Esther McVey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to HMRC's Freedom of Information Team's response to FOI request (FOI2021/00393) and the email of 31 January 2019 from HMRC's First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive within that FOI response, what recent discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on the effectiveness of the legislative framework governing HMRC's enforcement of...
Esther McVey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the legislative framework governing HMRC's enforcement of the Loan Charge against (a) employees and (b) employers.
Esther McVey: Last week, 375,000 pupils were off school through self-isolation and there has been a 40% increase in anti-depressants being prescribed to under-17-year-olds. Given that children are extremely unlikely to suffer serious ill health as a result of catching covid, and given the damage being done to their education and their mental health, is it not time we stopped this self-isolation madness and...
Esther McVey: When High Speed 2 was first proposed, the estimated cost was £37.5 billion. The latest estimate is over £150 billion, and rising fast. Is there a price at which the Prime Minister will accept that High Speed 2 is no longer value for money, or is he determined to build it irrespective of the final cost, whatever that will be? Would it not be better to put this white-elephant project out of...
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people received treatment in each Nightingale hospital.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse was of the Nightingale hospitals programme; and how many people were employed at each of the Nightingale hospitals.
Esther McVey: What recent guidance the Government has provided to local authorities on opening up the high street in the context of the covid-19 outbreak.
Esther McVey: Cheshire East Council continues to keep unnecessary barriers in place on the high street in Knutsford, blocking off the car parking spaces and damaging local businesses. Does my right hon. Friend agree that Cheshire East Council should be helping local businesses and not literally putting barriers in their way?
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to support National Rail to complete improvements to station platforms in Tatton constituency that are hazardous to passengers with impaired vision.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of station platforms in (a) Tatton constituency and (b) England for passengers with impaired vision.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Network Rail on work to improve station platforms for passengers with impaired vision.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the need to bring forward the 2029 deadline for Network Rail to install tactile indicators across operational platforms.
Esther McVey: I thank the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) for acknowledging Dame Cheryl Gillan and all the work she did in the world of autism. I know we all share that view. I will now call the Front-Bench speakers, mindful that we do want to hear from Barbara Keeley at the end to close the debate.
Esther McVey: I remind Members that we will be going to the Front Benchers no later than 4.25 pm, and we would also like to hear Barbara Keeley wind up within that time limit.
Esther McVey: I remind hon. Members that there have been some changes to normal practice in order to support the new hybrid arrangements. Timings of debates have been amended to allow technical arrangements to be made for the next debate. There will also be suspensions between each debate. I remind Members participating physically and virtually that they must arrive for the start of debates in Westminster...
Esther McVey: The Secretary of State will recall telling us that the first lockdown was needed to give time to build capacity in the NHS. Can he therefore tell us how many more hospital beds are available in the NHS now than in March last year?
Esther McVey: What assessment she has made of the potential effect of new sentencing powers on levels of crime.
Esther McVey: I want to congratulate the Government on their plans to extend sentences for the deplorable crime of assaulting our emergency workers. Is not it now time for a specific offence of assaulting shop workers and other customer-facing frontline workers, given that the number of assaults on them since this pandemic started has doubled?
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental benefits of remote working.
Esther McVey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Centre for Economics and Business Research report, How covid-driven digital change could transform the UK economy, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of exempting full fibre deployment from business rates tax to help meet the Government's 2025 target for fibre broadband.