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Written answers

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information he holds on the effect of built-in infotainment systems on levels of vehicle safety; and whether he has issued guidance on the (a)...

    • Aviation: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2020 to Question 25060 on Disruptive Airline Passengers Working Group, what steps his Department has taken to...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the risk of covid-19 infection on the Southern Rail, West Midland Trains and Chiltern Railway services...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of postponing routine HGV medicals during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of electric vehicle charging points in (a) North East Bedfordshire constituency, (b) Bedford Borough...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to increase the funding of the On-Street Residential Grant Scheme, and how many grant applications for that scheme (a) have been...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of steps taken by engineering companies involved in high speed 2 to ensure participation of...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to remove the off-peak travel limit on over-60 bus passes to allow elderly people who have been asked to self isolate due...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on ensuring that airline staff receive a salary when flights are grounded as a result...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to introduce a public transport concession scheme for key workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Seabed: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many exploratory deep sea mining licences the Government has issued.

    • Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether officials in his Department have been notified of any payments to individual sub-postmasters following the...

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support is available to small businesses who specialise in contact sport during covid-19 outbreak.

      Hygiene: Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) pharmacists, (b) suppliers and (c) other outlets do not...

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to require supermarkets to introduce social...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Indonesia: Ahmadiyya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indonesian counterpart on the status of displaced Ahmadi Muslims who have spent over a...

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that victims of sexual violence are consulted during the development of government’s...

      India: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Indian Government's denial of visas to UK citizens for travel to India on...

      Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking under the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative to protect women from religious minority...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) financial and (b) other support the Government plans to provide to UK nationals overseas to enable them to return to...

      Diplomatic Service: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by his Department to staff the public consular services hotline.

      Diplomatic Service: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the average waiting time is for people seeking to access advice on the FCO consular services hotline.

      Peru: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Peru on the (a) state of emergency and (b) effect of that state of...

      British Nationals Abroad and EU Nationals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on co-ordinating the repatriation of EU and UK citizens from...

      Republic of Ireland: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Irish counterpart on co-ordinating the repatriation of UK and Irish nationals from...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with UK-based airlines on their role in repatriating UK nationals from overseas.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department will offer people grants or loans to cover the cost of chartered flights to the UK so that cost will not...

      British Nationals Abroad: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will compile a voluntary register of UK nationals overseas.

      British Airways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with British Airways on the assistance it can provide to the Government in repatriating British...

      Viral Diseases: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his international counterparts on the development and use of a global early warning system...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps is he taking to support organisations that have planned (a) school and (b) community group trips abroad that have...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set up an emergency hotline to assist UK citizens stranded abroad by border closures and flight cancellations.

      Guatemala and Peru: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to repatriate British citizens from (a) Peru and (b) Guatemala due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to support less economically developed countries with tackling COVID-19.

      Peru: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Peruvian counterpart on organising repatriation flights for British nationals in Peru that...

      Embassies: Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons (a) the British Embassy in Lima, Peru is closed and (b) remote working has not been fully implemented to...

      Saudi Arabia: Women's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on on the human rights of women's rights activists in that...

      British Nationals Abroad: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate has he made of the number of UK citizens living in countries which have closed their borders due to the covid-19...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Pregnant Women: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent on supporting pregnant women in Northern Ireland who have decided to keep their babies since 21 October 2019.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in England in the last 12 months.

    • Testicular Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were diagnosed with testicular cancer in England in the last 12 months.

      East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2020 to Question 1157, for what purpose the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has identified a...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 cases the Government estimates there will be in England at any one time at the peak of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Food: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reinstating support to local authorities for food sampling.

      Medical Equipment: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to implement EU regulatory changes in respect of in vitro diagnostic medical devices regulation; and if...

      Cocaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to run a public information campaign to tackle the consumption of so-called ethically sourced cocaine.

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made in the creation of a register of defibrillators throughout the UK.

      Coronavirus: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to ensure that schools in (a) Luton and (b) the UK are adequately supported and protected in the event of a...

      Coronavirus: Tocilizumab

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the decision by the Chinese Government to approve the drug Actemra...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to ensure that labels on alcoholic drinks inform consumers of the Chief Medical Officer's advice not to drink...

      Coronavirus: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is providing to (a) the homeless community to prevent the spread of covid-19 and (b) homeless shelters to set...

      Coronavirus: Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide public information and advice on covid-19 to rough sleepers.

      Coronavirus: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure (a) people with motor neurone disease and (b) other vulnerable groups can access the healthcare they...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of alcohol-related (a) cancers and (b) deaths.

      Housing: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost to the NHS of (a) cold and energy inefficient homes and (b) unhealthy housing.

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what procurement guidance his Department provides to (a) NHS trusts and (b) other primary healthcare providers on ensuring the adequacy...

      Chickenpox: Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of working days that are lost each year as a result of parents caring for a child with chickenpox.

      Medical Equipment: Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff members within the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are reviewing re-certification applications to...

      Coronavirus: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that vulnerable people (a) living with cancer and (b) who have recently had chemotherapy...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timescale is for the publication of the NHS People’s Plan.

      Coronavirus: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the prices of (a) hand sanitiser, (b) paracetamol and (c) other medical supplies in chemists and...

      Coronavirus: Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence quality standards on care of dying adults in the last days of...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government is assessing steps other countries are taking to control and treat covid-19.

      NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of trainee doctors accelerating or pausing their courses in order...

      Lung Diseases: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with a respiratory disease diagnosis live in (a) St Helens, (b) Liverpool City Region and (c) the North West.

      Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the NHS has an adequate supply of antiviral and immune therapy drugs to treat patients; and what the...

      Coronavirus: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to extend patient access to GP surgeries via (a) dial-in telephone lines, (b) skype and (c) other teleconferencing...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to recognise the marketing authorisation by the European Medicines Agency of any coronavirus (2019-nCoV)...

      Autism: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to develop an adapted Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme people with autism.

      Coronavirus: Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of the Nursing and Midwifery Council on relaxing the...

      Dental Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the shortage of face masks on dental practices.

      Pigmeat: Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what processes are in place to monitor the levels of nitrates in bacon sold in the UK; if he will encourage producers to reduce nitrate...

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people and (b) the number of people under the age of 18 who have taken up vaping who did...

      Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) fluid protection face masks, (b) aprons and (c) pairs of latex gloves are held in the personal protective equipment stockpile.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to improve take-up of the MMR vaccine for five year old children.

      Abortion: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of opinion polls which indicate the majority of UK citizens oppose...

      Foetuses: Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to review their guidelines on foetal pain.

      Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the counselling women receive whilst considering an abortion is independent.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure NHS workers have access to covid-19 testing.

      Refuges: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure personal protective equipment is allocated to workers in women's refuges during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Medical Equipment: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to work with EU member states to procure medical equipment needed during the covid-19 pandemic

      NHS Trusts: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) in NHS Trusts in (a) London and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department made of the current availability of ventilators in (a) London and (b) England; and what steps he is taking...

      NHS: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional ventilator machines he plans to provide to each NHS Trust and NHS Foundation Trust in London.

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the availability of critical care beds in London; and what plans he has to increase the availability of...

      Out-patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether high-risk people that are social distancing should still attend routine, non-urgent medical appointments.

      Drugs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure supply of generic drugs and repeat prescriptions of (a) paracetamol, (b) thyroxine, (c) warfarin and...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether continuity of opioid substitution treatment will be safeguarded during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure continued provision of treatment for vulnerable persons with (a) chronic obstructive...

      Pharmacy: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether pharmacies will be required to fulfil longer-term prescriptions for people in need of harm reduction medications during the...

      Syringes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the supply of clean injecting equipment for people who use drugs to avoid the spread of blood-borne...

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority on the removal and replacement of textbooks from schools in the...

    • Coronavirus: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the potential merits on increasing the level of support provided to (a) the World Health Organization...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help strengthen the capacity of primary health care systems in low-income countries to respond...

      Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the compliance with Article 29 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child of the reported use...

      Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations she has made to the Palestinian Authority on reports that 31 schools are named after Palestinian terrorists.

      Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with her Norwegian counterpart on that country's decision in 2019 to withhold funding to the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many projects and at what cost to the public purse have been assessed by (a) her and (b) her Chief Statistician as not meeting the...

      Abortion: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that funding from the public purse is not allocated to programmes that support...

      UNRWA: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2020 to Question 27998, what criteria is used by UK officials to assess UNRWA’s effectiveness...

      Overseas Aid: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with stakeholders participating in the Aid Match scheme on (a) the potential merits of extending the Aid...

      Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with recipients of grant funding on the potential merits of extending project implementation timetables...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has allocated to schools in High Peak constituency in each financial year since 2009-10.

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities place unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in regulated care homes.

      Academic Year and Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department received a bid from Blackpool Council for the summer 2020 bidding round of the Holiday Activities and Food scheme.

      Free Schools: Stoke-on-Trent North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the need for a free school in Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove and Talke as a result of local secondary...

      Teachers: Violence and Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to protect teachers from physical and verbal abuse in the course of their work.

      Sixth Form Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for sixth form students.

      Educational Institutions: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) schools and (b) other educational establishments have adequate access to (i) soap and (ii) hand sanitiser.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on support for (a) students and (b) apprentices on placements at...

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, if he will issue guidance for commissioners and providers of school-based medical services for children with...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that children on free school meals are provided with a hot meal at home in the event of school closures in England.

      Assessments: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that teacher assessments that will potentially replace exams are fair and impartial.

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has considered the suspension of student loan repayments in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Debt Collection: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has for the regulation of enforcement agents by an independent body.

    • Domestic Abuse: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Further Government Response to the Report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill published on 3 March 2020,...

      Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals) Order 1974: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, further to Answer of 12 March to Question 25734 on Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals) Order 1974: Prosecutions, in what location the...

      Theft: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions for theft from British shipwreck in (a) UK territorial waters and (b) international waters in each of the last five years.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the capacity of the prison estate in each of the next 12 months.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness, (b) accessibility of legal aid in England and Wales.

      Offenders: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what community-based pilot schemes for women-only offenders are in operation; what the reasons are for such schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list the differences between the regimes in male and female prisons and the treatment of men and women in prison.

      Domestic Abuse: Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of new domestic abuse courts on the health and wellbeing of children.

      Crematoriums: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the capacity of crematoriums to cope with demand as a result of covid-19.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps are being taken to ensure that victims of crime will not have their case prejudiced by the delays in the Court system due to the covid-19...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Export Controls: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if her Department will take steps to help limit the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on international exports from (a) chemical and (b)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2020 to Question 8381 on Buildings, whether the Government plans to publish...

    • Estate Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of (a) lettings and (b) estate agents on the effect of...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to provide support to private renters for the payment of rent as a result of the...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that landlords cannot evict tenants who are self-isolating as a result...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure local authorities have adequate resources to support their most...

      Private Rented Housing: Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure the Disabled Facilities Grant is more easily accessible for (a)...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all new homes are built to the Lifetime Homes Standard.

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) in-progress evictions and (b) households awaiting bailiffs when...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to introduce a process to amend or override specified rents in Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreements...

      Refuges: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 self-isolation on access to refuges for victims of domestic violence.

      Planning Permission: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will extend the timescale for planning authorities to determine planning applications while restrictions are in...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2020 to Question 29300, what estimate he has made of the cumulative debt that will...

      Meals on Wheels: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will provide funding to local authorities to reintroduce a nationwide meals on wheels service for...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Equipment: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March to Question 23543, what measures were taken to achieve efficiency savings in the Defence Equipment Plan 2018; and how...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to introduce benefits for self-employed people whose work is reduced because of the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support is in place for workers who are paid on an hourly rate, in the event that they need to self-isolate in response to the covid-19...

      Rents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she plans to take through the benefits system to support tenants to meet their rent payments during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Food Banks: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to provide emergency supplies to food banks facing shortages during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of removing the five-week wait for claimants to receive their first universal...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department is providing to universal credit claimants infected by covid-19.

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that written guidance is provided to jobcentre staff on claimants who (a) are self-isolating or (b) have a...

      State Retirement Pensions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure safe and timely access to state pensions for older adults during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Jobcentres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional resources she plans to allocate to job centres to ensure that those centres can support people affected by covid-19.

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure her Department has adequate capacity to process new social security applications resulting from the...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish written guidance for jobcentre staff on benefit claimants who are self-isolating and therefore not able to meet...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of paying the childcare costs elements of universal credit in advance rather than...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make universal credit payable in advance for all new claimants in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and if she will make a statement.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government’s performance in disseminating information on...

    • Agriculture: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make payments to farmers to use fields to soak up water at times of flood risk; and if he will make a statement.

      Seafood: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken in relation to the introduction of the US Marine Mammal Protection Act Import Provision...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when field trials of cattle vaccination and accompanied DIVA tests will commence.

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of (a) stockpiling and (b) purchase limits being placed on...

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people with specific dietary...

  • Home Office

    • Wrecks: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of thefts from shipwrecked vessels in UK territorial waters in each of the last five years.

    • Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's package of measures to tackle county lines drugs gangs,...

      Police: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to allocate additional funding to the police in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Stoke-on-Trent.

      Riot Control Weapons: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to purchase water cannons for use in public disorder situations.

      Crimes of Violence: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide further details on the Centre of Excellence for Tackling Youth Violence announced in Budget 2020.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle child sexual abuse.

      Domestic Abuse: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to strengthen support for children in the Domestic Abuse Bill.

      Domestic Abuse: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support children in domestic abuse households when schools close as a result of covid-19.

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications from Nottinghamshire the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme (a) received, (b) shortlisted and (c)...

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received from Nottinghamshire Police on the administration of the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding...

  • Scotland Office

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent assessment he has made of the value of trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

    • *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he plans to next meet the First Minister of Scotland.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prime Minister: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2020 to Question 23469, whether any of the Prime Minister's special advisers had developed vetting level security...

    • Paula Vennells

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what date Paula Vennells CBE ceased to be a Non-Executive Board Member in the Cabinet Office; and what the circumstances were surrounding her...

      Brexit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions the Government has had with the EU on extending the transition period in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Treasury

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support is available to (a) single parents in employment and (b) other parents in the event that schools are closed as part of the response to the...

    • Loans: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to limit the rate of interest charged on long-term loans.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to support businesses operating as (a) co-operatives and (b) mutuals during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Business: Unpaid Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance he had issued to HMRC on the (a) eligibility for and (b) operation of the Time To Pay service during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Licensed Premises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to provide financial relief for pubs that are required to close as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      VAT: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of removing VAT on energy efficiency products on encouraging the take up of those products.

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support small businesses in (a) Newport West, (b) Wales and (c) the UK in response to the outbreak of covid-19.

      Low Incomes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department plans to take to support people on low incomes in (a) Newport West, (b) Wales and (c) the United Kingdom during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Economic Situation: Newport West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the local economy in Newport West constituency of the UK leaving the EU.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Leader of the House on allocating parliamentary time for legislative proposals on dormant assets.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to review the purposes for which funds raised under the dormant assets scheme can be committed.

      Transport: Stoke-on-Trent North

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to provide funding for improved transport links in (a) Stoke-on-Trent North (b) Kidsgrove and (c) Talke.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to cancel (a) business rates payments, (b) HMRC tax payments, (c) PAYE, (d) VAT and (e) corporation tax for six months for...

      Tax Avoidance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with HMRC on the potential merits of introducing a six-month period of grace after April 2020 to ensure the effective...

      Low Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to increase wages for low-paid workers.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for the NHS.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to encourage small businesses to expand.

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to improve local transport infrastructure.

      Off-payroll Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to help businesses with off-payroll working rules.

      Credit Rating: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help people protect their (a) business and (b) personal credit ratings during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Entertainments and Exhibitions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support the events and exhibition industry in response to reductions in business levels as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his package of support to airlines and airports will also include support for businesses that rely on the normal operation of airports and airlines.

      Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to enhance identification checks for commercial institutions reviewing credit applications to reduce fraud.

      Labour Turnover: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing financial incentives to increase the (a) recruitment, (b) retention and (c) availability...

      Music: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend business rate relief to the music industry including (a) festivals, (b) promoters and (c) agents.

      Credit: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to prevent high interest being charged on loans to people in financial difficulties as a result of the covid-19 outbreak; and...

      Older People: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that elderly people in self-isolation due to the outbreak of covid-19 are able to access cash for grocery shopping.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to require equipment leasing companies to give customers that are in financial difficulties as a result of the covid-19 outbreak a...

      Social Enterprises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department plans to provide for small charities and social enterprises during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Stocks and Shares: Overseas Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to prevent foreign companies and hedge funds benefiting from the fall in share prices of British companies by purchasing shares...

      Roadchef: Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made in resolving the dispute between HMRC and the Roadchef Employee Benefits Trust; and if he will being forward legislative...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) short-term and (b) long-term effect of job losses as a result of the covid-19 outbreak on the economy.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to support small independent breweries by (a) cancelling beer duty payments or (b) extending time to pay arrangements to...

      Child Benefit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of paying an immediate increase in child benefit of £10 per week in response to the covid-19...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to expand the availability of gigabit-capable broadband throughout (a) Staffordshire and...

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the availability of harmful online material to children.

      Performing Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will introduce a compensation scheme for performers, events organisers and others affected by the...

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the exemption from business rates to ensure that waiver covers studios,...

      Licensed Premises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, whether the Government has plans to ban the opening of (a) pubs, (b) clubs and (c)...

      Broadband: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate supply of cabinet space for routing superfast broadband to individual properties.

  • Department for Transport

    • Migrant Workers: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address any potential staff shortages in (1) the road haulage, and (2) the bus transportation sectors, resulting from immigration removals.

    • Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Budget 2020’s commitments on electronic vehicle charging infrastructure and consumer incentives for ultra-low emission vehicles, what...

      Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the preparedness of UK ports of entry to facilitate international trade after the transition period.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to encourage businesses to manufacture goods and components and source supplies in the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what multilateral discussions they have had about lifting or easing economic sanctions on Sudan.

    • Gibraltar: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Gibraltar in dealing with COVID-19; and in particular, whether they are providing advice and access to...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Cross Border Cooperation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) people living in Northern Ireland will be able to access blood transfusions, health treatment and educational provision in the Republic of Ireland, and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that where a person dies of COVID-19 due to an underlying health issue some details of the health issue are made public.

    • Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards they have put in place to ensure that protein fermentation products (1) provide good nutritional value, and (2) do not add to...

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use artificial intelligence to analyse lung scans to help diagnose COVID-19.

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use virtual reality technology in NHS hospitals to train staff to identify signs of COVID-19.

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of Google DeepMind's predictions on the future development of COVID-19's protein structure.

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of checking passengers temperatures at airports to counter the spread of COVID-19.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) staff, and (2) ministers, at the Department of Health and Social Care have been tested for COVID-19.

      Prime Minister: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff in Number 10 Downing Street have been tested for COVID-19.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups: Sussex

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount that (1) Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group, and (2) Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, are...

      Coronavirus: Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding they plan to provide to Clinical Commissioning Groups and social services to enable frontier workers who are personal...

      Coronavirus: Pneumonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports about the effectiveness of chloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19 pneumonia.

      Social Services: Vacancies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of vacancies in the care sector resulting from COVID-19-related international travel restrictions; and the...

      Coronavirus: Interferon Alfa 2B

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Interferon Alfa 2B may be effective in treating COVID-19.

      Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to result in any medicine shortages.

  • Department for International Development

    • Nigeria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the statement in the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 9 March (HL1991) that "the UK does not currently provide humanitarian assistance in the middle...

    • Nigeria: Internally Displaced People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to protect civilians displaced by conflict in Nigeria’s Middle Belt states.

      Department for International Development: Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, changes there have been to the reporting mechanisms for civil servants within the Department for International Development this year.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, change there has been to the proportion of UK Official Development Assistance spent by (1) the Department for International Development, and (2)...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Antisemitism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether universities in England and Wales (1) have breached the public sector equality duty, and (2) are compliant with the...

    • Children: Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of instances of taking children into care under safeguarding law in relation to female genital mutilation (FGM) (1) before, during...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have not attended school for two or more years.

      Children in Care: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of Irish Traveller and Gypsy and Roma children being looked after in care rising from 50 in total in 2009 to 540 in...

      Pupils: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Traveller Movement Barriers in education—young Travellers in London, in particular of its findings...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sexual Offences: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 13 March (HL2225), what is their policy on limiting the discretion of courts to refuse to make a...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Quintessentially

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether contracts between Quintissentially and (1) the Department for International Trade, and (2) any other Government department or agency, required details of...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Qari Asim

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 9 March (HL2003) and the remarks by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 13 February (HL Deb,...

    • Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to provide COVID-19-related treatment and support to people sleeping rough.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • International Science and Technology Centre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to affirm their commitment to the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC); and what consideration they have given to the UK’s...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Citizens' Juries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether participants in the Innovation in Democracy Project who are in receipt of Universal Credit, or other means-tested support, are eligible to receive payment.

    • Social Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet the ministers with responsibility for welfare reform and benefit administration from the devolved nations.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will suspend the operation of the “bedroom tax” during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.

      Food Banks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to ensure that established food banks have sufficient supplies to meet the needs in their localities during the duration of the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Peat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following reports that the voluntary target to reduce the use of peat in horticulture will not be met, what plans they have to legislate for a ban on the use...

    • Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to changing (1) UK pesticide standards, in particular maximum residue levels, and (2) the UK's approach to authorising...

  • Home Office

  • Cabinet Office

    • Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the consideration they have given to postponing local elections on 7 May, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic; and if so, what is their assessment of the...

    • Brexit: Transitional Arrangements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to bring forward the end date of the implementation period to 30 June in order to allow the UK to (1) regulate, or (2) deregulate, to...

      Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total number of UK citizens resident outside the UK (1) who are eligible to vote in UK parliamentary elections under the...

      Dual Nationality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of UK citizens who are dual nationals; of those, how many are estimated to be living in the UK; and what are the ten...

      UK Relations with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their draft legal text on the future relationship with the EU.

  • Treasury

    • Tourism: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce value added tax on services supplied to tourists.

    • Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the net additional spending available for revenue and capital expenditure to the Northern Ireland Executive, excluding the money from the Confidence...

      Digital Technology: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the amount of tax paid by Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or Google.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Huawei: 5G

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to review Huawei's planned involvement in the UK's 5G network.

    • Creative Europe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the UK’s creative industries about continued UK participation in the EU Creative Europe programme.

      Broadcasting: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of continued adherence in the UK to the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they plan to provide to music studios during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Performing Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance, if any, they plan to provide to (1) musicians, and (2) actors, whose work has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to support those who work in the creative industries during the shutdown of theatres, cinemas and other venues due to the...

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