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Written answers

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure NHS staff have sufficient personal protective equipment to remain safe during the covid-19...

    • NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when supplies of personal protective equipment will be increased to meet the added demand in the NHS resulting from covid-19.

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to issue guidance to the Chief Executives of all NHS Trusts on the provision of personal protective equipment to all...

      Coronavirus: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the UK will join EU schemes to share medical equipment and advice throughout Europe during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Chickenpox: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of chickenpox infections on (a) NHS hospitals and (b) primary care in the UK.

      Chickenpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) children and (b) adults have been hospitalised as a result of chickenpox in each of the last five years.

      Chickenpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the financial effect of chickenpox on (a) NHS hospitals, (b) primary care and (c) families in...

      Chickenpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons chickenpox is listed as a notifiable disease in Northern Ireland but not the rest of the UK.

      Chickenpox: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of outbreaks of chickenpox on (a) the availability of GP appointments, (b)...

      Chickenpox: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendations contained in Public Health England's guidance entitled Varicella: the green book, chapter 34, what...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish the vaccination strategy announced by the Government on 18 August 2019.

      Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department have taken to prepare for a pandemic in each of the last 10 years.

      Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has undertaken since 2010 of the pandemic planning exercises commissioned between 2005 and 2010.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the change in the level of funding for public health in the last 10 years on the...

      Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish all pandemic preparation recommendations produced by departmental bodies in the last 10 years.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government's covid-19 testing data for every day of the last three weeks, for what reasons the efficiency of tests,...

      Coronavirus: Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure that covid-19 is recorded on the death certificates of people that died as a result of that disease.

      Coronavirus: Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to undertake a review of death certificates issued during the covid-19 outbreak to ensure the virus is...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many tests for NHS workers have been booked through the new testing portal since that portal opened.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests (a) were undertaken in total and (b) resulted in a (i) positive and (ii) negative finding on each day in April 2020.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2020 to Question 34319 on Coronavirus: Screening, which suppliers the Government (a) is working with...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish a substantive response to Named Day Question 37374 Care Homes: Cleaning Services; Named Day Question 38411 on...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the range of urgent dental treatments available through the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide dental treatment to people suffering from dental conditions for which treatment is not available...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients are waiting for dental treatment that is not available through NHS England’s urgent dental treatment during the...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether care homes are experiencing difficulties in getting residents with covid-19 taken into hospital.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • 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 benefit cap in (a) January (b) February (c) March and...

    • Industrial Health and Safety: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is a statutory limit on the length of a Health and Safety Executive investigation.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have taken telephone reassessments to transfer from disability living allowance to personal independence payment since the...

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personnel in her Department are currently working on disability living allowance to personal independence payment reassessments.

      Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to extend eligibility for statutory sick pay to people who live with someone who needs to shield.

      Hearing Impaired: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government Equalities Office is taking steps to ensure that duties under the Equality Act 2010 in relation to the provision of...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the length of the timeframe for mandatory reconsideration during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she will publish the findings from the review, announced in July 2019, on how the welfare system supports people who are terminally ill.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of universal credit were ineligible for the benefits cap grade period as a result of a reduction in their working hours in...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been awarded (a) personal independence payment, (b) employment support allowance and (c) the limited capability for work...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants are awaiting an assessment for (a) personal independence payment, (b) employment support allowance, and (c) the limited...

      Access to Work Programme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 lockdown on the operation of the Access to Work programme; and if she will make a...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps is she taking to ensure that disabled (a) employees and (b) business owners continue to receive the (i) assistive technology and...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the proposals in the Joint call to Government for a Coronavirus Emergency Income...

  • Home Office

    • Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been extradited from the (a) UK to the US and (b) US to the UK in each year since 2003.

    • Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were extradited from the US to the UK for (a) violent and (b) non-violent crimes in each year since 2003.

      Animal Experiments: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to ensure that animals in laboratories are cared for and protected in the event that laboratory staff are self-isolating,...

      Animal Experiments: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the effect of covid-19 on the running of animal laboratories, if she will hold discussions with owners of animal...

      Animal Experiments: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has received reports of laboratories euthanising animals due to (a) staff working from home, self-isolating, being...

      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 (a) serious and organised crime, (b) cyber crime...

      Cybercrime: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to tackle covid-19- related cyber crime through false online fundraising and donation portals.

      Julian Assange

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the public interest benefit of the continued imprisonment of Julian Assange; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her letter dated 28 April 2020 to the Chairs of the Work and Pensions and Home Affairs Select Committees, what evidence...

      Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's strategy entitled Ending Violence against Women and Girls 2016-2020, when she plans to publish a new...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to suspend the detention of migrants in detention centres during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he consulted (a) parties in the Northern Ireland Executive, (b) the Northern Ireland Justice Minister, (c) the Northern Ireland Human...

    • Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which victims groups he has held discussions with from his appointment to 18 March 2020.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish the titles of the reviews being undertaken by his Department.

      Northern Ireland Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish the titles of the reports commissioned by his Department that remain outstanding.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of aviation sector problems as a result of covid-19 on (a) regional transport connectivity and...

  • Treasury

    • Government Assistance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the eligibility cut-off date for the (a) Small Business Grants Fund and (b) Retail,...

    • Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2020 to Question 901881 on Arts: Coronavirus, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the proposal from...

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support the Government provides to self employed people that are unable to access the self employed income support scheme as a result of not having...

      Credit Unions: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether Credit Unions in Northern Ireland are able to be accredited lenders under the Bounce Back Loan scheme.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will amend the furlough scheme so that staff furloughed by charities are not prevented from performing voluntary work for them.

      Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to top up the wages of workers who have had their normal hours reduced during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that public sector workers can be furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of key workers who are in receipt of tax credits and who are taking on additional hours to support the fight...

      Iron and Steel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to provide support in the form of loans to the steel sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Service Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to (a) fully or (b) partially extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for the (i) theatre, (ii) sporting and (iii) leisure sectors in...

      Social Services: Vat Zero Rating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to enable all care providers to register as zero-rated for VAT.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many workers are receiving support from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, by region.

      Second Homes: Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for the property market of extending the three year window to claim a refund of three per cent of stamp...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Directors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the director of a limited company in which all employees are furloughed is permitted under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to undertake work...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to new employees that started work before 19 March 2020 but whose Real Time Information submission...

      Small Business Grants Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the small business grant to all active businesses not eligible for business rate relief.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Disinformation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to prevent false information on covid-19 being spread on the internet.

    • Huawei

      To ask the Secretary of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans in place for allocating the cost of removing and replacing Huawei equipment in the event that...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Remote Working

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

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2020 to Question 37546 on Charities: Coronavirus, what proportion of the £160 million...

      Electronic Equipment and Internet: Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2020 to Question 38575, what funding his Department has made available to organisations to...

      Local Press: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to provide financial support to independent community news publications during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Angling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of permitting recreational fishing as a form of permissible physical...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to publish a full response to the Online Harms White Paper.

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on providing further financial support for self-employed...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) emails and (b) letters to ministers from hon. Members are answered (i) promptly and (ii) substantially.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to take steps to end the consideration by lenders of a business’s historic losses when...

    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that new businesses that are not yet profitable do not have their applications to the...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the most prevalent reasons for businesses being rejected for a Coronavirus Business...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to take steps to ensure that fewer businesses are rejected from Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans.

      Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the adequacy of existing legislation on preventing hostile takeovers.

      Government Assistance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which covid-19 Government support schemes are (a) subject to the European Commission’s Temporary Framework for...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of expanding the (a) Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant...

      Raw Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of availability of raw materials for manufacturing industries during the...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance his Department has issued to lenders on the reasons for rejecting applications for a loan under the...

      Construction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Answer to Question 39781 on Construction: Coronavirus, how the Health and Safety Executive will be made...

      Non-domestic Rates and 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 to...

      Small Businesses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure that small companies that pay business rates indirectly through rent payments to a...

      Government Assistance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether businesses are eligible to (a) apply for and (b) be approved for loans through the Bounce Back Loan scheme and...

      Postal Services: Universal Service Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with Royal Mail on the retention of the universal service obligation.

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions has he had with representatives from the British Retail Consortium on the potential risks of easing of...

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that discussions are held with representatives of the retail sector in...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's 2 April 2020 policy paper entitled Government update on building safety, for what...

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the provision of financial support to...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reason his Department changed the funding allocation formula for local authorities during the covid-19...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives from Wirral Council on the provision of additional...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to provide support to (a) Liverpool City Region and (b) Wirral Council in response...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the increase in the costs incurred by Wirral Council as a result of the covid-19...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter of 16 April 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay and others...

      Housing: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to ensure that councils that have received emergency funding for emergency accommodation...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria his Department used to determine that £1.6 billion was required by local authorities in emergency...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the criteria for allocating the second tranche of the £1.6 billion of emergency funding to...

      Food Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2020 to Question 39481 on food supply: coronavirus, whether the essential food...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to involve local authority employed environmental health officers in Government organised...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has received a request from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the use of the RAF Voyager fleet to repatriate British...

    • Military Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has offered the use of (a) the RAF Voyager fleet and (b) civil-registered aircraft from the non-core Voyager fleet to the...

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many days each Type 23 Frigate was at sea in 2019, by individual vessel.

      Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has signed contracts for (a) sonarbuoys, (b) harpoon anti-ship missiles and (c) Mark 54 Torpedoes systems on the RAF P-8A...

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Defence and Equipment Plan 2019-2029, published on 27 February 2020, for what reasons the cost of the UK's 5 E-7 Wedgetail AWACS...

      Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions Army bomb disposal units were called out in Northern Ireland between 1 July 2019 and 1 January 2020.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Remote Working

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

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Barriers: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to reduce barriers to trade in medical devices.

    • Trade: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on support for haulage firms that transport goods internationally.

      UK Export Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the budgets for UK Export Finance allocated to support projects by world region; and how much was spent from each of...

  • Women and Equalities

    • *No heading*

      What steps the Government is taking to make it easier for people to share parental leave.

    • *No heading*

      What assessment she has made of whether the covid-19 outbreak has had a disproportionate effect on women's job security.

      *No heading*

      What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on access to safe accommodation for domestic abuse victims during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Pregnancy: Coronavirus

      What steps the Government has taken to support pregnant women unable to work during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services and Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the reduction in passenger capacity that will be required for (a) rail services and (b) bus services to...

    • Bus Services and Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of non-essential work on (a) rail and (b) bus services that will be paused to ensure that social...

      Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 11 February 2020, Official Report, column 71, what proportion of the £5 billion...

      Motorcycles: Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to extend the expiry date of motorcycle and moped compulsory basic training certificates due to expire during the lockdown period due...

      Roads: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what powers local authorities have been granted to close roads to create more cycling and pedestrian space during the covid-19 outbreak; and for how...

      Electric Scooters: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for the commencement of the review entitled, the Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy regulatory review.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce national minimum standards for taxi and PHV licensing.

      Ryanair: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Ryanair on (a) worker safety, (b) job protections and (c) financial assistance from the Government during the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Coronavirus

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

    • British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what medical criteria his Department is using to prioritise UK nationals overseas for Government commissioned flights for...

      Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran’s regional activity.

  • Department for International Development

    • Non-governmental Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the eligibility of UK INGOs to receive emergency funding from the...

    • Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2020 to Question 35022, on Overseas Aid: Coronavirus, whether she has plans to allocate funding to...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2020 to Question 35017, on Overseas Aid: Developing Countries, what recent assessment she has made...

      Department for International Development: Remote Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff in her Department have formal arrangements to work from home during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Rohingya: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian needs of the Rohingya refugees reportedly trapped on fishing trawlers in the Bay of...

      Overseas Aid: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of paragraph 8 of the National Audit Office report...

      Overseas Aid: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of paragraph 9 of the National Audit Office report...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, whether he has plans to provide financial support to students that are required to pay private rent for their...

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has had discussions with the university sector on the potential for rent refunds for students leaving campuses following the suspension of...

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that universities allow students to terminate their accommodation contracts early without incurring financial...

      Students: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide financial support to universities to establish hardship funds for students residing in (a) private rented and (b) university...

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of local authority Serious Case Reviews into child deaths have involved families with no recourse to public funds in each...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to protect students from being charged for accommodation costs whilst they are at home as a result of the covid-19...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure the financial sustainability of Colleges for Further Education (a) during and (b) after the covid-19 lockdown.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support schools that wish to access free school meal vouchers from a retailer that is not listed as part of the...

      Further Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the role of the further education sector in supporting economic recovery following the covid-19 outbreak.

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that employers and employees have the skills they need after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Supply Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) supply teaching agencies, (b) schools or(c) the his Department is responsible for ensuring that supply teachers receive a secure income...

      Nurseries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to support nursery schools which are experiencing a reduction in their dedicated schools grant money as a result of the covid-19...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government's agreement with Edenred for the provision of the free school meal voucher scheme contains an exclusivity clause which prevents...

      GCE A-level: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the cancellation by the Government of A-levels in 2020 as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, if he will make it his policy to enable...

      GCE A-level and GCSE: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) GCSE and (b) A-level exams sat by pupils in the Autumn term 2020 will be modified to reflect the break in teaching during the covid-19...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children eligible for free school meals have received vouchers since that scheme was opened in (a) Leeds, (b)...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason there is a premium charge on calls to the telephone number for free school meal vouchers; and if he will make calls to that number free.

      Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will fund the centrally-funded national voucher scheme to support free school meal provision during the covid-19 outbreak for families of pupils...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the provision of laptops to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people during the...

      Children: Disadvantaged

      What steps he is taking to ensure that the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers does not widen during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Home Education: Coronavirus

      What assessment he has made of the adequacy of children’s access to (a) laptops, (b) a reliable internet connection and (c) other remote learning equipment during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Education: Assessments

      What steps he is taking with Ofqual to ensure that students due to sit exams in summer 2020 will receive fair grades.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: VE Day

      To ask the Right Hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to fly Union Flags on its churches for the 75th...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Recreation Spaces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether businesses that own private fields for use as dog walking areas for the general public are allowed to continue to...

    • Dogs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether (a) professional dog walkers and (b) kennels are able to walk their dogs more than once a day under the social...

      Domestic Waste: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on ensuring staff safety at household waste recycling centres...

  • Attorney General

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department is taking to protect victims of crime from the suspects of those crimes that have been released from remand following delays to their trial...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of suspects that have been released on remand as a result of delays in court proceedings during the covid-19...

    • Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many victims of crime have been affected by delays in court proceedings during the covid-19 outbreak; and what steps have been taken to communicate...

      Prison Accommodation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2020 to Question 38475 on Prison Accommodation: Wales, how many temporary, single occupancy cells have been installed...

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of covid-19 have been reported in prisons in Wales, by prison.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to co-ordinate the Government's response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what steps he is taking to ensure that...

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of people that died from covid-19 were aged (a) up to 30, (b) 31 to 60 and (c) over 60 between 1 March 2020 and 10 April 2020.

      *No heading*

      What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on protecting the most vulnerable in society during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what precautions are in place to check whether passengers on (1) private, (2)  charter, and (3) scheduled, incoming flights may carry COVID-19; and what are...

    • Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they invited open access rail passenger operators to operate reduced services alongside franchised operators to deliver (1) an agreed, and (2) a reduced,...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Full business case High Speed 2 Phase One, published on 15 April, what is the total amount of the ‘sunk costs’; what costs...

      Rapid Transit Systems: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they have provided, and intend to provide, to light rail services which have been adversely affected or reduced as a result of the COVID-19...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with National Rail about the provision of compensation to railcard holders and extending the validity period of such railcards to...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to (1) standardise the (a) procedures, and (b) terms and conditions, for rail ticket refunds across the UK, and (2) simplify the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) business rates, (2) grants, and (3) loan schemes, are available to pubs to help ensure their financial health; what steps they are taking to ensure that...

    • Food: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what goods, other than food or pharmaceutical products, are considered essential items for the puposes of COVID-19 measures.

      Small Businesses: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific support they have identified for small and medium-size enterprises operating in (1) the tourism, (2) the hospitality, and (3) the retail...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 April (HL2834), on which dates the Foreign and Commonwealth Office carried out assistance reviews...

    • Bahrain: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by the Committee to Protect Journalists that the authorities of Jau Prison in Bahrain placed Bahraini political prisoner...

      Bahrain: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the statement by non-governmental organisations which calls for the release of political prisoners and raises concerns about the impact of prison...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the documentary by BBC Arabic Breaking the Silence which found that institutions and individuals in Bahrain who received UK...

      UN Agencies: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with United Nations agencies about the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Malaysia and Thailand: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the governments of Malaysia and Thailand about access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic for Rohingya refugees.

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to mobilise an international response in support of the letters sent by United Nations Special Rapporteurs to the government of...

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to call for an independent international inquiry into the alleged (1) misuse of teargas and other hazardous substances, and (2) mistreatment...

      Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to impose Magnitsky-style sanctions on those responsible, directly or indirectly, for (1) any violation of the human rights of healthcare...

      Hong Kong: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China regarding the mass arrests of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong on 18 April.

      China: South China Sea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic action they have taken in response to unlawful actions by China in the South China Sea.

      Foreign Nationals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help foreign nationals in the UK who wish to return home but who are unable to book travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      UK Relations with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK is participating in all EU meetings that may be dealing with the survival of UK citizens from COVID-19 or other similar threats.

      UK Relations with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all EU meetings which concern the wellbeing and security of UK citizens will be attended by a minister until the end of 2020.

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made with the Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review; and when they expect it to be completed.

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Ports: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the operation of ports during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the Chancellor of Exchequer’s COVID-19 support package to businesses in Northern Ireland.

      European Union: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not accept the EU’s initial request for an office in Northern Ireland.

      European Union: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have undertaken with (1) the Northern Ireland Executive, (2) political parties, (3) businesses, and (4) other bodies, in Northern Ireland...

      European Union: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to ensure that an EU office is open in Belfast to deal with the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

      UK Trade with EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to prepare exit summary declarations to be used for business trade arrangements between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cheltenham Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust about the reinstatement of a consultant-led all-hours A&E service at...

    • NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff currently working in the NHS are in England on a family reunion visa that is due to expire before 1 October 2020.

      Coronavirus: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of the increased risk of serious COVID-19 related illness in the over 60s, what work they are conducting to assess the increased risk of over...

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to stipulate as a condition of COVID-19 UK public funding that any vaccine or medical product developed is licensed according to the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of potential mutations of COVID-19 on the delivery of an effective vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Public Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that public health information is reaching vulnerable people, including those with (1) hearing impairments, and (2) other...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on residential homes which care for people with learning difficulties and autism.

      Coronavirus: Public Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 3 March (HL Deb, col 523), what progress they have made in (1) issuing advice and information about COVID-19 to the...

      Coronavirus: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks and benefits of lifting the lockdown now, while advising those aged over 65 years old to continue to self-isolate.

      Care Homes: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths were recorded in care homes in England in each week since the beginning of 2020.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks to other residents and staff of returning people who have tested positive for COVID-19 from hospitals to care homes;...

      Coronavirus: Death Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there have been any changes to the categories of those with authority to sign a death certificate due to arrangements put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the attendance figures for those schools that are teaching pupils entitled to attend during the COVID-19 pandemic; and how many such pupils there are.

    • Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils were offered a loan computer during the COVID-19 pandemic; and of those, how many took up that loan.

      Special Educational Needs: Charities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made use of support services provided by charities to support children with Special Educational Needs who do not have education and health care...

      Pupils: Broadband and Computers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria will be applied to decide which disadvantaged school pupils will qualify for free laptops and broadband routers.

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that university courses which supply (1) health workers, (2) teachers, and (3) other core public sector workers, are (a)...

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to encourage more international and EU students to study at UK universities following the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Pupil Exclusions: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support permanently excluded school pupils receive, and from whom, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that school re-openings are phased and conducted in an orderly manner so that social distancing and pupil and staff safety is...

      Further Education: Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all further education students who are (1) 16 or17 years old receive at least 540 teaching hours, and (2) 18 years...

      Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the promotion of distance learning courses at universities and colleges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Coronavirus

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment has been made of any potential risks of the physical Chamber sitting of the House of Lords to those peers present and the compliance of such...

    • House of Lords: Coronavirus

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment he has made of the impact of the decision to not broadcast the Virtual Proceedings in the House of Lords live online on democratic engagement with...

      Oral Questions

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans he has to introduce a training course for peers about asking oral questions concisely.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that Parliament and relevant sectors of civil society, including the charitable sector, are able to scrutinise all current and...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Parish Councils: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have been held with the National Association of Local Councils about (1) the role parish and town councils and parish meetings are playing to...

    • Travellers: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with members of the Gypsy and Traveller community concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Religion: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of faith communities concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Public Sector: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of siloed working in the public sector, at a local and national level, regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and what...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the duty of employers to report cases of COVID-19 to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have agreed with the government of Romania about Romanian agricultural workers coming to the UK; what checks for COVID-19 were...

    • Fisheries: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for distributing the £10m payments to the fishing sector to support those affected by COVID-19, announced on 17 April; and what...

      Food: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on imports of (1) wheat and (2) rice.

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in their consultation with UK businesses about the future regulation of chemicals in the UK once the participation with EU REACH ends;...

  • Home Office

    • NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff who are currently working in the NHS in England are on a Tier 2 visa that is due to expire before 1 October 2020.

    • Social Services: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many care workers in England are currently working on a Tier 2 visa that is due to expire before 1 October 2020

      Social Services: Migrant Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many care workers in England are currently working on a family reunion visa that is due to expire before 1 October 2020.

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the level of subsistence support given to asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic is sufficient to ensure they are...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the immigration health surcharge on NHS and care workers; and what plans they have to suspend the charge for this...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision of Derbyshire Constabulary to introduce a new process for all firearm and shotgun applications, including renewals,...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Second Reading of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill not occurring in the House of Commons on 21 April, what...

      Older People: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what penalties a police officer can impose on an individual over 70 years old, who has no underlying health conditions and adheres to other government social...

      Foreign Students: Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to streamlining English language tests for students from Africa in receipt of places offered by British higher education...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Food: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the purposes of COVID-19 measures, what guidance and advice is available to shops and retail outlets that have essential and non-essential goods for sale.

    • Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to hold the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations; and whether that meeting will include a discussion on extending...

      Civil Service: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the comments made by Sir David Lidington on 22 April, what assessment they have made of the available capacity of the Civil Service; and whether that...

  • Treasury

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any discrepancies between the Coronavirus Act 2020 Functions of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Coronavirus Job...

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether employees who were made redundant, or stopped working for their employers, after 19 March can be claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme if...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether employers can claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employees who (1) were furloughed as of 28 February and (2) were transferred under...

      Holiday Leave: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what plans they have, if any, to issue guidance on whether employers can direct employees to take holiday during furlough and (2) whether employers and...

      Public Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the weekly total cost of the financial support being provided to individuals and businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees have been furloughed to date, broken down by (1) industry sector and (2) size of business.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the funding available to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic has been allocated to date.

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