Written answers

Thursday, 11 June 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Vehicles: Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many electric vehicles were registered in Falkirk constituency in the most recent period for which records are available.

    • Belly Mujinga

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions she has had with the British Transport Police on the availability of CCTV footage relevant to the investigation of the assault...

      Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to investigate abuse against transport (a) staff and (b) BAME staff during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the level of compliance of transport operators' interpretation and implementation of Government guidelines on...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the 14-day quarantine rule for people entering the UK during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with (a) easyJet, (b) British Airways and (c) other major UK airlines on the 14-day quarantine period for...

      British Airways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times he has (a) spoken to and (b) requested to speak to (i) Willie Walsh, chief executive of the International Airlines Group and (ii) Alex...

      Rail Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the conclusions of the Williams Review on rail services.

      P and O Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an estimate of the number of P&O Ferries employees on furlough who will be made redundant by the end of June 2020; and if he...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from the GMB trades union on the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry; and if he will make a...

      Electric Vehicles: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse has been disbursed under the plug-in car grant scheme in each financial year since the inception of that scheme.

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when practical driving tests will be allowed to resume as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Aviation: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) volume and (b) value was of the freight transported from UK airports to international destinations in each of the last 10 years, by airport.

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to introduce a specific support package for the coach industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the EU Aviation Safety Agency on the establishment and operation of mutual travel without quarantine as a...

      Tolls: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Congestion Charge fee will to be reimbursed for Metropolitan Police staff travelling to work at central London sites.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to include support for smart controls for domestic properties in his forthcoming heat strategy.

    • Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of developing a UK-wide hydrogen strategy similar to those being...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of (a) the extent of the UK's natural resources and (b) whether those natural resources...

      Natural Gas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason Ofgem rejected a modification to enable daily metered sites that have reduced gas demands as a result...

      Natural Gas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment Ofgem has made of the risk of inefficient bypass if a replacement for shorthaul is not implement by...

      Natural Gas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether Ofgem made an assessment of the potential risk of inefficient bypass as part of its decision to introduce...

      Natural Gas: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what annual benefit has Ofgem accredited to the average domestic consumer for 2020-21 as a result of the changes...

      Energy Intensive Industries: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average effect is per annum from 2020-21 on the 30 largest industrial consumers of gas as a result of the...

      Fuel Poverty: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households are classified as fuel poor in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of debts energy companies owe to their customers arising from...

      Aerospace Industry: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide additional financial support to firms that are developing the next generation of low carbon aircraft.

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what percentage of the gas used in the UK each day currently qualifies for short-haul tariffs.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of the construction industry on support for construction companies...

      International Airlines Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times he has (a) spoken to or (b) requested to speak to (i) Willie Walsh, chief executive of International...

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2020 to Question 51958, on Bounce Back Loan Scheme, how businesses using the Bounce...

      Public Houses and Restaurants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing pubs and restaurants to use additional outdoor spaces...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to issue guidance to (a) employers and (b) employees on the application of section...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many business owners from BAME backgrounds have received loans under the Bounce Back Loans Scheme.

      Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department's Business Recovery Roundtables will include trades union representation.

      Energy Intensive Industries: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to Ofgem's decision to implement gas transmission charging changes with effect from 1 October 2020, if...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Benin: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the equity of process of recent elections in Benin.

    • Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to secure a refund for the 400,000 units of defective personal protective equipment...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Republic of Cyprus counterpart on the reopening of the crossings between Northern Cyprus...

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he supports the reopening of Crans-Montana talks after the postponed Turkish Cypriot elections.

      Cyprus: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role the UK Government has played in the reunification negotiations as the UN penholder on the Cyprus peace process.

      British Overseas Territories: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect and enhance biodiversity in the United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories.

      China: Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in the Chinese Government on the findings of the investigation into...

      Libya: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate violations of...

      Iran: UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2020 to Question 49098 on Iran: Arms Trade, what recent assessment he has made of the...

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Israel on its proposed annexation of the West Bank.

      Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on taking economic steps in response to the Government of Israel's...

      Israeli Settlements: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding of the United Nations Human Rights Office...

      USA: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the UN on the (a) murder of George Floyd and (b) deaths of black men by armed police officers...

      USA: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the US Administration on threats to use military force against US citizens to suppress...

      George Floyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response he has received to the representations he has made to the Government of the USA following the death of George Floyd.

      Myanmar: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) sanctions have been applied to and (b) assets frozen of those 14 members of the Burmese military responsible for human...

      Libya: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking with his NATO counterparts to mitigate the threat posed by Russia's attempts to develop a military...

      Guyana: Election Observers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Guyanese counterpart on that Government's decision not to allow two accredited...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Abortion: Club Foot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many abortions took place after the diagnosis of clubfoot in each the last 10 years; and at what weeks gestation those abortions took...

    • Abortion: Tarsal Coalition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many abortions took place after the diagnosis of Tarsal coalition in each of the last 10 years; and at what weeks gestation those...

      Abortion: Hammer Toe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many abortions took place after the diagnosis of hammer toe in each of the last 10 years; and at what weeks gestation those abortions...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has requested that (a) Public Health England, (b) county councils and (c) other public sector organisations (i)...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will extending eligibility for covid-19 testing to include people under 65 who have symptoms and who receive care in (a) their own...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what systems are in place to ensure that covid-19 test results are (a) concluded and communicated in a timely manner and (b) followed-up...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of covid-19 test results have been concluded and communicated to the person concerned within the target of...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Imperial College's publication of 23 April 2020 entitled Report 16: Role of testing in COVID-19, if he will make an...

      Coronavirus: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, where the covid-19 testing centres will be located in (a) Mansfield and (b) Ashfield; and what the timetable is for opening those testing...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral contribution of 5 May 2020, Official Report, column 493 on Covid-19 Update, when he plans to roll out regular...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many tests for covid-19 undertaken at home have been processed since the start of the outbreak of that disease.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to provide mental health support for non-clinical front line workers helping to tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

      Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support people with industrial illnesses in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and (c) Rother Valley constituency.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when will my constituent receive the results of their covid-19 test reference MES00016038 of 4 May 2020.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many residents of care homes have received tests for covid-19 since the announcement by the Government on 28 April 2020 that testing...

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what steps he might take to help mitigate the long-term financial...

      Maternity Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS spent on salaries for (a) maternity doctors, (b) maternity nurses and (c) midwives in 2018-19.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the median time for the results of a covid-19 test taken at a testing facility to be received by a patient.

      Coronavirus: Humber Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests through the Humber Bridge car park covid-19 testing centre (a) were taken, (b) received results that were...

      Coronavirus: Humber Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests completed at the Humber Bridge car park testing centre have resulted in an unclear outcome.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to meet his aim of testing all care home residents and care staff for covid-19 by early June 2020.

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether all reception age children, including those under the age of 5 years, will be eligible to be tested for covid-19 when they return...

      Deloitte: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the contract with Deloitte for covid-19 testing requires that company to report positive cases to Public Health England and to...

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2020 to Question 41979 on NHS: Coronavirus, in what format his Department holds the information requested.

      NHS and Social Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much revenue was raised by the Immigration Health Surcharge from (a) NHS workers and (b) social care workers in the 2019-20 financial...

      Coronavirus: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people caring for elderly relatives at home are entitled to be tested for covid-19; and whether they have priority for that testing.

      Care Homes: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will match his funding for care homes with emergency funding for homecare and supported living providers to help those settings...

      NHS Covid-19 App Data Ethics Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that members of the NHS Covid-19 App Data Ethics Advisory Board are given unrestricted access to all the information...

      Social Workers: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many social workers have been removed from their post due to (a) gross misconduct and (b) dereliction of duty in the last five years.

      Care Homes and Home Care Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a regionally-adjusted minimum fee to be paid by local authorities for...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason why the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has requested that laboratories pause processing...

      Counselling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, if he will increase the level of funding allocated from the public purse for the provision of...

      Autism: Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of remote health appointments on people with autistic spectrum disorder.

      Temporary Employment: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support is available to NHS bank staff who are not eligible for universal credit and have had (a) no working hours and (b)...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to reimburse care homes for the sick pay of staff who are instructed to isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service.

      Care Homes and Home Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help protect (a) care homes and (b) home care providers during the easing of the covid-19 lockdown.

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of women receiving a follow-up call after taking both sets of abortion pills at...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to protect people from BAME backgrounds who have been identified as being in an at-risk group during the covid-19...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the reliability of covid-19 test results from tests performed in hospitals.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) different swabs for a person or (b) individuals are each counted in the number of covid-19 tests conducted.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for local authorities to receive data on all testing of people resident in their area.

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of real terms changes to NHS mental health funding per year from 2009-10 to date in (a) percentage...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds data on the average time taken for a covid-19 positive test result to be reported to the relevant local...

      Deloitte: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that positive covid-19 test results under the commercial Deloitte system are shared with...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all positive covid-19 test results are shared with relevant local authorities within a...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many care settings have applied for covid-19 tests through the gov.uk online portal in (a) the North West, (b) Liverpool City Region,...

      Coronavirus: Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps have been taken by (a) the Government, (b) Public Health England and (c) NHS England to test the effectiveness of the covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of delays to local authorities receiving positive test results on the effectiveness...

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment has been made of the effectiveness of NICE’s methodology for assessing combination therapies.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2020 to Question 53466 on Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups, when he plans to publish the (a) evidence...

  • Wales Office

    • Wales Office: Buidlings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May 2020 to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, at how many multi-hub locations employees of his Department work together with...

    • Wales Office: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff are employed to work in his Department's London office.

      Wales Office: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he plans to publish his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20.

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that tendering processes run by the Student Loans Company are delivered within the advertised time scale.

    • Pupils: Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what mental health support his Department is providing to pupils returning to school on 1 June 2020 who have experienced a bereavement as a result of...

      Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average cost to the public purse has been of the relocation of and travel for pupils following school fires in each financial year since 2015-16.

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has provided to SEND schools on transportation for pupils during the covid-19 outbreak that complies with social...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support schools in helping (a) pupils in (i) reception and (ii) year 1 and (b) other younger pupils to socially distance...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on reopening schools in that country during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Home Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many laptops have been provided to disadvantaged children for homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak in (a) London, (b) Bexley Borough and (c)...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children who (a) are eligible for free school meals and (b) have become eligible for free...

      Educational Visits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent guidance his Department has issued to schools on overseas trips during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to enable parents to request that their child resits the current school year in the event that educational progress has...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children with Education Health Care Plans (a) were attending primary school in the latest period for which data is...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that schools put in place plans to recommence serving students lunches provided by their school food suppliers.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question 49622 on Courts: Coronavirus, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making...

    • Judges: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were appointed as Queen’s Counsel in each of the last five years, by ethnicity.

      Offences against Children: Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of automatic custodial sentences for people convicted of sexual offences against children.

      Sexual Offences: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the £5 million allocated through Police and Crime Commissioners to support sexual...

      Sexual Offences: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the planned timescale is for the £5 million funding to be allocated through Police and Crime Commissioners to support sexual violence services...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons people are still being held under imprisonment for public protection sentences; and when he plans to review those sentences.

  • Treasury

    • National Insurance Contributions: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much National Insurance has been paid by foreign nationals resident in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency who were required to pay the...

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to (a) investigate and (b) take action against companies who utilised the loan charge method of tax avoidance.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Government support provided to businesses through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, what assessment the Government had made of...

      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.

      Inheritance Tax: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how (a) many people paid and (b) much was paid in inheritance tax in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency in each of the last three years.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) rights and (b) support is available to workers who were informed that they would be furloughed by an employer that has not gone on to honour that...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people working for umbrella companies who have been eligible to be furloughed but have not been as of the...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support people who have been unable to access the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme as a result of incorrectly completed tax...

      Research: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that furloughed employees of umbrella companies receive a payment that is 80 per cent of the income that they...

      Riot Control Weapons: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor for the Exchequer, what the value was of exports of (a) rubber bullets, (b) riot shields and (c) tear gas to (i) the US and (ii) other countries in the last five years.

      Personal Savings: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the competitiveness of NS&I and high street bank savings product interest rates.

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Financial Conduct Authority and (b) Payment Systems Regulator on a minimum service guarantee for cash;...

      Bank Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department is providing to people who require access to offline or face-to-face banking during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question 48488, on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, what discussions he has had with with representatives from...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to support the airlines to retain staff after the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Local Government: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and which local authorities have furloughed workers to date; and how many workers have been furloughed by each of those local authorities.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it will be mandatory or voluntary for employers to pay contributions into the furlough scheme when the Government reduces its 80 per cent contribution.

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he will take in cases where a person has successfully claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme but then does not continue to...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to ensure that local authorities distribute funding from Government grant schemes equitably.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to enable businesses that have applied for and not been awarded covid-19 grant funding by their local authority to appeal the...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of suspending the abatement element in all public sector pensions during the covid-19 outbreak.

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent forecasts his Department has made of (a) nominal and (b) real Gross National Income for (i) 2020, (ii) 2021, (iii) 2022, (iv) 2023 and (v) 2024.

      P and O Ferries: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake an economic impact assessment of plans by P&O Ferries to make 1,100 staff redundant by the end of June 2020.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Shipping

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to protect the employment of seafarers in the shipping industry after the implementation of changes to the Coronavirus Job...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credits claimants in Scotland have (a) notified a change of circumstances and (b) ended their claim since the 11 March 2020.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many inspections HMRC has undertaken in relation to potential fraudulent use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

      Jobcentre Plus: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to allocate additional funding from the public purse to Job Centre Plus.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a Real Time Information (RTI) cut-off date...

      Tourism: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received in support of a reduced UK VAT rate of 5 per cent for tourism attractions and accommodation providers; and if...

  • Leader of the House

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Sentinel Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial effect the covid-19 outbreak has had on his Department’s decision to cease Raytheon Sentinel.

    • Sentinel Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the cessation of Raytheon Sentinel on (a) surveillance support for the UK's armed forces, (b) national...

      Sentinel Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be affected by the decision to cease the Raytheon Sentinel service.

      Veterans UK: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2020 to Question 51724 on the Veterans UK Helpline, when the telephone service of the Veterans UK Helpline will be in...

      Veterans UK: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2020 to Question 51724 on the Veterans UK Helpline, how many calls to that telephone service were recorded in each...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the £20 a week uplift to universal credit introduced during the covid-19 outbreak will be made permanent.

    • Universal Credit: London

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

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of increasing legacy benefits in line with the increase in universal credit...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department's Complaints Resolution Team plans to start accepting constituent cases from hon. Members.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the pay (a) minimum and (b) maximum is for each civil service grade in her Department below the Senior Civil Service (i) inside and (ii)...

      Females: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the financial effect of the covid-19 outbreak on women born in the 1950s.

      Disability: Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that (a) public and (b) hospitality venue toilet facilities accessible for people with...

      Medical Assessments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of maintaining the suspension of face-to-face health assessments until the final phase of...

      Employment Support Allowance: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has undertaken to ensure that people classed as terminally ill but have not submitted a DS1500 continue to have...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question HL4637 on Universal Credit: Coronavirus, if she will make an assessment of the potential...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the Self Employed Income Support Scheme on the income of claimants of universal credit.

      Jobcentres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the capacity of Job Centre Plus to continue to provide services with (a) increased demand and (b)...

      Health and Safety Executive: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question 49707 on Health and Safety Executive: Finance, what further plans are being developed by...

      Universal Credit: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data her Department (a) holds and (b) reports on the number of universal credit applications by applicants who are (i) white, (ii) mixed,...

      Health and Safety Executive: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Health and Safety Inspectors were employed by the Health and Safety Executive at the end of May in each of the last 10 years up to...

      Health and Safety Executive: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question 49705 on Health and Safety Executive: Finance, how long he estimates it will take for all...

      Health and Safety Executive: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question 49706 on Health and Safety Executive: Inspections, what estimate she has made of the number...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Wildlife Parks: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to facilitate the re-opening of wildlife parks; and if he will make a statement.

    • Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on restricting the export of live animals for slaughter.

      Plastics: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what data his Department has collected on the (a) quantity, (b) type and (c) harmful effects of plastic pollution in the...

      Nephrops: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the UK scampi market is planned to re-open as part of the easing of covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of (a) river dredging and (b) de-silting of minor waterways on reducing the...

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of the £2 million in funding allocated to domestic abuse helplines and online support has been directly accessed by those...

    • Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of visa applicants in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency that have been liable for the...

      Home Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, in how many multi-hub locations employees of her Department are...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to waive the requirement for applicants for Settlement Status not to have spent more than six months outside...

      Passports: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK passport holders there are in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency.

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the quarantine criteria on people entering the UK will be dependant on the mortality and infection rates of the country from which...

      Broadband: Engineers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to provide support to broadband engineers working on upgrading the broadband network who fear abuse as a result...

      Aviation: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with (a) easyJet, (b) British Airways and (c) other major UK airlines on the 14-day quarantine...

      Visas: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether care workers will be eligible to apply to the scheme to offer free one-year visa extensions during the covid-19 outbreak to people...

      Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is not proscribed as a terrorist organisation.

      Data Protection Act 2018

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to review the effectiveness of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

      Serious and Organised Crime Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status of Sir Craig Mackey's serious and organised crime review is; and if she will commit to publishing the findings and...

      Istanbul Convention

      To ask the Minister for the Home Office, when the Government plans to ratify the 2012 Istanbul Convention on violence against women and girls.

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department’s target is in weeks, for determining Change of Conditions applications made by destitute families with no...

  • Department for International Development

    • Coronavirus: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to support British charities responding to the covid-19 pandemic.

    • Humanitarian Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of her Department’s funding to UN agencies for the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan will be allocated to (a)...

      Humanitarian Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has made to UN agencies on the provision of accurate figures on the (a) timeliness and (b) volume...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2020 to Question 38897 on Israel: Palestinians, what criteria her Department used to determine the...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how she plans to build on the UK’s leadership at the Global Vaccine Summit to help ensure a globally co-ordinated response to...

  • Scotland Office

    • Higher Education: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what consultation the Government undertook with relevant stakeholders prior to the decision that student number controls will be applied to Scottish...

    • Higher Education: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the effect of limits to the number of English students who can study at...

      Exports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of recent trade missions in promoting Scottish exports.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will include dentists and dental workers as key workers on the gov.uk website.

    • Office for Tackling Injustices

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Office for Tackling Injustices is planned to be established.

  • Department for International Trade

    • UK Trade With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations he has received from UK export businesses on the value of a comprehensive, frictionless trade agreement between the UK...

    • Trade Promotion: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May to Question 42243 on Overseas Trade: Israel, what processes her Department has put in place to exclude from...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on allocating funding from the public purse to ensure...

    • Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has plans to introduce a stabilisation fund for the charity sector in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Gyms: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to allow health clubs to reopen during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Charities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his announcement of £150 million charity funding in the covid-19 press conference on 20 May 2020, how...

      Charities: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance can the Government plans to provide to charities, to allow them to operate their charity shops safely during the...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to protect people with epilepsy from being targeted by social media posts designed to trigger a...

      Local Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure a sustainable future for local newspapers.

      Newspaper Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have had with representatives from (i) the News Media Association, (ii) the...

      Charities: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for BAME charities that are helping people disproportionately...

      Conservation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Charity Commission plans to publish the report on its inquiry into Wimbledon And Putney Commons Conservators.

      Gambling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his oral Answer of 4 June 2020, Official Report, column 992 on Covid-19: Sporting Sector, what the timetable is...

      National Citizens Service Trust: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what adjustment his Department has made to the grant allocated to NCS Trust as a result of the cancellation of summer...

      National Citizens Service Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been allocated to NCS in each year since its inception; how much funding was budgeted for in 2020; and if...

  • Prime Minister

    • George Floyd

      To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had on the death of George Floyd during his phone call with the President of the United States on 29 May 2020.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what is the Government's policy on local authorities furloughing their employees.

    • Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received on weddings being held outdoors during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Property Development: Isle of Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the ministerial code and to his discussions with the developer of the Westferry Printworks...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government plans to take in response to the report published by Public Health England on 2 June 2020 entitled COVID-19: review of...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Coronavirus: Written Questions

      The Leader of the House how many of the Questions for Written Answer listed as unanswered after 10 working days in the edition of House of Lords Business dated 3 June related to COVID-19; and...

    • Written Questions: Coronavirus

      The Leader of the House what percentage of (1) topical questions for written answer, and (2) normal questions for written answer, have not been answered within the expected timeframes for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Nigeria: Crimes against Humanity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria about the findings of the report by Amnesty International ‘We dried our tears’:...

    • Zimbabwe: Abduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action has been taken by the HM Ambassador in Harare and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in relation to the reported attack, abduction and torture by...

      Zimbabwe: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the application by the government of Zimbabwe to re-join the Commonwealth is suspended until any violations of human...

      Navi Pillay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they met with Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, during her visit to London in May; and, if so, what topics they discussed.

      Zimbabwe: Abduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have considered further targeted measures against leaders of the Zimbabwe security apparatus following reports of the violent assault and torture of...

      Zimbabwe: Abduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had ministerial discussions with the government of the Republic of South Africa on a joint approach to the political and economic crisis in...

      British Overseas Territories: Biodiversity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide assistance to projects and programmes in relation to conservation of biodiversity in the UK overseas territories.

      USA: Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British journalists and camera crews covering the recent protests in the United States have been affected by the United States security forces’ use...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further information they have on the current political situation in Sri Lanka in view of fears of a constitutional crisis, further to the government of Sri...

      Marine Protected Areas: British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Overseas Territories' marine protected areas are part of the Blue Belt; if not (1) why not, and (2) what plans they have to include those areas in...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 tests were carried out on each day since 28 April; how many of those were retests each day; what were the reasons for retests being...

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their target of 200,000 COVID-19 tests a day relates to tests administered, results received, or the number of people tested.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which regulatory body is responsible for the changes needed to allow dental surgeries to operate in a COVID-19 safe environment, including how patients are booked...

  • Department for International Development

    • Humanitarian Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what engagement they have had with the UN and other international actors to ensure that tackling gender-based violence is recognised as a specific objective in the...

    • Coronavirus: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for International Development is taking to ensure that women and women's organisations are (1) included, and (2) supported, to...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with multilateral organisations to ensure that official development assistance, allocated to tackling the impact of the COVID-19...

      Non-governmental Organisations: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to international non-governmental organisations based in the UK to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Violence: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the response to violence against women, and in particular, intimate partner violence, is provided for as an essential service within their COVID-19...

      Overseas Aid: Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure (1) the availability of, and (2) equitable access to, sexual and reproductive health and rights services is included as part of the...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consulted the (1) Northern Irish, (2) Scottish, and (2) Welsh, governments about their proposals to cap the number of English students who can be...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total number of deaths, from any cause, in the UK in 2020.

    • Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which customs regulations will be enforced at border control posts in Northern Ireland after 1 January 2021.

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which court would determine the outcome of a dispute between Customs Officers and a person moving goods via a Border Control Post in Northern Ireland.

      Faculty: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Crown Commercial Service was consulted on the decision by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to let a contract to Faculty.

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