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Written answers

Monday, 30 March 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to allow people over 70 years old that are asked to stay indoors for an extended period during the covid-19 outbreak to apply...

    • Repatriation: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with representatives of airlines on ensuring that the costs of tickets for repatriation flights are comparable with the...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he plans to issue on the deep cleaning of cars following MOTs when those cars are needed by (a) people in high risk groups to attend...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Small Businesses: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 March 2020 to Question 25731 on Small Businesses: Coronavirus, how much of the £12...

    • Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) representatives of the insurance...

      Hygiene: Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure retailers do not unnecessarily raise prices of (a) hand sanitiser, (b)...

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to support independent convenience store (a) owners and (b) workers affected by the...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide direct payroll subsidies to ensure that no businesses will need to terminate the contracts of (a)...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of administrative tasks the Government requires of small businesses during...

      Climate Change Convention: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that the COP26 summit will still be held in Glasgow in November 2020 despite the...

      Remote Working: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance his Department has published on facilitating working from home for businesses that do not normally have...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) new regulations have been introduced and (b) existing regulations have been abolished in each of the last...

      Package Holidays: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that small travel companies can afford to process refund requests from customers that...

      Supermarkets: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking with supermarkets to ensure that supermarket workers that engage with shoppers are provided...

      Mhi Vestas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will meet the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight and representatives of Solent LEP to discuss the future of MHI...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Morocco: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Morrocan on facilitating the repatriation of UK nationals from that...

    • Jamal Khashoggi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the value of the UK assets and investments of those implicated in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

      Saudi Arabia: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has he made of the effect of the continued detention of female activists in Saudi Arabia on human rights in...

      Saudi Arabia: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he made of the risk to female British tourists visiting Saudi Arabia.

      Prince Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Saudi counterpart on the detention of Prince Turki bin Abdullah.

      Northern Cyprus: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the (a) findings and (b) recommendations in the...

      Northern Cyprus: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on freedom of Christian worship in the northern part of Cyprus.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase (a) the number of ventilators and (b) ICU capacity.

    • Coronavirus: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional critical care beds the NHS has made available in (a) the North West, (b) Liverpool City Region, (c) Merseyside and...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women with complications following an abortion at a (a) British Pregnancy Advisory Service and...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the abortion rate was for 18-19 year old women per 1,000 in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many complications were reported by women who underwent a medical abortion after ingesting (a) mifepristone as the first step of a...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women who had an abortion in 2019 had one or more previous abortions.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many non-residents received abortions in England and Wales in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, and (c) 2019.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the Palestinian Authority on the Authority's internal review of the content of its national...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he will take to allow flexibility for apprenticeship training providers and colleges in the event of employers restricting access to their...

    • Nurseries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support he is providing to nurseries.

      Children in Care: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will undertake a review of looked after children which includes the views of children in the care system.

      Students: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure that students who were entered into exams that have been cancelled as external candidates can get qualifications.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the practical implications of maintaining safeguarding checks for adults working with children in the event that...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) one or (b) both parents are required to be classed as key workers for a child to attend school during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Homicide: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been murdered by people that were previously convicted of attempted murder and then released having served their prison sentences...

    • Terrorism: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of an offence under the (a) Terrorism Act 2000 and (b) Terrorism Act 2006 had previously been convicted of an offence under...

      Prisoners' Release: Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average period of home detention curfew was in each of the last five years for those released early from prison that were sentenced to (a) less...

      Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether prisoners released from prison during the covid-19 outbreak are being tested for that disease before release.

      Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17 February 2020 to Question 13952 on Pre-sentence Reports, how many (a) women and (b) men's pre-sentence reports contained a...

      Open Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February to Question 14640 on Open Prisons, how many (a) male and (b) female Cat-D prisoners committed offences in each...

      Priosners: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2020 to Question 14649, on Prisoners: Homosexuality, how many of each type of offence those prisoners that...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18 February 2020 to Question 519 on Prisoners' Release, how many offenders were released in each of the last three years; and...

      Domestic Abuse: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of children in the youth justice system who have experienced domestic abuse.

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure prison staff, prisoners and visitors are adhering to social-distancing advice in response to the covid-19...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure the maintenance of International Labour Organization conventions ratified by the UK in any future trade...

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether it is her Department's policy to exclude contracts for the delivery of (a) NHS and (b) other public services from future trade...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what financial support the Government plans to offer to homelessness service providers facing (a) increased demand and...

    • Council Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether local authority housing officers are classified as key workers during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether carer's allowance payments are eligible to be counted towards the £118 earnings threasehold for statutory sick pay.

    • Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has provided on which employer is responsible for statutory sick pay for employees who have more than one job.

      Universal Credit: Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for universal credit required a habitual residence test; and of those claims how many have been closed as a result of failing...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will review the weekly Statutory Sick Pay rate prior to its planned uprating on 6 April 2020.

      Personal Independence Payment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the feasibility of allowing personal independence payments to continue without assessment during the covid-19...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pets: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of relaxing restrictions on the transportation of pets for...

    • Fisheries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the fishing industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish guidance to supermarkets on maintaining supplies of essential items.

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of the supermarket industry on introducing mobile supermarkets to enable...

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will encourage supermarkets to include care workers in reserved shopping hours.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to provide a support package for migrants in the UK without access to public funds during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Treasury

    • Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to cover staff wages for small and medium-sized businesses as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • VE Day: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether VE Day celebrations will be (a) cancelled or (b) postponed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make...

    • VE Day: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to issue guidance on holding VE Day celebrations to Royal British Legions as a result of the covid-19...

      Youth Investment Fund: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Budget 2020, whether he has updated his plans for the £500 million Youth Investment Fund as a result of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have (1) made, and (2) intend to make, to the government of Israel about reports of the killing of a 15 year old Palestinian, and...

    • West Bank: Roads

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have (1) made, and (2) intend to make, to the government of Israel about reports of the construction of a Palestinian-only road to...

      Israel: Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 March (HL1981), what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about that...

      Israeli Settlements: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks by Hana Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, that the government of Israel...

      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; and whether they are confident in the accuracy of that estimate.

      Russia: Crimea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of Russia's activities in the Crimean Peninsula.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) government of Ireland, and (2) political parties in Northern Ireland about the commitments for the Armed Forces and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of measures adopted in Taiwan to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Department for International Development

    • Palestinians: Textbooks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK aid supports the Palestinian Authority’s production of school textbooks.

    • Migrant Camps: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 in refugee camps in (1) Lesbos, and (2) elsewhere.

  • Department for Education

    • Free Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Berridge on 4 March (HL Deb, col 692), when the 48 special free schools "in the pipeline" are expected to open.

    • Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the length of time it takes on average for a child to travel to a special school compared with a child travelling to a mainstream...

      National Skills Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £3 billion national skills fund announced in the 2019 Conservative manifesto is available to small businesses for apprenticeships.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Oxford-Cambridge Arc

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Planning for the future policy paper, published on 12 March, whether the proposed development corporations in the Oxford–Cambridge Arc...

    • Rents: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to issue a rent break to tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Rough Sleeping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers there are in England.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether statutory sick pay will be payable to employees (1) who are not sick but are self-isolating because someone in their household has symptoms that...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a reduction in the use of pesticides will be necessary in order to meet the targets set out in their policy paper A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to...

    • Agriculture and Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for any delay in dealing with the Agriculture Bill and the Fisheries Bill for preparations for (1) the...

      Agriculture: Pest Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) legislative, and (2) policy, measures they plan to put in place to (a) encourage UK farmers to adopt a whole system integrated pest management...

      Pesticides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides will be published; and what measures that Plan will contain to reduce the level...

      Pesticides: Insects

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the affect of pesticides on trends in the number of insects dying in the UK.

  • Home Office

  • Cabinet Office

    • Written Questions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been any changes to the Cabinet Office document Drafting answers to parliamentary questions: guidance since 2 February 2011; and what assessment...

    • Elections: Subversion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the responses by Earl Howe on 29 January (HL Deb, col 1438) and 12 February (HL Deb, col 2264) and reports that they have changed their public...

      Subversion: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Intelligence and Security Committee about the publication of the report on the alleged Russian interference in the 2016...

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of fair competition in the trade negotiations between the UK and EU following December 2020.

      Treasury: Billing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to reduce the time taken to pay their subcontractors.

  • Treasury

    • Treasury: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 750 Treasury roles due to be moved to a new ‘economic campus’ in the North of England will be recruited from the local labour market;...

    • Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that (1) retail workers, and (2) the retail sector, are compensated for loss of earnings and revenue resulting from the COVID-19...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs takes to process inheritance tax account forms and return IHT421 forms as a receipt of tax...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs takes to refund overpaid inheritance tax; and whether there is a service-level agreement for such refunds.

      Red Diesel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to remove the entitlement to use red diesel in agriculture, fish farming and rail beyond 2022; and if so, what support they will...

      Crowdfunding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, have taken any action to (1) monitor, or (2) issue guidance, to peer-to-peer lenders about whether new...

      Credit: Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they plan to take to prevent credit insurers unilaterally withdrawing cover.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with insurance companies about whether independent schools, particularly small independent schools, are able to obtain compensation...

      Theatres: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to allow theatres and other cultural venues to automatically be able to claim Gift Aid when patrons agree to donate to the venue the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 11 March (HL2275), what is their policy on the inclusion of biologically male athletes in women's sports.

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the self-employed working in the music sector in the UK.

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