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Written answers

Friday, 22 May 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that theory test refunds are administered for (a) people whose theory test (a) has expired during the driving test suspension (b)...

    • British Airways: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has had discussions with representatives of British Airways on postponing its planned redundancies following the Government's...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there are criteria in place for lifting the proposed policy of 14 days' quarantine for inbound airline passengers to the UK.

      International Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it remains Government policy to work with international partners on global common screening standards for international travel.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to determine the list of exemptions to the proposed 14-day quarantine policy for inbound airline passengers to the UK.

      P and O Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on P&O Ferries proposals for 1,100 redundancies among seafarers and maritime staff employed on...

      Roll-on Roll-off Ships: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much freight has been transported on (a) Hull-Zeebrugge and (b) Hull-Rotterdam roll-on roll-off ferries in each month between December 2019 and...

      Ports and Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to prevent unemployment among key workers in the (a) shipping and (b) ports sectors as a result of the economic effect of the...

      P and O Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on maritime employment of proposals by P&O Ferries proposals to make 160 seafarers on the (a) Pride of...

      Ports and Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to protect workers in the (a) shipping and (b) ports sectors from redundancy during the covid-19 pandemic.

      P and O Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) representatives of P&O Ferries and (b) trade unions on that company’s proposals for 1,100 redundancies...

      P and O Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse P&O Ferries has received to support (a) UK seafarer employment and (b) maritime supply chains during the...

      P and O Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with DP World, owners of P&O Ferries Ltd on (a) furlough support for the wages of 1,400 P&O staff in the UK and...

      P and O Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff employed by P&O Ferries Ltd staff furloughed since 26 March 2020 worked on the port or on ferries from (a) Hull and (b) Dover.

      British Airways: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of British Airways as a result of their recent announcement on staff redundancies.

      Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice his Department has provided to cab drivers on protecting themselves and their passengers from the transmission of covid-19; and what...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of the use of air curtains in indoor settings to help prevent the airborne...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to introduce a covid-19 screening regime at airports that helps to protect people from that disease while enabling the travel...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on garages of the six-month extension to MOT tests in the event that the covid-19 lockdown is lifted.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the UK remaining on British Summer Time to (a) encourage active...

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 5 May to Question 39769, which paragraph of the Government guidance on the Coronavirus Job...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the financial effect on his Department of moving to net zero carbon emissions; and if he...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the non-financial effect on his Department of changes required for his Department to...

      Remote Working: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure that wherever possible jobs are advertised as flexible for homeworking in increase the...

      Future Fund: Subsidiary Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how UK startups who have a US parent company as a requirement of US accelerator programmes can access the UK’s...

      Postal Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the Royal Mail's compliance with the Universal Service Obligation as the Royal...

      Retail Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to (a) ensure the quality of online retail products sold to UK consumers from China...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that banks are providing fair advice in the interests of small businesses...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Taiwan: Interpol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to support the (a) granting of observer status to Taiwan at the 89th INTERPOL General Assembly...

    • Libya: IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received the report from William Shawcross on UK victims of Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals stranded in (a) Ghana, (b) India and (c) Jamaica as a result of...

      Iraq: Yazidis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he plans to make to the recently appointed Prime Minister of Iraq on support for Yazidi people in Iraq.

      Iran: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Iran on releasing prisoners of conscience (a) Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani,...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Pregnancy: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to support pregnant women in Northern Ireland that wish to continue their pregnancy.

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many dissident republican attacks there have been in Northern Ireland in each month in the last three years.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the names of businesses (a) that have contacted the Government offering to produce personal protective equipment and...

    • Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many UK businesses have offered support to the Government for the manufacture of personal protective equipment.

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many UK businesses have been contacted by his Department to provide support in the manufacture of personal protective equipment.

      Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will take steps to prioritise the development of personal protective equipment in the UK to reduce reliance on the...

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking with UK manufacturers to increase the supply of personal protective equipment.

      Protective Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to incentivise companies to use their manufacturing facilities to produce personal protective equipment during...

      Hospitals: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking with Public Health England (PHE) to address concerns of frontline NHS staff working in hospital settings with...

      Protective Clothing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to incentivise companies to use their manufacturing facilities to produce personal protective equipment during...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the proposals by the National Education Union for provision of...

    • Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) local authorities and (b) health bodies are using the (i) statutory guidance set out in the Children and Families...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what meetings he held with the National Education Union on the proposals outlined in the Prime Minister's statement of 10 May 2020 prior to that...

      Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that university students receive value for money from student fees during the covid-19 outbreak.

      GCE A-level: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) schools and (b) colleges on assessing the grades of students...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish guidance for parents on whether pupils that live in a household with a shielded person should return to school.

      Schools: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many meetings he has had since 16 March 2020 with school (a) leadership unions, (b) teaching unions and (c) support staff unions.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to reimburse schools that have bought school meal vouchers for pupils in cases where parents have been unable to access the Edenred...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether parents who are concerned that their children returning to school in May, June or July will be at risk from covid-19 and associated conditions...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will produce an equality impact assessment of his policy to reopen schools.

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure that people have the skills they need for future roles; and what steps he is taking to re-skill people who do...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that transport for children to travel to school during the covid-19 outbreak is safe.

      Languages: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of Key Stage Four students are studying a foreign language.

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times (a) he and (b) Minister and officials of his Department have met (i) children in care and (ii) children identified as being in need in...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Remand in Custody: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Youth Justice Statistics, England and Wales, April 2018 to March 2019, published on 30 January 2020, if he will make an assessment...

    • Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the accessibility of (a) physical and (b) mental healthcare provision in prisons...

      Remand in Custody: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the proportions of the unconvicted children held on remand in youth detention accommodation during 2019 who were...

      Remand in Custody: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an estimate of the proportion of unconvicted children held on remand during 2019 who were denied bail on the basis of (a) the...

      Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of potential effect on prisoner (a) discipline and order issues, (b) self-harm and (c) suicides on the custodial estate due...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what additional resources her Department has allocated to coroners to help them to release bodies to next of kin in a timely manner to comply with...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of legal aid provision for victims of domestic abuse during the covid-19 lockdown.

      Legal Opinion: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what additional funding he plans to make available to (a) Citizens Advice, (b) Law Centres and (c) other advice organisations in the not-for-profit...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to expedite claims made to the Legal Aid Agency by civil legal aid practitioners.

  • Department for International Trade

    • World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the UK's policy is on the future of the World Trade Organisation.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Almshouses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the role of almshouses in local authorities housing vulnerable people after the...

    • High Rise Flats: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if the Government will publish the Building Research Establishment report on the fire at the Cube building in Bolton...

      Fire Prevention: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress his Department has made on providing transitional support to cover the costs of waking watch schemes...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has scheduled a meeting with representatives from the insurance industry on the high cost of insurance...

      Buildings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he will take to consult leaseholders and residents on the priorities for the Building Safety Fund.

      Repossession Orders: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homes that could be repossessed due to the economic effects of the covid-19...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to ensure that military personnel that are critical for national security are tested for covid-19.

    • Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the level of capacity for covid-19 testing of military personnel that are required to maintain full military capabilities.

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the testing of the crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth for covid-19, if he will provide details of the other groups of military personnel that...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the questionnaire used for the Claimant Experience Survey 2018-19.

    • Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish data on new claims for universal credit since the covid-19 social distancing guidelines were introduced, at a constituency...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many spot checks have been conducted by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last 10 years.

      Child Maintenance Service: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff from the Child Maintenance Service have been temporarily redeployed to other service areas in her Department in response to the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of universal credit on childcare payments.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that complaints made to Health & Safety Executive on workplace risk are not prevented from progressing...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Health and Safety Executive proactively inspects workplaces where employees are known to be at...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that there is no increase in levels of child poverty as a result of the economic effects of the covid-19...

      Universal Credit and Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has had discussions with children’s organisations on a potential increase in the child element of universal credit and child...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to provide additional support for people in receipt of legacy benefits during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether redundancy payments with limited tax liability under the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 are treated as capital in the...

      Health and Safety Executive: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 May 2020, HCWS234 on Construction update, what assessment his Department has made of the...

      Universal Credit: South Glamorgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new applications for universal credit have been processed in (a) Cardiff and (b) Vale of Glamorgan in each month since 1 January 2020.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the operational feasibility of (a) suspending and (b) increasing the benefit cap.

      Jobcentre Plus: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Job Centre Plus staff who are categorised as extremely vulnerable during the covid-19 outbreak are required to go into the workplace.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to exclude future increases to the State Pension from the calculation of income for the purpose of housing benefit eligibility.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many alternative payment arrangements for payment of universal credit were made with claimants in (a) March and (b) April 2020.

      Personal Independence Payment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the press release entitled Coronavirus update - benefit reviews and reassessments suspended, published by her Department on...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Markets: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking as part of the international response to the continued existence of wet markets in (a)...

    • Water Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of access to running water in (a) social and (b) privately-rented...

      Agricultural Products: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that a range of farm produce that is consistent with best practice in (a)...

      Gun Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to enable the early resumption of shooting after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Waste Disposal: Kimberworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with stakeholders on the reopening of Watsons Tip at Droppingwell in Kimberworth.

      Heathland: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to amend the regulations on heather burning during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help mitigate the risk of wildfire.

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to ensure the availability of support for women experiencing domestic abuse during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on firearms licensing compiled by constabularies on the advice given by the Chairman of the National...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department,what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the introduction of medical verification of firearms licencing on trends in the...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received from coroners on the involvement of medical practitioners in firearms licensing in each of the last 10...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she place in the library the results of the pilot trials on placing markers on firearms certificate holders' medical notes that were...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the implementation of the 2016 Home Office Guidance on firearms licensing.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department held discussions on the role of GPs in firearms licensing with the British Medical Association and not the...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she publish the (a) dates and (b) outcomes of the meetings held by (a) Ministers in her Department and (b) officials in her Department...

      Crimes Against the Person: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of assaults against pharmacists were reported in each region in each of the last six months.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on the placing of markers on the medical notes of those granted shotgun and firearms certificates; and if...

      Youth Mobility Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to issue further guidance for people on Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visas that have been extended to 31 May 2020 who may...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the Hate Crime Action Plan for 2020-24.

      Hate Crime: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps is taking to support different ethnic and religious communities in the UK who are being targeted with online abuse and hate...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of granting international medical students who have graduated early due to the covid-19...

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's News story of 19 March 2019 entitled Places of worship to get security funding boost, how much of her...

      Entry Clearances: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will allow temporary UK residents whose leave is due to expire on 31 May 2020 a further automatic extension to their visas as a...

      Migrant Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the residency status is of the families of overseas healthcare workers who have been working in the NHS on a visa and die as a result...

      Hezbollah: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the accuracy of reports that Hezbollah's Foreign Relations Department is raising funds and operating within...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to resume the processing of routine applications to apply for, renew, replace or update a passport.

      Police: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been tested for covid-19 since the start of the covid-19 outbreak, by police force.

      Immigration: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has revised her Department's targets for the processing of immigration cases during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the implications for the (a) ministerial, (b) special adviser and (c) civil service (i) codes and (ii) operational...

    • Coronavirus: Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what equalities impact assessment the Government has made of the effect of (a) each financial package and (b) its approach to managing the public...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure the provision of advice to the public on the covid-19 restrictions applicable in (a) England and (b) Wales.

      Advertising: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent on television advertising in relation to covid-19.

  • Treasury

    • Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support he plans to make available to help the economy recover from the effects of the covid-19 outbreak; and how that support will be allocated.

    • Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that victims of the Equitable Life scandal receive full compensation.

      Religious Buildings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of religious institutions on the financial difficulties that places of worship are...

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional financial support he plans to make available for self-employed workers in the creative industries during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) steps he is taking and (b) methodologies he is using to assess the economic impact on (i) each local authority area and (ii) York of the covid-19...

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the potential merits of cancelling global debt in response to the covid-19 pandemic.

      Mortgages: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with representatives of mortgage lenders on extending mortgage payment holidays in line with the term of the Coronavirus Job...

      Hydrogen: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support growth in the production of green hydrogen in the UK.

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many bounce back loans have been approved by (a) Ulster Bank, (b) Danske Bank, (c) Bank of Ireland and (d) AIB since the start of the Bounce Bank Loan...

      Postgraduate Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing postdoctoral researchers in receipt of URKI grants to be furloughed when their research...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage businesses in the aviation sector not to make staff redundant as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of enabling local authorities to suspend the collection of business licence fees...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on charities of extending the length of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that employees who have been furloughed due to the covid-19 outbreak are paid the money claimed for by their employer in...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to cover people who became self-employed in August 2018 and are not permitted to...

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has for the tobacco track and trace system in the UK at the end of the transition period; and if he will make a statement.

      Treasury: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessor had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (ii)...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2020 to Question 42946, what discussions he has held with businesses in the haulage industry on the potential need of...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2020 to Question 42936 on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, what contingency plans he has in the event that greater...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2020 to Question 42942 on Roads: Freight, if he will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of extending...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit renewal letters were (a) sent out and (b) responded to in 2019.

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment he has made of the level of financial support for workers provided by (a) the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and (b)...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, what assessment he has made of the effect on people solely in receipt of the state pension of...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of employers forcing furloughed workers to continue to carry out work on the wellbeing of those workers.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of calculating VAT payable only from a turnover of £85,001 and above.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to extend the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to people whose self-employed profits are less than 50 per cent of their income.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2020 to Question 43961 on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, what discussions he has had with (a) the Home Secretary and...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2020 to Question 43961 on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which of the 20,024 weblinks that are returned when the search...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2020 to Question 43961 on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, what support he is providing to bodies representing black and...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2020 to Question 43961 on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, what offence will be committed in (a) England and Wales, (b)...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many organisations using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have furloughed (a) less than 10, (b) 10-50, (c) 51-100, (d) 101-150, (e) 151-200, (f)...

      Bureaux de Change: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support is available for currency exchange bureaus affected by covid-19.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much and what proportion of the Government’s £750 million covid-19 fund for charities has been allocated.

    • Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what additional financial support he plans to provide in response to the covid-19 outbreak to support local economies that...

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure transparency in the criteria for the (a) allocation and (b) application process for the...

      Research: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the financial effect of the covid-19 outbreak on academic publishing.

      Gun Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to enable the early resumption of (a) clay shooting and (b) target rifle shooting after the covid-19...

      Loneliness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to issue additional guidance on how individuals and larger organisations can support (a) isolated and (b) lonely...

      Football Association Premier League: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of encouraging broadcasters to broadcast remaining Premier League...

      Leisure and Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had on extending financial support to self-employed workers in the sport and recreation...

      Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will issue guidance to miniature wargaming clubs on operating safely during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Charities: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish guidance for charities on preparations of a future TNLCF application process.

  • Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body

    • Palace of Westminster: Freight

      To ask the right hon. Member for East Hampshire, representing the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of moving freight to and from the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Coronavirus: Inquiries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to supporting the government of Australia in calling for an international independent inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Coronavirus: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures being developed to support street children during the COVID-19 pandemic (1) the Department for International Development, and (2) the Foreign and...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the report by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Global Britain: Human Rights and the Rule of Law (HC 874),...

      Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 29 January (HC 9712), what assessment was made before their...

      Bahrain: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief on 11 September 2019 that “reform is taking place”...

      Bahrain: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the publication of the Reporters Without Borders 2020 World Press Freedom Index which saw Bahrain drop to 169 out of 180 countries, a fall of two...

      Syria: Proscribed Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people in Idlib who belong to an armed group that has been proscribed (1) by the UK Government, and (2) under the UN...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that settlers are building a road on Palestinian land near Dura in the West Bank.

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the viability of a one-state solution if the government of Israel annexes parts of the West Bank, (2) the potential for equal...

      USA: Open Skies Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 30 April (HL3303), in the absence of a suitable equipped aircraft for observation flights,...

      Saudi Arabia: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what urgent representations they will make to the government of Saudi Arabia to request the release  of any (1) female activists, and (2) political prisoners,...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Amnesty International’s Nowhere is safe for us: unlawful attacks and mass displacement in north-west Syria,...

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the National Education Union has instructed teachers not to provide online lessons from home.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many former service personnel discharged from the services on disciplinary grounds have (1) applied to rejoin the armed forces and (2) been accepted and rejoined.

    • Shipbuilding: Submarines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Goldie on 11 May (HL3566 and HL3735), whether COVID-19 safety measures have caused any delay to ASTUTE hulls...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of (1) the number, and (2) the proportion, of new Universal Credit claimants since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic who are covered by the...

    • Disability: Public Lavatories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many RADAR toilet facilities in England remain open for use during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what this is as a percentage of total RADAR toilet facilities.

  • Home Office

    • Modern Slavery Act 2015 Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the operation and effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

    • Refugees: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, during the COVID-19 pandemic, they will suspend the return of refugees arriving on UK territory to northern France.

      Refugees: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that refugees at the UK-France border belonging to at-risk groups, including (1)...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the use of administrative immigration detention in the UK’s short-term holding facilities in northern France will be discontinued for the duration of...

      Asylum: Wakefield

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conditions, and treatment of asylum-seekers, in Urban House in Wakefield, following reports that individuals displaying...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum-seekers in housing provided by the Government or local authorities, including through private contractors, are still in shared rooms of two or more...

      Immigration: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow those with irregular migration status leave to remain in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Surveillance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional powers, if any, have been granted to the police and other bodies in relation to the use of drone surveillance technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Police Custody: Mental Health and Learning Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect people who have been taken into police custody and have (1) mental health conditions, and (2) learning disabilities,...

      Refugees: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the Joint Action Plan by the UK and Greece on migration in full; what assessment they have made of the impact of that Plan on bona...

      Refugees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide temporary Leave to Remain to all asylum applicants, and others, with insecure refugee status.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Culture: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the commissioning of public artworks as a mechanism to support the cultural sector during and after the COVID-19 pandemic;...

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