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Questions for Written Answer for 15 January 2024

Tabled on 11 January and due for answer by 25 January.

Earl Attlee to ask His Majesty's Government whether there have been any recent changes to legislation that mean airfields are considered as public places for the purposes of the insurance requirements within the Road Traffic Act 1988.  HL1502
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Lord Blunkett to ask His Majesty's Government how many prisoners sentenced to detention for public protection (1) have never been released, (2) have been returned to prison on breach of licence, (3) are currently in the community under supervision on licence, and (4) were released on licence for the first time within the last three years.  HL1503
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Lord Bradley to ask His Majesty's Government how many people entering prison underwent reception screening for mental health issues; and how many of these were undertaken by a person with a recognised mental health qualification, in each of the last five years.  HL1504
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Lord Bradley to ask His Majesty's Government how many applications for transfer from prison to hospital were decided (1) within the target timescales set by the HM Prison and Probation Service Mental Health Casework Section, and (2) outside the target timescales; and of those transfers decided outside of the target timescales, what was the average length of delay, in each of the l… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradley to ask His Majesty's Government what is the (1) mean, and (2) median, number of months that prisoners serving an extended determinate sentence spent in prison beyond their parole eligibility date, in each of the last five years.  HL1506
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask His Majesty's Government on how many occasions an asylum seeker has been given fewer than five days' notice before a transfer to the Bibby Stockholm.  HL1507
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The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask His Majesty's Government what risk assessments are carried out when facilitating room-sharing on the Bibby Stockholm, and at what intervals this is repeated after the outset of an asylum seeker’s relocation to the vessel.  HL1508
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask His Majesty's Government which specific provisions of the Windsor Framework and UK legislation required the European Commission to give state aid approval for the Energy Business Discount Scheme in Northern Ireland.  HL1509
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask His Majesty's Government whether the Wine (Revocation and Consequential Provision) Regulations 2023 permit the removal of the importer labelling requirement for wine imported directly into Northern Ireland from (1) the EU, and (2) the rest of the world.  HL1510
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Lord Dodds of Duncairn to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of differences between the law on animal welfare in transport in Northern Ireland and that in England, and of the impact upon trade.  HL1511
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Lord Empey to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 January (HL1333), whether they will now answer the question put; namely, what specific changes to the Windsor Framework they have negotiated with the European Union; and when they will be applicable.  HL1512
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask His Majesty's Government how many mothers and babies residing in a prison Mother and Baby Unit were separated upon the child reaching 18 months of age in each of the last three years.  HL1513
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Lord Framlingham to ask His Majesty's Government what part, if any, the Ombudsman has played in the Post Office Horizon scandal.  HL1629
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the letter from Baroness Penn to Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts on 22 August 2023, when they expect to publish the interim report on the review of treatment of Politically Exposed Persons by financial institutions.  HL1514
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the outcomes arising from the 2020 final progress report of the Each Baby Counts programme run by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  HL1515
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what is their response to the conclusion in the 2020 final progress report of the Each Baby Counts programme run by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists that 7 per cent of parents in 2018 were not invited to local reviews into still births, deaths of babies who died within seven days of birth, or births of b… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what is their response to the conclusion in the 2020 final progress report of the Each Baby Counts programme run by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, based on reviewers' assessments, that 74 per cent of babies might have had a different outcome if the NHS had learnt lessons and improved outcomes.  HL1517
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that measures to reduce legal migration do not damage the reputation of the UK’s university sector or imperil their financial sustainability.  HL1518
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government whether they will commit to working with institutions such as universities to develop policies to combat climate change and stimulate green growth.  HL1519
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of universities in supporting the development of public policy on artificial intelligence and other new technologies.  HL1520
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Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Markham on 8 January (HL1277), why advice from third parties, including that from abortion providers, was not sought prior to the decision not to release the abortion statistics comparing data from the Department of Health and Social Care’s Abortion Notification System and the Hospi… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government to what they attribute the increase in the number of paper HSA4 forms being submitted in respect of information on medical abortions since the relevant amendments to the Abortion Act 1967 in 2022.  HL1522
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Lord Jackson of Peterborough to ask His Majesty's Government what methodology they are using to measure the efficacy and impact on women’s health of the 2022 changes to the Abortion Act 1967, permitting early medical termination of pregnancy taking place in the patient's home.  HL1523
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask His Majesty's Government what guidance they are providing for Prevent practitioners on the circumstances under which they are required to refer an individual involved in human rights, social justice or environmental activism who is not expressing support for violence.  HL1524
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake post-legislative review of (1) the Ivory Act 2018, (2) the Wild Animals in Circuses Act 2019, (3) the Agriculture Act 2020, and (4) the Fisheries Act 2020, in line with the policy of reviewing Acts three to five years after enactment.  HL1525
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake post-legislative review of (1) the Automated and Electrical Vehicles Act 2018, (2) the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act 2018, (3) the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act 2018, and (4) the Space Industry Act 2018, in line with the policy of reviewing Acts three to five years after enactment. … Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to undertake post-legislative review of (1) the Business and Planning Act 2020, (2) the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, (3) the Trade (Disclosure of Information) Act 2020, and (4) the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, in line with the policy of reviewing Acts three to five years after en… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Norton of Louth to ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many items of postal correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in 2023; and of those, how many were received in the House of Lords.  HL1528
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Baroness Randerson to ask His Majesty's Government what statistical analysis they have undertaken of delays and cancellations of flights caused by adverse weather since aircraft pilots have been unable to use the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service system within the UK; and what were the estimated costs of these delays and cancellations to airlines, including the rep… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Storey to ask His Majesty's Government how many (1) pedestrians, and (2) drivers, have been (a) injured, or (b) killed, by electric scooters in each of the past three years.  HL1530
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Lord Storey to ask His Majesty's Government how many alternative education schools are (1) registered, and (2) unregistered.  HL1531
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Lord Storey to ask His Majesty's Government what factors Ofsted take into consideration when inspecting alternative education schools.  HL1532
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Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to re-examine Capita’s involvement in recruitment in the Armed Forces.  HL1533
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Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the requirement set for companies by the Environment Agency that new flow monitors be installed on wastewater treatment works, what update can they provide on the progress of these installations.  HL1649
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Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government how many men and women were recruited into (1) the Army, (2) the Navy, and (3) the Air Force, in each of the past five years; and how many vacancies there are currently in each service.  HL1534
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Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government how many men and women were recruited into the armed forces reserves in each of the past five years; and how many vacancies are there currently.  HL1535
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Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to changing the policies determining retirement dates for members of the Armed Forces.  HL1536
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Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to reintroduce local recruiting offices for the Armed Forces.  HL1537
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to give local councils more powers to deal with empty homes and reduce the waiting list for council housing.  HL1538
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent cuts to mortgage rates announced by lenders; and what assessment they have made of the prospects of further reductions to mortgage rates in the near future.  HL1539
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to support small firms struggling financially as a result of adverse economic conditions.  HL1540
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Lord Warner to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the expected combined impact on the size of the adult male prison population of the Sentencing Bill, the Criminal Justice Bill, and the Victims and Prisoners Bill.  HL1541
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Lord Warner to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the measures in the youth justice system concerning reduced custody lengths to male offenders aged between 18 and 21.  HL1542
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Lord Warner to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce overcrowding in adult male prisons (1) by extending the use of non-custodial sentences, (2) by reducing the remand and recall prison populations, and (3) by improving public understanding surrounding current (a) levels of crime, and (b) sentence lengths.  HL1543
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Lord Warner to ask His Majesty's Government when was the last year that the NHS in England achieved (1) its four-hour target for A&E waiting times, (2) its 62-day target for cancer treatment, and (3) an average waiting time for elective surgery under six months.  HL1544
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Lord Warner to ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of NHS acute hospital trusts in England met (1) their four-hour targets for A&E waiting times, and (2) their 62-day target for cancer treatment, in (a) 2009–10, and (b) 2022–23.  HL1545
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Lord Warner to ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of NHS acute hospital trusts currently have average waiting times for elective surgery over six months; and what are the names of those trusts.  HL1546
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Lord Weir of Ballyholme to ask His Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the current threat to the territorial integrity of Guyana posed by Venezuela.  HL1547
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Lord Weir of Ballyholme to ask His Majesty's Government what support they are giving Guyana to deter any aggressive territorial activity by Venezuela.  HL1548
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Lord Young of Cookham to ask His Majesty's Government whether the Government Actuary was consulted by Reclaim Fund Ltd when it implemented the Internal Capital Guidance issued by the Financial Conduct Authority for reserves under the Dormant Assets Acts 2008 to 2022.  HL1549
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