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Questions for Written Answer for 22 January 2024

Tabled on 18 January and due for answer by 1 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of BBC reports that North Korean teenagers have been sentenced to hard labour for viewing K-drama, when they last raised violations of human rights directly with the North Korean Ambassador to the UK and the North Korean regime, and what response they received.  HL1725
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Lord Blunkett to ask His Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the European Commission on co-operation about the introduction to the UK of (1) the Entry/Exit System, and (2) the European Travel Information and Authorisation System, to ensure that travellers with disabilities are not disadvantaged, in particular, in respect of facial recognition, where those… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Bradshaw to ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to resume publication of the National Rail Passenger Satisfaction Survey which was discontinued during the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL1727
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Lord Clement-Jones to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 11 December (HL589) where they stated that "before laying the National Procurement Policy Statement in Parliament a Minister of the Crown must carry out such consultation as the Minister considers appropriate", how they intend to consult relevant stakeholders, such as pro… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that accounting software used in the UK is free of flaws and defects, such as those experienced with the Horizon system.  HL1729
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to recover all compensation cost payments made to sub-postmasters and mistresses from Fujitsu, and when they expect Fujitsu’s contribution to those costs to be paid.  HL1730
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Lord Field of Birkenhead to ask His Majesty's Government how many Post Office employees lost their jobs as the result of evidence relating to the Horizon software presented by Fujitsu.  HL1731
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to funding (1) infrastructure, (2) guidance, and (3) training for education providers and potential partners, to support enrichment activity in schools.  HL1732
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Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have considered the need for all students to have diverse access to opportunities for enrichment as part of the development of the new Advanced British Standard.  HL1733
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Baroness Hoey to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to any proposals for Zimbabwe to be readmitted as a member of the Commonwealth.  HL1734
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government when they will publish detailed implementation plans, covering those health missions within the Life Sciences Vision, as undertaken at its launch in July 2021.  HL1735
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government whether they will (1) appoint a chair to lead the respiratory mission within the Life Sciences Vision, and (2) provide funding to enable the delivery of the respiratory mission as it has done in the case of the cancer, obesity and mental health missions.  HL1736
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government (1) how they are measuring progress on the respiratory mission, announced as part of the 2021 Life Sciences Vision, and (2) what progress has been made  HL1737
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government whether they will set out the criteria to be used by NHS England to establish robust governance of the operation and management of the Advisory Group for Data and for the periodic audit of its business.  HL1738
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government whether they will publish all performance management and audits undertaken by NHS England into the work and performance of the Advisory Group for Data.  HL1739
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Markham on 25 January 2023 (HL Deb col 280) that the transfer of certain statutory functions would not weaken existing protections data and that data protection would remain a priority, what assessment they have made of the consistency with those remarks of the conclusion of the Data, Digital… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 20 December 2023 (HL1279), whether they will now answer the question put; namely, what steps they are taking to inform parliamentarians about the two reports cited in the original question.  HL1741
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Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 20 December 2023 (HL1278), on what basis the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) marked its report Interaction and relationship between the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 "in confidence" and did not publish i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Jopling to ask His Majesty's Government which military assets, such as airports, the government of Saudi Arabia has made available to other members of the NATO Alliance currently mounting operations against the Houthi.  HL1743
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Lord Jopling to ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of gross domestic product each member of the NATO Alliance spends on defence.  HL1744
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Lord Kempsell to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had about securing the release of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, and what steps they are taking to promote media freedom globally.  HL1745
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made about the extent of the use of wet wipe products containing plastics in infection prevention and control practices undertaken in workplaces and the National Health Service.  HL1746
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on public health of a ban on all wet wipes made with plastic where such products are currently used for infection prevention and control practices in the National Health Service and workplaces.  HL1747
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had on how a ban on all wet wipes containing plastic might affect products used in the National Service for infection prevention and control practices.  HL1748
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Baroness Morgan of Huyton to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to (1) extend funding for the Household Support Fund beyond March 2024, and (2) make an announcement regarding funding for that scheme.  HL1749
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Lord Moylan to ask His Majesty's Government when in early 2024 they intend to consult on the impacts of the July 2023 High Court ruling in Uber Britannia Ltd v Sefton MBC on the VAT treatment of Private Hire Vehicles, as undertaken in paragraph 5.81 of the Autumn Statement 2023.  HL1750
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Baroness O'Neill of Bexley to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the letter issued on 9 January to local authorities by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the indicative capital transitional costs for the introduction of weekly food waste collections, whether they have plans to defer the deadline of 19 January for local authorities to respond to… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other European countries about tackling levels of immigration.  HL1752
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Lord Rogan to ask His Majesty's Government how many written meeting requests relating to his ministerial responsibilities the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland received in 2023; how many were granted; and how many are yet to receive a reply.  HL1753
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Lord Rosser to ask His Majesty's Government what is (1) the average compensation payment under the Windrush Compensation schemes for those wrongly deported, and (2) the compensation payment now being proposed for those sub-postmasters wrongly imprisoned as a result of Post Office action.  HL1754
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government, in the light of the findings set out in paragraphs 1024 and 1028 of the judgment of Bates and Others v the Post Office Ltd [2019] EWHC 3408 (QB), what plans they have to investigate the conduct of Ernst & Young in respect of their duties as auditors of the Post Office, under section 498(1) of the Companies Act 2006, regarding re… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to replace any directors of the Post Office in post during the period when sub-postmasters were being prosecuted as the result of deficiencies in the Horizon software, so that none of those directors is involved in the administration of any compensation scheme.  HL1756
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government whether they, or the Post Office, plan to sue its board of directors for breach of contract or their statutory or other duties.  HL1757
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government when they first became aware of the prosecutions being brought against sub-postmasters for alleged deficits arising from deficiencies in the Horizon software system.  HL1758
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to ensure that the statute of limitations does not prevent those affected by defects in the Post Office’s Horizon software from bringing litigation against any party associated with it.  HL1759
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government whether WH Smith, which used Horizon terminals in branches which provided postal services, was treated differently to ordinary sub-postmasters when there were discrepancies in their accounting.  HL1760
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, further to reports that spending on overseas cyber security programmes doubled last year, what assessment they have made of the impact of that increased spending on the cyber safety of (1) citizens, and (2) businesses.  HL1761
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government, further to their policy paper Critical Imports and Supply Chains Strategy, published on 17 January, what steps they are taking to establish the new online portal for businesses to report disruption affecting their imports; and what assessment they have made of the impact this will have on communication and coordinati… 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 assessment they have made of the impact of increased interest rates in the property market on (1) homeowners, (2) prospective buyers, and (3) the wider economy.  HL1763
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Lord Tyrie to ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of the (1) gross, and (2) net, migration figures for 2022 were foreign students.  HL1764
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Lord Tyrie to ask His Majesty's Government what proportion of the (1) gross, and (2) net, migration figures for 2022 were dependents of foreign students.  HL1765
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of The National Parent Survey, published by Parentkind on 4 December 2023.  HL1766
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask His Majesty's Government why they decided to end the National Leaders of Governance Programme for schools in October 2023, rather than extend it to 2025.  HL1767
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask His Majesty's Government what were the contents of the COVID Strategic Intensive Care Unit Reserve on 31 December 2023.  HL1768
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask His Majesty's Government how much warehouse space was required to house (1) the total contents of the COVID Strategic Intensive Care Unit Reserve on 31 December 2023, and (2) the ventilators that make up part of that reserve.  HL1769
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Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask His Majesty's Government when the Government lease expires on the warehouse space currently used to house the COVID Strategic Intensive Care Unit Reserve.  HL1770
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