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Questions for Written Answer for 18 April 2024

Tabled on 17 April and due for answer by 1 May.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government how quickly their decision to increase humanitarian aid for war victims in Sudan will be made available; what it will be used for; and how it will be deployed.  HL3873
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the potential of an international tribunal for delivering reparations to victims of the war in Ukraine.  HL3874
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government whether they are planning to introduce legislation to amend the International Criminal Court Act 2001 to enable UK courts to prosecute non-citizens and non-residents for crimes against humanity, war crimes or genocide in Ukraine.  HL3875
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to propose legislation to ensure that the UK is not a safe haven for perpetrators of war crimes in Ukraine.  HL3876
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people who are dying of hunger or who are food insecure in Sudan.  HL3877
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the war in Sudan on South Sudan, including (1) the numbers of displaced people and refugees, and (2) the impact on its economy caused by the loss of receipts from the export of oil.  HL3878
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Lord Bradshaw to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the revised timetable for the East Coast Main Line will be delivered by December 2024.  HL3879
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The Lord Bishop of Gloucester to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the report by the University of Manchester Racial Bias and the Bench: A response to the Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (2020-2025), published in November 2022, what support they will give to recommendations to overhaul judicial appointment processes to deliver a more diverse judiciary and… 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 what assessment they have made of the adequacy of resources allocated to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.  HL3881
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Baroness Goudie to ask His Majesty's Government when they expect updated NHS wait times to be published for 2022 and 2023.  HL3882
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Baroness Goudie to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the NHS is prepared for the arrival of new diagnostic innovations for dementia.  HL3883
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask His Majesty's Government when they will publish their response to the consultation on remote electronic fishing vessels, which ran from 17 July to 9 October 2023.  HL3884
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Baroness Hayman of Ullock to ask His Majesty's Government how many marine mammals were caught by vessels fishing in UK waters in 2023.  HL3885
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government, following research by the University of Manchester showing that local authorities with higher unemployment rates have more deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide, how they intend to tackle the socioeconomic factors that underpin deaths of despair, particularly in northern and coastal regions of England.  HL3886
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask His Majesty's Government how they plan to reduce the rates of deaths of despair in the North East, which has over double the rate of London; and what assessment they have made of using rates of deaths of despair to assess progress on levelling up.  HL3887
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask His Majesty's Government whether national security clearance was sought by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and approved, before purchasing the Lenovo supercomputer from a Chinese electronics company.  HL3888
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask His Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to address the concerns of the Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority that a small number of tech companies creating AI Foundation Models are developing partnerships which shape the markets in their own interest.  HL3889
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask His Majesty's Government what steps are being taken by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology to draft new legislation to regulate the growth of artificial intelligence applications.  HL3890
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of the estimated 33 per cent fall in overseas students on the financial viability of UK universities.  HL3891
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on university research and innovation of the reduction in applications from overseas postgraduate students.  HL3892
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Lord Kamall to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the BBC’s announcement of the launch of spin-off stations on BBC Sounds before Ofcom have completed their regulatory scrutiny of DAB+ proposals.  HL3893
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on the mental health and wellbeing of secondary care staff if their partnership with NHS Practitioner Health is ended after the 12-month review period.  HL3894
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assess and mitigate the impact of private medical insurance fees on the quality and suitability of care provided to patients with private medical insurance.  HL3895
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Baroness Merron to ask His Majesty's Government what regulations are in place to ensure that the care and treatment provided by private medical insurers are the most appropriate for a specific patient.  HL3896
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Baroness Randerson to ask His Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps (1) to ensure that maritime infrastructure projects, including shoreside electrical power, can speedily connect to the National Grid, (2) to build infrastructure for shoreside electrical power at UK ports to help decarbonise shipping, and (3) to enable cruise ships to connect to shoreside electrical p… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Randerson to ask His Majesty's Government how many tourists visit England each year (1) on a cruise ship, and (2) to go on a cruise holiday; and what percentage of all tourists these numbers represent.  HL3898
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount of steel that will be able to be produced from Port Talbot following its conversion to electric arc furnaces.  HL3899
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask His Majesty's Government what was the quantity of coal required to run Port Talbot steel works at full scale operations; and what is the equivalent in electricity usage.  HL3900
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask His Majesty's Government how much of the energy required by the new electric arc furnaces in Port Talbot Steel Works will be supplied by renewable energy sources.  HL3901
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask His Majesty's Government whether planning consent has been granted between Celtic Freeport and Neath Port Talbot County Council for the construction of the offshore wind farms.  HL3902
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide employment opportunities for the people of Port Talbot following on from proposed changes to the Steel Works.  HL3903
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the impact of rural pharmacy closures on access to primary care.  HL3904
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government how many liquidations began (1) five, (2) 10, and (3) 15, years ago but are still not finalised.  HL3905
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) legal, support they will provide to sub-postmasters to bring private prosecutions against past directors of the Post Office for concealing faults in the Horizon IT system and falsely prosecuting them.  HL3906
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government how many advance transfer pricing agreements have been signed by HM Revenue and Customs in each of the past five years.  HL3907
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Financial Reporting Council in relation to external audits of the Post Office.  HL3908
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government why OFWAT calculate gearing levels of water companies by using a debt-to-assets ratio as opposed to a debt-to-equity ratio.  HL3909
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Lord Sikka to ask His Majesty's Government how many UK-based companies produce batteries for electric vehicles; and what is their collective capacity.  HL3910
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Orpheopolis system of French orphanages for the orphaned children of police officers; and what assessment they have made of the benefits of introducing such a facility in England and Wales.  HL3911
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to hold chief officers of police to account for the appropriate vetting of adverse information on police recruits regarding (1) security, (2) public safety, and (3) the confidence of the community.  HL3912
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made regarding the 12 targets set out in the Levelling Up the United Kingdom white paper, published on 2 February 2022.  HL3913
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The Lord Bishop of Southwark to ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in allocating the Market Sustainability and Improvement Fund 2023 to 2024 for adult social care; and what are their plans for allocation in the financial year 2024–25.  HL3914
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask His Majesty's Government what is the current value of the resource accounting and budgeting charge for student finance.  HL3915
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Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask His Majesty's Government when they expect to publish an update to the calculation of the resource accounting and budgeting charge for student finance; and whether they propose to make any changes to the basis for calculation used at the time it was last updated.  HL3916
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential economic impact of the upcoming strikes by Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport on (1) businesses, and (2) tourism.  HL3917
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of a decline in venture capital investment in UK start-ups in the first quarter of 2024; and what steps they are taking to support the growth of the UK's innovation ecosystem.  HL3918
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the rise in (1) unemployment, and (2) economic inactivity, highlighted in the Office for National Statistics data, published on 16 April; and what steps they are taking to support individuals transitioning back into employment.  HL3919
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Lord West of Spithead to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord True on 15 April (HL Deb col 844), whether all those ships mentioned have funding in the Ministry of Defence programme.  HL3920
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