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Questions for Written Answer for 16 January 2024

Tabled on 15 January and due for answer by 29 January.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, following the letter from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to RedBird IMI, dated 22 November 2023, to reconsider the decision not to issue a Public Interest Intervention Notice in respect of Transaction 1 identified in that letter, given subsequent media reports that RedBird IMI will h… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government, with reference to the proposed acquisition of Telegraph Media Group (TMG) by RedBird IMI, what steps they will take to ensure the editorial independence of TMG, given recent reports in the Times about editorial interventions in CNN Business Arabic by International Media Investments, the primary investor in RedBird I… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government, what assessment they have made of the long-term effectiveness of behavioural remedies, such as the independent editorial trust board for proposed by RedBird IMI in the event of its acquisition of the Telegraph Media Group, and the ongoing ability of regulators and the government to oversee and ensure the effectiveness of tho… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to investigate the proposed acquisition of the Telegraph Media Group by RedBird IMI under the National Security and Investment Act 2021.  HL1553
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have had, or plan to have, consultations with individuals or organisations other than Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority in relation to the proposed acquisition of the Telegraph Media Group by RedBird IMI; and, if so, with which individuals or organisations.  HL1554
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Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom to ask His Majesty's Government whether in incurring potential liabilities on the group litigation against Alan Bates and others which concluded in 2019, the Post Office required authorisation from the Government; and if so, what authorisation was needed and from whom; and whether such authorisation was granted.  HL1555
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote (1) the NHS Low Income Scheme to chronically ill patients, including Hidradenitis suppurativa patients, and (2) the use of pre-payment prescription certificates to chronically ill patients, including Hidradenitis suppurativa patients.  HL1556
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to including Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) to the list of specified medical conditions qualifying for free prescriptions, given the high out-of-pocket costs for HS patients.  HL1557
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to inform and educate employers and occupational health professionals about the specific workplace adaptations that people with Hidradenitis suppurativa may require.  HL1558
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to educate assessors of disability benefits, including commissioned assessment services, about chronic inflammatory conditions such as Hidradenitis suppurativa and their impact on individuals' capacity to work.  HL1559
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce rates of violence experienced by front line healthcare workers; and what assessment they have made of the effect of such violence on staffing levels.  HL1560
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the personal protective equipment (PPE) industry about regulatory and technological solutions to improve short PPE use-by dates.  HL1561
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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 Berkeley to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Gower on 15 December 2023 (HL801), what are the sources of the “in vehicle” and “walk” times quoted; what is their assessment of the breakdown of times by vehicle and walking between Old Oak Common and Euston on HS2, and between Euston and Bond Street on the Underground; and whether they… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Berkeley to ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in identifying a UK satellite-based augmentation system to replace the functionality of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service; and whether the analysis of the potential benefits of such a system, commissioned from PA Consulting over a year ago, has been completed and, if so, whether they wil… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask His Majesty's Government whether the Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (England) Regulations 2023 to ban the use of electronic shock collars on cats and dogs in England are still due to come into force from 1 February.  HL1564
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask His Majesty's Government how many applications were received for a Mother and Baby Unit place in prison in the past five years; and of those, how many were (1) accepted, or (2) refused, broken down by reason for refusal.  HL1565
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of people released from prison went on to reoffend, what number of reoffences were committed on average, what was the total number of reoffences, and what was the total number of reoffenders by custodial sentence length for (1) men, and (2) women, for the most recent year that figures are available.  HL1… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask His Majesty's Government (1) how many, and (2) what proportion, of prisons in England and Wales currently provide secure video calls for prisoners.  HL1567
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Lord Gold to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take, if any, to mitigate the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling in R (on the application of PACCAR Inc and others) (Appellants) v Competition Appeal Tribunal and others (Respondents) [2023] UKSC 28 on the legal finance sector in the UK.  HL1568
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Baroness Hoey to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill on the continuing application of the provisions in Article 2 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (Rights of individuals).  HL1569
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Baroness Hoey to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the case Angesom v the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] NIKB 102, what assessment they have made of the finding in paragraphs 86 to 103 concerning the impact of Article 2 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights on immigration in Northern Ireland.  HL1570
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Lord Hogan-Howe to ask His Majesty's Government how many pedestrians received treatment for injuries caused by bicycle collisions in each year from 2010 to 2023.  HL1571
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Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to introduce the Law Commission's draft Bill on Digital Assets this parliamentary session.  HL1572
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that routine diagnostic tests, such as mammograms and cervical smears, are made available on the NHS to women who are paralysed following spinal cord injury and are wheelchair bound.  HL1573
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the absence of special provisions in the NHS to provide routine diagnostic tests such as mammograms and cervical smears to women who are paralysed following a spinal cord injury and are wheelchair bound complies with the Equality Act 2010.  HL1574
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of freedom of information requests by the Spinal Injuries Association that show large regional variation in the provision of services for patients with spinal injuries with regard to neurogenic bowel care interventions, including digital rectal stimulation and the digital remova… 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 progress they have made in aligning medical device regulations with those of international counterparts, and what impact this alignment is expected to have on patient safety, healthcare efficiency and innovation in the life sciences sector.  HL1576
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of delayed medical device access on achieving the priorities set in the NHS Long Term Plan, including early diagnosis and detection of cardiovascular diseases.  HL1577
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Lord Lilley to ask His Majesty's Government what measures (1) train operators, and (2) ferry operators, have to deal with fires caused by batteries in electric vehicles while in transit.  HL1578
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking, together with international partners, to prevent an expansion of hostilities between the government of Israel and Hezbollah, following recent airstrikes in Lebanon which killed Saleh al-Arouri, deputy chair of Hamas’s political bureau, and the Hezbollah senior commander, Wissam al-Tawil.  HL1579
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the findings of the European Union Election Observation Mission to Guatemala 2023 with regard to the conduct of the general election on 25 June 2023 and presidential run-off on 20 August 2023, and (2) the political and security situation in Guatemala, following efforts to discredit the el… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government how many children under the age of 18 were treated by NHS England for vaping-related disorders in (1) 2021, (2) 2022, and (3) 2023; and what assessment they have made of the need to reduce vaping by the under-18s, including measures to make vapes available only on prescription.  HL1581
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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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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking to (1) improve the mental and physical health of asylum seekers on the Bibby Stockholm barge, following the death of Leonard Farruku on 12 December 2023; and (2) ensure that the process of assessing living conditions on the Bibby Stockholm is sufficiently transparent.  HL1582
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the levels of tension between the governments of Taiwan and China following the presidential elections that took place in Taiwan on 13 January.  HL1583
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security situation in Iraq following the US military strike in Baghdad on 4 January, which the Pentagon reported killed a senior commander of Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba; and what discussions they have had with the governments of Iraq and the US following the denunciation of the strike by… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord McNicol of West Kilbride to ask His Majesty's Government whether they consider that the Financial Ombudsman Service and Financial Services Compensation Scheme protections enacted under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, which underpin retail investor confidence in the UK financial industry, remain "an expression of UK national policy".  HL1585
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Lord Mott to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by Norway to become the first country in the world to commence commercial deep seabed mining and the impact on the UK.  HL1586
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Lord Mott to ask His Majesty's Government, following the recent decision by Norway to allow deep seabed mining, what position they will take on the issue at the 29th Session of the International Seabed Authority.  HL1587
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Baroness Moyo to ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of jobs that will be replaced by artificial intelligence between 2024 and 2030.  HL1588
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the report by Malcolm Newsam and Gary Ridgeway Independent assurance review into historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rochdale, published on 15 January, what percentage of those involved in the grooming gangs were Muslim.  HL1589
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Baroness Quin to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to undertake a study of the impacts to date of Brexit on the London Stock Exchange.  HL1590
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Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to enable faster registration tracks for dentists who have been trained in other countries.  HL1591
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Lord Rogan to ask His Majesty's Government how many British expats currently reside in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus; and by how many this number has increased since 2004.  HL1592
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Earl Russell to ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in achieving their target for motorway stations to have six rapid or ultra-rapid chargers by the end of 2023; and when they expect this to be achieved.  HL1593
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Earl Russell to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor and ensure that the National Highways meets its legal duty to ensure its land is kept clear of litter under sections 89(1) and (2) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.  HL1594
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Earl Russell to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans (1) to accelerate the uptake of heat pump installations and support jobs and skills in this sector, and (2) to increase the availability of a new generation of higher temperature heat pumps using new refrigerants, including R290, or propane.  HL1595
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Earl Russell to ask His Majesty's Government how many onshore wind projects consisting of individual turbines were completed in 2023; and what steps they are taking to increase the number of new onshore wind farms.  HL1596
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what support they are providing to those UK citizens names as co-conspirators in the trial of Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai.  HL1597
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with counterparts in other governments about taking action to impose targeted sanctions on Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses in Xinjiang.  HL1598
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China regarding the treatment of Uighurs and other Turkic people in Xinjiang.  HL1599
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the launch of the new Congolese rebel group known as Alliance Fleuve Congo and the consequences for relations between the East African Community and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  HL1600
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo about strengthening and enforcing national laws regarding mining and evictions in line with international human rights standards.  HL1601
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the protection of religious and cultural sites in Nagorno-Karabakh, and what representations they are making to the government of Azerbaijan in this regard.  HL1602
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Lord Stevens of Birmingham to ask His Majesty's Government how much development assistance they have provided to South Africa over the past 10 years.  HL1603
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Lord Stevens of Birmingham to ask His Majesty's Government when the Office for National Statistics will conclude its review of the classification of universities in the National Accounts, first announced in January 2017.  HL1604
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Lord Stevens of Birmingham to ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the International Committee of the Red Cross concerning securing access to Israeli hostages being held in Gaza.  HL1605
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Lord Stevens of Birmingham to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the classification review of universities announced by the Office for National Statistics in January 2017, what assessment they have made of the (1) fiscal, and (2) other, consequences of universities being reclassified as public bodies as a result of that review.  HL1606
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Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to update the measures in place to address flooding of the River Thames and to alleviate the damage it causes to so many.  HL1607
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Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice of holding flood water in the Jubilee River channel to prevent flooding of properties in Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton; and of its impacts on downstream communities.  HL1608
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Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the correlation between (1) the release of floodwater from the Jubilee River channel as occurred in 2014 and 2024, and (2) subsequent levels of floodwater and property damage, and the extent to which vulnerable local people were unable to receive social services.  HL1609
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Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of (1) improved water flow at the Sunbury lock weir system, and (2) increased river volume capacity that would arise from dredging of the non-tidal Thames below Eton, upon likely levels of flooding and damage to homes and businesses; and whether the River Thames Scheme w… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask His Majesty's Government what action they are taking against energy suppliers who issue exaggerated gas and electricity back-bills where the calculation is based on (1) incorrect readings, or (2) readings not submitted or approved by the tenant being charged.  HL1611
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Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk that energy suppliers may collude with landlords in a way which is detrimental to tenants, and what steps they are taking to prevent this.  HL1612
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, further to their plans to publish a series of tests that need to be met to pass new laws on artificial intelligence, what steps they are taking to decide the criteria for the tests; and how they plan to conduct those tests.  HL1613
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the report by Cambridge Econometrics London's Economy After Brexit: Impacts and Implications, published on 11 January, which estimated that economic growth was "2–3 per cent lower in 2023 than had Brexit not occurred ... and is expected to gradually increase to 5–6 per cent by 2035", what steps they are ta… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the potential negative effects of adverse weather conditions impacting homes and businesses this week.  HL1615
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Baroness Whitaker to ask His Majesty's Government how many new pitches, as opposed to the refurbishment of existing pitches, were funded by the Affordable Homes Programme since its inception, excluding any funded by the Traveller Site Fund 2022/23.  HL1616
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Lord Woodley to ask His Majesty's Government how many prisoners serving an imprisonment for public protection sentence (1) took their own life, or (2) died from other causes, in 2023.  HL1617
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