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Questions for Written Answer for 9 November 2022

Tabled on 8 November 2022 and due for answer by 22 November 2022.

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make (1) regulatory, or (2) other, responses to findings in the Big Compost Study which concluded that 60 per cent of items sold as "home compostable" did not degrade in homes under real world conditions.  HL3266
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what diplomatic efforts they are making to encourage the inclusion of carbon emissions from militaries in UNFCCC emissions reporting; and what progress they have made.  HL3267
Answered
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce (1) sentencing guidelines for (a) raptor persecution, and (b) other wildlife crimes, and (2) vicarious liability for landowners and tenants in England and Wales employing those convicted of such crimes.  HL3268
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what are the (1) average, and (2) longest, delays being experienced by pensioners applying for pension credit for applications made (a) in late April, and (b) subsequently.  HL3269
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Lord Bowness to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 October (HL2803), whether mutual recognition of disabled persons’ Blue Badges is a matter for individual Spanish local authorities.  HL3270
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Lord Bowness to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 18 July (HL1671), what consideration they have given to alternative solutions if a scheme of mutual recognition for the disabled persons blue parking badges with the government of Spain cannot be negotiated.  HL3271
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Lord Green of Deddington to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to withdraw from (1) the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and (2) the 1966 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees; and if they have any such plans, what assessment they have made of the need for replacement legislation.  HL3272
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 June (HL724), what assessment they have made of further reports of chemical weapons being used against the Kurds in Northern Iraq.  HL3273
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask His Majesty's Government, as a member of the OPCW (Organisation for the Prevention of use of Chemical Weapons), what plans they have, if any, to request an investigation into the allegations of chemical weapons being used against the Kurds in Northern Iraq.  HL3274
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about the arrest of the head of the Turkish Doctors Union, Dr Sebnem Korur Fincanci.  HL3275
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Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with countries receiving official development assistance (ODA) for sexual and reproductive health and rights.  HL3276
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Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask His Majesty's Government what their financial contributions were to (1) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), (2) UNICEF, (3) UNAIDS, (4) WHO, (5) UN Women, (6) The Global Fund, and (7) International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20, and (c) 2020-21.  HL3277
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask His Majesty's Government further to the publication of Zero Hour’s Nature and Climate Declaration on 1 November, what steps are they taking (1) to reduce the full scope of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions reductions in line with limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius, (2) to halt and reverse biodiversity decline by 2030, and (… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Benyon on 7 November (HL2422), what were the names of the 63 recipients of enforcement undertaking payments from water and sewerage companies, totalling £11.5 million, paid out between 2017 and 2021.  HL3279
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Lord Jopling to ask the Leader of the House why Written Questions HL2182 (tabled on 5 September), HL2307 and HL2308 (tabled on 8 September) have yet to be answered.  HL3280
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the growth in sales of UK dairy products abroad.  HL3281
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the barriers to the growth of dairy exports to the EU.  HL3282
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the African Union as an organisation, and (2) the work it undertakes.  HL3283
Answered
Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask His Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the situation in Tigray.  HL3284
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Statement by the Secretary of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 3 November (HCWS354), what steps they are taking to take account of the views of the Chagossian communities, including those based in the UK, with regard to issues relating to the former inhabitants of the Chagos A… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Mallalieu to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review the prohibition of the use of red diesel for off-road purposes in relation to the equine industry.  HL3286
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Professional Standards Authority report Safer care for all: Solutions from professional regulation and beyond, published on 6 September, what steps they will take in response to the recommendation that there should be "an independent Health and Social Care Safety Commissioner (or equivalent) for each UK count… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Professional Standards Authority report Safer care for all: Solutions from professional regulation and beyond, published on 6 September, what steps they will take in response to the recommendation that there should be "a coherent practitioner regulatory strategy to support delivery of national workforce strat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government whether they will seek the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on coronavirus immunisation treatment using prophylactic antibodies.  HL3289
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Lord Naseby to ask His Majesty's Government why they have not yet published the Human Rights and Democracy Report 2021.  HL3290
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Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by the Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 28 October (HCWS347), whether the delay to the publication of environmental targets related to clean water and biodiversity as required by the Environment Act 2021 will place them in breach of the Act.  HL3291
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Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the request by the former Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in September for water companies to set out their plans for improving environmental performance and infrastructure, when they plan to publish (1) the responses from water companies to this request, and (2) their analysi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government, further to reports that the fines paid by water companies in England and Wales will be reimbursed to customers, whether the bills that customers receive will be itemised to show the reduction on their individual bills.  HL3293
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Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government whether they will seek a UN investigation into the recent killing of protestors in Iran.  HL3294
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Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government whether National Highways was aware of the origin of the steel used in projects last year; if not, why not; and what steps they plan to take to ensure that all projects undertaken or overseen by the Department for Transport set targets for minimum use of UK-made steel.  HL3295
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Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to work with international allies to increase (1) diplomatic, and (2) economic, pressure to respond to the government of Iran's handling of the protests in that country; and what representations they are making to the government of Iran regarding the response by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  HL3… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Sugg to ask His Majesty's Government how many hotel rooms have been booked per month for (1) refugees, and (2) asylum seekers, for this calendar year; and what was the average cost of those bookings.  HL3297
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Baroness Sugg to ask His Majesty's Government what share of the costs for hotel rooms booked for refugees and asylum seekers relate to the first 12 months after arrival.  HL3298
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Baroness Sugg to ask His Majesty's Government, in relation to the first 12 months of costs for (1) refugees, and (2) asylum seekers, what was the cost incurred for the first six months of this calendar year; and what estimate they have made of the costs incurred for the second six months of this calendar year.  HL3299
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to send letters to local authorities emphasising the importance of addressing climate change in all planning decisions.  HL3300
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government how much has been claimed in energy efficiency grants for energy retrofit programmes by each local authority in each year since 2008.  HL3301
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the (1) pay, (2) conditions, and (3) employment rights, of workers in the hospitality sector, given increasing energy costs.  HL3302
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Lord West of Spithead to ask His Majesty's Government what is the current status of HMS Bristol; and what plans they have for the future of HMS Bristol.  HL3303
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