Written answers

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • USA: Diplomatic Immunity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens have diplomatic immunity in the US.

  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

    • Office for Tackling Injustices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, with reference to the Answer of 15 October 2019 to Question 748, what the timetable is for the establishment of an Office for Tackling Injustices;...

  • Department for Education

    • Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has provided for (a) planned changes to the early years foundation stage and (b) the introduction of a baseline test...

    • Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) advice and (b) support he is providing to (i) further education and (ii) sixth form colleges on the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has plans to provide mental health support to (a) students and (b) teachers that are suffering from stress as a result of exams and the...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made on the effect of noise distraction at home on the effectiveness of online classes for (a) primary and (b)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support will be available to the (a) childcare sector and (b) child minders in the event of school closures and enforced social distancing.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if children living in temporary accommodation will be able to continue attending school.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, what steps they are taking to ensure the continued operation of open-access passenger operators following the reduction in the number of rail passengers as a...

    • Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure social distancing occurs at airports in England.

      Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of countries with airports from which planes are flying to the UK about encouraging social distancing at such...

      Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to close airports during the COVID-19 pandemic; and if so, when.

      Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many commercial passenger flights have landed in the UK over the last two weeks from (1) China, (2) Iran, (3) Italy, and (4) Spain.

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to the improvement of rail services between South West England, the Midlands, and the North of England and Scotland, including...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Construction: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to stop all non-essential construction work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Cleaning Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to add outsourced cleaners to the list of key workers.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further financial measures they plan to introduce to assist the self-employed and freelancers who are financially disadvantaged due to COVID-19.

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the guidelines issued to lenders participating in the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme permit such lenders to require that an SME director...

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 23 March (HL2389), what additional measures they are proposing to bring forward to support the...

      Black Economy: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the emergence of a black market in food, medicines, pharmaceuticals and other essential supplies as a result of any shortage...

      Business: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a database of businesses which have (1) retained as many workers as possible, (2) dismissed workers and are claiming...

      Professional Organisations: Government Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to professional membership companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the self-employed affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Hygiene: Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 18 March (HL2249), what assessment they have made of the impact of HMRC rates and allowances on the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports (1) that the Israeli Prison Service plans to...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Intensive Care: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to requisition medical ventilators from British cruise ships and make them available for use by the NHS to treat COVID-19.

    • Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training they plan to provide to health services personnel in the use of ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Coronavirus: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the drugs being used in other countries to treat patients with COVID-19 successfully; and what progress has been made...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of advances made by open sourcing research in relation to testing vaccines and treatments for COVID-19; what steps they have taken...

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ascertain the source of COVID-19; what assessment they have made of the response by countries where the virus was initially detected;...

      Paracetamol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to produce paracetamol, and any ingredients required for its production, in the UK.

  • Department for International Development

    • Nigeria: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have distributed funding from the £300 million North East Nigeria Transition to Development Programme since April 2017; how they intend to distribute...

    • Coronavirus: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage (1) UN agencies, (2) partner governments, and (3) development actors, to prioritise the needs of older people most at risk...

      Coronavirus: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the work of the World Health Organisation prioritises the health needs of older people in lower- and middle-income...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to provide meals to students resident at hostels in the higher education sector who are unable to return to their home countries.

    • Apprentices: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to postponing the consultation by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education on changes to the funding...

      Pupil Referral Units: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all Pupil Referral Units will remain open to maintain the safety of pupils during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that schools and education authorities can fulfill their duties under the Equality Act 2010 to provide reasonable...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Cemeteries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 10 March (HL1844), whether private cemeteries should apply the same standards and principles contained in...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Youth Hostel Association: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Youth Hostel Association about its offering of 150 properties to be used by key workers and vulnerable members of society...

    • Funerals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is timely, accessible advice available to religious communities concerning rules relating to (1) funeral services,...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have established a hotline service to (1) advise on faith and secular gatherings, (2) provide information to the public, and (3) receive relevant...

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide additional support to domestic violence refuges during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to any increase in domestic violence...

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make sure that the homeless have facilities to wash and eat.

      Homelessness: Hostels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make sure there are enough people working in hostels for the homeless.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Delivery Services and Shops: NHS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to work with supermarkets to create designated NHS staff stores and delivery services.

    • Home Shopping: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of online suppliers to maintain the delivery of food and other essential products to people self-isolating due to...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Applications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they are making for asylum applicants whose cases are pending where a decision may be affected by restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19...

    • Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the incidence of domestic violence.

      Police: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what personal protective equipment they are giving to police officers enforcing restrictions on movement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Social Media: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with social networking companies what steps they are taking to restrict (1) comments by, and (2) the accounts of, users with high...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures, if any, have been put in place to ensure that the Government Equalities Office has regular input into policy proposals to be put forward by (1)...

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