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Questions for Written Answer for 20 July 2022

Tabled on 19 July 2022 and due for answer by 2 August 2022.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government how many emergency visas have been issued by the Home Office, in accordance with the discretionary powers of the Secretary of State, in the last five years.  HL1887
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Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 15 July (HL1419), and in respect of properties in Park Village East, what information HS2 Ltd has provided in its engagement with affected parties; what changes have been made to the current design as a result of this engagement; who has been identified as the affected part… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of UK homes have an energy efficiency performance rating of (1) A, or (2) B.  HL1889
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to consult on the Decent Homes Standard; and if so, when that consultation will be launched.  HL1890
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a response to their consultation Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes, which closed on 8 January 2021.  HL1891
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) household energy bills, (2) UK gas consumption, and (3) carbon emissions, of raising Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in private rented homes to Energy Performance Certificate Band C.  HL1892
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Royal Navy’s two aircraft carriers can be reconfigured with catapult launch capability.  HL1893
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Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Royal Navy’s two aircraft carriers to have a full complement of aircraft.  HL1894
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Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the commitment in their policy paper Gender equality at every stage: a roadmap for change, published in July 2019, to provide an annual progress report to Parliament, where the reports they have already made can be found; and when they plan to publish their next report.  HL1895
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Lord Gilbert of Panteg to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) total amount raised from employers, (2) total value of unspent funds in employers' digital voucher accounts at year end, and (3) total value of funds which expired unspent, in each financial year since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.  HL1896
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Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of South Africa about (1) the activities of AfriForum, and (2) community relations in that country.  HL1897
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to maintain their suspension of the Council of Europe Agreement on the Abolition of Visas for Refugees; whether they have expressed concerns to the government of Ireland about refugees obtaining international protection in Dublin having reached the Irish Republic by means of the European Agreement, then using the Comm… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Hoey to ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers have reached the UK having first registered in a Council of Europe country in each of the last five years; of those asylum seekers, how many first registered in Ireland; and from where did the asylum seekers who first registered in Ireland originally travel.  HL1899
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Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average waiting time for (1) paediatric, and (2) adult, cystic fibrosis patients in England referred to a (a) clinical psychologist, and (b) social worker, for each year since 2015.  HL1900
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have given to local authorities on preventing roads melting in the extreme heat.  HL1901
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding they are providing to local authorities to enable them to prevent roads melting in the extreme heat.  HL1902
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to consult with local authorities on a long-term plan for dealing with future climate change events causing (1) extreme heat, and (2) flooding.  HL1903
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish quarterly lists of the identified benefits arising from the UK’s departure from the EU.  HL1904
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they made an assessment in 2020 of whether limiting their support of UK airlines through access to furlough funding would have an impact on the airlines’ staff numbers and post-pandemic capacity.  HL1905
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the condition of runways at UK airports and their ability to withstand climate change-related weather conditions.  HL1906
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Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty's Government when the Hammersmith Bridge Task Force will next meet; and when the agenda for that meeting will be published.  HL1907
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Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to commission an official history of Northern Ireland from 1968 to 1998; and if they have any such plans, whether they plan to appoint a panel of historians to oversee the project.  HL1908
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Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support women’s access to contraceptive services in South Africa.  HL1909
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current average processing time, from application to decision, for UK visas for South African citizens.  HL1910
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to reduce the processing time for visas to enter the UK.  HL1911
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Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of extended visa processing delays on the UK’s reputation as a place to do business.  HL1912
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) funding allocation, and (2) distribution, of free bus passes for Ukrainian refugees residing in the UK.  HL1913
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline to be updated; and why it has not been updated "on an annual basis", as set out in the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline Autumn 2019 Schemes Update, published on 4 April 2019.  HL1914
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Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of (1) paediatric, and (2) adult, cystic fibrosis centres in England had a (a) social worker, and (b) clinical psychologist, vacancy for more than six months for each year since 2015.  HL1915
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government how they define a smart heat pump; what plans they have to introduce support for consumers to purchase smart heat pumps; and when they plan for any such support to be introduced.  HL1916
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require the companies involved in the Hydrogen Village Trial to conduct whole-house assessments of the upgrades required to make a house suitable for a heat pump.  HL1917
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect UK manufacturers from cheap imported heat pumps as a result of their proposed market-based mechanism for low carbon heat.  HL1918
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their plans to establish a regulatory framework for heat networks as set out in the Energy Bill [HL], what steps they are taking to ensure that properties’ energy efficiency is improved when they are connected to a heat network; and what funding will be available for any such energy efficiency improvements… 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 measures (1) they, and (2) Ofgem, are taking to ensure that homes connected to heat networks are not locked into high fossil fuel heating systems.  HL1920
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Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to provide funding for the implementation of a National Minor Ailments Scheme to be operated by community pharmacies and pharmacists.  HL1921
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 July (HL1286), when details of the new model for dispersal of asylum seekers will be published.  HL1922
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 July (HL1285), how many individuals travelling in small boats across the English Channel they expect to arrive from France in (1) 2022, and (2) 2023.  HL1923
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 July (HL1285), whether they consider as a matter of policy that all asylum seekers travelling to the UK from France have done so unlawfully and are therefore unable to claim asylum; if so, on what grounds; and how many individuals seeking asylum after crossing the Engl… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 July (HL1285), what assessment they have made of (1) the number of asylum seekers attracted to the UK because of the asylum system in place prior to the Nationality and Borders Act 2022, and (2) the number of asylum seekers expected to be attracted to the UK because of… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure equal access to English for Speakers of Other Languages support.  HL1926
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Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the short-term study visa from six months to one year.  HL1927
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase monitoring of third-party websites that enable the trading of loot box items.  HL1928
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the link between loot boxes and problem gambling.  HL1929
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether loot boxes are (1) games of chance, and (2) capable of being exchanged for real money.  HL1930
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty's Government when they last had contact with Shaun Pinner, currently being held by the Donetsk People’s Republic; what assessment they have made of his health; and what conversations are ongoing concerning his release.  HL1931
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have that removal to Rwanda will be a deterrent to would-be economic migrants.  HL1932
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have carried out any research into alternative destinations to Rwanda as safe countries for migrants and asylum-seekers; and if so, with what conclusions.  HL1933
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The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have set the period of detention before an individual may apply for bail from immigration detention as seven days.  HL1934
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what sector support funding for local government improvement they have provided through a grant directly to (1) the Local Government Association, and (2) the National Association of Local Councils, in the financial years (a) 2019–20, (b) 2020–21, (c) 2021–22, and (d) 2022–23.  HL1935
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to launch the review of neighbourhood governance referred to on page 215 of their Levelling Up the United Kingdom white paper, published on 2 February.  HL1936
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to work with the National Association of Local Councils (1) to raise public awareness of parish and town council elections in 2023, and (2) to encourage more people to stand for election to improve the diversity of councillors.  HL1937
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Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for (1) ministers, and (2) officials, to visit parish and town councils to improve their understanding of the councils’ work and challenges.  HL1938
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Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether car hire companies are legally permitted to refuse a car rental to a full licence holder on the basis of age.  HL1939
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations the Department for Education has made to either (1) the UK Health Security Agency, or (2) the Department of Health and Social Care, to encourage school staff to be given priority for COVID-19 booster vaccinations.  HL1940
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the impact on (1) the health and wellbeing of school staff, (2) the manner in which COVID-19 is transmitted in education settings, and (3) the health of children and young people at school, when deciding not to include school staff, teachers and support staff in the list of eligible categories f… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to The de Bois Review: an independent review of Destination Management Organisations in England, published on 14 September 2021.  HL1942
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure railways are resilient to future heatwaves.  HL1943
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce VAT in response to rising grocery bills.  HL1944
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide an update on the progress of evaluating the potential benefits of a UK Central Bank Digital Currency.  HL1945
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase budgets for regions in England as a result of pressures on the (1) health service, and (2) education sector.  HL1946
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria for selection to be a Prime Minister's trade envoy.  HL1947
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the priority objectives of a Prime Minister's trade envoy.  HL1948
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what were the criteria for selecting the countries to which the Prime Minister has appointed trade envoys; and when all national priority countries will have trade envoys appointed.  HL1949
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Prime Minister has appointed a trade envoy to India; and if not, why not.  HL1950
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to appointing four trade envoys to India to ensure that all economic regions are covered.  HL1951
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Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the (1) status, and (2) timetable, for the conclusion of a free trade agreement with India; and whether the (a) sectorial, and (b) regional, diversity in India will be included in that agreement.  HL1952
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a response to their consultation Mental Capacity Act: Small Payments Scheme, which closed on 12 January.  HL1953
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the increase in the number of privately owned e-scooters in the UK in (1) 2020, (2) 2021, and (3) 2022.  HL1954
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government how many inspections Trading Standards have made of retailers selling private e-scooters in the last 12 months.  HL1955
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they have commissioned on the safety of private e-scooters, outside of trials.  HL1956
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to release the data from the e-scooter trials in England.  HL1957
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