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Written answers

Friday, 12 June 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 202 to Question 48265 on Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of...

    • Department for Transport: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, 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...

      Mayor of London and Transport for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who has been (a) present and (b) given apologies for all meetings between his Department and (i) Transport for London and (ii) the Mayor of London and...

      Tolls: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from (a) Transport for London and (b) the Mayor of London on the potential merits of increasing the congestion...

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many employees the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise have contracted covid-19.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of employees of the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise that have contracted covid-19 are from a BAME background.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help conduct risk assessments for rail franchises to protect vulnerable staff.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he has issued to rail franchises on the use of PPE in the workplace.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise provide protective visors for staff in each station on that franchise.

      Govia Thameslink Railway: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what health surveillance procedures are in place at Govia Thameslink Railway franchise, to identify (a) sick, (b) asymptomatic and (c) vulnerable...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether UK residents are required to self-isolate prior to travelling overseas during the covid-19 outbreak; and if so, for how long should UK...

      Bus Services and Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the review published by Public Health England on 2 June 2020 entitled Disparities in the risk and outcomes of covid-19, what steps...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will collate statistics on the number of employees in the rail industry by rail franchise who have died of covid-19.

      London Underground: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will collate statistics on the number of London Underground workers by station at which those workers were based who have died of covid-19.

      Electric Scooters: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the roll-out of e-scooter trials in the West Midlands.

      Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance he is issuing to local authorities on supporting the safety of taxi and private hire drivers during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Railways: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reopening the Maid Marion Line to passengers in Selston and the rural parts of Ashfield.

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that public transport remains accessible for blind and partially sighted people during every stage of the covid-19...

      Hong Kong: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he (a) has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of EU plans (i) for large-scale investment in green hydrogen and (ii) to...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with his Spanish counterpart on the potential for an air bridge permitting air travel between the UK and Spain without a...

      Road Traffic: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) progress has been made on and (b) the preliminary results are of the acoustic camera trials announced in June 2019 to monitor traffic noise.

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of driving tests that have not taken place as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Railway Stations: Reston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the reopening of Reston station.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Ofgem: Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times decisions by Ofgem have been subject to judicial review in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020; and what the...

    • Public Houses and Social Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many pubs and social clubs were operating in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East, (d) Northumberland and...

      Tourists: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) contract terms, (b) insurance cover, (c) ABTA and ATOL arrangements...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, in how many multi-hub locations employees of his...

      Unemployment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to prevent an increase in unemployment in (a) York and (b) England as a result of the covid-19...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support local economies in broadening their economic base.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the provision of additional funding for Local...

      Offshore Industry: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on achieving a transition to a net zero carbon economy for workers in the offshore oil and gas industry.

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2020 to Question 34978 on Offshore Industry: North Sea, on what dates since 1 March...

      Waste Disposal: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of EU plans to establish a Clean Hydrogen...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, in how many multi-hub locations employees of his...

    • Climate Change Convention: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of UK diplomats have been directly tasked with encouraging strong Nationally Determined...

      Marine Environment: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that a new UN high seas treaty to protect ocean biodiversity and conservation is negotiated...

      Iran: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for regional security in Iran of the expiration of the UN conventional arms...

      Gaza: Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of Hamas’s rule in Gaza on regional stability.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Marine Protected Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question 49117, British Overseas Territories: Marine Protected Areas, when his...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Northern Ireland Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 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...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Body Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of body bags available for use by (a) the NHS and (b) funeral directors.

    • NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Cancer Research UK’s call for widespread testing of NHS staff...

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of personal protective equipment for the health service was sourced from domestic suppliers in 2019.

      New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the New and Emerging Respiratory Threats Advisory Group recommendation in June 2019 on surgical gowns was shared with the Welsh...

      Podiatry: Community Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to help expand community podiatry services to tackle levels of diabetic foot ulceration and amputation as a result...

      Health Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether Government guidelines on personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers were based on PPE availability.

      Motor Neurone Disease: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason motor neurone disease (MND) was removed from the extremely vulnerable list; if he will publish the evidential basis for...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to update the guidance given to people that are shielding in response to the covid-19 outbreak as 12 week threshold since...

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance was provided to NHS hospitals on face fit tests for people wearing FFP3 masks between February and May 2020.

      Ophthalmology: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when optician practices will be able to reopen during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that eye clinic liaison officers are available in all ophthalmology departments; and what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Dental Services: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to extend the dental coverage provided in medical exemption certificates for pregnant women who have...

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of Lord Deighton’s progress on leading the Government's efforts to increase domestic manufacturing of...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of personal protective equipment used by the NHS is now produced in the UK.

      Coronavirus: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been removed from the covid-19 shielded patients list and notified of that removal by text message.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure cancer services can restart in safe settings during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Oxygen: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that nursing homes and care homes receive the oxygen supplies they require.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) advice or (b) guidance on the easing of covid-19 social distancing measures has been issued to clinically vulnerable people who...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there is an adequate supply personal protective equipment in the event of a second...

      Care Homes: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what supply chains for personal protective equipment are available to independent care homes that are not able to be part of NHS...

      Shingles: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to introduce specific plans after the covid-19 outbreak to encourage eligible patients through...

      Vaccination: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase workforce capacity to support the school vaccination programme in 2020 and catch up vaccination...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providers outside of primary care providing immunisation services and...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is collecting data on patients that have had their treatment options (a) changed and (b) paused as a result of the...

      Blood Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with blood cancer have been removed from the shielding list by (a) clinicians and (b) GPs in England.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure that clinical criteria will be in place before further changes are made to the covid-19 shielding list.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference the findings in the report published by Public Health England on 2 June 2020 entitled Disparities in the risk and outcomes...

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 May 2020 to Question 44954, on Coronavirus: Social Distancing, if he will place in the House of Commons...

      Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on access to (a) improving access to psychological therapies, (b)...

      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 Question 38442, submitted on 21 April 2020, by the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Buildings

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

      Coronavirus: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of prolonged social isolation on the mental wellbeing of the general public.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the responses of organisations that submitted evidence to the Public Health England review of disparities in risks and...

      Mental Health Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of staff shortages in the NHS mental health workforce; and what steps his Department is...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether each glove from a pair of gloves is counted as an individual piece of personal protective equipment for the purposes of...

      Suicide: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to reduce the risk of suicide in middle-aged men on low incomes; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish the White Paper on reforming the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new referrals there were to NHS secondary mental health services in March and April (a) 2020 and (b) 2019.

      Mental Health: White Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the White Paper on mental health.

      Maternity Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of non-EU nationals who cannot (a) leave the UK during the covid-19 outbreak and (b)...

      Surgical Mesh Implants: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussion (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in the...

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • GCSE: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support external candidates unable to sit GCSE exams that have been cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak but who must...

    • Private Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to private schools on a timeline for reopening schools following the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Educational Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the transmission rate of covid-19 is low and manageable in (a) nurseries, (b) primary schools, (c) secondary...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives from local authorities on the provision of home to school transport in...

      Schools: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) nursery, (b) reception, (c) year one and (d) year six pupils attended school in England on 1 June 2020.

      Primary Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his letter to the honorable Member for righton, Pavillion dated April 7 2020, reference 2020-0008728POGibb, if he will publish the...

      Schools: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to provide schools with flexibility under the national curriculum to meet the emotional and mental health needs of staff and pupils...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has issued new guidance to schools and multi-academy trusts on the (a) design and (b) layout of (i) building, (ii) rebuilding...

      Department for Education: Buildings

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

      Universities: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of limits on the number of English students who can attend Scottish universities from 2020 on the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Ofsted registered (a) nurseries and (b) childminders have closed in each of the last 12 months.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils in (a) nursery settings, (b) reception, (c) Year 1 and (d) Year 6 returned to school in (i) England and (ii) York in the...

      Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor and Home Secretary on the (a) budget for and (b) functioning of, a domestic alternative to the...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether schoolchildren will be required to wear face masks on school transport and buses during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Discharge Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to increase the discharge grant to £80 for all prison leavers as a result of the increase in the grant for prisoners granted early...

    • Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the advice and support in relation to public health guidance given to young adult prison leavers during...

      Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) young adult, (b) other female and (c) other male prison leavers have been released during the covid-19 outbreak without an address to go to.

      Prisoners' Release: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of (a) young adult, (b) other female and (c) other male prison leavers were given a mobile phone and a credit package...

      Prison Accommodation: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on the construction and maintenance of temporary accommodation cells in prisons in England and Wales in (a) March, (b) April and (c)...

      Prison Accommodation: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2020 to Question 41404, on Prison Accommodation: Technology, what plans his Department has for the roll-out of in-cell...

      Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners who were (a) new entrants, (b) inter-prison transfers and (c) recalls were not isolated within a reverse cohorting unit for 14 days...

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of financial losses by third sector organisations on the viability of the Dynamic Framework for...

      Youth Custody: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing a strategy for the health, welfare, education and rehabilitation of girls...

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prisoners undertaking paid employment in the community through Release on Temporary License in England and Wales have...

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what monitoring his Department is undertaking of any pattern of increase in incidents in (a) individual custodial facilities and (b) across the...

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question 49084 on Prisons: Coronavirus, how many cases of covid-19 there have been in each prison in England...

      Nitrous Oxide: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions for the use of nitrous oxide have been brought in each year since the introduction of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

      Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners from Stockport have been released under the Early Prison Release scheme during the covid-19 outbreak; and how many prisoners released...

      Community Rehabilitation Companies: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the level of investment by community rehabilitation companies in (a) remote videoconferencing, (b)...

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) remand and (b) convicted prisoners have died on the prison estate in each of the last five years, by ethnicity.

      Prison Officers: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoner officers are employed on the prison estate, by ethnicity.

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department will take to protect prison staff from covid-19 when prison visits are resumed.

      Road Traffic Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there have been under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 for non-compliance with Regulation 97 of the Road Vehicles...

      Prisoners: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have married since 23 March 2020.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Riot Control Weapons: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, to which countries the UK exports (a) rubber bullets, (b) riot shields and (c) tear gas.

    • Coronavirus: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to facilitate exports from Israeli companies that are developing technologies to tackle covid-19.

      Medical Equipment: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that the UK benefits from Israeli thermal scanning technologies to detect covid-19.

      Trade Agreements: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many cases have been taken against the UK under investor-state dispute settlement provisions and what the outcome was of those cases.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of enabling local authorities to retain their power to require...

    • Parking: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many private parking operators have had their access to DVLA data blocked since the introduction of the Parking...

      Parking: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to encourage private car park operators to (a) lower and (b) scrap their fares during the...

      Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations he has received from landlords and tenants organisations on a potential extension to the...

      Regeneration: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking support the redesign and regeneration of the high street after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support he is providing to local authorities to enable them to restructure their local economies after the...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, whether his Department plans to review local authority recovery plans.

      Waste Disposal: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications were submitted to the Building Safety Fund on (a) the first day that scheme went live and (b) in...

      House Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the outcome was of the round table meeting on 13 May 2020 between his Department and the Association of British...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that local areas that experience a second spike in relation to covid-19...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support his Department plans to provide to local authorities that will be required to implement local lockdowns...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure coordination between local authorities in a region in the event that...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who will hold the decision-making power over local lockdowns in the event that an area without an elected Mayor that...

      Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the Government's definition is of a geographical location in the event that local lockdowns are required.

      Housing: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Government’s covid-19 recovery strategy, whether he plans to (a) issue guidance to local...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that housing developers follow planning regulations and are granted permission to...

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what further support he will allocate to Parish Councils who have used a large proportion of their budgets responding...

      Multiple Occupation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether under covid-19 lockdown measures landlords of houses in multiple occupation are able to move tenants into...

      Local Government: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what instructions he has issued to local authorities on undertaking a race equality audit.

      Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what scientific advice his Department received in advance of updated the guidance entitled, Government advice on home...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May 2020 to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, at how many multi-hub locations employees of her Department work...

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to make permanent the offer of phone or paper assessments for benefits currently in place during covid-19 outbreak.

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to amend the availability for work requirements for claimants of universal credit with child care responsibilities as a...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent work coaches were employed by her Department in (a) January, (b) February, (c) March, (d) April and (e) May...

      Health and Safety Executive: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the annual budget of the Health and Safety Executive (a) is in 2020-21 and (b) was in each of the last 10 years.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to expand the UK's fishing fleet in preparation for the cessation of the application of...

    • Fish: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking with the UK fishing sector to encourage consumption of fish caught by that sector throughout the UK.

      Fruit and Vegetables: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to expand growing vegetables and fruit in the UK to reduce food miles on imports.

      Locusts: Africa and South Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of recent locust swarms in Africa and South Asia on the supply of imported food...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer on 15 May to Question 43779 on Civil Servants, in how many multi-hub locations employees of his...

      Birds: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications for individual licences were made in 2020 for the control of common pest and predatory corvids to...

      Seagulls: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of restrictions imposed by Natural England on the ability of land managers to...

      Wildlife: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to work with stakeholders to ensure that the wildlife licensing system is fit for purpose.

      Biodiversity and Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to amend the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 after the transition period to increase...

      Wildlife: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what comparative assessment he has made of the merits of a risk-based approach to wildlife licensing compared to one based...

      Zoos: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial support his Department plans to provide to zoological institutions which have been affected by the covid-19...

      UN Convention on Biological Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will take steps to negotiate a deal at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention...

      Biodiversity: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to published academic research on the link between destruction of natural habitats and the emergence of novel...

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to introduce the deposit return scheme for plastic bottles.

      Chemicals: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of chemical safety information the UK will lose access to when it can no...

      Barbecues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to protect (a) Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, (b) the West Pennine Moors and other moorland...

      Mink: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risks to (a) human and (b) animal health from covid-19 in mink fur farms.

      Mink: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to protect human and animal health following the publication of findings by the Dutch Government...

  • Home Office

    • Ports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria her Department will use to determine the lifting of covid-19 quarantine measures at UK ports of entry.

    • Migrant Camps: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2020 to Question 41962 on Migrant Camps: France, what work the UK-France Migration Committee is conducting...

      Asylum: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons asylum applicants who reside in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency who have outstanding asylum applications are not...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a new offence of intentional trespass to tackle unlawful traveller...

      Nitrous Oxide: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the change in the level of the use of nitrous oxide during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Police: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to issue guidance to police forces in England and Wales on wearing PPE when coming into physical contact with members of...

      Police Custody: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have died in police custody in each of the last five years, by ethnicity.

      Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers are employed in England and Wales, by ethnicity.

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people with dependants under the age of 18 who have No Recourse to Public Funds attached to...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences under Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 for non-compliance with Regulation 97 of the Road Vehicles Regulations 1986,...

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in (a) England and (b) York have no recourse to public funds in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Police: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken in 2020 to investigate potential institutional racism in the police.

      Police Custody: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will investigate the number of BAME deaths in custody where restraint was used in the last 15 years; and what assessment she has made...

  • Wales Office

    • Coronavirus: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the effect of the different approaches of the UK and Welsh Governments to tackling covid-19 on the health of people in (a)...

  • Scotland Office

    • Domestic Visits: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many times he has visited Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency in an official capacity since assuming office.

    • Fisheries: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department has taken with other Government Departments to develop UK fishing policy for when the transition period ends.

      Fisheries: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps officials in his Department have taken with officials in (a) other Government departments and (b) the Scottish Government to ensure that...

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Defence on ensuring there is no further reduction of the military footprint in Scotland.

      Scotland Office: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, 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...

      Domestic Visits: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he next plans to visit Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Prime Minister: Nurseries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what emergency childcare provision is available to staff working in 10 Downing Street.

    • Cabinet Office: ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to (a) reduce the amount of manual processing on paper it carries out and (b) make those processes digital.

      Newspaper Press: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much public health and NHS advertising has been placed with (a) members of the Independent Community News Network and (b) other news providers...

      Capital Investment: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much Government investment has been made in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency in each year since 2010.

      Black Lives Matter: Publicity

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement.

      Care Homes: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many covid-19 deaths have been recorded in care homes in Hull since the start of the outbreak.

      Cabinet Office: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, 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...

      Dominic Cummings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, to whom did Dominic Cummings report to in his role as Special Adviser during the period when the Prime Minister was incapacitated with covid-19.

      Debts: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the average debt of people aged 18 to 25 in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and c) Linlithgow and East Falkirk...

      EU Nationals: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many EU nationals are resident in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency.

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had Cabinet colleagues on allowing registry office ceremonies to resume by 2 July 2020.

      Elections: Voting Methods

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make it his policy to introduce the option of advance physical voting at elections.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has in place to estimate the proportion of people who have passed away from covid-19 compared with other primary causes.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish (a) the (i) number and (ii) type of underlying health conditions among and (b) the socio-economic status of people who have died...

      Self-employed: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people declared themselves as self-employed in each of the last three years in Linlithgow and East Falkirk.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people in employment which primarily requires working at night in (a) Linlithgow and East Falkirk...

      Debts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of household debt in (a) Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK in each year since 2015.

      Low Pay: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) women and (b) men working in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency earn less than £10 per hour.

      Employment: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency in employment who are aged between (a) 50 to 59, (b) 60...

  • Treasury

    • Gift Aid: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many charities registered in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency have claimed back Gift Aid on small cash donations using the Gift Aid Small...

    • Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to make food and drink wholesalers who supply to care homes, hospitals and schools eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

      Treasury: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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...

      Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the application of the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund to the wholesale food and drink sector.

      Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the hospitality, retail and leisure grants to the wholesale food and drink sector.

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on opportunities for economic growth in the UK’s hydrogen economy throughout the UK.

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential for green hydrogen industries to help contribute to the UK’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the...

      Health: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the £22 million in cash grants awarded by the Government to health charities as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, what assessment...

      VAT: Arrears

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value of VAT arrears owed for more than 12 months is in (a) Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK.

      Small Business Grants Fund: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that children's care facilities can benefit from the Small Business Grant fund administered by local authorities.

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on UK industry of EU plans for large-scale investment in green hydrogen.

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timeframe is for renegotiating the fiscal framework with the Scottish Government.

      Taxation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing (a) VAT, (B) national insurance contributions, (c) income tax, (d) corporation tax,...

      Off-payroll Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of workers who only hold contracts covered by the off payroll working rules.

      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.

      Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether supermarkets that remain open during the covid-19 outbreak have been provided with business rates relief.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that people (a) who are shielding, (b) who live with people who are shielding and (c) identified as clinically vulnerable...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to publish further details on how the Government will achieve its target Gigabit-capable connectivity for all...

    • Small Businesses: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help small and medium-sized enterprises protect themselves against cyber-attack.

      Broadband: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the gigabit broadband voucher scheme in each region of the UK.

      Poverty: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support child poverty charities working in BAME communities during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Football: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions the Government has had with partners of the Football Foundation on that organisation's plans for a 25-year...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what targeted, support they are making available to leisure centres, museums, parks and libraries both during and beyond the lockdown.

  • Department for Education

    • Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the higher education sector concerning the next academic year, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Private Education: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to re-open the public consultation on "Regulating independent educational institutions"; and what measures they will be taking to protect pupils at...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials from the Ministry of Defence were members of the Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.

    • Porton Down: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much annual funding the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory received in (1) 2016, (2) 2017, (3) 2018, (4) 2019, and (5) 2020. [T]

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Veterans: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they learnt from the (1) process followed by, and (2) conclusions of, the Iraq Historic Allegations Team; whether any such lessons are applicable to...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they (1) have undertaken, and (2) plan to undertake, in regard to the Victims Payments Scheme in Northern Ireland with (a) political parties...

  • Treasury

    • Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of a decrease in GDP as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) legislative, and (2) manifesto, commitments for...

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