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Written answers

Friday, 15 May 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling and Walking: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to (a) monitor increases in (i) walking and (ii) cycling during the covid 19 outbreak and (b) develop a post-covid-19 sustainable...

    • Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that social distancing measures can be effectively introduced for regional public transport during the...

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to reinstate non-essential (a) vocational driving tests and (b) non-vocational car driving tests during the covid-19...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that social distancing measures are implemented in aviation travel.

      Cycling: Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to further encourage cycling as a form of commuting.

      British Airways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to engage with British Airways to help facilitate job retention in that company.

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that public transport vehicles are compatible with social distancing measures; and what support his...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on classifying coach operators as leisure...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Rolls Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions the Government has had with Rolls Royce on (a) worker safety, (b) job protections, (c)...

    • Manufacturing Industries: Coronavirus

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

      Ceramics: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support supply chains in the ceramics industry in (a) the UK and (b) Stoke-on-Trent North...

      Rolls Royce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions the Government has had with Rolls Royce on (a) worker safety, (b) job protections, (c) financial...

      Manufacturing Industries: Coronavirus

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

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to include hydropower schemes in the terms of the Feed in Tariff Order of 30 March 2020.

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) develop carbon capture and storage technology and (b) retrain and redeploy oil and gas...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, whether the accreditation process for prospective new lenders can be...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether accredited lenders that assess applications to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme make their assessments (a) based on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Yemen: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

    • Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact's report, The UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NHS: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what additional mental health and well-being support is being made available for NHS employees.

    • Sign Language: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking ensure that official announcements on covid-19 are (a) accessible to all and (b) available in British...

      Coronavirus: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support will be provided to those with mobility issues who are self-isolating during the outbreak of covid-19.

      Northwick Park Hospital: Ventilators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ventilators Northwick Park Hospital has; and if he will make a statement.

      Carers: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to make Personal Protective Equipment available to (a) family carers and (b) carers of people who self-fund their...

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of adequate care services for disabled people during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Health Services and Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to provide a performance-related pay increase to (a) nurses and (b) others working in the health and social care...

      Medical Equipment and Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government is engaged in bidding to secure (a) personal protective equipment and (b) testing equipment for use in the UK.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish on a daily basis the number of deaths from covid-19 in care home settings.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the suspension of the European Working Time Directive on the physical and mental wellbeing...

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been (a) admitted to and (b) discharged from hospital as a result of covid-19 in each (a) region and (b) NHS Trust.

      Hospices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the (a) capacity and (b) level of staffing in the...

      Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on increasing staffing levels within the NHS in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

      Voluntary Work: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his statement in 10 Downing Street on 18 April 2020, how many of the 750,000 reported volunteers are providing...

      Cancer: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that local NHS providers in Rotherham CCG are adhering to the most recent guidance on maintaining...

      Health Services: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether casual workers in the independent healthcare sector are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the event that their...

      Silicosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with silicosis in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire, (c) the borough of Rotherham and (d) Rother Valley...

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the kidney transplant waiting list.

      Coronavirus: Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the availability of dialysis fluid.

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to suspend all NHS charges for migrants during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities which have enacted provisions contained within the Coronavirus Act...

      Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what step he is taking to ensure that BAME patients who are migrants have access to free medical care on the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Palliative Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to protect the provision of end-o- life care by community-based palliative care teams during the...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people that have died in hospital as a result of covid-19 were admitted from care homes.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the potential merits of discharging patients that have had covid-19 to transitional care provision for a...

      Coronavirus: Camostat Mesilate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using camostat mesylate in the treatment of patients with covid-19.

      Hospitals: Chickenpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of hospital admissions of people with chickenpox;...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish its vaccine strategy for covid-19.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase UK vaccine production capacity.

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS staff sick days were taken as a result of mental health issues in (a) 2019 and (b) 2010.

      NHS: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has put in place to support NHS staff's mental wellbeing during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Ambulance Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of employees of NHS Ambulance Trusts in England (a) were on sick leave, (b) were self-isolating due to...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase support for areas identified by the Office for National Statistics as having the largest number of deaths...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people diagnosed with covid-19 have been discharged from hospital into residential care since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Pharmacy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to allocate additional funding to pharmacies during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Epilepsy: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of Government financial support for (a) vulnerable children with intractable epilepsy...

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government will require local authorities to develop social care contingency plans with disabled people (a) who may develop...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2020 to Questions HL732 and HL733, how many training places on midwifery courses are planned for...

      Care Homes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2020 to Question 34959, what assessment he has made of the effect of social isolation on the...

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to allow local councils to prohibit smoking outside (a) restaurants and (b) other food outlets.

  • Department for International Development

    • Environment Protection: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of global education in reducing carbon emissions and tacking climate change.

  • Department for Education

    • Graduates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to promote entrepreneurship programmes for 2020 graduates at higher education establishments during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that disabled pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools are able to access (i) home learning and...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to bring forward (a) limits on and (b) eligibility requirements for funding reimbursed and refunded to schools that procure free...

      Apprentices: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on apprenticeships; and what guidance has been issued to those that employ...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) cost to the public purse is each week and (b) average weekly cost is per child of the free school meal voucher scheme.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the additional costs incurred by parents as a result of school closures during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the long-term effect on children’s physical and mental health of the covid-19 lockdown; and what steps his...

      Schools: Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to extend the National School Breakfast Programme to the May half term holidays.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) employment support allowance and (b) personal independence payment tribunals have been postponed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak since...

    • Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many benefit tribunals in (a) Liverpool, (b) the Northwest and (c) the UK have been postponed since March 2020.

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the time from offence to completion in criminal court cases.

      Judges and Recorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many days (a) recorders and (b) judges have sat in each month from February 2019 to 2020.

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much Government has spent on developing virtual courts in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to promote non-custodial alternatives to prison.

      Prison Sentences: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the effect on children's social care services of mothers receiving custodial...

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that secure accommodation is available for women released from prison.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications have been made to the Legal Aid Agency hardship fund in each of the last six months; and what the average amount was paid to...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding the Department for Work and Pensions allocated to Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service in (a) 2018-19 and (b) 2019-20;...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the formula is for calculating the Department for Work and Pensions’ contribution to the cost of the First Tier Tribunal (Social Security...

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 3 July 2019 to Question 270759, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals against the disallowance of (a) employment and support allowance, (b) personal independence payment and (c) disability living allowance...

      Universal Credit: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of universal credit data collected by the First Tier Tribunal (Social Security & Child Support)...

      Coroners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance he has issued to coroners on how to preserve the information that a person who has died had suspected covid-19 in the absence of a...

  • Treasury

    • Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure businesses who do not bank with a high street provider are able to apply for a Bounce Bank Loan.

    • Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide support for (a) PAYE zero hour contract workers, (b) casual workers and (c) seasonal workers who cannot access the Coronavirus Job...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether a company can rehire and place on furlough an employee whose contract came to a natural end during or before the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Directors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will amend the Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to enable directors who have furloughed themselves to undertake...

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether food and drink wholesalers are eligible to claim tax relief on food they dispose of as a result of it passing its use by or best before date as a...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to support workers employed on or before 19 March...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will amend the terms of the Self-Employed Income Support scheme to enable people that registered as self-employed with HMRC after 6 April 2019 to...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have been refused.

      Pensioners: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that pensioners who are negatively affected by the marginal rate of income tax do not lose out during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has plans to change the qualifying criteria for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme beyond August 2020.

      Future Fund: Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to consult with stakeholders from the technology industry on the (a) eligibility criteria and (b) terms and conditions for...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance: Doncaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will list the (a) name and (b) value of each Government grant awarded to Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council...

    • Temporary Accommodation: Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will meet with local authority leaders in Manchester to discuss the proportion of people who have been newly...

      Markets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to support markets during the covid-19 lockdown; and what recent discussions he...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what methodology was used to determine the distribution of the second round of emergency funding to local authorities...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on local authority (a) finances and (b)...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reasons his Department asked the Local Government Association to withdrawn its advice note to local...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which contract awards have been postponed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak; and which programmes have had their (a) initial operating capability or...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the oral evidence of the Permanent Secretary to the Work and Pensions Committee on the DWP's response to the coronavirus...

    • Unemployment: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to enable unemployed people to access training to work as (a) customs agents, (b) seasonal agricultural workers, and...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she has made on the National Disability Strategy; and what the timeframe is for that strategy to be published.

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to ensure that benefits helplines are fully accessible to people with physical and learning disabilities.

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on household food insecurity of the introduction of the 10 new food security questions in the...

      Reconstruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with trade union leaders on establishing a national council for reconstruction and recovery.

      Housing Benefit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of removing the cap on discretionary housing payments to enable local authorities to...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the opening times of the universal credit helpline have changed; and if she will ensure that the (a) UK Government and (b)...

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to increase universal credit rates for people aged under 25.

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2020 to Question 1734 on the Independent Case Examiner, what the average length of time taken was to (a)...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish her Department's assessment of the effect of the £20 a week uplift to universal credit during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to review the policy of benefit sanctions during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Universal Credit: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in London have submitted claims for universal credit by local authority area since 23 March 2020.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme backdated to 1 March 2020 will trigger universal credit over-payments for additional income...

      Pensions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Written Statement of 27 April 2020, HCWS200 on Pensions: Response to covid-19, how the 27,000 pensioners contacted were...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Manufacturing Industries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with large wholesale beverage manufacturers to encourage them to engage constructively with...

    • Beef: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to address falling beef prices for UK producers; and what steps he is taking to...

      Meat: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with supermarkets in the UK to encourage the promotion and sale of meat produced on UK farms.

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether furloughed salaries will be calculated as part of the earnings requirement for applications for spousal visas.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, in which properties in London managed by the Government Property Agency civil servants from more than one Department work in the same building; and...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Tradeshow Access Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the level of satisfaction amongst businesses with the Tradeshow Access Programme.

    • Motor Vehicles: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on the (a) manufacturer finances and (b) employment figures in the UK motor...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to support the roll-out of superfast broadband to rural areas in response to the increase in...

    • Voluntary Organisations: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on voluntary and community organisation...

      Voluntary Organisations: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with voluntary and community organisations on their future resilience in response to the covid-19...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the National Citizens Service continues to operate in 2020 during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 6 May 2020 to Question 42080 on Internet: Safety, for what reasons the Government no longer plans to...

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services and Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure bus and train services can operate safely when lockdown restrictions are lifted, in particular in relation to (1) social distancing,...

    • British Airways: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on Heathrow airport of reports that British Airways plans to make up to 12,000 staff redundant.

      Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge, published on 4 March, and the reported relationship between the increase in the...

      Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards encouraging operators providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure to introduce a single payment method for...

      Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target date for all buses to be ultra-low, or zero, emission.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether some banks are requiring companies to freeze all loans and leasing with other financing institutions before agreeing...

    • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether it is appropriate for banks to make discretionary charges for any personal contact for the arrangement of coronavirus...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the requirement on the British Business Bank website that Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme loans must ‘have a borrowing proposal which...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the requirement for Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme applications to include a business plan means that cashflow statements are required; and...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, any conditionality by the lender is permitted for the bounce back micro-loans; and whether that...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether money laundering checks are impeding businesses from approaching alternative lenders to their own bank for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow dairy farmers affected by the collapse of the service trade during the COVID-19 pandemic to access the Retail Grant Hospitality...

      Aerospace Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support (1) Airbus, and (2) other aerospace companies to (a) ensure the survival of such companies, and (b) protect high-skilled jobs in...

      Conditions of Employment: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is taking to support employees who are still attending work and not shielding but...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment have they made of the number of certified retrofit coordinators required under PAS2035:2019 that (1) will be required to support the delivery of...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in discussions with the European Commission about amendments to the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Academic Technology Approval Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to re-open the Academic Technology Approval Scheme certification scheme.

    • Iraq: Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people resident in Makhmur refugee camp in Northern Iraq; what assessment they have made of reports that the camp (1)...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Saudi Arabia about the application of its royal decree to end the death penalty for crimes committed by...

      North Africa: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of current (1) terrorist, and (2) other security, threats in (1) Libya, (2) Tunisia, (3) Algeria, and (4) Morocco.

      Mexico: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the kidnapping of Pastor Aarón Méndez Ruiz and Alfredo Castillo de Luna by a criminal group in Mexico in August 2019...

      Africa: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on peace and security in Africa.

      Nigeria: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported (1) arrest of Professor Richard Soloman Tarfa on 25 December 2019, (2) closure of the Du Merci Orphanage, and...

      British Overseas Territories: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assistance they have given to the Overseas Territories to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) which Overseas Territories have introduced testing...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to build new hospitals to cope with any influx of COVID-19 patients.

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the actions taken by the government of Sweden in regard to social distancing on slowing the spread of COVID-19.

      Coronavirus: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure frontline workers are provided with support and counselling following the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Ambulance Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which NHS ambulance service trust areas paramedics do not have access to full personal protection equipment when transporting suspected COVID-19 patients.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much financial, or in-kind, assistance they have provided to care homes and home care providers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; and how much of that...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why their Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home guidance, published on 2 April, does not recommend that a resident should be...

      Health Services and Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for Lord Deighton, appointed to lead the national effort to produce essential personal protective equipment for frontline health and social...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the National Health Service (Dental Charges) Regulations 2005 will be amended to set out any revised NHS dental charges in England for the year commencing...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment was made of the effect of 'superspreaders' in the epidemiological models used to predict the spread of COVID-19.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME NHS staff have been diverted to the COVID-19 frontline in NHS hospitals since 1 January; and what percentage of those moves were not to provide...

      Social Workers: Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to provide mental health support for the social care workforce (1) during, and (2) after, the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial and practical provision they will make for the final-year cohort of nursing, midwifery and associated health professional students who have not...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people with irregular migration status in the UK are informed about (1) free access to NHS treatment for COVID-19, (2)...

      NHS: Civil Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing emergency legislation to place a cap on litigation claims against the NHS.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement that the Welsh Government is giving additional payments to care workers, what consideration they have given to making similar payments.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to incentivise the use of the NHS COVID-19 tracing application.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer online tutorials to those with a learning disability on how to use the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing application.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the NHS COVID-19 tracing application has cost (1) to develop, (2) to test, and (3) to make operational.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer emergency hardship grants to university students from low income households

    • Foreign Students: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they are making to ensure international students can return to the UK to resume their studies who left the UK to return home for the duration of the...

      Assessments: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether supplementary schools which are (1) registered as community language examination centres, and (2) not registered as community language examination centres,...

      GCSE: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether students studying for GCSEs in a foreign language at a supplementary school will be eligible to sit the examination in the Autumn if they have been unable...

      Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all language students at supplementary schools who have been entered for a GCSE examination in that language this summer but...

      Educational Institutions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to re-open (1) schools, (2) colleges, and (3) universities; and when they intend to announce any such plans.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the impact of COVID-19 on the (1) livelihoods, (2) retention, and (3) recruitment of lawyers who are dependent on the...

    • Judiciary and Legal Systems

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the interactions between the (1) legal, and (2) judicial systems, in the UK and Poland.

      Judiciary and Legal Systems

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the interactions between the (1) legal, and (2) judicial systems, in the UK and Hungary.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Weapons: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the resilience of the UK nuclear deterrent, particularly in relation to cyber threats.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Maternity Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why maternity allowance is not treated the same way as statutory maternity pay for the purposes of calculating Universal Credit; what estimate they have made of...

    • Universal Credit: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applicants for the housing component of universal credit who have applied since 1 March will be subject to the spare room subsidy; and what percentage...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Livestock: Hormone Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 5 March (HL1872), why they have adopted the EU's legislation on the use of growth hormones in food...

    • Birds of Prey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) number, and (2) geographical spread within England, of (a) buzzards, and (b) red kites.

      Horticulture

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK horticultural industry.

      Horticulture: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether horticulture is as critical to the national economy as agriculture; and whether they plan to treat horticulture equally...

      Roads: Litter

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the amount of littering from vehicles has increased during the last 12 months and, if so, by how much.

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