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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-22more like thismore than 2024-04-22
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Lake Windermere: Pollution more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of pollution in Lake Windermere. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
uin HL4008 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-24more like thismore than 2024-05-24
answer text <p>A thorough investigation by the Environment Agency (EA) into the pollution incident at Lake Windermere earlier this year remains ongoing, which involves examining further evidence from United Utilities (UU). If the EA determines a permit breach has taken place, it will not hesitate to take enforcement action up to and including a criminal prosecution.</p><p> </p><p>Windermere is affected by pollution from a range of different sources, including sewage discharges from water company assets, private septic tanks/sewage works and road and agricultural run-off, as well as physical modifications. Climate change has also altered temperature, precipitation and weather patterns which can affect the lake's water quality, by altering nutrient cycles, water chemistry and aquatic habitats, and affect the amount of water resulting in droughts and floods.</p><p> </p><p>The last Water Framework Directive full water body classification results in 2019 assessed that Lake Windermere achieved moderate ecologic status and is impacted by excessive nutrients, leading to algal growth and cyanobacterial blooms.</p><p> </p><p>Recent data shows a 30% reduction in phosphorus – which can lead to algal blooms – entering the lake since 2020 and this reduction is predominantly due to EA-driven improvements to UU Wastewater Treatment Works.</p><p> </p><p>Water quality modelling continues to quantify the different sources of pollution in Windermere and the impact that it is having in different parts of the lake. The EA is also working with the Love Windermere partnership to improve the overall health of the lake through behavioural and societal change.</p>
answering member printed Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-24T09:12:55.89Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-24T09:12:55.89Z
answering member
5006
label Biography information for Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
tabling member
4308
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
1713734
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-24more like thismore than 2024-04-24
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Air Quality Grant Scheme more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the impact that withdrawing funding for the Air Quality Grant Scheme will have on public health. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
uin HL4084 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-24more like thismore than 2024-05-24
answer text <p>An impact assessment on public health was not carried out before withdrawing the Air Quality Grant Scheme for 2023-2024. The Minister used his discretion not to fund the Local Air Quality Grant Scheme for the 2023-2024 financial year. He has asked Defra officials to consider the future of the scheme and how it might be redesigned to better deliver positive outcomes for local air quality and public health and therefore enhanced value for money for taxpayers.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-24T09:15:38.527Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-24T09:15:38.527Z
answering member
5006
label Biography information for Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
tabling member
4308
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
1713735
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-24more like thismore than 2024-04-24
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Air Quality Grant Scheme more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the University of Copenhagen Lifetime exposure to air pollution and academic achievement: A nationwide cohort study in Denmark, published in March, particularly the finding that high levels of air pollution may negatively impact children’s cognitive development; and whether in light of this they will consider reinstating funding for the Air Quality Grant Scheme. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
uin HL4085 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-24more like thismore than 2024-05-24
answer text <p>The Government keeps new studies on health impacts of air pollution under review and is advised by the Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP).</p><p> </p><p>The Minister used his discretion not to fund the Local Air Quality Grant Scheme for the 2023-2024 financial year. He has asked Defra officials to consider the future of the scheme and how it might be redesigned to better deliver positive outcomes for local air quality and public health and therefore enhanced value for money for taxpayers.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-24T09:51:12.663Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-24T09:51:12.663Z
answering member
5006
label Biography information for Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
tabling member
4308
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
1715714
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-05-02more like thismore than 2024-05-02
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Gaza: Israel more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government whether they are taking action, with international partners, to dissuade the government of Israel from undertaking a military ground offensive in Rafah, Gaza. more like this
tabling member printed
The Marquess of Lothian more like this
uin HL4343 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-24more like thismore than 2024-05-24
answer text <p>We are clear that do not support a major operation in Rafah unless there is a very clear plan for how to protect people and save lives. We have not seen that plan so, in these circumstances, we do not support a major operation in Rafah.</p><p>The fastest way to end the conflict is to secure a deal which gets the hostages out and allows for a stop in the fighting in Gaza. We must then work with our international partners to turn that pause into a sustainable, permanent ceasefire.</p><p>We must remain focused on a long-term solution to this crisis - a political horizon for the Palestinians, providing a credible and irreversible pathway towards a two-state solution.</p><p>We have consistently made these points to Israel, at all levels.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-24T13:56:08.557Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-24T13:56:08.557Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
259
label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1716642
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-05-08more like thismore than 2024-05-08
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Asylum: Rwanda more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government, following their press release on 1 May stating that detention capacity had been increased to more than 2,200 spaces for those being removed to Rwanda, how many additional detention spaces have been created for this purpose and where they are located. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord German more like this
uin HL4447 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-24more like thismore than 2024-05-24
answer text <p>The Home Office currently operates seven immigration removal centres (IRCs) throughout the UK</p><p>As of 24 April the Home Office has the capacity to detain around 2,200 people in IRCs, including those liable for removal to Rwanda.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Sharpe of Epsom more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-24T12:02:21.12Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-24T12:02:21.12Z
answering member
4888
label Biography information for Lord Sharpe of Epsom more like this
tabling member
4163
label Biography information for Lord German more like this
1716652
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-05-08more like thismore than 2024-05-08
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Anaesthetics: Vacancies more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address anaesthetic workforce shortages. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
uin HL4461 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-24more like thismore than 2024-05-24
answer text <p>It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Dissolution. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Markham more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-24T13:51:18.137Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-24T13:51:18.137Z
answering member
4948
label Biography information for Lord Markham more like this
tabling member
2024
label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
1716680
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-05-08more like thismore than 2024-05-08
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Unfair Dismissal more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what was the average length of proceedings in cases of wrongful dismissal being heard by employment tribunals in each of the past five years. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Goodman of Wycombe more like this
uin HL4452 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-24more like thismore than 2024-05-24
answer text <p>HMCTS does not hold separate data on the number of wrongful dismissal claims.</p><p>The quarterly average length of proceedings for unfair dismissal claims can be found in the published statistics: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunal-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2021" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunal-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2021</a>.</p><p>These are only available until April 2021. <strong>Publication of Employment Tribunal timeliness information ceased from April 2021 when the jurisdiction moved to an interim database with limited management information. Employment Tribunals are now in the process of transitioning to a new case management system and work is in hand as part of the HMCTS data strategy to reintroduce the publication of timeliness information at the end of this calendar year.</strong></p><p>Several measures have been taken to reduce the average waiting time for a first hearing in Employment Tribunals including the recruitment of additional judges. To address growing demand, the government invested £2.85 million in December 2022 to allow up to 1,700 more cases to come before judges by the end of March 2023. We also created a virtual region of fee-paid judges to hear remote cases from any region.</p><p>Additionally, the Judicial Review and Courts Act transfers Employment Tribunal rule-making powers to the Tribunal Procedures Committee. This independent, judge-led committee will allow the Tribunal to respond more swiftly and flexibly to the challenges it faces through operational changes and rulemaking. This measure will also allow the judiciary to manage their workloads more flexibly, maximising the capacity of the Employment Tribunal</p>
answering member printed Lord Bellamy more like this
grouped question UIN HL4453 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-24T12:29:52.567Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-24T12:29:52.567Z
answering member
4941
label Biography information for Lord Bellamy more like this
tabling member
1471
label Biography information for Lord Goodman of Wycombe more like this
1716681
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-05-08more like thismore than 2024-05-08
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Unfair Dismissal more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what was the average length of proceedings in cases of unfair dismissal being heard by employment tribunals in each of the past five years. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Goodman of Wycombe more like this
uin HL4453 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-24more like thismore than 2024-05-24
answer text <p>HMCTS does not hold separate data on the number of wrongful dismissal claims.</p><p>The quarterly average length of proceedings for unfair dismissal claims can be found in the published statistics: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunal-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2021" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunal-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2021</a>.</p><p>These are only available until April 2021. <strong>Publication of Employment Tribunal timeliness information ceased from April 2021 when the jurisdiction moved to an interim database with limited management information. Employment Tribunals are now in the process of transitioning to a new case management system and work is in hand as part of the HMCTS data strategy to reintroduce the publication of timeliness information at the end of this calendar year.</strong></p><p>Several measures have been taken to reduce the average waiting time for a first hearing in Employment Tribunals including the recruitment of additional judges. To address growing demand, the government invested £2.85 million in December 2022 to allow up to 1,700 more cases to come before judges by the end of March 2023. We also created a virtual region of fee-paid judges to hear remote cases from any region.</p><p>Additionally, the Judicial Review and Courts Act transfers Employment Tribunal rule-making powers to the Tribunal Procedures Committee. This independent, judge-led committee will allow the Tribunal to respond more swiftly and flexibly to the challenges it faces through operational changes and rulemaking. This measure will also allow the judiciary to manage their workloads more flexibly, maximising the capacity of the Employment Tribunal</p>
answering member printed Lord Bellamy more like this
grouped question UIN HL4452 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-24T12:29:52.517Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-24T12:29:52.517Z
answering member
4941
label Biography information for Lord Bellamy more like this
tabling member
1471
label Biography information for Lord Goodman of Wycombe more like this
1717002
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-05-09more like thismore than 2024-05-09
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Chelsea Football Club: Sales more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in using the proceeds from the sale of Chelsea Football Club for the benefit of the people of Ukraine. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
uin HL4497 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-24more like thismore than 2024-05-24
answer text <p>I refer the noble Lord to the answer to Question HL2826 given on 13 March 2024, which can be found on the Q&amp;A web pages (https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2024-02-28/hl2826). The Government is working hard to reach an arrangement that delivers this money for humanitarian causes in Ukraine as quickly as possible.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-24T14:04:13.61Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-24T14:04:13.61Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1717007
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-05-09more like thismore than 2024-05-09
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Armed Forces: Data Protection more like this
house id 2 remove filter
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Defence on 7 May (HC Deb cols 466–467), how many retired military personnel have been affected by the data breach of the armed forces payment network; and what steps they are taking to reassure veterans that their personal details have not been disclosed. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Craig of Radley more like this
uin HL4502 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-24more like thismore than 2024-05-24
answer text <p>At present there is no indication that this data has been accessed, exploited or made publicly available. This is being actively monitored. We have taken a precautionary approach of writing to those who have received salary or lump sum payments under either the Armed Forces Pension Scheme or Armed Forces Compensation Scheme since 2018.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed The Earl of Minto more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-24T10:26:09.677Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-24T10:26:09.677Z
answering member
4952
label Biography information for The Earl of Minto more like this
tabling member
3385
label Biography information for Lord Craig of Radley more like this