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Written answers

Thursday, 26 March 2020

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Deal loan complaints the Green Deal Finance Company has received in respect of Home Energy and Lifestyle...

    • Home Energy and Lifestyle Management: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the (a) criteria and (b) calculations were for offers of a (i) reduction and (ii) cancellation made by (A) the...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the provision of financial...

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the level of need of solo self-employed people without access to human resources...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to (a) support over 60s who live in fuel-poor households and (b) improve the energy...

      Labour Turnover: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to improve (a) recruitment and (b) retention of key workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Prices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to penalise (a) businesses and (b) individuals engaged in (i) price gouging and (ii)...

      Insovency: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will suspend wrongful trading laws during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Seabed: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the precautionary principle is applied to deep sea mining techniques that cannot be...

    • International Seabed Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reviewing the (a) governance, (b) accountability and (c) competency...

      Peru: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Peruvian counterpart on supporting UK nationals in Cusco to reach Lima.

      Jordan: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Jordanian counterpart on arranging repatriation flights for British nationals that wish to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Ultrasonics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care what progress NHS England has made on undertaking a public consultation on the development of a national commissioning policy for...

    • Coronavirus: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the effect of the coronavirus on unborn babies.

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the viability of reallocating funding to the production and distribution of additional personal...

      Coronavirus: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to requisition privately-owned healthcare facilities in the event that more facilities are required for...

      Coronavirus: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 3.9, bullet point 3 of Coronavirus: action plan, published on 3 March 2020, if he will authorise research...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, if he will publish the behavioural science modelling advice that predicts fatigue in public...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the (a) first 200, (b) second 200, (c) third 200 and (d) fourth 200 covid-19 cases in the UK by sample-date were (i) under...

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned research on the covid-19 pandemic which uses behavioural psychology...

      Coronavirus: Ambulance Services and Paramedical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to ensure paramedics and ambulance workers are adequately supported and protected in the event of a large...

      Coronavirus: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to secure additional critical care beds to meet the demand created by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on tackling covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure the provision of emergency ambulance services to people who are self isolating.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase production and supply of medical ventilators; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many fatalities the Government has estimated from its herd immunisation modelling of covid-19.

      Health Professions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether immediate access to covid-19 testing will be made available to (a) vital staff and (b) primary care staff to avoid unnecessary...

      Public Health: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide accessible information on covid-19 to sign language users within the deaf community.

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what steps he is taking to ensure NHS staff have adequate supplies of protective equipment.

      Coronavirus: Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure the maintenance of the supply of infant formula during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Medical Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ventilators the NHS (a) has and (b) plans on purchasing.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which strain of covid-19 is most prevalent in the UK at the present time.

      Coronavirus: Hire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether private rental companies who provide vehicles for the NHS and other essential public services will be able to continue to operate...

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department plans to provide to healthcare providers on the proper use and preparation of personal protective equipment...

      Intensive Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government will take to ensure babies and children of parents requiring intensive care treatment as a result of covid-19...

      Medical Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional ventilators his Department has been able to purchase to date.

      Coronavirus: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 on levels of demand on pharmacies.

      NHS 111: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the NHS 111 service response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue guidance to workers that require face masks as part of their usual personal protective equipment on what steps to take...

      Pharmacy: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that pharmacies have adequate stocks of hand sanitiser to meet demand.

      Coronavirus: Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that people with cystic fibrosis requiring urgent hospital admissions for their...

      Coronavirus: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to relieve pressure on mental health services as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for International Development

    • Gaza: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on the healthcare system in Gaza of the response to the spread of covid-19 in that region.

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support the Government plans to make available to nursery schools in England to manage the effects of covid-19.

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking with the Department for Health and Social Care to prevent the spread of covid-19 amongst vulnerable students in...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) international and (b) British students on the covid-19 outbreak and the disruption that outbreak has...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential adequacy of the support available to vulnerable children in the event that schools close as a result of...

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to make provisions for children who have a special educational need but have not yet received a formal diagnosis to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Civil Proceedings and Low Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of legal aid available for (a) civil cases and (b) people on low incomes.

    • Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to isolate (a) convicted and (b) remand prisoners on the prison estate in the event that those prisoners have symptoms of covid-19.

      Administration of Justice: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps she is taking to protect jurors and other members of the justice system during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice on 18 March 2020, Official Report, column 335WH, whether the...

      Homicide: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time served in prison was by (a) men and (b) women sentenced for attempted murder for those that were released from prison in...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of sentences handed down by (a) Magistrates' Courts and (b) Crown Courts were suspended prison sentences in each of the...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women were found guilty after a trial in (i) Magistrates' Courts and (ii) Crown Courts for violence...

      Offenders: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of offenders in each police force area were convicted and sentenced to immediate custody that had previously committed (a)...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she has to enable UK trades unions to (a) have sight of and (b) comment on the text of negotiations on a trade agreement with the...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending statutory sick pay to people who are not self-isolating due to covid-19...

    • Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will help companies by extending statutory sick pay to gardening leave so employees stay with the companies they work in.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that people that are (a) elderly, (b) vulnerable and (c) required to...

    • Supermarkets: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with major supermarkets on covid-19 and on specific opening hours for (a) over 70s,...

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with supermarket representatives on dedicated shopping times for pensioners during...

      Seafood: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that data obtained in respect of marine mammal bycatch monitoring meets...

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with supermarket retailers on providing delivery services to people without access to...

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure carers are able to get the food that they need in supermarkets.

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with supermarkets on providing adequate home delivery shopping slots for people who...

      Livestock: Animal Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to restrict the use of cages in farming.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration Controls: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the UK's points-based immigration system policy statement, published 19 February 2020, what assessment she has made of the...

    • Visas: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of removing visa charges for Commonwealth UK armed forces personnel and their immediate...

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking with respect to asylum seekers who cannot attend a meeting due to self-isolation as a result of covid-19.

  • Treasury

    • Personal Income: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a Government funded universal basic income as an emergency measure to protect incomes and...

    • Markets: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to allow public markets run by local authorities to apply for business rate relief in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Public Sector: Off-payroll Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing IR35 rules for public sector workers.

      Garages and Petrol Stations: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to provide assistance with (a) business rates, (b) VAT relief and (c) PAYE relief to independent motoring garages that (i) must...

      Carers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support carers affected by covid-19.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support from the public purse is available for care providers employing over 250 employees to help those employers cover the cost of...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to support businesses that may be unable to afford rental payments on properties as a result of loss of income during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Beer: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the business rate relief scheme extends to breweries.

      Off-payroll Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of deferring Loan Charge legislation in line with the decision announced on 17 March 2020 to defer the...

      Day Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support he is making available to private childcare providers during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to require (a) private and (b) Pub Co landlords to grant a three month business rents holiday to pubs that are in financial...

      Excise Duties: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the feasibility of cancelling (a) beer duty and (b) VAT payments that are to be paid due at the end of March 2020 for...

      Bank Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hold discussions with representatives of retail banks on not increasing interest levels on overdrafts during the covid-19 outbreak; and if her...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how the Government plans to tackle online harms committed by publishers of news media and information websites.

    • Coastal Areas and Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of covid-19 on (a) the UK tourism industry and (b) coastal communities;...

      Coronavirus: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that event organisers that have been required to cancel their event due to the...

      Entertainments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support he is providing to businesses in the events sector which are threatened with bankruptcy as a result of the...

      Licensed Premises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department plans to take to support organisers of (a) small music venues, (b) festivals and (c) other live...

      Creative Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for domestic alternatives to the Creative Europe Programme after the transition period.

      Culture: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the cultural sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of closing schools on levels of online harms to vulnerable and isolated children...

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 11 March (HL1918), what assessment they have made of the case for urgently decarbonising the...

    • European Aviation Safety Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the aviation sector before their decision to leave the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

      Bus Services: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £5 billion announced in the Budget 2020 on 11 March for bus services over the next five years will be allocated, or available, to the areas...

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £5 billion announced in the Budget 2020 on 11 March for bus services over the next five years will be allocated, or available, to areas which...

      A56

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the funding for new road proposals announced in the Budget 2020 on 11 March will include a new road from the eastern end of the M65 to join the A59 west of...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether arts organisations in receipt of public money will have to repay that money if they cannot meet the grant payment requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 6 March (HL1745 and HL1746), whether they intend to publish the revised impact assessment...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to treat former members of the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Irish Regiment who served in Northern Ireland in the same manner as...

    • Criminal Investigation: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of "compelling new evidence" for any investigation of cases related to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

      Royal Ulster Constabulary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make public funds available to former members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to support their defence during any investigation into their...

      Royal Ulster Constabulary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a specific body to deal with legacy issues in Northern Ireland; and whether any such body would be able to...

  • Treasury

    • Infrastructure: Lancashire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which of the schemes for infrastructure investment announced in the Budget 2020 on 11 March will take place in (1) East Lancashire inclusive of Blackburn, Darwen,...

    • Financial Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the recent equity market falls have surpassed stress test levels used to determine the capital adequacy of central clearing houses supervised by...

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to (1) unit trust, and (2) open-ended investment company, managers to limit fund redemptions instead of obliging...

      Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with the insurance industry the implications of COVID-19 for firms which have taken out pandemic insurance.

      Banks: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to use counter cyclical capital adjustments for banks to enhance resilience in order to cope with economic downturns; and whether they...

      Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, monitor whether trade receivables included in securitised bonds (1) reflect transactions completed, or (2)...

      Small Businesses: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with insurers and the Association of British Insurers about (1) the current, and (2) the future, levels of insurance required to...

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