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Written answers

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Eurostar: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Getlink plc on the introduction of a quarantine period for inbound UK Eurostar passengers as a result of the...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to involve UK manufacturing and construction companies in the construction of HS2.

      Cycling: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 130509 on Cycling and Walking: Infrastructure, when he plans to publish an updated version of...

      Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with ferry operators on providing appropriate compensation to people who have had their journeys cancelled due to the...

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Education to to promote (a) cycling, (b) walking and (c) other sustainable transport for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Iran: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of regional threat posed by Iran re-entering the arms market following the expiration...

    • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to operationalise diplomatic protection for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

      Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has received assurances from his Iranian counterpart that British citizens will not be imprisoned for the purpose of...

      Iran: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on reported social media comments by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali...

      Iran: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Iranian Government on the release from prison of (a) Soheil Arabi, (b) Sina...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department responded to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief’s call for evidence for...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has provided to dentists on preventing infection during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessments he has made of the adequacy of support provided for care homes to provide sufficient food to residents during the...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support the Government is providing to dental practices that are part NHS and part private to ensure those practices continue to operate.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS dentistry services will continue to be available after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the number of fully operating urgent dental centres open for patient referral in each (a) NHS administrative area and...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the capacity of urgent dental care hubs to treat referred patients.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which urgent care centres for dental treatment have opened in each area since 25 March 2020; and how many (a) patients have been treated...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government's target travel time is for patients accessing urgent dental care during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the risk of covid-19 spreading in dental practices; and what steps he will take to minimise those risks.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people that need access to urgent dental care receive treatment as soon as possible.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) availability of access to emergency dental treatment based on clinical need and (b)...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure the resumption of routine dental services during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, by what date deaths outside hospital from covid-19 will be published daily.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will report on all deaths with covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate that occur (a) in hospitals, (b) in care...

      Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the number of excess deaths reported by the Office for National...

      Dental Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequate provision of (a) emergency dental services and (b) routine dental treatments in York.

      Carers: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Scottish Government's decision to offer family carers personal...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

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

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

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

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the range of urgent dental treatments available through NHS England.

      NHS: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he had made of the correlation between staff mental health issues and levels of job retention.

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will allocate additional funding to the social care system to ensure disabled people and their families are adequately supported to...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure adequate support for extremely vulnerable children and families that are required to self-isolate.

      Nursing and Midwifery Council: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to waive Nursing and Midwifery Council registration fees for (a) nurses and (b) midwives that are working...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to Questions 37548 and 37552, tabled by the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South on 20 April 2020.

      Coronavirus: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many deaths of people with learning disabilities from covid-19 have been notified to NHS England by the Learning Disability Mortality...

      Coronavirus: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 May 2020 to Question 37551 on Coronavirus: Learning Disability, for what reason his Department does not...

      Care Homes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to ensure that care homes have the technological capability to (a) maintain social contact and (b) preserve...

      Care Homes: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to bring forward guidance for care homes allowing visitors to care home residents with dementia during the covid-19...

      Care Homes: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2020 to Question 34959, what estimate he has made of the number of portals required to provide each...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will re-introduce Care Quality Commission inspections with regard to the high number of covid-19 related deaths in care homes.

      Coronavirus: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure public health and care services remain aware of their legal obligations to (a) make reasonable...

      Health Services and Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has a target date for each health and social care provider to receive adequate levels of personal protective equipment.

      Radiotherapy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will establish a covid-19 cancer taskforce to assess the merits of increasing access to radiotherapy during the covid-19 outbreak.

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding by the Royal College of Physicians that access to...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to update guidance to care homes on whether vulnerable residents should be placed into self isolation in a care home...

      Coronavirus: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people who have died from covid-19 had a learning difficulty; and what estimate he has made of the infection rate for people...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a 14 day quarantine period will be required for people travelling to the UK for medical procedures.

      Coronavirus: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide intravenous nutrition to patients who cannot safely be admitted to hospital during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government's covid-19 recovery strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of advising people to...

      Coronavirus: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to publish for what reasons places of worship are not included in the initial easing of covid-19 lockdown...

      Surgery: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when operations in private hospitals will resume following the covid-19 lockdown.

      Care Homes: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that care home staff are compliant with the Duty of Candour.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made for the implications of his policy of the Alzheimer’s Society survey, published 13 May 2020, that found...

      Coronavirus: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what standardised (a) advice, (b) guidance and (c) support is made available to the family and friends of covid-19 inpatients.

      New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the Annual Report of the New and Emerging Respiratory Threats Advisory Group for 2017 has not been published.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) children and (b) adults have had tooth extractions in each month of 2020.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the number of new covid-19 infections recorded each day since 1 May 2020.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential risks to dentists of re-opening dental practices during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for (a) NHS England and (b) NHS Improvement to publish its standard operating procedure for children’s palliative...

      Coronavirus: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of (a) registered deaths involving covid-19 and (b) hospital admission rates from...

      Diabetes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to revise its advice to diabetics in respect of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Dyslexia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to introduce adult dyslexia diagnostic assessments in the NHS for people that did not receive an assessment...

      NHS: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many available hours have been offered by NHS Volunteer Responders via the GoodSAM Responders app during the covid-19 outbreak; and...

      Post-polio Syndrome: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May to Question 38861 on Coronavirus: Disease Control, for what reasons people living with post-polio...

      NHS and Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish details of the contract awarded to Clipper Logistics to operate the nationwide personal protective equipment supply chain.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the reasons for which care homes have been disproportionately affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing and Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he provide publish the (a) value of and (b) performance against key performance indicators of the Government’s contract with...

      General Practitioners: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that sufficient personal protective equipment is available to GPs that are providing...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) process was undertaken and (b) criteria used to award Serco the contract for putting in place contact tracers; whether that...

      Coronavirus: Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the scientific basis is for the decision to close station waiting rooms rather than allow the partial use of the facilities with...

      Coronavirus: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many funding proposals on the effects of the covid-19 outbreak on mental health have been (a) granted and (b) rejected by (i) UK...

      Taitusi Ratucaucau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of recent media reports that the Commonwealth-born, British Army veteran, Taitusi Ratucaucau...

      Ventilators: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 11 May 2020 to Question 37400 on Ventilators: Imports, who the members of the Joint Action Coordination Team...

      Health and Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to provide official public reporting on the number of health and care workers who have died from covid-19;...

      Care Homes: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2020 to Question 43872, what estimate he has made of the number of portals that would be required to...

      Mental Health Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued on the (a) provision and (b) use of personal protective equipment in mental health services that...

      Coronavirus: Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to make sure the instruction to ensure bank staff and subcontractors receive full pay when in...

      Carers: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to protect the incomes of workers involved in Shared Lives provision.

      Coronavirus: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will update the Government advice entitled How to wear and make a cloth face covering to provide information on how...

      Oral Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to make an assessment of the effectiveness of the ban on snus products.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of co-operation between Public Health England and the Care Quality Commission on (a)...

      Coronavirus: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the rise in monthly increase in deaths of people with (a) autism and (b) learning difficulties during the...

      Veterans: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of British Army Veterans born overseas have paid for NHS healhcare and (b) the total amount...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients were discharged from hospitals in (a) England and (b) to (i) care homes and (ii) nursing homes between 19 March 2020...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many care homes where one or more residents has died with covid-19 received people who were discharged from hospitals between 19...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the care homes in England which did not have any residents diagnosed with covid-19 as at 20 May 2020 received patients who...

      Care Homes: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many care home residents in Newcastle (a) entered and (b) re-entered their care homes after testing positive for covid-19.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) consultations and (b) surgical operations were carried out for NHS patients in private hospitals in England in (a) March...

  • Wales Office

    • Government Assistance: Wales

      At what level discussions have taken place between the Government and the Welsh Government on tackling the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Business: Government Assistance

      What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on support for Welsh businesses affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether headteachers will be able to decide which (a) age and (b) year groups are prioritised for return to school as the covid-19 lockdown...

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing school summer holidays forwards, given that...

  • Prime Minister

    • Richard Desmond

      To ask the Prime Minister, on what dates (a) he or (b) his special advisors had discussions with (i) Richard Desmond and (ii) board members, staff or agents of the Northern & Shell Media...

    • Property Development: Isle of Dogs

      To ask the Prime Minister, what contact he has had with (a) developers or (b) their representatives on the Westferry Printworks development, PA/18/01877/A1 which was granted planning permission...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Rented Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many regulatory judgements were issued by the Regulator of Social Housing in relation to fire safety concerns...

    • Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on safeguarding of the details of vulnerable people that...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) local authorities, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) the NHS on a permanent role for the armed forces in planning...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the requirement for advanced payments under universal credit to be repaid to her Department, for what reason her Department...

    • Pensions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of enabling the electronic submission of life certificates from UK pensioners overseas...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new claims for personal independence payment have been rejected since 1 March 2020.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of new personal independence payment claims carried out over the phone have been rejected since 1 March 2020.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Press Conferences: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2020 to Question 41211, whether the Government is taking steps to make it possible for under-18s to submit questions...

  • Treasury

    • Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, if he will include in his business rates relief for travel agencies those online agencies that have a physical...

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of applications for the Self Employed Income Support Scheme which have been unsuccessful; and...

      Insurance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that insurance companies make payments in respect of business interruption policies that cover the covid-19 outbreak.

      Travel: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for the travel sector.

      Duty Free Allowances: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing conditions, similar to those in place for Jersey, to allow Northern...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to support people who receive a majority of...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2020 to Question 45620 on the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, if he will make it his policy to enable accountants to...

      Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the application of business rates relief to food and drink wholesalers.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether self-employed workers who are subject to the Turkish EC Association Agreement visa are eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 19 May to Question 45967, if he will estimate the start and leaving dates for a proportion of employments referred to in his...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Aberdeen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-employed workers in Aberdeen (a) earn less than £50,000 each year, (b) have applied to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and (c)...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Aberdeen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in Aberdeen (a) have claimed wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and (b) are continuing to pay their workers the...

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce temporary support based on PAYE data for freelance workers who have not been registered for support through the Coronavirus Job...

      Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of backdating VAT status for social care services with increased personal and protective equipment...

      Social Services: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will assess the potential merits of zero-rated social care services for VAT purposes to allow regulated social care companies to reclaim VAT on expenses.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many risk assessments have been carried out as required under Health and Safety law and...

    • Parliament: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what personal protective equipment is available for staff working on the Parliamentary Estate...

      Parliament: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will ensure that a full return to Parliament during the covid-19 outbreak will only take...

      Parliament: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will ensure that a full return to Parliament during the covid-19 outbreak will only take...

      Parliament: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many members of House staff by department have (a) tested positive and (b) been...

      Parliamentary Proceedings: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost to the public purse has been to date of implementing hybrid proceedings in...

      House of Commons: Parliamentary Proceedings

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to publish equality impact assessments on proposals to move the...

      House of Commons: Parliamentary Proceedings

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what equality impact assessments have been undertaken with reference to House staff in respect...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 5 May to Question 39526 on Equality Act 2010, what criteria her Department used to decide on the timeframe for the...

    • Minister for Women and Equalities: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the average length of time was for Ministers of her Department to respond to correspondence from hon. Members in each month in the last two years.

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the over-70s are struggling to renew their driving licences due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions; and what...

    • High Speed Two: Accounting Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what are the respective responsibilities of (a) the permanent secretary at the Department for Transport, and (b) the chief executive of HS2 Ltd, as accounting...

      Tourists: Greece

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the offer from the government of Greece to waive the 14-day quarantine for British tourists; and what discussions they have had...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what source of energy (1) is, and (2) is planned to be, used to power electric (a) buses, and (b) cars; and what estimate they have made of the sustainability...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that train operators speed up refunds for the portions of season tickets unused because of the restrictions in place to...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the progress of HS2 is regularly reported to Parliament in particular with regard to (1) the expenditure, and (2) the estimated...

      Tunnels: West Yorkshire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 May (HL4128), whether the work by Highways England on planned safety work on the Queensbury...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 May (HL4129), whether their plans include the return of public transport services, following the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Global Navigation Satellite Systems

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the classified output from their proposed UK satellite navigation system would be shared with the Five Eyes intelligence community.

    • Galileo System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what classified output from the EU’s Galileo satellite system will be made available to the Five Eyes intelligence community.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: South Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the approach taken by the government of South Korea to tackling COVID-19; in particular, of the impact of multiple localised...

    • International Transport: Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions Ministers have had with their European counterparts and the European Commission on agreeing a common baseline for health measures in international...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies Are some ethnic groups more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others?, published on 1...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of the measurement of the differential incidence of COVID-19 within BAME communities.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the figures for confirmed cases of COVID-19 that are announced each day are those cases that have been identified as a result of a test; and if not, in...

      Social Services: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people over the age of 70 live in a care setting.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that care home operators have complained that COVID-19 testing in care homes has been a “complete system...

      Hospices: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their standard operating procedure for children’s hospices and community-provided children’s palliative care during the...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many laboratories in the UK are capable of processing the Roche Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody test; and what is the distribution of these laboratories...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their testing prioritisation plan for COVID-19 antibody tests; and how does this plan compare to the strategy for COVID-19 real-time reverse transcription...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how (1) assumptions about future immunity to COVID-19 from past infection, and (2) existing COVID-19 test results, are informing their strategy for antibody...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of UK laboratories to (1) conduct, and (2) process Roche Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests; what plans they...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have placed a bulk order for the Roche Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests; and if so, (1) how many tests were ordered and at what cost, and (2)...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they first became aware of the Roche Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody test; what discussions they held with the European Medicines Agency and stakeholders in...

      World Health Organisation: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of the United States about its decision to de-fund the World Health Organisation and the resulting effect on...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the research by Dr Rajiv Chowdhury et al., Dynamic interventions to control COVID-19 pandemic: a multivariate prediction...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 20 May (HL3589), what criteria they used to determine the type of testing to offer at each Regional Test Site; on...

  • Department for International Development

    • Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the £744 million in aid they have committed to address COVID-19 has been allocated to provide frontline assistance to less economically...

    • Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support less economically developed countries to remove all financial barriers to healthcare to deliver free testing and treatment...

      Africa: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the COVID-19 pandemic is progressing in Africa at a slower rate than they expected; and if so, what assessment they have made of why that is the case.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the physical and operational requirements for the safe return of all students to schools at the start of the autumn term; and...

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the implications of resetting the last academic year so that the 2019–20 curriculum starts again at the start of the...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why school meal vouchers can only be used in certain shops and cannot be used in all supermarkets and convenience stores.

      Foster Care: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve fostering following the digital discovery phases undertaken by the Department for Education.

      Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that harder-to-place children, previously matched through the statutory Adoption Register for England, are found adoptive...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools will re-open on 1 June.

      Coronavirus: Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of schools reopening on the circulation of COVID-19.

      Apprentices: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the apprenticeship standards approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education have had fewer than 10 apprentices enrolled in any...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prison Service: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average quantity of personal protective equipment required on a daily basis by the prison service, broken down by type of...

    • Parole Board: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training on the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is required for Parole Board members.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Construction: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the emergency loan fund established by the government of Scotland to support small and medium-sized housebuilders; and what plans...

    • District Councils: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of district councils to withstand significant losses of income from business rates, council tax, and fees and charges...

      Homelessness: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that no homeless person taken off the streets during the COVID-19 returns to living on the streets.

      Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 5 May 2020 (HL3080), how many (1) premises have been visited, (2) fixed penalty notices issued, and (3)...

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the total cost of remediating all buildings within the scope of the Building Safety Fund.

      Buildings: Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total number of buildings that are eligible for funding from the Building Safety Fund.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to deal with buildings with cladding made from unsafe non-aluminium composite materials which are less than 18 metres in height.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the numbers of high-rise buildings both in the private and public sector with serious fire safety defects relating to...

      Building Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for setting and changing building regulations.

      Rents: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a pre-action protocol for councils which would encourage the negotiation of affordable rent payment plans with tenants before...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a new income support cash benefit for low-income families for which the job retention scheme and universal credit are not...

    • Food Supply and Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increased demand for emergency food parcels from low-income families; and what plans they have to suspend (1) the two-child...

      Employment: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what elements of Thriving at Work: The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers, published in October 2017, have been implemented.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have put in place for blind and partially sighted people to have priority for supermarket online delivery slots.

    • Air Pollution: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to bring forward amendments which would include the World Health Organisation’s guideline air pollution limits in the Environment Bill.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their policy on immigration fees.

    • Asylum: Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the open letter to the Prime Minister from a coalition of charities and church leaders asking that all migrants, asylum-seekers and...

      Customs Officers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional customs officials they plan to hire after the end of the UK-EU transition period

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, where the COVID-19 restrictions on the movement and activities of people differ in any of the countries of Great Britain, the rules applying to...

  • Treasury

    • G20: National Income

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the value of Gross Domestic Product for each of the G20 countries in pounds sterling; and for each such country, what proportion of the combined GDP of the...

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many public sector workers have been furloughed with (1) full, and (2) reduced pay; and what is the total cost to the taxpayer of such furloughs.

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) department, (2) executive agency, (3) board, (4) court, or (5) other body, is responsible for ensuring that the Bank of England’s independence is...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Public Health: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have broadcast advertisements to warn the public, in particular those who are vulnerable, of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic; if not, why not;...

    • Broadband: Local Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which three local authority areas in England have the (1) fastest, and (2) slowest, current rates of broadband connectivity.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Hospitals: Gender

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Equality Act 2010 to require hospitals to provide single-sex services.

    • Government Departments: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place in (1) Government departments, and (2) Government-funded institutions, to ensure that no person is discriminated against on the grounds...

      Public Sector: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of public sector workers who have lost their jobs due to their views on the rights of people to self-identify their gender.

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