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Written Question
Iran: Nuclear Power
Monday 27th June 2022

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Iran's reported removal of surveillance cameras from the nuclear sites in that country; and what assessment they have made of the impact that this will have on the International Atomic Energy Agency's ability to track Iran's advance towards a nuclear programme.

Answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Iran has confirmed to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) its decision to end all JCPoA-related transparency measures. The removal of IAEA surveillance cameras jeopardises the ability of the IAEA to restore continuity of knowledge on key parts of the Iranian nuclear programme, including on the production of centrifuges. We urge Iran to cease its nuclear escalation and urgently take the deal on the table that would return it to its JCPoA commitments, and bring US back to the deal.


Written Question
Leasehold
Monday 27th June 2022

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made regarding a public consultation on the implementation of section 36 of the Equality Act 2010 (reasonable adjustments to the common parts of leasehold properties).

Answered by Baroness Stedman-Scott - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

On 9 June 2022, the Government launched the consultation on the implementation and commencement of the remaining parts of Section 36 of the Equality Act 2010 (the Act) and its associated schedules. When commenced, these will place a duty on landlords to make or facilitate reasonable adjustments to the common parts of residential property, where a disabled resident requests this, in England and Wales. The consultation lasts until 18 August.

The consultation is available in a range of accessible formats at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-disabled-peoples-access-to-let-residential-premises-reasonable-adjustments-to-common-parts-a-new-duty


Written Question
Disability
Monday 27th June 2022

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the National Disability Strategy 2022 update.

Answered by Baroness Stedman-Scott - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Minister for Disabled People provided an update on the National Disability Strategy to the House through a Written Ministerial Statement on Monday 13th June.

In January 2022, the High Court declared it was unlawful because the UK Disability Survey, which informed it, was held to be a voluntary consultation that failed to comply with the legal requirements on public consultations. We are disappointed by and strongly disagree with this finding, and the Secretary of State has sought permission to appeal the High Court's declaration. We remain committed to improving opportunities and outcomes for disabled people as we await the outcome of the appeal.


Written Question
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Thursday 23rd June 2022

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 8 June (HL337) regarding the cost of the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, where the information concerning the costs was published in September 2021.

Answered by Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Information concerning costs was given in response to written questions in the House of Commons and published on 13 September 2021 as UIN 41607 (https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-09-03/41607 )

and UIN 41608 (https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-09-03/41608 ).


Written Question
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service: Disclosure of Information
Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government why they used the section 21 Freedom of Information Act 2000 exemption in their 27 May response to a request relating to optimism bias in the costing of the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre (FOI 17451012); and where the information requested is already available on the (1) percentage allowance for optimism bias, (2) category of project, (3) mitigation factor, and (4) optimism bias factor.

Answered by Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

We received a request for information which precisely matched a parliamentary question. The answer to the parliamentary question is publicly available (attached) https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-10-15/56726.


Written Question
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Freedom of Information
Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the maximum time for internal reviews of freedom of information responses from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities; and what proportion of responses were completed and communicated to the requester within 20 working days during the first quarter of 2022.

Answered by Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

There is no statutory time limit on responding to internal reviews relating to Freedom of Information requests. Internal reviews can vary in complexity, including large volumes of information, and the need to consult with third parties. The Freedom of Information Code of Practice provides guidance for public authorities on best practice in meeting their responsibilities under Part I of the Act. It sets the standard for all public authorities when considering how to respond to internal reviews.


Written Question
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Wednesday 8th June 2022

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 28 April (HL7856), what criteria will determine when is the appropriate time to publish further information about the cost of the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Answered by Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Publication will be considered when costs are no longer commercially sensitive.


Written Question
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Wednesday 8th June 2022

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 28 April (HL7853), what steps they took before July 2019 to (1) ascertain, and (2) secure, the ownership of Victoria Tower Gardens for the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what assessment they made of the statutory provisions that existed relating to the use of the land.

Answered by Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Victoria Tower Gardens is Crown land. The feasibility of the site was discussed with key stakeholders, including DCMS, Westminster City Council, and The Royal Parks, and no technical obstacles were raised that would prevent the Memorial and Learning Centre being built in Victoria Tower Gardens.


Written Question
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service
Wednesday 8th June 2022

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 28 April (HL7855), when the cost of the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was last reviewed.

Answered by Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Costs are currently being reviewed in light of the delay due to the High Court judgement.


Written Question
National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service: Finance
Wednesday 8th June 2022

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 28 April (HL7855), why the answer did not provide the information requested regarding (1) spending to date, and (2) further sums already committed.

Answered by Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The information is still being assessed.