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Questions for Written Answer for 22 May 2024

Tabled on 21 May and due for answer by 5 June.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to make representations to the government of Rwanda about the denial of entry into that country of a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, who is a British citizen, at Kigali airport on 13 May.  HL4803
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the government of Rwanda’s refusal to allow staff of Human Rights Watch into the country for (1) UK-Rwanda relations, and (2) the UK-Rwanda asylum partnership.  HL4804
Answered
Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent to ask His Majesty's Government whether their commitment to spend 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product on defence by 2030 has been incorporated into the Treasury’s baseline budgets.  HL4805
Answered
Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent to ask His Majesty's Government what is the break-down of the planned cuts to be made to each government department's research and development budget to help fund the commitment to spend 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product on defence by 2030.  HL4806
Answered
Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent to ask His Majesty's Government from which (1) departments, (2) arms-length bodies, and (3) other organisations the number of civil servants will be reduced to help fund the commitment to spend 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product on defence by 2030.  HL4807
Answered
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle to ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the governments of the United States and Japan about non-payment of congestion charges incurred by embassy staff; and what further steps they plan to take to ensure the money is paid.  HL4808
Tabled
Lord Berkeley to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport on 20 May (HC Deb col 270–272WH), when the decision was made that the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods research report, published in March, was an interim report, and that a subsequent final report would follow.  HL4809
Answered
Lord Blencathra to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to expediting the application by Virgin Trains to run a service on the West Coast Main Line; and when they intend to announce their decision.  HL4810
Answered
Lord Blencathra to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Gower on 16 May (HL4323), why it will take until 2029 to replace the roof at Crewe Station.  HL4811
Answered
Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask His Majesty's Government what recent representations they have made to the government of Colombia about recent attacks and threats against members of the Peace Community, including the killings of Nallely Sepúlveda and Edinson David Higuita on 19 March.  HL4812
Tabled
Lord Carrington to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the area covered by the London Fringe Allowance to facilitate teacher recruitment in urban areas adjacent to London.  HL4813
Answered
Lord Collins of Highbury to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the right to take industrial action in the UK, as set out by Convention 87 of the International Labour Organization, is protected.  HL4814
Answered
Lord Collins of Highbury to ask His Majesty's Government what, if any, representations they have made in relation to the International Court of Justice case relating to the right to take industrial action under the International Labour Organization’s Convention 87.  HL4815
Answered
Lord Empey to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish directions made under the Windsor Framework (Implementation) Regulations 2024.  HL4816
Answered
Lord Lee of Trafford to ask His Majesty's Government what is the life expectancy of the Thames Barrier; and whether there are any plans to alter the current pattern or frequency of use in order to manage its expected lifespan.  HL4817
Answered
Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to better equipping social workers to support families in need, including through the provision of delegated budgets for them to provide material support to families.  HL4818
Answered
The Lord Bishop of Newcastle to ask His Majesty's Government, further to data released by the Office for National Statistics Alcohol-specific deaths in the UK: registered in 2022, published on 22 April, which showed that the North-East had the highest rate of alcohol-specific deaths of any English region in 2022, what steps they are taking to reduce alcohol-related harm i… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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The Lord Bishop of Newcastle to ask His Majesty's Government, following the publication of data by the Office for National Statistics Alcohol-specific deaths in the UK: registered in 2022 on 22 April, which revealed that 2022 was the highest year on record for deaths from alcohol-specific causes registered in the UK, what plans they have to publish an alcohol-specific str… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
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Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government what the uptake has been of the NHS Pharmacy First programme launched in January.  HL4821
Answered
Baroness Redfern to ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish a national pathway for the elective care of all ophthalmology conditions, in addition to that currently in place for cataracts.  HL4822
Answered
Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick to ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review report First Do No Harm, published on 8 July 2020, what steps they will take to provide monetary compensation for people adversely affected by clinical and surgical pelvic mesh.  HL4823
Answered
Lord Rogan to ask His Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers entered Northern Ireland from Great Britain in (1) 2020, (2) 2021, (3) 2022, (4) 2023, and (5) 2024.  HL4824
Answered
The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the death of Iranian President Raisi and the Foreign Minister on regional stability.  HL4825
Tabled
Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Highways England about keeping motorways free of discarded tyres and other litter.  HL4826
Answered
Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government what obligations the Highways Agency is under to keep motorways free of detritus.  HL4827
Answered
Lord Swire to ask His Majesty's Government how many accidents on motorways have been caused by discarded tyres and other detritus in each of the past five years.  HL4828
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the competitive landscape of the UK's postal and parcel delivery market (1) remains fair, and (2) does not lead to monopolistic practices post-takeover.  HL4829
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what measures they are considering implementing to (1) monitor, and (2) evaluate the progress of the post-Brexit border strategy, and what steps they are taking to share new information with affected companies and organisations across the UK.  HL4830
Answered
Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to align the UK's carbon border tax with the EU's mechanism to ensure that the UK steel industry is not adversely affected by the delayed implementation.  HL4831
Answered
Lord Wasserman to ask His Majesty's Government whether they propose to meet the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners collectively to outline their policies for reducing crime and making communities safer; and if so, when.  HL4832
Answered
Lord Wasserman to ask His Majesty's Government how many times they have had pre-arranged meetings with (1) the chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, and (2) the chair of the National Police Chiefs Council, since 1 May 2022.  HL4833
Answered
Lord Wasserman to ask His Majesty's Government how much funding they have provided directly to (1) the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, and (2) the National Police Chiefs Council, since 1 May 2020.  HL4834
Answered
Lord Watson of Wyre Forest to ask His Majesty's Government how much has been spent on the UK-led Strategic Communication Initiative under the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package in each year from 2015 to present.  HL4835
Tabled
Lord Watson of Wyre Forest to ask His Majesty's Government how much funding has been earmarked in the next three years for the UK-led Strategic Communication Initiative under the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package.  HL4836
Answered
Lord Weir of Ballyholme to ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that immigration rules will apply equally across the whole of the UK and that there will be no internal UK immigration borders.  HL4837
Answered
Lord Weir of Ballyholme to ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of excess deaths that have arisen as a consequence of restrictions and lockdowns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  HL4838
Answered
Lord Weir of Ballyholme to ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to analyse and attribute the level and causes of excess deaths in the UK since 2020, both those caused directly by COVID-19 and those from other sources.  HL4839
Answered
Lord Weir of Ballyholme to ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people in the UK still suffering the effects of Long Covid.  HL4840
Answered
Lord Weir of Ballyholme to ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to take steps, either judicial or legislative, to ensure that the decision of the Northern Ireland High Court disapplying certain provisions of the Illegal Migration Act 2023 is reversed.  HL4841
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask His Majesty's Government whether payments of compensation to contaminated blood victims will be funded outside the projected annual expenditure on health and social security budgets.  HL4842
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask His Majesty's Government how much each Government department has under-spent against their (1) capital, and (2) current expenditure, budgets.  HL4843
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Avanti West Coast train executive in relation to their performance in maintaining scheduled direct passenger services between (1) London and Holyhead, and (2) London and Wrexham.  HL4844
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask His Majesty's Government what are the most recent figures for the volume of trade between Holyhead and the Republic of Ireland; and how these compare with corresponding figures in 2015.  HL4845
Answered
Lord Wigley to ask His Majesty's Government how many visas they have issued for overseas students undertaking undergraduate degree courses in universities in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, in the current academic year.  HL4846
Answered
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