Written answers

Thursday, 30 April 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescale is for publishing his Department's review of the effectiveness of red lights for roadside recovery operators; and if he will make a...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Service Industries and Utilities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the hospitality industry.

    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many successful applications have been made to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

      Companies House: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support Companies House is giving to businesses to assist with responding to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Employment Agencies: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment has made of the effect of the covid-19 lockdown on the recruitment sector.

      Maternity Leave: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of offering a three month paid extension to...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the covid-19 pandemic, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of taking additional...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Overseas Territories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the British Overseas Territories during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Taiwan: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Taiwanese authorities on lessons learned from their handling of the covid-19...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British nationals have been repatriated in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the ticket cost of £600 per person for nationals returning from Bangladesh was determined; and if he will make a statement.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an estimate of the costs incurred by UK citizens trapped in (a) India, (b) Pakistan and (c)...

      South Ossetia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions with his Russian counterpart on that country's policy of borderization of the Kareli Municipality...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to carry out mass covid-19 testing of NHS staff.

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish guidance on how social distancing measures implemented by the Government in response to the covid-19 outbreak can help...

      Palliative Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of syringe drivers required to ensure the maintenance of palliative care regimes during the...

      Coronavirus: Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will include people with motor neurone disease on the list of vulnerable people during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in care homes who are likely to have contracted covid-19 and died of...

      Coronavirus: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to collect sex-disaggregated data as part of the NHS coronavirus status checker.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide details of the evidential threshold that his Department requires antibody tests to meet in order to detect people that...

      Cancer: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cancer-related clinical trials have been (a) cancelled and (b) suspended as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Speech and Language Therapy: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy that retired therapists who return to work as volunteers for the NHS during the covid-19 pandemic are able...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to re-introduce contact tracing for people who test positive for covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to publish a testing and tracing strategy.

      NHS: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce a death-in-service benefit for NHS workers.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests have been conducted in immigration removal centres as of 21 April 2020; and what testing strategy is in place for...

      African Coalition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is providing to the Pan-African Network For Rapid Research, Response, Relief and Preparedness for Infectious...

      Health Visitors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the (a) number of health visitors redeployed from their roles during the covid-19 outbreak, (b)...

      Health Visitors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many local areas in England have less than 60 per cent of the pre-covid-19 number of health visitors available to work their normal roles.

      Coronavirus: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of covid-19 symptom tracker online apps that have been approved by his Department; and what guidance his...

      Ventilators: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date did the UK Government sign the EU's ventilator procurement scheme known as the Joint Procurement Agreement.

      Coronavirus: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Prime Minister's statement of 16 March 2020 that pregnant women should avoid...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his Answer of 21 April 2020 to Question 34315, how many personnel in are involved in carrying out contact tracing to identify...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2020 to Question 35046 on Developing Countries: Coronavirus, when the impact assessment will be...

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2020 to Question 34965 on Israel: Palestinians, which organisations (a) distributed funds and (b)...

      Developing Countries: Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what additional support her Department is providing to countries in the Global South at risk of acute food insecurity as a result of...

      Commonwealth Development Corporation: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Commonwealth Development Corporation is taking to adapt its global investments to respond to the health and economic...

      Africa: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the use of expired anti-retroviral (ARV) HIV medication in (a) Zimbabwe and (b) other African...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the level of housebuilding in England (a) in 2020 and (b) from...

    • Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the publication of the social housing White Paper.

      Private Rented Housing: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with private university accommodation providers on waiving rental fees for...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Budget Statement of 11 March 2020, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of removing the...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made on the effect of changes to Child Maintenance Service payments on single mothers during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Devolution: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps they are taking to work with the devolved administrations to combat the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Telecommunications: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many EU workers are employed in the telecommunications sector.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of live events cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak; and what estimate he has made...

    • Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many companies in the creative industries have claimed support through the (a) Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (b)...

      Gambling: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the planned timescale is for the gambling review.

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to advise potential recipients of state aid in the transport sector of recipients' obligations to ensure (1) compliance with (a)...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which projects HS2 are continuing construction work on during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assessment they have made of the impact of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Conclusion 21 of the Oakervee Review of HS2, published on 11 February, whether a revised funding envelope has been set for Phase 1 of HS2 before...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Euston Station

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 9 March (HL 1714 and 1715) and 11 March (HL1912) on the HS2 plans for Euston, whether any work on...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to relax the requirement for eyesight and medical testing of those applying to renew heavy goods vehicle and public service vehicle...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the availability of heavy goods vehicle drivers.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Distributive Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the purposes of COVID-19 measures, what discussions they have had with (1) employers, (2) employee representatives, and (3) trade unions, about staff working...

    • Offshore Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking, or plan to take, to support the UK offshore oil and gas industry and its supply chain through (1) the changes in the global oil...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Libya: Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Interior Minister of the government of Libya about (1) frozen Libyan assets, and (2) the provision of compensation to...

    • Iran: Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran to seek the permanent release of (1) Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, and (2) other dual nationals, who...

      Pakistan: Homicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan following the Legatum Institute identifying eight journalists as being murdered in Pakistan...

      USA: Open Skies Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the strategic importance of the Open Skies Treaty; and what discussions they have had with the government of the United...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran to secure the permanent release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, following the extension of her...

      Libya: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further information they can provide on reports that Turkey flew F16 fighter jets over the Libyan coast in April; and what assessment they have made of the...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of figures from Amnesty International which indicate that Saudi Arabia executed 184 people in 2019; and what representations...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about the enforcement of the death penalty in that country; what assessment they made of that...

  • Cabinet Office

    • EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their next report on progress towards removing retained EU law restrictions, as required by Schedule 3 of the European Union (Withdrawal)...

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK aid donated bilaterally and through the UN is reaching Rojava in north east Syria.

    • Iran: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have provided to support the government of Iran to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 upon its citizens.

      Syria: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help minimise the risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to those currently living in refugee camps in Syria.

      Syria: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the humanitarian situation in Idlib province during the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the risks of that situation worsening due...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Sick Leave: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to employers of people in insecure employment including (1) people on zero-hours contracts, (2) self-employed individuals working for...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Ministerial Statement by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 18 March (HLWS163), who will decide whether there is “new compelling...

    • European Union: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have received from the European Union about establishing an office in Northern Ireland.

      Coronavirus: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the development of an exit strategy from the COVID-19 lockdown.

      Stormont House Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they intend to take implement the Stormont House Agreement of 2015.

      Ports: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to introduce legislation with regard to trade arrangements between ports in Northern Ireland and ports in Great Britain; and when they...

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about their proposals for addressing Northern Ireland Legacy issues; and from whom.

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