfriForum.  HL1860
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Minister for Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, during her visit to Pretoria on 11 and 12 July, discussed with the government of South Africa former President of Botswana Ian Khama taking refuge in South Africa.  HL1861
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported attacks by the government of Botswana on the South African Reserve Bank and the South African banking system, including RBS/NatWest and Ambassador Bridgette Motsepe.  HL1862
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Her Majesty’s Global Ambassador for Human Rights and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva will engage with Botswana’s Permanent Mission in Geneva on how the government of Botswana intends to comply with UN Special Rapporteurs’ recommendations regarding the threat to former President of Botswana Ian Khama’… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential benefits of making public health a licensing objective by amending the Licensing Act 2003.  HL1864
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in establishing clean maritime clusters.  HL1865
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to enable the deployment of technologically mature but presently economically unviable decarbonisation technologies, such as shore power.  HL1866
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the research and innovation budget they have allocated to support the maritime sector in (1) this, and (2) the next, financial year.  HL1867
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to unlock private investment in coastal communities not covered by a freeport.  HL1868
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the uptake of maritime qualifications in (1) schools, and (2) colleges.  HL1869
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing the Home Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme.  HL1870
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of private renters who pay (1) energy bills, and (2) council tax, as part of their rent.  HL1871
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government when the consultation on sex for rent will be launched; and whether stakeholders and relevant organisations will be invited to take part.  HL1872
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty's Government how private tenants who pay their council tax or energy bills as part of their rent will be able to claim their energy bills support grant if (1) their rent has already risen this year, and (2) it has not already risen this year.  HL1873
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government how the (1) UK Health Security Agency, and (2) NHS, are monitoring heat-related illnesses; and how other government departments are assessing the broader impacts of the hot weather on public services.  HL1874
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how, and (2) when, they will report on the broader impacts of the hot weather on public services.  HL1875
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to respond to the monkeypox outbreak.  HL1876
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Baroness Merron to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take in response to 71 per cent of monkeypox cases being concentrated in London.  HL1877
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of gender balance amongst the judges sitting to hear criminal cases in the Central Criminal Court.  HL1878
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Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the preparedness of flood defences in the Somerset levels and marshes for winter 2022–23.  HL1879
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to developing a self-care strategy.  HL1880
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of self-care in helping to relieve pressures faced by primary care settings, such as GP practices.  HL1881
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to including a module on self-care in the personal and social development curriculum taught in schools.  HL1882
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that infrastructure is resistant to high temperatures.  HL1883
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor the re-emergence of the Marburg virus in Ghana.  HL1884
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a bespoke regulatory framework for the UK cryptoasset sector.  HL1885
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to set upper-temperature limits for workplaces.  HL1886
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