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Written answers

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the risk of covid-19 being spread in the UK by people arriving from overseas into UK airports.

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with UK airlines on issuing refunds to customers whose travel arrangements were cancelled as a result of the...

      Great Western Railway: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial and other support he is providing to the operator of the Great Western Railway franchise to ensure the continuance of services on the...

      Road Traffic Control: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to ensure social distancing by reallocating road space to pedestrians and cyclists during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the airline and travel industries of imposing a 14 day quarantine on people arriving in the UK from other...

      Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to introduce pre-boarding covid-19 testing at airports.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to announce proposals on supporting hauliers in Northern Ireland to manage the covid-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assumptions a business should make on when they can resume trading so they can produce a meaningful budget and...

    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many social enterprises have received a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan to date.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he is having with UK satellite companies on their development of capability in Cislunar space; and if...

      Small Business Grants Fund: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that small businesses who pay business rates as part of their rental agreement with...

      Small Business Grants Fund: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that manufacturers making Blackpool rock and other products exclusively for the...

      Dental Services: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will extend the business loan scheme to ensure that dental practices are able to access financial support where...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Luton South

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Luton South based businesses have (a) applied for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme and (b)...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses have accessed the business interruption loan scheme; and what the value is of loans made to date.

      Tourists: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his department has had with representatives of the travel and tourism industry on compensating...

      Small Businesses: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to tackle late payments to small businesses.

      Small Business Grants Fund: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will extend the covid-19 grant scheme for tourism and hospitality firms to small bed and breakfast businesses...

      Small Businesses: Beer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of the independent brewing sector on support required by that sector...

      Remote Working: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps are being taken to protect pregnant women who are unable to work from home.

      Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what notice the Government plans to give businesses closed due to covid-19 on reopening, when appropriate, to allow...

      Take-away Food: Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to encourage and facilitate the ordinary operation of (a) takeaway and...

      St George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to make St George's Day a bank holiday.

      Economic Growth: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his UN speech of 6 March 2020, whether his statement that green growth is absolutely possible is...

      Package Holidays: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2020 to Questions HL2882, what steps the package travel sector has agreed to take as...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will extend the Coronavirus Small Business Grant scheme to all active businesses, including (a) limited companies...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support businesses in villages to recover from the economic effect of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Home Shopping: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to combat online retail price gouging.

      Home Shopping: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to regulate...

      Home Shopping: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what investigatory, enforcement and regulatory powers the Competition and Markets Authority holds to tackle price gouging.

      Construction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons version 2 of the Construction Leadership Council’s guidance Site Operating Procedures Protecting...

      Construction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to enforce staggered start times for construction sites to help ensure that construction...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of the financial sector on additional financial support that may be...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the number of lenders accredited to provide revolving finance and overdraft...

      Distributive Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with national suppliers and wholesalers on encouraging them to provide (a) reduced...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of social enterprises that have received Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans.

      City Deals: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the continued viability of City Deals in Wales as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Business: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of rules on staff who have been furloughed in line with the Coronavirus Job...

      Foreign Investment in UK: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the level of dependence on Chinese investment of the (a) manufacturing and...

      Insolvency: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to planned reforms to the UK insolvency framework, when the new restructuring procedure and new...

      Iron and Steel: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the steel recycling sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Small Business Grants Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will allow local authorities to retain any surplus funding allocated for the business support grant to distribute...

      Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take urgent steps to ensure that floating bar and restaurant businesses that are not eligible for business...

      Holiday Accommodation and Second Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money has been claimed under the Coronavirus Small Business Grants Fund (a) by second home owners and (b) for...

      Flybe: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to tackle the delays in Government redundancy payments for ex-Flybe staff in Northern Ireland.

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all firms entitled to assistance under the Coronavirus Business...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support SMEs during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support SMEs to design new ways of working in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Insolvency: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that insolvency measures do not inhibit otherwise viable businesses from...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) small retailers, (b) businesses in the agricultural and...

      Energy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people’s energy needs are met during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the resilience and competitiveness of international energy markets.

      Life Sciences and Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support (a) vaccine manufacturing and (b) UK life sciences.

      Manufacturing Industries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the manufacturing sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Space Technology: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help the UK space industry use its skills to support the UK response to the...

      Consumers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government will take to ensure that businesses do not penalise individuals who do not use the NHS...

      Pneumoconiosis: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that family members of people who have underlying industrial diseases, but who die...

      Pneumoconiosis: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people have put in claims to the Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Compensation Scheme in (a) England, (b)...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's announcement on 24 April 2020 that employees whose period of family-related leave...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of whether lenders are collating data on the number of (a) applications and (b) rejected...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of his Department collating data on the number of applications...

      Debenhams: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what additional support the Government plans to provide to (a) staff and (b) suppliers of Debenhams following its...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of applications for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme have been approved...

      Parental Leave: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of extending (a) maternity and (b) paternity leave in...

      Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to expand the (a) Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund and (b) the business rate holiday due to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals stranded abroad as a result of the covid-19 outbreak who (a) are...

    • India: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people are registered with his Department for flights to the UK from India; and how many of those people are in Punjab.

      Bangladesh: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people are registered with his Department for flights to the UK from Bangladesh.

      Animals: Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he plans to make to his international counterparts to secure a global ban on wet markets.

      Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of a longer-term funding cycle for Preventing Sexual Violence...

      Chile: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government has provided (a) military training, (b) internal security training and (c) public order training to...

      Africa: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK Embassy and High Commission staff throughout Africa are unavailable to work at post due to health or logistical...

      India: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British citizens are waiting to be allocated a repatriation flight from India; and what steps his Department is taking...

      Panama: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to provide repatriation flights for British citizens stranded in Panama during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the arrest of fifteen prominent democracy activists and former lawmakers in Hong Kong on...

      Repatriation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 27 April 2020 to Question 37391, how many UK nationals have returned to the UK on repatriation...

      China: Belt and Road Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much financial support the Government has made available for projects relating to China’s Belt and Road Initiative in...

      Turkey: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the humanitarian situation of migrants along the...

      Taliban: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2020 to Question 34327 on Taliban: Peace Negotiations, what involvement he had with the...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department requested military assistance for the civil authorities to increase capacity for flights repatriating...

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his response to protests in Hong Kong of the letter of six UN Special...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on ensuring quarantine facilities throughout the country for UK citizens...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the national capacity of (a) intensive care unit beds and (b) ventilators is; what level of capacity he estimates reaching in the...

    • Coronavirus: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Covid-19 Guidance NHS General Dental Services from the Chief Dental Officer, published by the Scottish Government...

      Coronavirus: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether dentists should cease all use of aerosol producing procedures during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when further guidance will be issued on dentistry during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Ventilators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department made of the current availability of ventilators in (a) London and (b) England; and what steps he is taking...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) his Department and (b) NHS Trusts have ordered covid-19 testing kits from Novacyt; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prioritise testing for covid-19 for patients who are in receipt of dialysis treatment.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of women have suffered an infected womb following an abortion in the latest period for which figures are...

      Care Homes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that people with dementia that are discharged from hospital as a result of the covid-19 outbreak are...

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level of absence among NHS workers who are self-isolated and have not been tested for covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the equality of access to ICU beds in the regions of England during the covid-19 outbreak; and whether the...

      Coronavirus: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people who have (a) been diagnosed with and (b) died from covid-19 (i) had learning disabilities and/or...

      Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that medical monitoring of at risk people with eating disorders continues in the...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of health of people reliant on care provided by domiciliary care staff; and...

      Coronavirus: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have contracted covid-19 as in-patients in hospitals in England, on each day since 1 January 2020.

      Autism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support autistic people and their families during the covid-19 lockdown.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many oncologists (a) in total and (b) by NHS trust have been diverted to respond directly to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the level of stock was of (a) FFP3 masks, (b) FFP2 masks, (c) fluid-repellent gowns, (d) fluid-resistant gowns and (e) protective...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how are cases of covid-19 in care homes being reported; and whether that data is being published.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how deaths caused by covid-19 are being reported (a) in and (b) outside of the NHS and care sector; and when the Government plans to...

      Telemedicine: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that health professionals working in prisons have adequate provision to employ telemedicine...

      Care Homes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to help ensure that residents of care homes living with dementia can maintain contact with their relatives to...

      Coronavirus: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional resources he is providing to local government for care services during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Carers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support he is providing during the covid-19 outbreak to people who care for a friend or family member.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to share understanding and co-ordinate support for people with arthritis across the NHS in England.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of surgical theatres have been repurposed to tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of Government guidance requiring people at high risk from covid-19 to stay at home and...

      Nurses: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to reimburse tuition fees for student nurses volunteering as part of the response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Intensive Care: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on ensuring adequate critical care capacity in hospitals in Northern Ireland during the covid-19...

      Health Services: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the mental health of NHS workers during the covid-19 outbreak.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure NHS providers have the financial support they need during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much and what proportion of his Department's budget has been spent on tackling female genital mutilation in the UK in each financial...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a freeze on private care home fees during the covid-19 outbreak.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether use of the NHS contact-tracing app will be voluntary; what progress has been made in the development of that app; and if he will...

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reimbursing care sector employers for the cost of employees that have been advised...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the number of memory clinics in (a) England and (b) Wales which have remained open since 23 March 2020; and...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many death certificates have been authorised in the community since 1 March 2020 without the physical presence of a GP; how many of...

      Coronavirus: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of (a) social distancing and (b) shielding during the covid-19 outbreak...

      Surgery: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many elective operations have been delayed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak; and what the average length is of those delays.

      Surgery: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to tackle the backlog of elective surgical procedures during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of ICU bed availability on the delivery of complex cancer surgery during the...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) routine appointments and (b) red flag referrals were cancelled or postponed during the covid-19 outbreak.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy that GP surgeries are required to provide primary care to people without a registered doctor in order to...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the NHS plans to resume urgent elective surgery; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services: Life Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether social care staff in the private sector will be eligible for the life assurance scheme announced in response to covid-19 outbreak.

      Hospital Beds: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2020 to Question 38931 on Hospital Beds: Private Sector, if he will set out the (a) costs and (b)...

      Charities: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will allow non-hospice voluntary sector children’s palliative care organisations access to the funding for charities...

      Hospices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish guidance on how children's hospices should provide care and support during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Vitamin B12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on the treatment of cobalamin deficiency during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Health Services: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what arrangements are in place for students to access (a) medical care and (b) repeat prescriptions during the covid-19 lockdown while...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff in his Department have formal arrangements to work from home during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Services: Staff

      What steps he is taking to help ensure the adequacy of staffing levels in the social care sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Health Services and Social Services: Staff

      What assessment he has made of the adequacy of staffing levels in the health and social care sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      What steps his Department is taking to support the mental health of NHS staff during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Services: Finance

      What steps the Government is taking to introduce a new (a) living wage and (b) financial settlement for social care workers.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      What assessment he has made of the availability of covid-19 testing for (a) care home residents and (b) home care recipients.

      *No heading*

      What assessment he has made of the potential long-term effect of social isolation as a result of covid-19 lockdown measures on levels of demand for mental health services.

      Social Workers: Finance

      What steps the Government is taking to introduce a new (a) living wage and (b) financial settlement for social care workers.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to help prevent a second wave of covid-19 infections after the easing of lockdown measures.

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      What steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of deaths in the social care sector as a result of covid-19.

  • Department for International Development

    • Humanitarian Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on ensuring humanitarian access...

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to (a) enhance and (b) maintain humanitarian access in Yemen.

      Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with her international counterparts on planned funding levels for a humanitarian response in Yemen.

      Greece: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial support his Department is offering to support humanitarian assistance to migrants along the Greek-Turkish border.

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps she has taken to ensure that religious minorities are not disproportionately adversely affected by the covid-19 pandemic.

      Pakistan: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the validity of reports that religious minorities in Pakistan are being denied adequate support during...

      Palestinians: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to the Palestinian Authority to tackle the covid-19 pandemic in the Occupied Palestinian...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she holds information on the proportion of humanitarian assistance sent to Gaza which is delivered through non-governmental...

  • Department for Education

    • Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will guarantee programme income for (a) grant, (b) contracted and (c) other provider types until the end of the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to provide free school meal support to children during future school holidays that take place during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department is providing to university students tied into rental agreements during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will appoint a Special Envoy for Children reporting directly to the Prime Minister to lead an emergency Children’s Taskforce on the impact...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on working with external partners to deliver the planned digital integration of the...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on support for students renting private accommodation who are not able to make...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of telephone calls to Edenred have been unanswered since 23 March 2020 to date.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he made of the effect on the viability of the early years sector of his decision to place entitlement restrictions on early years...

      Music: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils study music at A-Level in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and (c) Rother Valley constituency.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support the Government is providing to schools that wish to access free school meals vouchers from a retailer not listed on the...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to ensure that students receive all key stages of learning they may have missed during the covid-19 lockdown.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Crimes of Violence: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to (a) protect shop workers from violent attacks and (b) ensure that offenders are prosecuted.

    • County Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of suspending the issue of county court judgments to small businesses during the covid-19 outbreak...

      Probate Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps is he taking to ensure that the Probate Registry can process the current high level of cases.

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to ensure that court hearings proceed during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on protecting prisoners with underlying health conditions from covid-19.

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure social distancing measures are being effectively implemented in prisons in order to ensure the safety of private...

      Brian Healless

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons Brian Healless was sent to a mental health institution rather than a prison following his sentencing on 24 March 2020.

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that every person taking part in virtual court hearings during the covid-19 outbreak has adequate...

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing retired judges back into employment to tackle the backlog of court cases...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the suitability of virtual court hearings for people with mental health conditions.

  • Department for International Trade

    • World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the importance for UK interests of the World Trade Organisation holding meetings during the covid-19...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with Local Resilience Forums to ensure that local authorities are responding...

    • Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support his Department plans to provide to local authorities to ensure that rough sleepers currently in emergency...

      Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the evidential basis is for his Department’s 18 April 2020 statement that 90 per cent of rough sleepers...

      Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that rough sleepers (a) not known to local authorities at and (b) who...

      Temporary Accommodation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of hostels and other temporary accommodation with shared...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure the allocation of the additional £1.6 billion support for local authorities is...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government has taken to help ensure that local resilience forums and local authorities engage with the...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure local resilience forums and local authorities can meet the needs of (a)...

      Disease Control: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people classified by the NHS as extremely vulnerable people who have been asked to shield at home have (a)...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the increased costs that local authorities will incur as a result of the covid-19...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect SMEs from eviction as a result of financial difficulties caused by the...

      Food Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to provide food and support to people classified by the NHS as the most vulnerable in society.

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made on allowing councils to meet remotely.

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress has made on establishing local co-ordination centres to mitigate disruption to logistics as a result of...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of additional support required by local government in (a) Lincolnshire and (b) the UK in...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress the Government is making on providing support to homeless people during the covid-19 outbreak in (a)...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have become homeless since the announcement of support for local...

      Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to ensure that victims of domestic violence are not housed in the same temporary provision of...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with local authorities on the development of government policy for local recovery...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentile of local rents the maximum local housing allowance rate is for each (a) home size and (b) broad rental market area.

    • Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to provide financial support for low-income households affected by the covid-19 outbreak; and whether her...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Government's announcement of 20 March 2020 that the rate of universal credit standard allowance will be increased in...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims have been received for (a) contributions-based employment and support allowance and (b) contributions-based jobseekers'...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that family members of people who have underlying industrial diseases, but who die from covid-19, are...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have put in claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire, (c) the borough of Rotherham and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the proportion of new claimants of universal credit whose housing costs are not covered by the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants had their social security payments limited by the application of the two child rule in (a) January (b) February (c) March...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the 93 per cent of claims for universal credit that have been processed by her Department since 16 March 2020 have resulted...

      Food Banks: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the extent of the use of food banks by NHS workers.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that claimants are aware that making a claim for universal credit could automatically stop existing benefits.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her Department’s policy to allow claimants to re-open a tax credit claim following an application for universal credit.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Veterinary Services: Coronavirus

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

    • Milk: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold urgent discussions with with key stakeholders in the diary industry on managing the milk supply chain.

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to promote rural broadband; and if she will ensure that Downe and Cudham in...

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 31 March 2020 to Question 33719 on Supermarkets: Coronavirus, what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Milk: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of long-term competition rules derogation for milk processors in...

      Food: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial support has been made available to the food and drink wholesale sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Food: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will provide financial support to food and drink wholesale businesses that are affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Pets: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to introduce parity of treatment under the law for people found guilty of harming or injuring a...

  • Home Office

    • Drugs: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to dismantle the operations of the county lines drugs gangs in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Kidsgrove.

    • Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to protect children from sexual abuse during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Catalytic Converters: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to address the rise of catalytic converter theft.

      Crime: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on levels of crime.

      Animal Experiments: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of occasions animal testing laboratories have been compelled to euthanise animals...

      Animal Experiments: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has plans to ensure that animals in laboratories where staff are self-isolating, sick, working from home or on...

      Animal Experiments: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the effect of social distancing measures for covid-19 on the staffing of animal testing laboratories, what steps she plans...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has published to reinforce social distancing since the clap for key workers that took place on Westminster Bridge on 16...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will (a) place funding for the national wildlife crime unit on a permanent basis and (b) allocate to that unit sufficient funding to...

      Detention Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) detainees and (b) staff of immigration detention centres have been tested for covid-19.

      Refugees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of child refugees approved for family reunification in the UK are detained in refugee...

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to protect retail workers from abusive or violent behaviour during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Retail Trade: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on levels of retail crime.

      Armed Forces: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on removal visa charges for former Commonwealth UK Armed Forces personnel and their immediate families when...

      National Wildlife Crime Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward plans for permanent funding of the National Wildlife Crime Unit from a single budget in time for the next...

      Business: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of providing financial support to Business Crime Reduction Partnerships whose funding...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to relax visa-based barriers to work for students who may need to remain longer in the UK to complete their studies...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much money has accrued to the public purse from (a) NHS trusts, (b) organisations that provide social care (c) universities and other...

      Police: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that police officers and PCSOs are prioritised for covid-19 testing in the event they are...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Coronavirus

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, when churches will be re-opened for worshippers.

    • Churches: Coronavirus

      To ask the right hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, for what reasons churches and other places of worship were not listed as essential services in the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the proposed participants are who are not civil servants for the meeting of the Specialised Committee on the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol...

    • Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which (a) members of the UK delegation and (b) other participants excluding civil servants were present at (i) the first meeting and (ii) any...

  • Treasury

    • Small Business Grants Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending eligibility for the Small Business Grant Fund to include small businesses which are not...

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of reviewing HMRC’s agreement with debtors that monies already paid cannot be...

      Directors: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to support people who earn the majority of their income through dividends as directors of limited companies, and who are ineligible for...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support he will extend to people who started new jobs on or before 19 March 2020 but who are ineligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as an...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has carried out an impact assessment on (a) the cost to HM Treasury and (b) the benefits for businesses of allowing people eligible for the...

      Coronavirus job retention scheme: Company Voluntary Arrangements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has held discussions with his EU counterparts on the Government’s decision to prevent companies in CVA from benefitting from the...

      Pension Funds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing people aged under fifty-five whose income has been affected by the covid-19 outbreak to...

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding from the public purse will be allocated to Wales under the Barnett consequentials following expenditure on the Manchester light rail project.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the requirement that employers applying for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) make a real time information submission to HMRC...

      Credit Cards: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the equity of interest rates charged by credit card companies deferring payments on loans as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Catering and Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending further support to the hospitality, leisure, and tourism industries if the current...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to support small business owners that receive their income primarily through dividend payments rather than salary.

      Uniforms: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to increase the Uniform Tax Rebate rate for NHS staff and other workers who have had to wash their uniforms at higher...

      Veterinary Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the need to introduce a package of financial support for veterinary practices in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of UK employers had submitted their Full Payment Submission to HMRC on or before 19 March 2019.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the 2019 Loan Charge with the Rees rules on tax retrospectivity.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) gambling operators, (b) the Gambling Commission or (c) his Department has a statutory duty of care for protecting...

    • Gambling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many complaints have been received by the Advertising Standards Authority on adverts for online gambling sites during the...

      Football: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of women's football; and what plans the Government has to support...

      Social Enterprises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 business support package on social enterprises.

      Football: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Premier League football clubs on devising a level of reimbursement for season ticket holders,...

      Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with tourism businesses on developing guidance on (a) social distancing and (b) improved...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government plans to commence section 36 of the Equalities Act 2010.

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their announcement to provide up to £167 million to bus operators under the COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant on 3 April, what plans they have to...

    • Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the continuity of (1) essential transport services, consistently across, and within, modes, and (2) viable services after the...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to domestic air travel service providers; whether they offer support to more than one such provider operating on each route; and if...

      Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following their report Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge, published in March, what consideration they have given to reinstating plans to (1)...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the (1) enforcement measures, and (2) penalties, used to prevent HGVs using unsuitable roads.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to assign new work to those working on railway electrification to ensure that experienced teams are not disbanded.

      Northern Cyprus: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made, while the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 apply, to enable UK citizens coming back from...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce minimum safety standards for the bus industry to improve the protection of drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Civil Aviation Authority and European Aviation Safety Agency: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 23 March (HL2423), what financial contribution UK industry made to the European Union Aviation...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions have been imposed on airport passengers arriving in UK airports as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what assessment they have made of how...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passengers have flown into the UK as their final destination since 1 April; and of those, how many were screened or tested at airports for COVID-19. [T]

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Postgraduate Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have extend the provision of funding for postgraduate research students funded by UK Research and Innovation whose studies have been disrupted due...

    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Arts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses in the (1) creative, and (2) music, sector had received support under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme by 14 April.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a scheme to assist companies facing cashflow problems due to large numbers of refund requests triggered by COVID-19 related...

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of achieving their net-zero carbon target (1) with, and (2) without, carbon capture, utilisation and storage.

      Carbon Capture and Storage: Infrastructure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding will be required to develop the infrastructure necessary for carbon capture, utilisation and storage in the 2020s in order to meet their net-zero...

      Energy Intensive Industries: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the funding set out in the Conservative Manifesto to support energy intensive industries to use to low carbon technologies is new and additional funding...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the sale of building materials that are required to maintain the standards of residential properties are being restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of the members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies that have been providing them with advice on the COVID-19 pandemic; whether they...

      Employment: Pregnancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that pregnant employees do not suffer detriment at work, including dismissal or less favourable treatment, as a result of...

      Foreign Companies: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made loan guarantees available to companies operating in the UK but who are registered offshore during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans are being processed quickly and efficiently; and how long, on average, they...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the interest rates will be for businesses who have been supported via a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, following the end of the 12-month...

      Carbon Capture and Storage: Public Consultation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond to the consultation on Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Business Models, which opened on 22 July 2019 and closed on 16...

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ban sky lanterns.

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the average interest rate that will be charged to businesses who have been supported via a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the arrest of 15 pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong, including the founder of the...

    • Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the arrest of 15 pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong; and what steps they are taking, as a co-signatory to the Sino-British...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the UN’s proposal for a ceasefire throughout Syria until the COVID-19 pandemic is over; and if so, what discussions, if any, they have...

      China: Animals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they made to the government of China (1) prior to, and (2) subsequent to, the global outbreak of COVID-19 with respect to the regulation or...

      New Zealand: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current arrangements for UK citizens awaiting repatriation from New Zealand.

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that the government of North Korea’s traded oil and coal products in 2019, what assessment they have made of the compliance of that...

      North Korea: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of North Korea is in violation of UN sanctions prohibiting the export of coal and restricting the...

      North Korea: Nuclear Power

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of North Korea has continued nuclear activities in violation of its commitments to abandon all...

      North Korea: Oil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum products exceeded the annual limit imposed by the...

      North Korea: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 in North Korea, in particular in prisons and prison camps in that country; what representations they are...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 March (HL2422), what discussions they have had with (1) the EU, and (2) individual member...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli settlers are breaking quarantine measures to spit at and attack Palestinians and their property; and what...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reports that Israeli settlers have built new outposts in the West Bank during the COVID-19 lockdown; and what steps they...

      Gaza: Agriculture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israeli aircraft have sprayed toxic herbicides on to crops near the border fence in the east of Gaza City and...

      Hong Kong: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the Hong Kong protests issued on 18 April, what plans they have to meet with China’s...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all or any of the 180 Palestinian children reportedly detained by the Israeli Authorities have been released since 5 April; and if not, what steps they...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the repeated arrests of the Palestinian Authority Governor of East Jerusalem and reports of...

      Jerusalem: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to discuss with the government of Israel the health needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

      China: Foreign Relations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister, or his representatives, last spoke to the President of China.

      Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of China about the assault and arrests of pro-democracy leaders and lawmakers, including Martin Lee and...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to list, by airline, how many repatriation flights they have provided since 1 February for British citizens stranded due to COVID-19; and how many such citizens...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the announcement by the government of Israel of its intention to commence discussions from 1 July on applying Israeli sovereignty...

      Poland: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Polish citizens living in the UK are able to vote in the Polish Presidential election on 10 May; what steps they are taking to...

      South Asia: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Ambassadors and High Commissioners in southern Asia have been instructed to approach their respective host governments to assess the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address any potential shortages in care staff as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Coronavirus: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have put in place to provide additional (1) monitoring, and (2) reporting, of anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide, and other mental...

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor, together with the charitable sector and wider civil society, the adverse short- and long-term consequences of the (1)...

      Death: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress have they made in including in the figure of deaths due to COVID-19 announced each day those who have passed away in (1) all types care homes, (2)...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks by the World Health Organisation that there is no evidence of COVID-19 immunity amongst those who have recovered from...

      Coronavirus: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional resources they are committing to mental health services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Protective Clothing: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-departmental assessment was made following the confirmation by the European Commission on 17 March that the UK was entitled to participate in the...

  • Department for International Development

    • Coronavirus: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to support the creation of an international pooling mechanism for COVID-19 research set up by the World Health Organization.

    • Developing Countries: Commodity Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commodity producers in developing countries; and what support they plan to...

      Rohingya: Family Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bangladesh about the access of Rohingya refugees to sexual and reproductive health and rights services during...

  • Department for Education

    • Industry: White Papers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in (1) improving further education, (2) meeting future skills needs, and (3) supporting economic and social recovery, since...

    • Higher Education: Foreign Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial assistance to international Higher Education students in England to assist with any increase in the cost of returning to...

      Carers: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide additional support to kinship carers who are caring for vulnerable children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the range of supermarkets and convenience stores able to accept school meal vouchers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Relationship and Sex Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learnt from the criticisms of Warwickshire County Council’s “All About Me” programme to deliver relationships and sex...

      Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to request students studying design and technology to produce personal protective equipment.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Coronavirus

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans the House of Lords Commission has to enable eligibility for members who are working from home to receive their daily allowance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a unit to deal with import substitution before the end of the transition period agreed with the EU.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Sleeping Rough: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of migrants sleeping rough; and what guidance they have issued to local authorities about the provision of emergency...

    • Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, they have given to using the former RAF Sealand station to accommodate homeless people and others in need of temporary housing during...

      Parish Councils: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide parish and town councils with funding to enable them to support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Parish Councils: Coronaviurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether parish and town councils are eligible bodies for, and can therefore apply to, the (1) Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, (2) Small Business Grant Fund, and...

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers are available to local authorities to take action if retail outlets (1) open outside of the Government's COVID-19 guidelines, or (2) persistently flout...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what adjustments they will make, if any, to (1) the target of delivering one million homes in the forthcoming five years, and (2) the Housing Delivery Test...

      Travellers: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have access to basic utilities, water and sanitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to provide care for rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Planning Permission: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist on 2 April (HL2957), whether the Planning Inspectorate will accept Nationally Significant...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support homeless people and ensure that they have permanent accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Floods: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made to assist people whose houses were damaged by recent flooding and are now required to remain in those houses as a result of the...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide further tools to local government to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many creative industries businesses have applied for the (1) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans scheme, (2) the Small Business Grants Fund, and (3) the...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to amend the requirement in the Local Government Act 1972 for a member of a local authority to attend at least one meeting of that...

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Local Government Association about (1) the administration of and (2) the effectiveness of the COVID-19 business rate relief scheme.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure Continuous At Sea Deterrence until the deployment of the first Dreadnought submarine.

    • HMS Dasher

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Secretary of State for Defence on 9 May 1996 (HC Deb, vol 277, cols 225–6W), how many bodies were recovered after the...

      Iran: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the maritime incident involving Iranian vessels and United States naval forces on 15 April in the Arabian Gulf; and what...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to review the Voluntary Reporting Framework on Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing, published in November 2018; and how many (1) employers have...

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of UK employers are currently signed up to Disability Confident; and what percentage of employers they estimate will be signed up by the end of 2020.

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) proportion, and (2) number, of people who have made new Universal Credit claims since COVID-19 pandemic related policies were introduced in the UK have...

      Parental Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether furloughed employees will have continuity of service in order that, for example, prospective parents do not lose out on statutory parental pay which...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on the farming and agricultural sectors.

    • Fly-tipping: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of municipal waste site closures on the prevalence of fly tipping; and what advice they provide to local councils...

      Horticulture: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to respond to the letter from the Master of the Company of Gardeners to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, dated...

      Fisheries: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide financial support to the UK fishing industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and when they intend to implement...

      Dairy Products: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assist farmers and processors to find alternative outlets for milk and other dairy products that would otherwise go to waste due to...

      Food: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide access to land to individuals and communities seeking to establish individual or community food growing schemes during the...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the Pick for Britain initiative, which aims to fill vacancies on fruit and vegetable farms.

      Food: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support and guidance they have provided to local authorities, volunteer groups and supermarkets to ensure efforts to provide food to vulnerable people are...

      Air Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the £304 million announced in the 2020 Budget for local authorities to improve air quality will be allocated, and what time period the fund covers.

      Fisheries: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for distributing the £10 million of financial support for fishing businesses in England affected by COVID-19; and what additional...

  • Home Office

    • *No heading*

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what alternatives are available for registering a birth where the local registrar has closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and how the 42-day legal deadline will...

    • Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many unaccompanied child refugees have been admitted to the UK under (1) section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, and (2) the Dublin...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) increase asylum support rates in line with Universal Credit, and (2) provide further support to asylum seekers to assist with essential...

      Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to ensure that victims of domestic abuse can access support and protection during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they have...

      Immigration Controls: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce COVID-19 health checks and quarantine measures at the borders and entry points for people travelling to the UK; and if not, why...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) homeless people, and (2) asylum-seekers, who are sharing emergency or asylum accommodation and are unable to...

      Immigration Controls: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what health screening, if any, occurs at UK borders to identify people with COVID-19 entering the country.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of those who have died in care homes whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19 were (1) discharged from hospital to a care home, and (2) admitted to a...

    • NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recognise National Health Service workers who served on the medical front-line during the COVID-19 pandemic; and whether any such...

      Constitutions: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement UK-wide constitutional reform; and what steps they intend to take ensure that any such plans are inclusive of all devolved...

      Press Conferences: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there has been no British Sign Language interpreter present at the daily COVID-19 briefings broadcast from Downing Street.

  • Treasury

    • Foreign Exchange

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 3 February (HL543), whether the Banking: Conduct of Business sourcebook rule 2.3.7CG(3), published in the...

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the introduction of the COVID-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme on (1) creative workers who have had recent...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people who are part-employed and part self-employed can access support through both the COVID-19 Job Retention and...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how profits are defined under the COVID-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the self-employed can still earn at the same time as claiming through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Arts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Equity members who are currently contracted in TV and theatre under a weekly payroll and have other characteristics of employees but have self-employed tax...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) remove the £50,000 earnings cap for those self-employed people who may claim a grant through the COVID-19 Self-employment Income...

      Holiday Leave: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of employees (1) taking, and (2) being required to take, annual leave whilst on furlough.

      Companies: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of current COVID-19 support schemes for single person companies where the worker draws dividends in lieu of a...

      Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove VAT from all personal protection equipment.

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the 100 per cent business rates holiday for the next 12 months to “all leisure business in England”, announced by the Chancellor of the...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to providing ‘top up’ income support for employees who are unable to work their full hours due to childcare...

      Parents: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential economic benefit of parents being allowed to undertake reduced hours on full pay rather than being furloughed...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the evidence base was for excluding dental practices from the business rate relief support being offered during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what plans they...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether employees on Maternity Allowance can categorise that Allowance as earnings for the purpose of calculating furlough payments.

      Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on different age groups.

      Public Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ongoing costs associated with measures announced to assist businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Public Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to recover the costs associated with measures announced to assist businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Balance of Payments: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UK's balance of payments.

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the business rate relief scheme to other sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Pension Funds: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist pension funds in matching their liabilities, in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic-related issues in asset markets, by...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the loss of income of charities in the educational sector who rely upon providing training to teachers and lecturers during the...

    • Voluntary Organisations: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) guidance, and (2) support, they have provided to voluntary and not-for-profit organisations such as amateur sports clubs who normally generate funds...

      Culture: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to use current cultural funding streams to support the cultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners: Sexual Offences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sexual assaults have been carried out by trans prisoners against women prisoners and prison officers in prisons in each year since 2010; in which...

    • Prisoners: Rape

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of female prison staff being raped by male prisoners self-identifying as females occurred during the period January 2018 to May 2019.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to (1) measure, (2) monitor, and (3) reduce, the (a) gender, (b) ethnicity, (c) disability, and (d) LGBTQ+, pay gap.

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