Written answers

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport for London: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) details and (b) conditions of the grant and loans provided to Transport for London on 14 May 2020; and if he will make a...

    • London Underground: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure the longer-term sustainability of London Underground given the need to preserve social distancing and reduce...

      Transport for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of restoring the direct grant to Transport for London to ensure the longer-term...

      Crewe Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the study of the capacity at Crewe Station; and whether that study has made an assessment of the potential future...

      Bus Services and Railways: Commuters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long the average commute to work is by (a) bus and (b) train in (a) Wansbeck constituency, (b) the North East, (c) England and (d) the UK.

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to (a) announce further details on e-scooter trials, (b) provide information on how local authorities can participate in those trials...

      Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on (a) ensuring the sustainability of and (b) minimising the disruption to transport networks...

      River Thames: Jetties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on encouraging private sector organisations to conduct commerce on the River Thames through the...

      River Thames: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to increase the use of the River Thames in the (a) commerce, (b) transport, (c) construction and (d) freight sectors.

      Department for Transport: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to...

      Cycling and Walking: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how the £250 million of funding for rapidly-installed cycling and walking improvements announced by the Government will be distributed to local...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2020 to Question 42943 what assessment he has made of the effect of HGVs in the haulage sector being off the road on...

      Logistics: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2020 to Question 42933, what comparative assessment he has made of the extent of other Governments' support packages...

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2020 to Question 42934 on Business: Billing, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 on trends in the...

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May 2020 to Question 42941 on Roads: Freight, what assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of haulage...

      Freight: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2020 to Question 39784, what the timescale is for the release of Government funding to support key freight routes...

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to train additional driving test examiners to help tackle the backlog of driving tests as a result of the covid-19...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of vehicles that were untaxed in each of the last ten years.

      Public Transport: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what the scientific basis is for the decision to discourage people from consuming food and drink on public...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many post offices are temporarily closed in each council area of (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and...

    • Post Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much Post Office Ltd paid towards the apprentice levy in each of the last five years.

      Postal Services: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he is having with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) on ensuring that businesses in (a) China and (b)...

      Postal Services: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he is having with Royal Mail on ensuring their bilateral agreements with (a) China and (b) other...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessor had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1...

      Renewable Energy: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the level of electricity exported from renewable sources in the UK to Europe...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Eritrea: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the location of 20 people arrested by the Eritrean security forces in November 2019...

    • Ethiopia: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Ethiopian counterpart on that country's change to its asylum policy in January 2020...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the proposed annexation of the West Bank for (a) peace in Israel...

      Human Rights: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the amount of funding allocated by his Department to UK human rights organisations and what the (a) subject...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b)...

      Trade Unions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to monitor abuse of trade union rights during the worldwide economic downturn.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support UK hospitals during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Covid-19 testing kits (a) donated and (b) sold by the Government of the People's Republic of China to the UK have been found to...

      NHS Trusts: Ventilators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional ventilators have been provided (a) in total and (b) to each NHS Trust since 31 January 2020.

      Ventilators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) ventilators and (b) non-invasive ventilators have been delivered to the NHS since 1 March 2020.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to work with the charity and voluntary sector during the covid-19 outbreak pandemic to co-ordinate support for people...

      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.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to scrutinise of governance of care homes during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the long term effect of the covid-19 lockdown on social isolation amongst disabled people.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that plans to ease the covid-19 lockdown will not adversely affect (a) staff and (b) patient safety.

      Health Professions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his Department's policies of the Medscape data on the ranking of health worker...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the long term effects of covid-19 on multigenerational households.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional funding for care homes who have experienced increased...

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidential basis is for the Government's policy of requiring two metres minimum distance for social distancing during the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 11 May 2020, Official Report, column 24 on Covid-19: Strategy, whether it is Government...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department plans to record any complications that result from at-home abortions; and whether the NHS will be required to report...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is able to ensure that a woman prescribed both abortion pills (a) over the phone, (b) via video conference and (c)...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the March 2020 regulations permitting the use of both sets of abortion pills at home are in force temporarily.

      Abortion: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department undertook a risk assessment before issuing the March 2020 Approval of a Class of Places approval enabling at-home...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the covid-19 R rate in care homes.

      NHS 111: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NHS 111 is taking to ensure that GPs are aware of the advice it issues to their patients; and what the process is for...

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) instructions and (b) guidance (i) he and (ii) NHS England has issued to recruiters of staff to temporary roles in the test,...

      Social Services: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the £60,000 death-in-service lump sum payment in respect of covid-19 applies to nurses and care workers working in social...

      Care Homes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to (a) help reduce the mortality figures in care homes and (b) ensure that residents receive...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the risk of catchin covid-19 by BME women in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to introduce time slots for exercise to enable people in certain demographics that are vulnerable to...

      Obesity: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how data on hospital admissions classified as obesity-related is recorded in NHS statistics.

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to engage with local authorities on the use of their staff for the purposes of covid-19 contact tracing.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 May 2020 to Question 4387, whether he has had discussions with the ONS on the potential under-reporting of...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure close cooperation with EU nations on licensing new medicines after the transition period.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to introduce covid-19 immunity passports.

      NHSX: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how data from the NHS covid-19 contact-tracing app will be (a) used, (b) stored and (c) disposed of.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on potential long-term sustainable funding solutions for adult...

      NHSX: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2020 to Question 43901, on NHS: Computer Software, when information that is shared with his Department...

      NHSX: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the procurement process was for the NHS testing app.

      NHSX: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how work on the NHS covid-19 contact tracing app was divided between (a) NHSX and (b) Zuhlke Engineering; and what success criteria were...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many relatives of care home employees were tested for covid-19 on the basis of being a relative of a care home employee in each week...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many relatives of care home residents were tested for covid-19 on the basis of being a relative of a care home resident in each week...

  • Department for International Development

    • Eritrea: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the (a) covid-19 pandemic and (b) ongoing locust infestation in the Horn of...

    • Eritrea: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation of (a) Eritrean asylum seekers and (b) unaccompanied children...

      Department for International Development: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many meetings (a) she and (b) her predecessor had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1 September to 30...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 11 May 2020 to Question 43043 on Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes, what proportion of eCodes are delivered within...

    • Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department is providing to (a) schools and (b) local authorities to ensure that parents claim e-vouchers issued by them for free...

      Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of schools that have not taken up the free school meal voucher scheme during the covid-19...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department plans to take to support the mental health of pupils when they return to school during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the number of pupils eligible for free schools meals and the number of pupils who are accessing...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with headteachers on pupils’ access to food during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children in Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to extend financial assistance offered to support Looked After Children during and after the period of school closures due to the...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the change in the level of food insecurity among children during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Institutes of Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 2.47 of the Budget 2020 Red Book, where the eight new institutes of technology will be located.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that Edenred follows up on individual cases of (a) schools or (b) families being unable to access...

      Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that Higher Education institutions have adequate funding to ensure their financial sustainability during the...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many meetings (a) she and (b) her predecessor had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Prime Minister

    • Prime Minister: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister, how many meetings he had with the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Aviation: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to support former employees of the UK aviation sector who have been made redundant due to the covid-19...

    • Death Certificates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of recording covid-19 as the sole cause of death on the death certificates of former coal...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many meetings she had with her Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that legacy benefits are increased in line with increases to universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the five-week wait for the first payment of universal credit on the financial wellbeing of...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of universal credit on the wellbeing of claimants who are also in receipt of maternity allowance,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessor had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1...

    • Africa: Poaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to increase funding support for anti-poaching projects in Africa during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Trees: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the English Tree Strategy consultation, what discussions officials in his Department have had with...

  • Home Office

    • Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many migrants have crossed the English Channel to enter the UK in (a) January, (b) February and (c) March 2020; and what the countries...

    • Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department was notified by Mears Group of plans to move some 300 asylum seekers from self-contained accommodation into hotels in...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made additional resources available to the police to help tackle online crime during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Office, how many UK companies have a licence to supply firearms.

      Hamas: Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of a potential increase in the activity of Hamas in the UK as a result of the economic downturn during the...

      Hezbollah: Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of a potential increase in the activity of Hezbollah in the UK as a result of the economic downturn during the...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to implement the 14 day quarantine for people arriving into the UK.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Vulnerable Adults: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department is engaging and co-ordinating policy with other Government departments to ensure that (a) co-ordinated, (b) holistic and (c)...

  • Treasury

    • Mortgages: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the mortgage holiday beyond September 2020 for people who have been made redundant as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Financial Services: UK Relations With EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the (a) UK and (b) EU has made in concluding equivalence assessments for financial services by the June 2020 deadline set out in the...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions have taken place between UK and EU regulators on progressing the equivalence assessments for financial services by the June 2020 deadline...

      Financial Services: UK Relations With EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on agreeing supervisory co-operation agreements on future trade in financial services with the EU.

      Debts: China

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2020 to Question 13414 on Debts: China, whether his Department has made a revised assessment of that risk level...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Disinformation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding from the public purse the Government has allocated to preventing the spread of misinformation on covid-19...

    • Disinformation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to take steps to obtain an independent assessment of the performance of technology companies in tackling the...

      Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to hold the Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 2022.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the franchise of each Train Operating Companies is due for renewal.

    • Rail Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the Williams Rail Review.

      Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to implement the International Maritime Organisation’s Recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and...

      Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to the UK Chamber of Shipping’s request that they sign up to a global initiative to repatriate seafarers stranded...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 5 May (HL3178), what steps they are taking to prevent the use of unsuitable roads by HGVs where...

      Road Traffic Offences: Enforcement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to extend the civil enforcement powers contained in the Transport Management Act 2004 (section 6) to authorities outside London to better...

      Delivery Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the greater use of delivery vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic

      Railways: North of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Minister of State for Transport to Sara Britcliffe MP on 6 May (ref MC/288646), what plans they have to publish the terms...

      Skipton-Colne Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Minister of State for Transport to Sara Britcliffe MP on 6 May (ref MC/288646), whether the Further Feasibility Work announced in...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Hereditary Peers: By-elections

      To ask the Leader of the House whether, and if so how, she is assessing the arrangements for conducting ballots to fill vacancies for hereditary peers after their suspension until 8 September;...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Housing: Energy

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

    • Universities: Foreign Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any (1) immediate, and (2) future estimated, decrease in income for universities from international students; what assessment...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their investment in economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic will support the UK’s climate objectives.

      Life Sciences: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on science and research funding life sciences to deliver testing capabilities now and in the...

      India: Coal and Renewable Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India to (1) discourage financial assistance to the coal industry, and (2) encourage renewable energy...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance is available to those who received firm job offers including start dates before lockdown was announced on 23 March but whose start dates have...

      Small Businesses: Social Distancing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of changes to physical distancing on businesses that have been ordered to remain closed and therefore have no income.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support is available to businesses that have not been ordered to close but are reliant on those that have, such as ticket agents, 73 per cent of whose staff...

      Cycling and Running

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of the package of initiatives to encourage cycling and running to work, what plans they have to assist in providing showers, washrooms...

      Employment: Pregnancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 5 May (HL3252), which paragraph of the Government guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how quickly banks will be able to make a decision on applications to the Bounce Back Loan scheme

      Construction: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Chartered Institute of Building Understanding Mental Health in the Built Environment, published on 11...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to decide whether to investigate incidents of Israeli settler violence or incidents involving Israeli forces causing injury, death or other...

    • Iran: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the expiration of the UN conventional arms embargo on Iran in October on human rights advocates in the country.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks associated with the Iranian trade in arms following the expiration of the UN Security Council arms embargo on Iran in...

      White Helmets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided to the White Helmets in Syria since 1 January; and what assessment they have made of that organisation’s alleged links...

      Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy: Third Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to inform civil society about how to participate in the upcoming Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy as soon...

      China: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that the World Health Organisation (WHO) cooperated with the government of China to suppress information about...

      Eleanor Sharpston

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for (1) the rule of law, and (2) the principle of judicial independence, of the EU’s decision to terminate...

  • Attorney General

    • Government Departments: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many compensation claims have been brought against Government departments, except the Department of Health and Social Care, since 28 February; how many...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 10 March (HL1839), what assessment they have made of the report by the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic...

    • Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific guidance they plan to issue, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to people living with serious health conditions.

      Coronavirus: Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what protocols are in place to ration medical equipment if necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that some cases of COVID-19 are leading to cytokine storm syndrome.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in care and nursing homes in the UK; and over what period that testing took place.[T]

      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.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the reported numbers of COVID-19 related deaths of frontline staff from BAME communities, what steps they are taking to mitigate the risks of COVID-19...

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies they have requested to manufacture personal protective equipment since 1 January; and what new contracts they have placed (1) inside, and...

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all suppliers and potential providers of personal protective equipment within the UK have been used by the NHS.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Public Health England’s (1) preliminary planning before, and (2) advice during, the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of a medical professional to establish the gestation period of a child accurately via a telephone consultation before...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the average weekly fees paid by local authorities to care homes run by (1) local authorities, and (2) private operators, for...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients who were discharged from hospitals to care homes in each week since 1 February were not tested for the COVID-19 virus before that transfer.

      Cancer: Radiotherapy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of patients awaiting radiotherapy therapy for cancer have experienced delays in their treatment since January.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that hospitals and other healthcare providers in England follow NHS England guidelines to (1) risk assess, and (2) redeploy...

      Special Educational Needs: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people with special needs who, although they need continuing social care support, were not transferred to Adult Services within six months of...

      World Health Assembly

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what policy objectives they intend to set for their participation in the 73rd Session of the World Health Organisation’s World Health Assembly due to be held...

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor the welfare of children and vulnerable adults whose care and support has been reduced under the provisions of the Coronavirus...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefit of redeploying NHS nurses and doctors to care homes, and what representations they have received from the National...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific advice and other factors they are using to determine whether to recommend the use of face coverings in public.

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability to treat other conditions, including (1) HIV and (2) tuberculosis.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce electronic temperature testing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) change services to patient care and experience; and (2) invest in the field of multidisciplinary and integrated perioperative care, as...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment (1) they, and (2) NHS England, have made of the availability of non-COVID-19 related urgent care services; what steps they are taking to...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements have been made to incorporate information from the King's College London and ZOE COVID-19 symptom tracking application into the submission...

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many adults with a learning disability live in a care setting.

      Learning Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are putting in place to ensure that policies applied to people with learning disabilities recognise their individual needs.

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether COVID-19 contact tracing, if widely applied, will also extend to school-aged children.

      Agency Nurses: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether agency nurses working in hospitals, nursing homes and care homes are being tested for COVID-19.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that care homes have had to accept patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 from hospitals, and (2) the...

      NHS: Re-employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that recently retired NHS workers who have returned to work for the NHS continue to be employed throughout the...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use GPS technology to ensure people who have interacted with a ‘super-spreader’ quarantine appropriately.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) residents, and (2) workers, in care homes have been offered COVID-19 tests; how many have been carried out; and what estimate they have made of the...

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that (1) doctors, (2) nurses, and (3) other healthcare workers, who have registered respectively with the General...

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to protect care workers from contracting COVID-19.

      Coronavirus: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by Sir Simon Stephens to all NHS Trusts on 29 April which stated "on a precautionary basis we recommend employers...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to integrate the results of COVID-19 antibody testing with the results of the NHS contacting tracing app; and what consideration they have...

      Coronavirus: Probiotics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of the use of probiotics in treating COVID-19.

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what their policy was at the recent G20 meetings of health ministers on the proposal for a COVID-19 global mechanism for all countries to access affordable...

  • Department for International Development

    • Minority Groups: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support refugees and marginalised religious and belief communities which have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children who are eligible for the national voucher scheme; and what is the current rate of take up in England.

    • Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current take up rate of the national voucher scheme; and how many vouchers provided through that scheme have been spent in supermarkets.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the length of time it has taken for the national voucher scheme to issue and deliver vouchers to schools and families; and what...

      Academies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of secondary schools are now academies.

      Polytechnics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to convert some universities back to polytechnics.

      Free Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of free schools in the pre-opening stage.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners, both adult and those in young offender institutions, have been granted early release as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) male, and (2) female, prisoners have been released from prison due to COVID-19 under (a) the early release scheme, and (b) the compassionate...

      Remand in Custody

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, have been remanded into prison from magistrates courts in each week since 23 March.

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) prisoners, and (2) prison officers, have died from COVID-19; and what plans they, if any, to (a) increase testing, and (b) introduce further...

      Prisons: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) health checks, and (2) tests, are conducted on staff working in prisons on a routine basis.

      Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have been released due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and how many of any such prisoners have been in prison due to committing sexual offences and...

      Prisoners: Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to safeguard the physical and mental health of prisoners, in particular those subject to (1) long periods of being locked in cells, (2)...

      Young Offenders: Health and Rehabilitation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to safeguard the well-being and rehabilitation of young offenders in custody

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to tackle predatory marriage.

      Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and what proportion of, persons held in prisons who have been tested for COVID-19 have (1) tested positive, (2) been removed to hospitals, and (3)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reduction of National Non Domestic Rates receipts in 2020–21 consequent upon COVID19; and what discussions they have...

    • Coastal Areas: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what targeted, additional support they are making available to businesses in seaside towns during and beyond the lockdown.

      Mayors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce more elected mayors for local authorities in England; and if not, why not.

      Public Lavatories: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist councils to provide safe toilet facilities at beaches, parks and other leisure facilities as the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are...

      Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they are providing to local councils on opening car parking facilities, particularly in tourist areas that might see large influxes of visitors as...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 5 May (HL3280), whether councils will be failing in their democratic duties if they do not hold a formal...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Mali: Armed Forces

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Armed Forces personnel were planned to be deployed to Mali in 2020; and what was the anticipated (1) length, and (2) objective, of any such deployment.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit: Uprating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made, if any, of the costs of uprating the Pension Credit by the triple lock over the next 20 years, instead of uprating by earnings.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the UK’s negotiating position on a future fisheries agreement with the European Union.

    • Trees: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the UK from the import of (1) oak processionary moth, (2) emerald ash borer, and (3) Xylella fastidiosa.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 6 May (HL Deb, col 441), when the current review of asylum support commenced; when that review is due to...

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial and other support they provided to those released from immigration removal centres as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the level of asylum support in line with the COVID-19 related uplift for Universal Credit.

      Quarantine: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the arrangements are for requiring foreign persons who enter the United Kingdom via the Republic of Ireland to comply with a quarantine.

      Enforcement: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the means by which police forces are enforcing the lockdown, particularly in regard to police on horseback questioning...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who have come into the UK by (1) boat, and (2) Eurostar, since 1 April.

  • Treasury

    • Transport: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 4 May (HL3177), what was the total fuel duty received from hydrocarbon oils used in inland...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

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