Written answers

Friday, 20 March 2020

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Postal Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for the provision of postal services in Oxenholme and Allithwaite in response to the closure of their...

    • Post Offices: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post offices each retailer operates.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps are being taken to support self-employed professionals to compensate for lost business during the covid-19...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there are confirmed cases of British prisoners abroad who have contracted covid-19.

    • Grand Princess: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing for the repatriation of British citizens from the Grand Princess Cruise Ship.

      Italy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Italian counterpart on measures to limit the spread of covid-19.

      NATO: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to co-ordinate with NATO allies a response to tackling the covid-19 outbreak.

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the situation in Kashmir.

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Prime Minister made representations to President Xi of China on the treatment of Uyghur people during their call of...

      Iran: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of Iran’s use of terrorist proxies in the Middle East region.

      Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran’s regional activity.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the Middle East peace process.

      Jordan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Jordanian counterpart on that country’s reform of its national curriculum to...

      Jordan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the reforms to the curriculum to strengthen anti-extremist education...

      Pakistan: Ahmadiyya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Pakistani counterpart on the (a) right to vote and (b) other civil rights of the...

      Commonwealth: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to promote bilateral relations with the Commonwealth.

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the recent arrest of Kurdish human rights lawyers.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, whether annual targets for GPs will be temporarily suspended.

    • Coronavirus: Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of removing charges for public bathrooms on controlling the spread of the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with his EU counterparts on the forthcoming publication of the Georg Eckert Institute for...

    • Department for International Trade: Off-payroll Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contractors working for her Department have had their employment status assessed in relation to the new IR35 rules on...

      Developing Countries: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to discuss the development of the health strengthening systems position paper with representatives of third-sector...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to help ensure that a covid-19 vaccine developed with support funded by the international development budget...

      Coronavirus: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to protect older people from covid-19 throughout the world.

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what advice (a) her Department and (b) the UK Government Coronavirus International Taskforce is providing to low income countries on...

      World Health Organisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to increase medium-term funding for the World Health Organisation until the end of 2020 to tackle covid-19.

  • Department for Education

    • Ministerial Responsibility: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of having a Minister responsible for the effect of all Government policies on...

    • Children: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the reasons why the UK ranked 40th for children’s well-being out of the 44 countries that took part in the...

      Domestic Abuse: Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether content on domestic abuse will be included in the new Relationships education, relationships and sex curriculum.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many hours of training each teacher will receive to deliver the new Relationships education, relationships and sex curriculum.

      School Meals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance on nutritional standards his Department issues to private contractors providing school meals.

      Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the National School Breakfast Programme on the educational attainment of children from...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appellants against decisions on (a) employment and support allowance, (b) personal independence payments, (c) disability living allowance and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Regional Planning and Development: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to announce the seed funding to establish the Great South West initiative.

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2020 to Question 12405 on Buildings, if his Department will (a) make an...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2020 to Question 12405 on Buildings, what steps his Department will take to...

      Airbnb: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many Airbnbs in Cumbria are located in properties that were previously socially rented homes.

      Local Government: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what additional resource the Government is providing to local authorities to help meet the Government’s air...

      Affordable Housing: Sheffield City Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 2.91 of the Budget 2020 Red Book, HC 121, whether the Affordable Homes Programme will...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to bring forward legislation that holds building owners to account on funding the...

      High Rise Flats: Erith and Thamesmead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will visit Erith and Thamesmead constituency to meet with leaseholders of Sark Tower who have received high...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) disabled and (b) seriously unwell people who requested a Mandatory Reconsideration for (i) employment and support allowance and...

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Minister for Disabled People’s letter of 3 May 2019 apologising for his predecessor’s incorrect answers in...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the ability of the housing element of universal credit to reflect local rental market rates; and...

      Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the housing element of universal credit is calculated; and whether those calculations are made by her Department.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of a lower universal credit withdrawal rate on (a) the well-being of claimants, (b) the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women in receipt of (a) statutory maternity pay and (b) maternity allowance have applied for universal credit since 1 January 2019.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have died while waiting for their eligibility for personal independence payments to be determined; and what the main disabling...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's methodology was for collecting and collating data on views of small scale fishers in its report on the...

    • Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the evidential basis for the Marine Management Organisation's proposal to...

      Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the length of time set aside for beta testing of the catch recording app; and...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the planned timescale is for the Environmental Land Management scheme pilot and what progress has been made on that...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase the number of trees planted in (a) the West Midlands and (b) England.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish her Department's review of the provision of Advice, Issue Reporting and Eligibility Assistance.

    • Police: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the recommendation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission of the...

      Visas: Sports Competitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2020 to Question 25141, on Sports Competitors: Visas, if she will publish the list of recognised sports...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Medals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and which historic claims for a medal the Advisory Military Sub Committee (a) has assessed since its establishment in 2019 and (b) is...

    • Employment: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the change in employment rate has been in the West Midlands over the last 10 years.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that the provisions of (a) amendment to the promoters of tax avoidance schemes and (b) schedule 16 to the Finance (No.2)...

    • Radio: VAT Exemptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria his Department uses to classify a community radio station as a public interest body in relation to VAT exemption.

      Third Sector: VAT Exemptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether VAT exemptions apply to funding allocated by charity trusts to community groups.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.99 of the Budget 2020 Red Book, if he will provide details of the process by which businesses will be reimbursed in the event...

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.101 of the 2020 Budget Red Book, if he will publish details of the process by which small businesses will be able access the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Employment: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to incorporate clauses to end bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct at work in the forthcoming Employment Bill.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the risk posed by COVID-19 to low- and middle-income countries.

    • China: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported arrest and disappearance of (1) Fang Bin, (2) Chen Qiushi, and (3) Li Zehua, who had been live-streaming updates...

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