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Written answers

Friday, 19 June 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will provide face masks to bus passengers.

    • Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Volunteering Matters Journey Makers programme, how many Journey Makers volunteers are planned to be deployed; and at what...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which railway organisation will be responsible for the management of the Journey Makers volunteering programme.

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Volunteering Matters Journey Makers programme, whether volunteers will be tested for covid-19 before being deployed; and what...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) duration, (b) content and (c) the training provider for the training for Journey Makers volunteers.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what formula is used to determine the fee paid to train operating companies as part of the emergency measures agreements in place during the covid-19...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for the Scottish economy of implementing the recommendations in High Speed Rail Group's report on...

      Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the first e-scooter trials will begin.

      Bicycles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's announcement entitled, £2 billion package to create new era for cycling and walking, published on 9 May 2020,...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Crewe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has received a completed business case for an High Speed Two hub station at Crewe.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to train passengers that are required to wear face coverings during journeys on what they should do when...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving licence applications are awaiting processing; and what estimate he has made of the length of time it will take to process any backlog...

      Midland Main Railway Line: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish a report on the Network Rail (London to Corby) (Land Acquisition, Level Crossings and Bridge Works) Order application.

      Buses: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many local authorities have applied to the all electric bus town scheme; and what the names of those authorities are.

      Buses: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing an all-hydrogen bus town scheme.

      Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) battery and (b) hydrogen powered electric vehicles he has (i) driven and (ii) been a passenger in.

      Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates he had discussions with chief executives of UK airports in (a) March, (b) April, (c) May and (d) June 2020.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on establishing air bridges to other countries.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representation his recovery roundtables include from (a) trade unions and (b) civil society organisations; and if...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Gulf States: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent from the Integrated Activity Fund for activities conducted by the College of Policing during...

    • Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British/Iranian dual nationals are detained in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Anoosheh Ashoori

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the return of the detained British national, Anoosheh...

      Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking in response to concerns on the welfare of British/Iranian dual nationals illegally detained in Iran.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to introduce 24 hour and seven days a week mental health support for (a) health and (b) care workers.

    • Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that care homes inform families of covid-19 infections in their care homes.

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional funding has been made available to the NHS for the (a) mental health hotline for staff and (b) package of measures to...

      Mental Health Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the November 2019 NHS workforce statistics, what steps he is taking to reduce the deficit of (a) 400 consultant...

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the validity of the scientific advice on (a) 1m and (b) 2m social distancing guidelines; and if he will...

      NHS Trusts: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the level debt of each NHS Trust after the NHS debt write-off announced by his Department on 9 April 2020.

      Coronavirus: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on the mental health of (a) informal carers and (b) people accessing social care of the...

      Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures and Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the easing of covid-19 restrictions, whether medical aesthetics practitioners are permitted to perform (a) dermal...

      Respite Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on carers of not being able to access breaks or respite as a result of the covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people held in immigration detention have been tested for covid-19; and in which detention centres those people were held when...

      Maternity Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional (a) counselling and (b) support his Department provided to people who gave birth during the covid-19 lockdown.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of reasons for the level of death by covid-19 of people diagnosed with (a) Dementia and (b) Alzheimer’s...

      Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the effect of social isolation on people with (a) Dementia and (b) Alzheimer’s disease during the...

      Mental Illness: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative estimate he has made of the mortality rates of people with severe mental illness in contact with NHS mental health...

      Mental Health: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the adult mental health survey for England 2021 has been commissioned.

      Plastic Surgery: Anaesthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether medical aesthetics practitioners are permitted to (a) administer medical devices to apply dermal fillers and (b) perform other...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much energy his departmental buildings have used in (a) each of the last five years and (b) 2020 to date.

      Pregnancy: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of mortality rates between black and white women in childbirth.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what arrangements are in place for patients being discharged from hospital and into care homes to prevent the spread of covid-19.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to ensure that pupils who were eligible but did not return to school during the covid-19 outbreak on 1 June 2020 for...

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support smaller schools with the implementation of Government guidance on social distancing during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the potential to the use civic buildings as...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing compensation to schools that have been required to cancel planned foreign trips as a...

      Schools: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will set out a timeframe for requiring newly-built schools to be fitted with sprinkler systems.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what preparations his Department has made for schools to educate pupils virtually in the 2020-21 academic year in the event that further covid-19...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many covid-19 (a) infections and (b) deaths have taken place in each prison in England and Wales.

    • Prisons and Youth Custody: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the number of covid-19 related deaths was for (a) inmates and (b) staff in each (i) prison, (ii) youth offending institution, (iii) secure training...

      Prisoners' Release: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prisoners were released without a fixed address from each prison in financial year 2016-17.

      Prisons and Young Offender Institutions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff in each of Prisons and Young Offender Institutions have (i) been tested, (ii) tested positive and (iii) died...

      Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in prisons and Young Offender Institutions have been (a) released under End of Custody Temporary Release Scheme and (b) granted...

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that women eligible for release from prison are denied that release as a result of a lack of suitable accommodation.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Riot Control Weapons: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has authorised the export of (a) anti-riot and ballistic shields and (b) components designed for that equipment, for...

  • Prime Minister

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to Question 51836 and with reference to his decision to allow Dominic Cummings to remain in post following his trip to the North East from London during the...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which constituency each (a) base, (b) garrison and (c) barracks of each of the armed forces in (i) England, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were awaiting an assessment for (a) personal independence payments, (b) employment and support allowance and (c) the limited...

    • Debts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendations of the Stepchange report Coronavirus and personal...

      Personal Independence Payment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 22 May 2020 to Question 47371, for what reasons personal independence payment (PIP) claimants whose award was made...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2020 to Question 43084, how many requests for mandatory reconsideration of (a) employment support allowance...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy that existing disability living allowance recipients who are awarded a higher rate of Mobility or Daily Living...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Sea Bass: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to issue guidance for Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities on administering the test in relation...

    • Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the findings for the 2016 and 2017 Sea Angling survey will be published.

      Recycling: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to interpose the Circular Economy Package into law.

      Agriculture: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of individuals self-isolating on the ability of small family-run farms to continue...

      Dogs: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the recently proposed bans on the human consumption of dog meat in Shenzhen and...

      Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing safeguards to prevent glass producers switching to...

      Companies: Palm Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress (a) Unilever and (b) other UK companies have made on meeting the target of 100 per cent use of sustainable...

      Grapes: UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether regulations that enable wineries to produce wine from grapes imported from EU countries will remain in place after...

  • Home Office

    • Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding her Department has allocated to improving security at places of worship in the South Wales Police area in the last 12 months.

    • Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to ONS statistics released on 23 January 2020, if she will make an assessment of the reasons for the 14 per cent increase in...

      Fraud: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate the Government has made of the number of people who have lost money through telephone scams in (a) UK, (b) Scotland and (c)...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria the Government uses to distinguish between the political and military wings of Hamas in relation to the proscribing of...

      Charities: Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding additional to the Prevent programme her Department has allocated to charities working to tackle online extremism in communities...

      Hong Kong: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will grant Hong Kong Locally Employed Personnel who were full members of the UK armed services before 1997 the same immigration...

      Immigration Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long it takes on average for someone granted bail from immigration detention to be found an adequate place to be housed.

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department on holds on the number of people working in health and care who are (a) liable for and (b) have paid the...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of risk of online harm as more people spend time online during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to Question 8998 tabled on 27 January 2020 by the hon. Member for Easington.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the guidelines on measuring and managing supplier performance provided in the Contract...

    • Ethnic Groups: Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent officials were employed by the Government in the Racial Disparity Unit on June 10 (a) 2020, (b) 2019 and (c) 2018.

      Civil Service: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of merging the four cross-departmental BAME staff networks in the Civil Service to improve efficiency.

      Mortality Rates: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the mortality rates were for each ethnic group in each of the last five years.

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what risk assessment has been undertaken by the Government Property Agency on the requirement for externally-contracted support staff to return to work...

  • Treasury

    • Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of implications for his policies of the conclusions of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors survey that (a) 50 per cent of...

    • Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the Valuation Office’s rounding policy on applications for Coronavirus Business Grants; and if he...

      Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to extend the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund to provide additional assistance to businesses that continue to suffer...

      Treasury: Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff in his Department had caring responsibilities in each of the last five years.

      Public Expenditure: Falkirk

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much funding the Government has allocated to (a) public services and (b) capital projects in Falkirk constituency in each year since 2010.

      Hospitality Industry: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to allocate additional funding to the hospitality sector.

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 10 June 2020, Official Report column 285, what estimate he has made of the Barnett...

      Markets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether market traders will be able to make retrospective claims for earnings lost whilst they were ineligible for the coronavirus Small Business Grant Fund.

      Aviation and Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings (a) he and (b) his ministers have had with representatives from (a) UK airports, (b) airlines and (c) tourism bodies since the start of the...

      Tourism and Travel: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to protect jobs in the (a) aviation, (b) travel and (c) tourism sectors after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is closed in...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the planned timeframe for the reopening of children's rides, miniature golf,...

    • Cybercrime: East Renfrewshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many businesses in East Renfrewshire constituency have enrolled on the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made on the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on women’s professional football.

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid -19 outbreak on the development of women’s sport at the (a)...

      Hospitality Industry and Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the 14-day quarantine period on the (a) tourism, (b) travel...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the 14-day quarantine period on the financial viability of businesses...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Renewable Energy: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 4 June (HL4822), what legally binding targets they have set for (1) renewable energy as a whole, and (2) for...

    • Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of major furniture retailers reopening stores before 15 June on independent furniture retailers.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with business representative bodies about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Disease Control: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions, if any, were placed on the National Risk Register to mitigate the risk to the nation's mental health in the event of a pandemic in (1) 2018, (2)...

    • Coronavirus: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to mitigate the adverse effects of the COVID-19 lockdown for people who are shielding or over the age of 70.

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the use of digital technology in care pathways for people with diabetes.

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they informed NHS England's Director of Primary Care of their intention to update the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what updates they receive on the regional values of the reproduction index for the COVID-19 virus; and what plans they have to publish such...

      World Health Organisation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have been disaggregating COVID-19 cases reported to the WHO by (1) age, (2) sex, and (3) any other variables.

      HIV Infection: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to provide an update on plans to support HIV testing initiatives across England; and if so, when.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the effect of an increase in temperature on the (1) environmental endurance, and (2) transmission, of COVID-19.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the possibility of the UK population achieving herd immunity to COVID-19.

      Coronavirus: Exercise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of encouraging exercise to improve national resistance against the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Obesity: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 4 June (HL Deb, col 1442), what is their policy on weight shaming; and what plans they have to (1) follow scientific...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for International Development is taking to mitigate (1) any secondary impact of COVID-19, and (2) any related restrictions put in place...

    • Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are supporting responses to the COVID-19 pandemic which seek to address (1) the immediate, and (2) the underlying, causes of conflict and violence;...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on (1) the 'Mosquito' project, (2) the 'Many Drones Make Light Work' programme, and (3) other work to network-enabled or ‘swarm'...

    • Iran: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the need for a military-to-military channel of communication between the United States of America and Iran, particularly in...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Visual Impairment: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to increase public awareness of the challenges experienced by blind and partially sighted people (1) while the restrictions to address...

  • Home Office

    • Contact Tracing: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what supplementary budgets and resources are being provided to Action Fraud and the Suspicious Email Reporting Service to handle incidents of impersonation and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Cricket: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the England and Wales Cricket Board about preparations for any future socially distanced spectators at cricket matches.

    • Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had about the changes required to allow a limited number of socially distanced spectators to attend outdoor sporting events.

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