Written answers

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Logistics: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made in providing frontline supply-chain logistics personnel with (a) hand sanitiser, (b) anti-bacterial wipes and (c) relevant...

    • Garages and Petrol Stations: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether motor factors and independent garages are key workers who are required to keep working under the covid-19 guidance.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the airline industry on the repatriation of UK nationals.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to support people on low incomes in the travel industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Aviation: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure people working the airline sector are not made redundant.

      Driving: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether statutory minimum safety standard and maximum driving times for drivers of (a) HGVs and (b) passenger vehicles will be revised to support...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of suspending MOTs during the covid-10 outbreak.

      Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) licensed London taxi drivers and (b) other taxi and private hire drivers are classified as key workers for the purposes of Government...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend the expiry dates for (a) passenger carrying vehicle and (b) other higher categories of driving licences for volunteer specialist...

      Government Assistance: Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to provide financial assistance to regional airports in response to the outbreak of covid-19.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the social distancing measures require (a) beauty salons, (b) nail parlours and (c) hairdressers to close to...

    • Personal Care Services: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether officials in his Department have had discussions with officials in the Treasury on making hairdressing salons...

      Utilities: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to relieve the financial pressures of utility bills for people on lower incomes during the...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure businesses do not compel people who are not key workers, and who rely on...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to issue guidance to hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons on closing as a result of the covid-19...

      Newsagents: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to regulate pricing of stock in small newsagents to prevent fluctuations on...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will include (a) the self employed and (b) non-business rate businesses in the coronavirus business interruption...

      Low Carbon Hydrogen Production Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2020 to Question 30151, whether he has taken steps to ensure that the covid-19...

      Retail Trade: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that protective equipment is provided for people working in food shops...

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance his Department has issued to shop owners on protective measures for front line food retail staff during...

      Iron and Steel: Furnaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to classify steelworkers as key workers to ensure the maintenance of blast furnaces...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether non-customer facing workers who do not have the facilities to work from home are able to continue to work at...

      Post Offices: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on Post Office Limited's criteria for awarding new franchises.

      Post Offices: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the number and location of Post Office franchises awarded to ZCO Ltd in the...

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether builders' merchants are defined as essential businesses, for the purposes of his Department's 23 March 2020...

      Employment: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce a telephone line for non-key workers to inform the Government in the event that their employer...

      Construction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason non-essential construction workers have been advised to continue working during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Telephone Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage non-essential call centres to shut down or work from home.

      Conditions of Employment: Kidney Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what employment protections are in place for kidney organ donors.

      Clean Steel Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2020 to Question 30846, whether he is taking steps to mitigate the effect of the...

      Construction and Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is the Government's policy that construction and retail works are not essential workers for the purposes of...

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to engage with (a) trade unions, (b) Oil and Gas UK and (c) the Oil and Gas Authority to help...

      Utilities: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish (a) a comprehensive list of what is deemed essential domestic utility work, (b) instructions on...

      Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people receive refunds from venues for weddings that have been...

      Construction and Utilities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will clarify the guidance on work that is (a) prohibited and (b) regarded as essential in the (i) construction...

      Security: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, whether workers that install electronic security systems are classified as key...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of media reports of killings of former FARC combatants that are taking part in the...

    • Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on the security situation for human rights defenders in Colombia.

      Ecuador: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) provide advice to and (b) repatriate UK citizens from Ecuador as a result of the...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to extend the timescale of the integrated review of foreign policy, defence, security...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Chinese counterpart on (a) closing the re-education camps in Xinjiang and (b) protecting...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the accuracy of the conclusion of the US Commission on International Religious...

      Kuwait: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of UK nationals stranded in Kuwait; what discussions he has had with his Kuwaiti...

      Honduras: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the British Embassy in Guatemala is providing to (a) New Forest East constituents confined to the island of...

      Coral Princess: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what urgent assistance is being provided to UK citizens stranded on board the Coral Princess cruise vessel near Montevideo to...

      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 stranded overseas and unable to return...

      Egypt: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to provide emergency flights to repatriate British nationals that are stranded in Egypt as a result of covid-19.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to allow UK citizens to access long-term medication if they are abroad and unable to return...

      Peru: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether British citizens being repatriated from Peru as a result of the covid-19 outbreak will have their travel costs reimbursed.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help UK citizens stranded overseas as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is providing to UK citizens who cannot get in touch with the airline that has cancelled their...

      Northern Cyprus: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs on organising repatriation flights for British...

      Guyana: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Foreign Secretary's statement on Guyana, published on 10 March 2020, what recent representations he has...

      Australia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he held with his Australian counterpart on the extent to which closed borders may potentially prevent...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of Turkish military involvement in the civil war in Libya; and if he will make a statement.

      MS Zaandam: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure British citizens on MS Zaandam receive (a) a medical assessment, (b) reimbursement for medical...

      Taliban: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2020 to Question 28707, on Taliban: Peace Negotiations, whether the UK had diplomatic...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with travel insurance providers on supporting UK nationals overseas who are in the extremely...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will issue guidance on whether UK nationals overseas who have been advised to shield from coronavirus should return to the UK.

      New Zealand: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that British nationals in New Zealand are able to contact and receive support from the...

      Cayman Islands: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the blacklisting of the Cayman Islands by the EU ECOFIN...

      Australasia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to repatriate British citizens from (a) Australia and (b) New Zealand affected by the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps the Government is taking to help ensure human rights are protected as foreign governments implement...

      Indonesia: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he held with his Indonesian counterpart on the extent to which closed borders may potentially prevent...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that British citizens overseas are returned home by 21 April 2020 in response to the covid-19...

      Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Prime Minister and (b) other Cabinet colleagues on postponing the Integrated Review of...

      Third Sector and Trade Unions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help protect civil society and trade unions in countries affected by covid-19.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to commission emergency flights from the UK to repatriate British citizens stranded overseas as a result of...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to return home British citizens trapped in places where (a) the British embassy is closed, (b)...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with airlines on the use of unused planes around the world to return British citizens...

      China: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the validity of information from the Chinese Government on the initial outbreak of covid-19.

      China: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of whether information was suppressed by the Chinese Government after the initial...

      Animals: Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on closing all markets selling wild animals for consumption in...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that all NHS trained staff who wish to return from overseas to assist with the covid-19...

  • Attorney General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Finance

      To ask the Attorney General, what plans she has for the allocation of the £80 million CPS budget increase announced in the Spending Round 2019.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to allocate additional funding to protect public health in the event of an outbreak of covid-19 in South Yorkshire.

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the effect of covid-19 on (a) women (b) Black, Asian and minority ethnic people and (c)...

      Coronavirus: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS professionals on prescribing longer courses of medication for people who have to self-isolate and...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on vulnerable groups of self-isolation as a result of the outbreak of covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Hospital Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requesting that cruise line companies make cruise ships available for...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 testing kits he has ordered from Biopanda Reagents.

      Coronavirus: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional steps the Government is taking to protect the health of individuals who live with or care for those with weakened immune...

      Infant Foods: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that (a) baby food, (b) infant formula and (c) infant medication continue to be available...

      Air Ambulance Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure the continued operation of air ambulances during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Air Ambulance Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of nationalising air ambulances during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Public Health Laboratory Service: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what function public health laboratories have in covid-19 testing.

      Coronavirus: Ventilators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional companies have agreed to start producing ventilators for the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there is a type of protective face mask that protects people from contracting covid-19; and what assessment his Department has...

      Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure continuity of drug and alcohol treatment services during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the increase in covid-19 cases in Yorkshire.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing funding for mass testing for covid-19.

      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.

      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...

      Coronavirus: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with private hospital operators on the use of private hospital beds by the NHS at no cost to the public purse...

      Naloxone: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that people who use drugs are provided with Naloxone in the event that access to health services is...

      Coronavirus: Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to promote emotional wellbeing in the development of public health advice during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Infant Foods: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will enable food banks to distribute instant formula baby milk during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has (a) forwarded to the British Society for Immunology and (b) received evidence that people who have recovered from covid-19...

      Coronavirus: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with private healthcare providers in (a) the North West, (b) Merseyside and (c) Wirral on the NHS...

      Coronavirus: Ventilators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date the decision was made to approach British businesses for help producing ventilators in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the UK is participating in information sharing exercises on covid-19 with other European countries.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps have been taken to mobilise UK manufacturing to supply personal protective equipment to frontline workers dealing with the...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will prioritise the testing of medical staff and their families during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether dentists will be provided with personal protective equipment during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on whether cleaning staff are classed as key workers during the...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the feasibility of requisitioning personal protective equipment from non-urgent use to meet the demands...

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what contractual terms his Department has agreed with providers of private hospitals being used for NHS purposes during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to address variations in NHS trusts' ability to test for covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is having discussions with his counterparts in the EU on securing key medical equipment during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that people who have recently been in contact with women at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre who have become...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to identify individuals in detention with underlying health conditions; and if he will take steps to ensure that...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether each local authority in England is undertaking contact tracing to identify those who have been infected with covid-19; and how...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of close contacts of those who have been, or are suspected as having been, infected with covid-19 (a) are...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the study by Keeling et al. titled The Efficacy of Contact Tracing for the Containment of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus...

      Health Professions: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) consultants in communicable disease control and (b) community infection control nurses there are in each location by local...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to develop antibody testing for covid-19.

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to make operational the NHS telephone helpline for the 1.5 million most at-risk people who have been told to stay at home...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people attended (a) A&E and (b) GP surgeries as a result of illegal drug use in 2018-19.

      Coronavirus: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support the Government plans to provide to NHS dental practices to allow them to follow new Chief Dental Officer guidance...

      Coronavirus: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that patients with mental health issues are regularly reviewed and supported during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the potential effect of social distancing on the mental health and wellbeing of (a) people with...

      Eating Disorders: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with a healthy BMI are not denied treatment for an eating disorder.

      Coronavirus: Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether there was any scenario used in routine pandemic planning where the number of critical beds would...

      Medical Equipment: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what dates his Department approached businesses to produce more ventilators for the NHS between 1 December 2019 and 24 March 2020.

  • Department for International Development

    • CDC: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2020 to Question 18886 on CDC: Fossil Fuels, what the (a) original investment value was and (b)...

    • Kurdistan: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department plans to supply medical equipment to the Kurdistan Regional Government to help tackle the covid-19 pandemic;...

      Palestinians: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the capacity of the Palestinian health sector to respond to the covid-19 pandemic.

      Palestinians: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the covid-19 pandemic on levels of health in Palestinian refugee camps (a) in...

      Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to respond to the UN Relief and Works Agency’s flash appeal for an emergency response to the...

      Iran: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to provide support to Iran for their covid-19 outbreak.

      Gaza: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) availability and (b) adequacy of (i) medical and (ii) sanitation supplies required...

      UNRWA: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the capacity of the UN Relief and Works Agency to respond to healthcare needs...

      Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with (a) the Prime Minister and (b) other Cabinet colleagues on postponing the Integrated Review of...

      Humanitarian Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what additional humanitarian support her Department is providing to (a) the elderly, (b) women and girls and (c) refugees and...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she is taking steps to use the expertise and infrastructure established under (a) the IAVI organisation and (b) other Product...

      Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support frontline organisations in the global south which are tackling the (a) spread and (b)...

      Overseas Aid: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she is taking steps to establish an emergency fund to support organisations delivering projects in the global south which have...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 3942 on Israel: Palestinians, what initiatives have the £3 million been...

      Humanitarian Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department is taking to tackle the humanitarian consequences of the covid-13 outbreak.

      Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support civil society organisations in countries affected by covid-19.

      Foreign Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that covid-19-related medical aid from the UK and its allies is reaching (a) countries...

      Coronavirus: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the covid-19 pandemic, what discussions he is having with his G20 counterparts on agreeing a global deal for (a)...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to provide financial support to (a) workers and (b) farmers in the Global South that supply goods...

      Yemen: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the capacity of the healthcare system in Yemen to (a) help prevent and (b) respond to the spread of...

      Yemen: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help strengthen the capacity of the health care system in Yemen to respond to the spread of...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the IMF on supporting developing countries experiencing the economic effect of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on (a) employment, (b) wages, and (c) farmer income in the...

  • Department for Education

    • Nurseries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support private nurseries that are facing a loss of revenue as a result of restrictions implemented during the...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to mitigate staff shortages in (a) children’s homes and (b) urgent children’s care services as a result of covid-19.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it his policy that children’s social care workers on temporary contracts who are not eligible for sick pay be paid in the event that...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure children on the at-risk register are fully supported by professional staff throughout the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is undertaking to ensure that children’s social care workers who have no recourse to public funds restrictions on...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) childminders and (b) other childcare providers outside of formal nursery settings will be required to provide childcare to critical...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what childcare provision early years settings will provide for pre-school children who are vulnerable or whose parents are critical workers during the...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to ensure that young people maintain access to free period products whilst schools are shut as a result of the covid-19...

      Home Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what steps he is taking to ensure home-schooled pupils can obtain Key Stage 4 qualifications.

      Apprentices: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing training providers to deliver apprenticeships via virtual classrooms.

      Childminding: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the income of childminders; and what discussions he has had with the Chancellor...

      Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the proportion and number of children in receipt of free school meals who will not be attending school during the...

      Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department is having with universities and higher education providers to ensure that students who are unable to sit their exams...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what financial support the Government will provide to the childcare sector during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

      Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if the vouchers offered to children eligible for free school meals during school closures will include support to cover the costs of breakfast.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support schools remaining open for vulnerable children and children whose parents are key workers during (a)...

      Childminding: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to introduce financial support for childminders affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Nurseries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department will underwrite losses incurred by private nurseries that have been mandated to stay open by Government during the covid-19...

      Basic Skills: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy for the assessment of Functional Skills that where testing is not possible tutors are able to determine where a learner...

      Nurseries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support will be available to parents whose nurseries continue to charge them while the nursery is closed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Nurseries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on flexibility for private nurseries that have been mandated to stay open during the...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has for the continuation of the (a) School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme and (b) delivery of free sanitary products to schools whilst...

      GCE A-level and GCSE: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) accuracy of predicted grades for (i) GCSEs and (ii) A-Levels and (b) potential effect of...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether students will receive maintenance loans whilst their schools or colleges are closed during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Apprentices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support the Government plans to provide (a) businesses and (b) the education sector to maintain apprenticeships during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what contingency arrangements are in place for the care of (a) SEN children and (b) dependent children in the event that their parents are unable to...

      Care Leavers and Children in Care: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the equality implications of his Department's proposals on unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will set up a national scheme to provide additional funding for schools to provide meals or vouchers for pupils eligible for free school meals;...

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to protect teachers from covid-19 infection whilst they look after the children of key workers during the...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure students can continue to access student finance during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Jury Service: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether front-line staff working in (a) the NHS, (b) education, (c) the police and (d) the food supply chain will be exempt from mandatory jury service...

    • Wills: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications of social distancing for the requirement in the Wills Act 1837 that a person who may be a vulnerable...

      Debt Collection: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to regulate the actions of bailiffs and debt collectors on people facing financial hardship as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Trials: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of deferring or postponing ongoing trials for non-violent offences for the...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that National Probation Service staff are paid their contractual increments on time.

      Magistrates Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of the continuation of priority cases in the Magistrates courts on efforts to reduce transmission of covid-19;...

      Law Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to provide additional funding from the public purse to law centres to help them respond to increases in the number...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the Government's timetable is for holding (a) discussions, (b) meetings and (b) negotiations with the Australian Government on a...

    • Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her Department's (a) objectives and (b) planned timetable are for agreeing a trade deal with Australia.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what bilateral free trade agreements her Department is discussing; and on what dates she plans to publish the negotiating objectives for...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential (a) environmental and (b) social impacts on the UK of a UK trade deal with Australia.

      Import Controls: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she plans to prohibit imports from (a) New Zealand, (b) Australia and (c) other future trading partners of food produced under...

      Overseas Trade: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the level of regulatory divergence on goods between the UK and Australia; and what steps she is taking to...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential effectiveness of alternative investor protection provisions in relation to a free trade...

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for (a) her policy on investor-state dispute settlement in a future UK-Australia trade...

      Department for International Trade: Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much her Department spent on (a) English wine and (b) wine from other countries in 2017-18.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that Shropshire council has adequate funding to provide adult social care.

    • 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...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support tenants who are unable to pay their rent as a result of loss of income due to the...

      Council Tax: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to push back the council tax 10-month payment period, so that payments can be made from...

      Rents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has made an assessment of the feasibility of introducing a ban on rent increases for (a) social...

      Food Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the announcement by his Department on 21 March 2020 on measures to protect people at highest risk...

      Supported Housing: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government's policy is that staff providing extra care or warden services in supported and sheltered...

      Food Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the national plan for delivering food assistance is; what steps he will take to support local community food...

      Council Tax: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of directing local authorities to suspend council tax payments for...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that people experiencing homelessness are provided with units to self-isolate during...

      Estate Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether estate agents are classified as key workers for the purposes of the Government's response to the covid-19 pandemic.

      Business Improvement Districts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that Business Improvement Districts play an active roll in encouraging the return of...

      Second Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making holiday homes exempt from classification as domestic...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy for the public purse to cover shortfalls in child maintenance payments to protect family income during the...

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of take-up rates of attendance allowance in each of the last five years for which data are available.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of time taken to speak to a call handler on the universal credit helpline.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long after first applying can claimants for universal credit receive their first advance.

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for universal credit were made on each of the last 30 days.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that employment support allowance and new style employment support allowance applications (a)...

      Students: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she is putting in place during the covid-19 outbreak to support students in part-time work who are unable to claim universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2020 to Question 28608, on Universal Credit, how many universal credit claims were made in 2019 by...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals on animal sentience.

    • Litter: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the targets to be set under the Environment Bill will include a target on litter.

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the remit of the proposed Office of Environmental Protection will include holding public bodies to account on...

      Veterinary Medicine: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether vets, veterinary nurses and people in related professions are key workers under the covid-19 guidance.

      Food Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will require food assistance during the covid-19 outbreak; what...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on tackling the difference between the cost of milk production...

      Milk: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, whether he plans to take steps to support milk processors.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether claimants of flood resilience grants can reapply if the measures installed by that grant are damaged in a subsequent...

      Food Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure an adequate supply of food for key workers.

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the proposed ban on third party sales of puppies will prohibit breeders that breed dogs outside England from selling...

      Polychlorinated Biphenyl: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 March 2020 to Question 22381 on Polychlorinated Biphenyl, if she will place in the Library all...

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the sufficiency of the number of refrigerated vans to meet the increased demand for grocery...

      Pest Control: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether pest control services are classified as a key service in relation to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Food Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to ensure the delivery of food to people in self-isolation; and when such plans will be in...

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports that supermarkets are raising prices for basic staple foods during...

      Flood Control: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of river dredging on levels of flooding in South Yorkshire.

  • Home Office

    • Coronavirus: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government will take to protect vulnerable women from domestic violence during periods of self isolation.

    • Breweries: Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to amend licensing laws to allow breweries to sell and deliver beer direct to the consumer during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has plans to provide additional funding to local authorities to support people at increased risk of becoming victims of domestic...

      Police: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that personal protective equipment is available for police officers undertaking duties during the...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that settlement visa criteria are achievable following Government advice on (a) avoiding...

      Police: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the number of police inquiry offices to improve contact...

      Immigrants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to support people whose leave to remain in the UK will expire during the period of travel bans due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the visa status of migrant workers on Tier 2 work visas that become unemployed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak;...

      Entry Clearances: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the status of overseas nationals that overstay their visas as a result of (a) travel restrictions, (b) self-isolation...

      Civil Servants: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to allow civil servants to work from home during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Police Custody: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued to police forces on the safe detention of people accused of a crime who are displaying symptoms of...

      Public Transport: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential role of the police in enforcing social...

      Immigrants: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether people that have no recourse to public funds will be entitled to access support from the Government during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Migrant Workers: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions the potential merits of extending eligibility to (a) statutory sick...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people can continue to access the asylum system.

      Immigrants: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on ensuring that people that are (a)...

      Asylum: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on applicants being able to access timely legal advice on their asylum cases, if her...

      Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have leave to remain in the UK and are permitted to work but have no recourse to public funds.

      Immigrants: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to support people with no recourse to public funds who need to self-isolate as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policy on immigration detention of the 17 March 2020 report by Professor Richard...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of staff in her Department who work at the UK Visa & Immigration Sheffield Premium Service Centre at Vulcan...

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Domestic Abuse Commissioner has been included in contingency planning for vulnerable groups during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offences: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to help ensure that deaf and disabled victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence can access refuge...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Compassionate Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received representations on UK Visas and Immigrations (UKVI) employees being offered 10 days of special leave to meet...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Advertising: Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money from the public purse has been spent on digital advertising on (a) the transition period and (b) public health advice on Covid-19 in (i)...

    • Cleaning Services: Staff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of classifying cleaning staff as key workers.

      Parliamentary Scrutiny: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what criteria the Government uses to determine what work is essential during the covid-19 outbreak.

      National Income

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the amount of GDP that came from the sale of illegal drugs in 2018-19.

      Mobile Phones: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office, what use (a) the Government and (b) local government is making of emergency messaging on mobile phones during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Members

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what additional activities the Government envisage Members of Parliament will undertake as a result of the abolition of British Members of the European...

      European Commission and European Parliament: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he plans to take to enable MPs to scrutinise decisions made by the European (a) Parliament and (b) Commission.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to bring forward proposals for a UK-wide boundary review of parliamentary constituencies.

      Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

      Murder: Merseyside

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the murder rate in the Merseyside Police region.

  • Treasury

    • Insurance Companies: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to ensure that covid-19 is not excluded by insurance companies from their lists of notifiable diseases for claims.

    • PAYE: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that interest is not charged on PAYE payments that are deferred as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to cancel beer duty payments due by direct debit on 25 March for small independent brewers.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will suspend the tax credit income disregard for reductions in earnings for the financial year 2020-21 to ensure that where earnings fall households'...

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government will take to support charities whose income and fundraising activities are affected by the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make...

      Mortgages: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will mandate mortgage lenders to provide all customers mortgage holidays upon request, irrespective of previous arrears on the customer account.

      Catering: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to cancel (a) beer duty and (b) VAT payments due this month to support the pub, brewing and hospitality sectors.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on levels of business of (a) estate agents, (b) housebuilders, (c) conveyancers, (d)...

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on self-employed people; and whether he has plans to provide a package of support...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the wage grant under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be made available to employees working reduced hours.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to waive duty payments on the production of alcohol for use in hand sanitiser by spirit drinks distillers in the UK.

      Spirits: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of reducing the duty on spirits as a result of producers switching production to hand sanitiser;...

      Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to support the UK steel industry.

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will cancel beer duty payments due by direct debit on 25 March 2020 for small independent breweries.

      Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will hold discussions with credit card companies to ask them to suspend the charging of fees on balances while the restrictions in response to...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether businesses that do not pay business rates are eligible to apply for grants through the Covid-19 Business Grants Fund.

      Business: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2020 to Question 31468 on Businesses: Insurance, what steps he is taking to provide insurance for businesses that have...

      Roadchef: Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department been made on the dispute between HMRC and the Roadchef Employee Benefits Trust since the meeting between the Financial...

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to promote employee share ownership schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Employee Ownership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to protect participants in employee share ownership schemes from losing their tax relief when a trustee acts in breach of trust; and if he...

      Loans: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce an immediate six-month moratorium on commercial lenders enforcing loan repayments during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Pensions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, whether he has plans to extend the deadline by which single premium pension payments may be made into existing...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Teachers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the income of long term supply teaching staff employed (a) through agencies and (b) by schools, acadamies or local authorities will have their...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be eligible to receive 80 per cent of their salaries under the terms of the Coronavirus Job...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether businesses not listed as non-essential shops and public spaces which choose to close to safeguard their staff will be entitled to assistance under...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Shipping

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether foreign shipping companies operating from UK ports are eligible for Government assistance in paying 80 per cent of seafarers’ wages under the...

      Agriculture: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional fiscal steps he is taking to support agricultural businesses subject to exemption from business rates but experiencing acute financial...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide support businesses to encourage their employees to move towards part-time shift working during the outbreak of covid-19 through the...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support he plans to provide for employees in the event that their employer requires them to come into work and refuses to access the...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) statutory sick pay has been paid out of the public purse to (a) self-employed and (b) employed people in financial year 2019-20.

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to provide emergency funding to charities supporting the response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including (a) mobile food vendors and (b) other non-business rate hospitality businesses in his cash...

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he is holding discussions with Cabinet colleagues on (a) charity sector insecurity as a result of the covid-19 outbreak and (b) plans to mitigate...

      Temporary Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support contract workers will be eligible for during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Charities: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to extend the small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support independent businesses during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Entertainments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to discontinue plans for a Festival of Britain and reallocate funding allocated to that purpose...

    • Pop Festivals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to provide financial assistance to the music industry for loss of revenue due to the cancellation of (a)...

      Voluntary Work: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Prime Minister's broadcast announcement on Monday 23rd March 2020, what the Government's policy is on...

      Broadband

      What steps his Department is taking to expand the availability of gigabit-capable broadband throughout the UK.

      Mass Media: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Independent Community News Network on (a) the viability of and (b) Government support for...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Remote Working

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission is taking to ensure staff working for (a) hon. Members, (b) the...

    • Electronic Voting: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission is holding discussions with other Parliaments moving to establish...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make an assessment of the extent of demand on the NHS in Northern Ireland that will result from the implementation of Section 9 of...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Pneumonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the National Cancer Institute Pascale Foundation, and (2) the Colli Hospital, in Italy about the results those...

    • Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the National Health Service about sourcing additional beds for patients, including in non-hospital settings.

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