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Written answers

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) affordability and (b) quality of rail travel in (i) Coventry and (ii) the West Midlands.

    • Buses: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2020 to Question 49803 on hydrogen buses, what funding his Department has provided to increase the use of battery...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 52100, who fulfils the role of HS2 independent inspector; when that appointment was made; what...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 52101, within what parameters are potential breaches of (a) wildlife and (b) environmental...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 52101 on High Speed 2 Railway Line: Environment Protection, how many credible potential breaches of...

      Department for Transport: Energy

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

      Jet Zero Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the members of the Jet Zero Council will be.

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to restart (a) practical driving and (b) driving theory tests for all pupils.

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential level of safety of driving instructors wearing PPE (a) when checking pupils' facial expressions and...

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with Pearson VUE on restarting driving theory tests in a socially distanced way.

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is seeking a refund from Pearson VUE for the non-delivery of driving tests as a result of its closure of test centres.

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will issue guidance on whether driving examiners should wear face coverings.

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on ensuring that the DVSA has effective procedures in place so that driving instructors are able to match refunds...

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the insurance sector on covering driving instructors for claims made in relation to accidents when the instructor was...

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in response to the report by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Vehicle Hire Licensing issues, published on 12 February 2019,...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made in developing an urgent package of financial support for coach travel businesses affected by the covid-19...

      Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the latest guidance is that his Department has issued to (a) driving instructors and (b) motoring schools on teaching non-key workers during the...

      Aircraft: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there has been a review of the safety of air conditioning systems in commercial aircraft to reduce the risk of those systems spreading...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with sight loss can safely access public transport while covid-19 social distancing measures are in place.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the condition on the additional funding to TfL that Government officials will attend TfL board meetings, whether Government...

      Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2020 to Question 59192 on Taxis: Coronavirus, which part of that guidance applies to the licensed taxi trade;...

      Northern Trains: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Answer of 8 June 2020 to Question 49667, on Northern Rail: Coronavirus, how many additional cleaners have been employed by ISS to...

      P and O Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2020 to Question 55949 on P&O Ferries: Coronavirus, whether he has held discussions with representatives from...

      Ferries: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 51906 on Ferries: Freight, what recent estimate has made of the value of the Public Service...

      P and O Ferries: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 51906 on P&O Ferries, how much recognised revenue P&O Ferries has received from roll-on...

      P and O Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with representatives from the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Ferry Recovery Group on P&O Ferries’ plans for...

      Cycling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to (a) promote national cycling safety campaigns and (b) issue guidance to local authorities on cycling safety in response to the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will place in the Library a list of the workplace benefits that his Department provides to its staff with caring...

    • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department's share of the Official Development Assistance budget will be reduced in the event of a decrease...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is signing new funding agreements for projects funded by Official Development Assistance.

      Hydrogen: Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what research his Department has undertaken on the technical and regulatory requirements of replacing natural gas with...

      Hydrogen: Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department’s policy is on mandating hydrogen ready boilers.

      Natural Gas: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department’s policy is on hydrogen and biomethane blending with natural gas.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a whole energy systems approach to reaching the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy

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

      Energy: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the reports submitted to him by local authorities in 2019 under the Home...

      Energy: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to provide funding for energy efficiency projects highlighted in the reports submitted to him by...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his Answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 51817 on Tidal Power: Swansea Bay, if he will set out the exact range...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason a 35-year contract for difference assumption was used for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon value for money...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what value assumptions his Department made in the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project value for money assessment for years...

      Tidal Power: Swansea Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assumptions were made in the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project value for money assessment on the number of green...

      Electric Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the production of (a) electric bicycles and (b) scooters.

      Post Offices: Closures

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

      Ceramics: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will invite the ceramics sector to be part of one of the five Industrial Strategy Taskforces.

      Ceramics: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to provide support to the ceramics industry to help that industry to decarbonise.

      Manufacturing Industries: Contracts for Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of companies that have not (a) complied with manufacturing...

      Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of supporting the scrappage of older civil aircraft;...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether businesses are eligible to use funds for furlough for redundancy payments under the Coronavirus Job Retention...

      Aerospace Industry: Sutherland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of the plans of the (a) French Government (b) German...

      Working Conditions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has contributed to international research on working conditions during covid-19 similar to the...

      Conditions of Employment: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend employment protection rights for pregnant women to people that...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when pubs without outdoor space will be allowed to reopen.

      Small Business Grants Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to enable local authorities to extend the discretion to distribute surplus Business Grant funds...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of employees that are furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme...

      Business: Coronavirus and Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what additional steps his Department plans to take to support businesses that have been affected by both the covid-19...

      Spaceflight: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the US-UK Technology Safeguards Agreement signed on 16 June 2020 will be published.

      Spaceflight: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what consultation was undertaken with the UK-based commercial space industry prior to the signing of the US-UK...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make public representations to the authorities in Saudi Arabia on the immediate and unconditional release of 13...

    • Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to help ensure the protection of human rights defenders imprisoned and at risk from covid-19.

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK’s Prosperity Fund programme in Brazil upholds the rights of indigenous...

      Bahrain: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Bahrain on the provision of appropriate medical care to (a) Dr Abduljalil...

      Bahrain: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Bahrain authorities' decision to release some prisoners during the covid-19 pandemic, if he will make...

      Nigeria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the report published by Amnesty International entitled We dried our tears: addressing the toll on children of...

      Saudi Arabia: Women's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the document UK Support for Human Rights Defenders, published in July 2019, what additional support his...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State, what steps the Government plans to take with international partners at the Human Rights Council to deliver international accountability in relation to alleged war...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Prime Minister, as Chair in Office of the Commonwealth, has had with the Commonwealth Secretariat on the...

      Department for International Development: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's spending will adhere to the OECD Development Assistance Committee's...

      Department for International Development: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister on 16 June 2020, Official Report, column 678, what discussions he had...

      Iyad Hallaq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the killing of disabled Palestinian Eyad Hallaq by Israeli...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts and partners on progress towards nuclear disarmament.

  • Attorney General

    • Attorney General: Carers

      To ask the Attorney General, how many staff in her Office had caring responsibilities in each of the last five years.

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, how many (a) appeals and (b) successful appeals the Government has made against sentences on the basis of undue leniency, in each of the last 20 years.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Baroness Harding of Winscombe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applicants were interviewed before Baroness Harding of Winscombe was appointed to lead the NHS Test and Trace system.

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average length of time taken to answer a call to the test and trace service from someone with covid-19 symptoms is in (a) each...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2020 to Question 49689, whether positive covid-19 results of NHS hospital patients are shared with local...

      Health Professions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is for doctors who are contacted by the covid-19 contact tracers; and whether other healthcare professionals...

      Overseas Visitors: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing exemptions to the Government's 14 day quarantine requirement for visitors...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether travellers to the UK are obliged to quarantine if they have had a positive antibody test for covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has asked for feedback from local authorities on the effectiveness of Public Health England's communication of...

      Mental Health Services: Telephone Services and Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service providers offered telephone and video appointments in place of...

      Protective Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government has taken through monitoring to ensure that personal protective equipment used in the NHS and social care...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many nurses were employed to care for adults in the NHS in each month from 2010 to 2018.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in 2012, what estimate his Department has made of the number of nurses that would be needed by the NHS in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015,...

      Hospital Beds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many private hospital beds have been used since the start of the covid-19 outbreak; and what the cost is of each of those beds per night.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to inform people who have been instructed to shield until 30 June 2020 what they are to do after that date; and if he will...

      NHS and Social Services: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will continue to provide NHS staff, care staff, NHS Volunteer responders with free parking.

      Breast Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on people with incurable secondary breast cancer of the changes to cancer treatment during the...

      Methadone: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the use of electronic prescription for FP10 MDA prescriptions.

      Methadone: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to enable the use of electronic FP 10 MDA prescriptions during the covid-19 outbreak.

      NHS and Social Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2020 to Question 48563 on NHS and Social Services: Protective Clothing, what the timeframe is for the...

      Midwives: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many midwives from the EU are working in the NHS in the latest period for which data is available, broken down by each EU nationality.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2020 to question 58760, on Mental Health, if he will (a) list the dates on which he held meetings with...

      Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the value of contracts awarded to (a) eBay and (b) Clipper Logistics to develop an online portal to enable primary, social and...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to make funding available to clinical research organisations who are able to offer free covid-19 tests...

      Hospitals: Construction

      What progress his Department has made on the building of new hospitals.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      What assessment he has made of the availability of covid-19 testing for (a) care home residents and (b) home care recipients (i) under and (ii) over 65 years old.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      What steps he is taking to ensure that children and young people who do not meet the threshold for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services support are able to access mental health and...

      Obesity

      What steps his Department is taking to tackle obesity.

  • Department for International Development

    • St Christopher and Nevis: Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress the St Kitts and Nevis Government has made in reforming its financial sector; and what support her Department is...

    • Overseas Aid: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 6 May 2020 to Question 41953 on Overseas Aid: Females, whether the (a) Strategic Vision and (b)...

      Bangladesh: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2020 to Question 38888 on Bangladesh: Migrant Camps, what recent representations he has made to his...

      Bangladesh: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the recommendations on page 13 of the report entitled, The Shadow Pandemic:...

      Brazil: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that Official Development Assistance spent in Brazil supports the rights of indigenous communities...

      Developing Countries: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of public-private sector partnerships for improving gender equality in developing...

      Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that programmes funded by her Department can be adapted to respond to the covid-19 pandemic and...

      Yemen: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that aid to Yemen is received by people who need it most.

      Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15th June to Question 57377, (a) what percentage of the £764 million of UK AID is going to UN agencies...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15th June to Question 57377, (a) how much UK aid to combat covid-19 has been allocated to the Democratic...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, following lessons learned during the recent West Africa Ebola epidemic, how is the UK Government working with faith leaders in...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it will remain Government policy to spend 0.7 per cent of GNI on development aid when her Department merges with the Foreign...

      Department for International Development: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she was made aware of the merger of her Department with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

      Department for International Development: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she had meetings with the Prime Minister ahead of the announcement that her Department is to merge with the Foreign and...

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to support the families of pupils on free school meals over the school summer holidays in 2020.

    • Department for Education: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will place in the Library a list of the workplace benefits that his Department provides to its staff with caring responsibilities.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the letter of 7 April 2020 from the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North, on the University of Hull.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the letter of 28 April 2020 from the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North, on student healthcare workers' student loans.

      Pupils: Exercise and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the School Sport and Activity Action Plan published in 2019.

      Children: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) children from disadvantaged families and (b) other children have adequate access to food during all school...

      Sixth Form Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress his Department has made on the Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England.

      Students: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support the Government is providing to students who are no longer occupying their accommodation but who are still being required to pay rent.

      Schools: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of school playing fields that have been sold in 2020.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of not extending the free school meals voucher scheme over the 2020 school summer holidays on...

      Autism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department provides to parents of autistic children who are unable to access childcare during the covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with representatives of employers on the continuation of planned apprenticeships in (a) 2020 and (b) 2021.

      Further Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to provide additional funding for any additional transport required by Further Education Colleges due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Academic Year and Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to publish details of the successful bids for the 2020 Holiday Activities and Food programme.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of extending the free school meals voucher scheme on levels of child poverty.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he will take to ensure that free school meal vouchers provided during the school holidays are not spent on (a) alcohol and (b) other...

      Apprentices: Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether degree apprenticeships will be included in the temporary student number controls introduced for the higher education sector.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 445); i); if he will publish the (a) local...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what is the (a) minimum and (b) maximum number of days a child can reside in care without a visit from their social worker.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Registered Intermediaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a registered defendant intermediary scheme, similar to that for witnesses, to...

    • Ministry of Justice: Energy

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

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to his oral contribution of 11 June 2020 on Probation Services, Official Report, column 426, whether (a) accommodation, (b) employment,...

      Family Proceedings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has been made of the implications for his policies of the Family Mediation Council's proposals entitled Covid-19 and the Family...

      Treatment of, and Outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Individuals in the Criminal Justice System Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will implement the recommendations of the final report of the Lammy Review - An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black,...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the cost of extending legal aid to EEA and Swiss nationals to enable them to apply for rights to enter and remain in the UK...

      Courts: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to record data on the disability impairment of people participating in (a) physical and (b) virtual court proceedings.

  • Treasury

    • Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what policy changes he plans to make in response to the findings of a Federation of Wholesale Distributors survey that (a) 50 per cent of the 150 food and...

    • Virgin Atlantic Airways

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions have taken place between Ministers in his Department and representatives of Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd and Virgin Atlantic International...

      Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) gross and (b) net savings accrued to the public purse of the UK not being a member of the EU in each of the next four...

      Treasury: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much energy his departmental buildings used in (a) 2020 and (b) each of the last five years.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were estimated to be paid employees according to HMRC's PAYE and RTI data in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) Oldham local authority...

      Directors: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 May 2020 to Question 52599 on Directors: Pay, how many of those directors reported as directors of a close company in the (a)...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of enabling information from the 2019-20 financial year tax return only to be used for...

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to provide support to pubs that ineligible for most of the Government’s financial support measures during the...

      Administration of Estates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will issue guidance to (a) banks and (b) other financial institutions on the timely provision of information to Executors seeking to wind-up estates...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people who had wages paid using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have been made redundant, to date.

      Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the letter entitled, Business Rates Support for all Leisure Businesses from the Local Government Association and others, dated 24 April...

      Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund and Small Business Grants Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending eligibility for the (a) Small Business Grants Fund and (b) Retail, Hospitality and Leisure...

      VAT: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a time-limited reduction in VAT to support economic recovery as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter of 6 April 2020, reference DL5296, from the hon. Member for Glasgow East.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether ministerial directions relating to the response to the covid-19 outbreak have been issued other than those that have been published.

      Self-employed: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support is available for self-employed people who have become self-employed in the last 12 months.

      Health Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) quantity and (b) value was of healthcare personal protective equipment (i) exported from and (ii) imported to the UK in 2020.

      Taxation: Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if HM Revenue and Customs will waive the tax on the Welsh Government's £500 payments to carers.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing Occupancy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on people living in...

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Energy

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

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the outstanding number of dwellings for which planning permission has been granted.

      Small Business Grants Fund: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership in ensuring that...

      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 to enable them to support vulnerable people on the...

      Coronavirus: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions (a) he, (b) his Ministers, and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) Tonbridge and...

      Home Ownership Incentive Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been purchased under the Home Ownership for those with Long-term Disabilities scheme in each year...

      Property Development: Isle of Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of his decision to grant planning permission for the Westferry...

      Council Tax and Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to stop local authorities using (a) bailiffs and (b) debt collection agents collecting (i) rent and...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with (a) borough and (b) county councils on support for residents affected by...

      Freehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he had made on the establishment of a new statutory regime to ensure that freeholders who pay...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Energy

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

    • Military Bases: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to the Answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 55019, on Waste Disposal: Applications, whether US fire fighting services use fire fighting foam...

      Armed Forces: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of reported complaints of racist incidents in the Armed Forces between (a) 2015 - 2016, (b) 2016 - 2017, (c)...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the F-35 Block 4 upgrade is already (a) costed and (b) budgeted for in the existing F-35 programme budget for the UK; how many aircraft will be...

      Voyager Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the tendering process was for the contract to repaint the RAF voyager plane used by the Government in the colors of the union flag.

      Voyager Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what direction he gave the Ministry of Defence to paint the RAF Voyager used for ministerial travel in the colours of the Union Jack; and if he will...

      Voyager Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential for RAF Voyager becoming more identifiable to enemy combatants after it is painted in the colours of the...

      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 cases have been logged by the Veterans UK Helpline service...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people claiming universal credit since the start of the covid-19 outbreak will receive the child element of...

    • Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many reports in relation to the safety of workplaces were received by the HSE in (a) the UK, (b) England (c) the North East and (d)...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many spot checks of workplaces the Health and Safety Executive has carried out to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to protect...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, will a parent on job seekers allowance who chooses not to return their child to school during the covid-19 outbreak be (a) classified as not...

      Social Security Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the finding in the report by Policy in Practice, entitled The interaction...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the appropriateness of the savings thresholds for (a) universal credit, (b) pension credit, (c)...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential prosecution of cases of breaches of health and safety legislation...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question 48675 on Industrial Health and Safety, how many investigations of workplace concerns...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2020 to Question 48675 on Industrial Health and Safety, how many of the enforcement notices served in each...

      Long Term Unemployed People: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department is providing to people aged 18 to 25 who are classified as long-term unemployed in Linlithgow and East Falkirk...

      Social Security Benefits: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants have been sanctioned in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency in each of the last five years.

      Unemployment: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate the Government has made of the number of workless households in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency.

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has in place to ensure that benefit claimants who (a) are shielding due to the covid- 19 outbreak and (b) have...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on financial support for people living in multi-generational households who...

      Universal Credit: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have been sanctioned since 1 March 2020 in (a) the North West, (b) Liverpool City Region, (c) Wirral and...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to provide ongoing additional support through the social security system to families financially affected by the...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of continuing additional support for vulnerable social security claimants after...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2020 to Question 43917, on Universal Credit, how many families in Scotland who have made a claim for...

      Universal Credit

      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 universal credit were completed by...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place in the Library each internal memorandum circulated to Departmental staff in relation to applications and mandatory...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in Scotland with children have been sanctioned through the (a) withholding or (b) reduction of payments under universal...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish the findings from the review announced on 11 July 2019 into how the welfare system supports people who are...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2020 to Question 55988, on Jobcentres: Staff, how many full-time equivalent work coaches are currently...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support for searching for work her Department is providing to jobseekers.

      Universal Credit: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2020 to Question 55987, what information her Department holds on the ethnicity of universal credit...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on implementing the recommendations of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in its...

    • Air Pollution: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on public health of the delays in (a) implementing local Clean Air Zones and...

      Rivers: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under which statutes are users of small craft restricted from any Common Law rights to navigate freely the inland rivers of...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2020 to Question 57983 on Welfare Assistance Schemes; when he plans to make that funding...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment of need and risk informs the offer of safe house accommodation to someone in the National Referral Mechanism for identifying...

    • Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) made reference to forced marriage in the last full reporting year; of those...

      Employment: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on unemployed people starting employment of the time taken by the Disclosure and Barring Service...

      Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effect that the measures outlined in the Domestic Abuse Bill will have on the provision of...

      Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what communications campaign has been launched to (a) raise awareness of domestic abuse, (b) reassure the public that the police and support...

      Human Trafficking: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of referrals to the National Referral Mechanism were made without the relevant first responder having met and...

      Home Office: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the criteria her Department plans to use for prioritising Official Development Assistance spending in the event of a...

      Home Office: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department's share of the Official Development Assistance budget will be decreased in the event of a reduction in GNI.

      Home Office: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is signing new funding agreements for projects funded by Official Development Assistance.

      Visas: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister's article in The Times newspaper of 3 June 2020, what steps she is taking to ensure that the pathway to...

      Counter-terrorism: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the quarterly reviews of the Prevent strategy carried out by local authorities are made publicly available.

      Counter-terrorism: Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how her Department defines a civil society organisation within the context of the Prevent strategy; and whether that definition includes...

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is a requirement for companies and civil society organisations who receive Prevent strategy funding to submit receipts and...

      Counter-terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what due diligence her Department undertakes on projects that receive Prevent strategy funding.

      Airports: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the criteria is for the review of the 14-day quarantine at UK airports.

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, at what point of a Recovery Needs Assessment would an individual who is receiving support via the National Referral Mechanism have their...

      Visas: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that young people from Hong Kong born after 1997 and therefore not holding British National (Overseas)...

      Fines: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the number of (a) UK nationals and (b) non-UK nationals who have been issued with fines for not complying with the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when reporting requirements are due to be reinstated for asylum seekers in each (a) nation and (b) region of the UK.

      Visas: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 4 May 2020 to Question 40621, on Visas: Married People, whether she has plans to waive fees for visa holders...

      British Nationality: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will revoke UK citizenship for (a) family members of the Syrian President and (b) other members of the Syrian Government who hold...

      UK Border Force: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the level of compliance with social distancing guidance of Border Force officials working at the Eurotunnel...

      Immigration Controls: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with the Australian Border Force on the UK's border controls with France.

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to conduct a pilot project to assess the needs of migrant women with no recourse to public funds; on what basis the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Physiotherapy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if the Government will allow the reopening of private physiotherapy practices in line with the reopening of non-essential shops as covid-19...

    • Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to counter threats posed by the use by foreign governments and other entities of commercially available cyber intrusion and...

      Threats, Hazards, Resilience and Contingency Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the Threats, Hazards, Resilience and Contingency Committee was disbanded.

      Economic Situation: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to his oral response to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central on 16 June 2020, if he will publish the economic modelling on the...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many workers employed on outsourced Government contracts as facilities management staff have died due to suspected covid-19 by (a) ethnicity, (b)...

      UK Trade with EU: Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that a future trade agreement with the European Union will benefit small businesses.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure (a) tariff and quota free trade with the European Union and (b) non-tariff barriers are kept to a minimum.

      NHS: Ventilators

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to award further contracts under the ventilator challenge.

      Mass Media: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2020 to Question 58751, on Mass Media: Coronavirus, if he will he list of the titles that his Department has...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Liquefied Natural Gas: Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she is making an assessment in addition to the UKEF environmental, social and health impact assessment of the implications for her...

    • Department for International Trade: Energy

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

      Hydrogen: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to (a) promote the UK's hydrogen sector to international markets and (b) develop new export opportunities.

      Open Individual Export Licences: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish all end user data associated with Open Individual Export Licence 4P to the USA issued in 2015.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Horseracing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with representatives from the Horserace Betting Levy Board on the (a) value of, (b) timeframe for...

    • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Energy

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

      Gyms and Sportsgrounds: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to allow the reopening of outside gyms and sport pitches following their closure in response to the...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the criteria his Department plans to use for prioritising Official Development Assistance spending in the...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department's share of the Official Development Assistance will be reduced in the event of a decrease in GNI.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department is signing new funding agreements for projects from the Official Development Assistance budget.

      Boxing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential risks to UK boxing of the announcement of the role of Daniel Kinahan in...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has any plans to review the BBC licence fee in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      BBC: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of relinquishing Government ownership of the BBC to licence...

      Arts Festivals: 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 on the financial sustainability of independent festivals.

      Gambling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason Adult Gaming Centres were not allowed to reopen on Monday 15 June 2020.

      Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when (a) soft play centres, (b) trampoline parks and (c) other leisure facilities will be allowed to reopen during the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many hand sanitising stations there were on the Parliamentary Estate in each of the last...

    • Parliament: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many Parliamentary staff have tested positive for covid-19; what support is available to...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Hospitality Industry and Tourism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department is taking to support the hospitality and tourism industries in Northern Ireland to prepare for the lifting of...

    • Northern Ireland Office: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much energy was used by his Department's buildings in (a) 2020 to date and (b) each of the last five years.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if the Government will publish the reasons for the higher number of deaths from covid-19 among BAME people; and what steps she plans to take to...

    • Equal Pay: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when gender pay gap reporting will be resumed.

  • Department for Transport

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Sunday Trading

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to removing restrictions on Sunday trading in England and Wales; what assessment they have made of the impact of the removal of...

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed their advice that people use their cars and avoid public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic to be (1) compatible with their...

      Employment: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to support women at work who have been affected by employment and risk concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Post Office Horizon IT System Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Ministerial Statement by the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets on 10 June (HCWS280) announcing an Independent...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: India

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current situation between the Chinese and Indian military along the Line of Actual Control; and what discussions they have...

    • Sahel: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Chad in relation to security in the Sahel region; and what assessment they have made of the impact of...

      Iyad Hallaq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about the death of Iyad Halaq in East Jerusalem on 30 May.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the plan submitted by the Palestinian Prime Minister to the United States, Russia, EU and United Nations on 9 June; and,...

      Ethiopia: Dams

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to contribute to the peaceful resolution of the dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over the rate of filling the new Renaissance dam in...

      China: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that priests in China have been forced to preach Chinese nationalism in return for the opening of religious spaces.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of COVID-19 related public health instructions not being adhered to; and what assessment they have made of the impact of...

    • Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 14 May (HL Deb, col 807), what is the average time in England between a test taking place in a care home and the results...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the COVID-19 testing kits that have been so far sent out in the post have been returned; and of those, what proportion have been (1) positive,...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 5 May (HL3910), what was the (1) number, and (2) percentage, of returned home COVID-19 test kits that were void...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve access to COVID-19 testing for key workers.

      NHS and Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce systematic regular COVID-19 testing of all NHS and care staff and patients.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase COVID-19 testing specifically for frontline NHS staff; and what is their assessment of the survey finding that 83.6 per cent of...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of recent research by University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital on the transmission of virus...

  • Department for International Development

    • North Korea: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea following reports by the United Nations of food...

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of a possible reduction in the number of international students attending universities in England in the next academic year; and what...

    • Schools: Liverpool

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Liverpool City Council's decision for Year 6 pupils not to return to school on 1 June; and whether this means that local...

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce a decision on the continuation of the Primary PE and Sport Premium for the next academic year.

      Children: Computers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their provision of laptops for disadvantaged children includes the provision of a laptop for each child in care.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Coroners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deceased persons are currently being held by coroners in England awaiting registration of death.

    • Legal Aid Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the risk of the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a significant loss of income for legal aid firms, what...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on legal aid firms of (1) the stay on possession proceedings for tenants until the end of August, and (2) any...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent progress has been made on negotiating a trade agreement with the United States.

    • Trade Agreements: Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants in the Department for International Trade are dedicated to trade negotiations with (1) the United States, (2) Japan, and (3) Australia. [T]

      Trade Agreements: Brazil

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Brazil about ensuring that UK–Brazil trade does not affect the preservation of the Amazon rainforest.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the World Trade Organisation about invoking Article 24 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in the event that an...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the most recent inward investment statistics.

      Department for International Trade: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) personal confidentiality agreements, and (2) non-disclosure agreements the Department for International Trade has signed with (a) businesses, (b)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Greenhalgh on 8 June (HL Deb, col 1542), whether they are considering any further measures to take planning powers from...

    • Parish Councils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether parish councils are allowed to use the names and addresses as they appear on the electoral register to contact those living in the parish.

      Parish Councils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether parish councils can access the names and addresses of parishioners held by unitary and council councils, other than those already on the electoral...

      Local Government: Social Distancing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to amend the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Police and Crime Panel Meetings)...

      Social Rented Housing: White Papers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their social housing White Paper.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the recommendations of their review, which promised to make council tax collection fairer and more efficient, launched on 10 April 2019, will be published.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to extending the timeframe in which local authorities must spend retained Right to Buy receipts from three years...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Ministry of Defence’s proposal to fly Protector drones within UK airspace, which government body is responsible for addressing safety...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Ivory Act 2018

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to implement the provisions of the Ivory Act 2018.

  • Home Office

    • Offences Against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 May 2019 (HL Deb, col 90GC), what steps they have taken to ensure better data on the scale of...

    • Internet: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect children from online grooming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Offenders: Rochdale

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the continued presence in Rochdale of Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf on their victims and their victim's...

      Shukri Abdi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to liaise with Manchester Police and the mayor of Greater Manchester to ensure that all possible action has been taken in the investigation of...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) other forms of, support are available to asylum seekers awaiting decisions on their status.

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create a regulatory framework for facial recognition technology.

  • Treasury

    • Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a tax credit system after the COVID-19 pandemic similar to the post-war credits that were introduced after the Second World War.

    • Credit Cards: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide support to people who have fallen behind on their credit card and bill payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic has had on university cities and towns; and what...

      Multinational Companies: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses moved their headquarters out of the UK for tax purposes in each of the last three years.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to open a confidential telephone hotline to encourage whistleblowing on furlough fraud.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Maternity Leave

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to carry out an equality impact assessment of women who are on maternity leave and using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Biometrics: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to regulate the use of facial recognition technology to ensure that it is not discriminatory towards people from BAME communities.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • House of Lords: Coronavirus

      The Senior Deputy Speaker what discussions have taken place about the option of on-site testing for COVID-19 for those entering the Palace of Westminster in relation to the work of the House of Lords.

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