Written answers

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Exercise: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the financial stability of (a) gyms, (b) amateur sports clubs and (c) community...

    • Broadband: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to take steps to accelerate the roll-out of ultrafast broadband in (a) Burton constituency and (b) the UK.

      Broadband: Lancashire

      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) Lancashire and (b)...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the May 2019 report by Barnardo’s on youth...

  • Department for Education

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the data breach of the Learning Records Service database by the GB Group, what steps he is taking to review the criteria...

    • Adult Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the (a) mayoral combined authorities and (b) Greater London Authority on the provision of additional financial...

      Children: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that vulnerable children are safeguarded in the event of school closures in England.

      Apprentices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to allow awarding organisations to enable work from apprentices to be accepted as evidence by video capture and witness...

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on the circumstances in which it is appropriate to prosecute a parent under section 444(1)...

      Further Education: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether colleges will be given discretionary powers to ensure that vulnerable pupils who do not have official status can remain in college.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to test the performance of homes and tackle inadequate cavity wall insulation.

    • Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to improve the energy and carbon performance of new build homes.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the New Homes Ombudsman will be responsible for ensuring that the stated energy efficiency of new homes...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the housing stock built in the next five years will be better than...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure people are made aware of the performance standard of a home before purchase.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that homeowners can identify and redress snagging issues in new build homes.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a planning moratorium for the next 12 weeks.

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their statistical release Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2018 annual report, published on 26 September 2019 and the reported 1,784...

    • Motorways: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Highways England plans to use any smart motorway infrastructure to promote the Great British Spring Clean.

      Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have allocated to the collection and clearance of roadside litter in their Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2): 2020 to 2025 policy paper.

      Aviation: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch Report on the accident to Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, N264DB 22 nm north-north-west of...

      Charter Flights: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional measures they intend to introduce to raise awareness among passengers of (1) the dangers  and (2) the potential legal repercussions, of...

      Aircraft: Monitoring

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Civil Aviation Authority monitors the operation and maintenance of foreign registered aircraft based in the UK; and what assessment they have made of the...

      Aviation: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action is being taken by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to address urgently the findings of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch over the issue of...

      Charter Flights: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review urgently the legislation relating to cost sharing of flights and day leasing of aircraft.

      Aircraft: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons why owners of high performance light aircraft based in the UK choose to register such aircraft on the US...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which categories of freelance workers and sole traders will be eligible for the COVID-19 Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

    • Tickets: Refunds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to suspend the provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which require refunds for the cancellation of events to be paid within 14 days of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • France: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement regarding COVID-19 by the Prime Minister of France on 18 March that "if neighbouring states such as the United...

    • Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Gibraltar has access to any opportunities that arise from the UK’s departure from the EU.

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the £46 million aid package to fight the spread of COVID-19, announced on 6 March, will be deployed to assist health systems in vulnerable countries.

    • Department for International Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for International Development will remain the UK Government Department responsible for administering overseas aid; and whether the goal of...

      Department for International Development: Publications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the corporate report to replace the Single departmental plan: 2015 to 2020, which was withdrawn on 13 March.

  • Department for Education

    • Female Genital Mutilation: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether female genital mutilation education in schools is having a positive impact.

    • Pupils: Exercise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to ensure girls in primary schools meet the recommended levels of activity in the UK.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were (1) counted, and (2) estimated, as sleeping rough in England the last time that those figures were recorded.

    • Travelling People: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is protection from eviction for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use Armed Forces personnel, and in particular any such personnel with specialist medical training, to help address the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to redeploying those health professionals currently under contract to the Department for Work and Pensions and employed by the...

    • Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Department for Work and Pensions assessors are currently tasked with carrying out telephone assessments for eligibility to disability benefits.

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a temporary passporting system to move people on to disability benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish a national environment day; and whether the Keep Britain Tidy campaign will be part of any such plans.

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish an impact assessment of the proposed increase in the immigration health surcharge; and whether any such assessment will include the...

    • Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to exempting NHS workers from the immigration health surcharge.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to (1) festivals, (2) recording studios, and (3) nightclubs, on whether they will be covered by the Government's proposed support to...

    • Music: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide loans to music festival operators to cover a fixed percentage of staff salaries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Gambling Act 2005

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 18 March (HL2292), whether they will now answer the question put: when the (1) terms of reference, (2)...

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