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Written answers

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on extending the validity period for Disabled Persons Railcard holders to compensate them for lack of access to...

    • Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to waive the charge for a trainee driving instructor certificate for individuals who were advised by the DVSA to rescind their...

      Thames Gateway Bridge: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the projected costs for the Thames Gateway Bridge were; and what recent estimate he has made of the cost of the new Thames Tunnel.

      Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to facilitate maritime crew changes during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the role of congestion charging in helping to reduce traffic in towns and cities; and whether his Department has made...

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether a scrappage scheme that allowed older cars to be swapped for new diesel and petrol cars would be compatible...

      Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with local stakeholders on the future of the Wrexham to Bidston Railway line.

      Railways: Chester and North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on linking railway stations in (a) North Wales and (b) Chester to Northern Powerhouse Rail.

      Railways: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 52205, on Rolling Stock: Energy, what steps he is taking to ensure that North Wales benefits from...

      Air Traffic: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to support electric short-haul flights in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve rail services in (a) Nottinghamshire, (b) the East Midlands, and (c) England.

      Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of UK seafarers stranded overseas and awaiting repatriation.

      Cycling and Walking: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to Sheffield City Council in relation to active travel.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Sub Post Offices: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average age is of Sub-Postmasters in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) each region of England.

    • Post Offices: Closures

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

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Bounce Back Loans have been approved in Scotland to date; and what the total value is of those loans.

      Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) bed and breakfast, (b) hotel and (c) guest house owners have accessed the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure...

      Future Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of UK start-ups whose Future Fund loans will be converted to equity.

      Clinical Trials: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the core science budget was allocated to fund medical trials of new drugs during the last period for...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to accredit more lenders to the Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

      Enterprise Zones: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential for Enterprise Zones as part of his plans for covid-19 recovery planning.

      Tattooing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons tattoo shops, in which personal protective equipment, non re-usable needles are used and strict...

      Electric Scooters: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Office for Product Safety and Standards are taking to raise public awareness...

      Employment: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that businesses have a robust policy to safeguard (a) victims and (b)...

      Derelict Land: Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of a new industrial site reclamation scheme to help bring...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts from (a) Australia, (b) EU member states and (c) New Zealand on the...

    • Trade Agreements: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the UK's trade facilitation programme with Brazil upholds...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on the upcoming trial of Amnesty International Turkey’s (a)...

      USA: Police Brutality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he and his Ministers have made representations to their counterparts in the US on the issue of police brutality in that...

      Nigeria: Human Rights and Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Nigeria on investigating cases of military complicity in (a) violence...

      Department for International Development: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) international aid organisations and (b) humanitarian and development experts were consulted by the Foreign Office as...

      Department for International Development: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the Government did not wait for the conclusion of the review into foreign, defence and development policy...

      Department for International Development: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the internal review that informed the decision to merge the Department for International Development with...

      Nigeria: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report published by the all-party Parliamentary group...

  • Attorney General

    • Intestacy

      To ask the Attorney General, whether she has made a recent assessment of levels of compliance among local authorities with the guidance issued by the Government Legal Department on the referral...

    • Intestacy

      To ask the Attorney General, if she will make it her policy to strengthen the guidance issued by the Government Legal Department to local authorities on handling the estates of people who have...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Paediatrics: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the maintenance of an adequate provision of paediatric bladder and bowel services during...

    • Vaccination: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of civil servants working on the (a) development and (b) distribution of a covid-19 vaccine.

      Drugs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of civil servants supporting the (a) development and (b) deployment of anti-viral drugs to reduce...

      Coronavirus: Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans NHS England has to protect patients with covid-19 from the increased risk in that group of potentially fatal venous...

      Drugs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the UK’s ability to import prescription medications for supply to the NHS.

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of drug prices since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Drugs: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of supply of (a) buprenorphine, (b) methadone and (c) naltrexone during...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the number of daily deaths caused by covid-19 infection in England and EU member states; and...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to help ensure that care home residents have access to (a) medical assessments and (b) treatment irrespective of age.

      Mental Illness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to data on deaths of people subject to the Mental Health Act 1983 from the Care Quality Commission on 7 May 2020, what...

      Pharmacy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to stop wholesalers artificially inflating prices to pharmacies during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Blood Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NICE recommendations for newly licensed medicines for (a) blood cancer and (b) multiple myeloma...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people that died of non-covid-19 causes in (a) care homes and (b) the community had been tested for covid-19 and received a...

      Lacri-lube

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has of the availability of the dry-eye medication Lacrilube; and if he will make a statement.

      Epilepsy: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions for (a) Epidyolex and (b) unlicensed cannabis-based medicines were issued for people with epilepsy by the NHS in...

      Epilepsy: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support research into cannabis-based medicines for epilepsy.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is his Department taking to prevent the NHS being overcharged for off-patent drugs.

      Coronavirus: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions officials in his Department have had with health officials in the New Zealand Government on that country's approach to...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what percentage of exemptions and payment relief support through the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access was...

      Exercise Cygnus: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Exercise Cygnus that took place in 2016, what the key lessons learned from that exercise were for the preparedness of...

      Hydroxychloroquine: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date the Government placed the orders for £5 million worth of hydroxychloroquine for the potential treatment of covid-19.

      Contraceptives: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of funding for contraception since 2015.

      Food: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require a food producer, shop or supermarket to immediately inform the Food Standards...

      Carers: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will give priority access to personal protective equipment to people providing unpaid care in (a) the City of Durham...

      Diabetes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the evidence on the risks of covid-19 to people with diabetes.

      Free School Meals: Fruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will undertake a review its decision to withdraw funding for the distribution of fruit with free school meals; and if...

      Parkinson's Disease: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure people with Parkinson's can access psychological therapies during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Parkinson's Disease: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to ensure that mental health service providers are able to meet the demand for psychological services from...

      Parkinson's Disease: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to ensure that people with Parkinson's who do not have access to a digital device and have symptoms of...

      Parkinson's Disease: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to support (a) carers and (b) family members of people with Parkinson's experiencing distressing...

      Parkinson's Disease: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support he is providing to (a) carers and (b) family members of people with (i) Parkinson's dementia and (ii) dementia with Lewy...

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the scientific evidence on the effect of social distancing in reducing the risk of covid-19 contagion.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with his Cabinet colleagues on establishing a remembrance event on Whitehall to mark the work of (a) doctors,...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 17 December 2014 to Question 218002 on monthly payments from MFET Ltd to people who contracted HIV...

      Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the need for the provision of increased mental health support to (a) nurses, (b) doctors and...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2020 to Question 55941, on Mental Health Services: Finance, how many mental health providers have been...

      NHS Trusts: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what role his Department has in ensuring there is adequate mental health training for staff across all NHS trusts.

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many retired NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses returned to work during the covid-19 outbreak.

      NHSX: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the membership of the Oversight Board of NHSX, chaired by Mark Gould.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were tested for covid-19 on each day from 23 May 2020 to 19 June 2020.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to resume publishing data on the number of people tested each day for covid-19.

      General Practitioners: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that BAME communities are able to access GP services during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that mental health service provision reaches BAME communities as covid-19 lockdown...

      Protective Clothing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle profiteering on the supply of personal protective equipment during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Protective Clothing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of profiteering on the supply of personal protective equipment during the covid-19...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking with the Health & Safety Executive to ensure that (a) workplaces are safe as people return to...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the cost to the public purse of the development of the original centralised covid-19 contact-tracing app.

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which (a) companies and (b) other organisations received funding from the public purse to work on the Government's centralised...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for the Test and Trace regime to be fully operational.

      Coronavirus: Air Pollution

      Whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report of the all-party group on air pollution entitled, Air Quality Strategy to Reduce Coronavirus Infection and its...

  • Department for International Development

    • Occupied Territories: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of recent reports by NGO Monitor that UK aid dispensed by the UN...

    • Nigeria: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will identify NGOs that are running effective reconciliation programmes between farmers and herders in Nigeria and allocate...

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2020 to Question 54900 on Israel: Palestinians, which other suppliers submitted proposals for that...

      Department for International Development: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) solar panels and (b) wind turbines her Department's buildings (a) have in 2020 and (b) had in each of the last five years.

      Independent Commission for Aid Impact

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's plans are for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact after the merger of her Department with the Foreign and...

      Department for International Development: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with which civil society and development partners she held discussions on the potential merger of her Department with the Foreign and...

      Department for International Development: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of a potential loss in productivity as a result of combining her...

      Yemen: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make representations to the World Health Organisation on publishing a detailed analysis of the covid 19 outbreak in Yemen.

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2020 to Question 51606 on Home Education: Computers, how many (a) laptops, (b) tablets and (c) 4G wireless routers...

    • Department for Education: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the criteria his Department plans to use for prioritising Official Development Assistance spending in the event of a decrease in GNI.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether additional funding will be made available to schools to acquire additional space in which to teach appropriately distanced classes during the...

      Students: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance the Government is giving landlords of student accommodation on collecting rent on unoccupied accommodation.

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on access to education, what steps he is taking to ensure that children are provided with the...

      Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with representatives from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in England on ensuring that universities...

      Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support students that are dissatisfied with the support provided by their university during the covid-19...

      Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of universities' response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Higher Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to support students that wish to defer their 2020-21 academic year as a result of their academic tuition potentially being taught...

      Higher Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many refunds have been issued by universities to students who made complaints about the quality of tuition provided during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding has been allocated by (a) his Department and (b) universities to support students during the (i) 2017-18, (ii) 2018-19 and (iii) 2019-20...

      Universities: Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the decrease in the number of international students starting at UK universities in the 2020-21 academic year.

      Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 June 2020, Official Report, column 180, how many laptops have been distributed to children in Norfolk.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) teachers, (b) pupils and (c) other members of school staff who have been attending or working at school in England since 1 June 2020 have...

      Department for Education: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he last met the Secretary of State for International Development to discuss Official Development Assistance spending.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on what basis the £1bn fund announced by the Prime Minister on 18 June 2020 to help children catch up on what they have missed while schools have...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of the £1bn fund announced by the Prime Minister on 18 June 2020 to help children catch up on what they have missed...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to provide support for pre-school children affected by the closure of nurseries during the covid -19 outbreak.

      Teaching Methods: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of tutors that (a) will be required and (b) are available in the 2020-21 academic year to help...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many headteachers he consulted in (a) Halton and (b) England on the resources required to help pupils catch up following the closure of schools as...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of his Department's initial decision not to implement the national voucher scheme during the...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of his Department's decision to reopen schools on 1 June 2020 following the covid-19 outbreak on...

      Children: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the children who have continued to attend school during the covid-19 outbreak are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

      Children in Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to issue revised guidance to local authorities on facilitating face to face contact between parents and looked after children during...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle delays in delivery of food vouchers through the free school meals scheme.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to increase the number of supermarkets where free school meal vouchers are redeemable; and if he will take steps to help ensure that...

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he will take to ensure infants eligible for free school meals that receive vouchers under the universal infant free school meals will...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what methodology his Department used to determine the values of a continuation rate of ≥90% and a skilled employment/further study rate of...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reason values of the continuation rate of ≥90 per cent and the skilled employment/further study rate of ≥75 per cent as minimum...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prison staff (a) in administrative grades or (b) employed as instructional officers are currently (i) working remotely,...

    • Gambling: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are in custody for acquisitive crimes associated with gambling addiction.

      Justice and Security Act 2013

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has appointed a reviewer to undertake the review of the operation of sections 6 to 11 of the Justice and Security Act 2013, as required by...

      Administration of Justice: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to review racial inequalities in access to justice.

      Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June to Question 54062, how much funding is being made available to support the Government’s provision of...

      Prisoners: GCE A-level and GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to to provide (a) examinations and (b) assessments in the next three months for registered prison learners studying at (i) GCSE...

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many breaches of community orders imposed by (a) youth, (b) family, and (c) all courts have (i) been processed and (i) are outstanding since 23...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Agriculture: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to promote UK agriculture exports.

    • Trade Agreements: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of using digital platforms to progress trade negotiations during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Trade Agreements: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that UK food standards will not be lowered as part of future trade deals.

      Uk Export Finance: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what processes her Department has put in place to monitor UK Export Finance's distribution of the £1 billion fund allocated to support...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has provided for the (a) letting and (b) management of houses in multiple occupation in...

    • Domestic Abuse: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department will allocate funding to the provision of empty hotel rooms to house people fleeing domestic...

      Reopening High Streets Safely Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2020 to Question 59479, on Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, what assessment his...

      Business Improvement Districts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities acting as billing authorities in Business Improvement...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the criteria his Department plans to use for prioritising Official Development Assistance spending in the event of a decrease in GNI.

    • Ministry of Defence: Overseas Aid

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

      Ministry of Defence: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is signing new funding agreements for projects from the Official Development Assistance budget.

      Royal Navy Museum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department plans to issue further information to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth on the provision of funding support...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme backdated to 1 March 2020 will trigger universal credit over-payments for additional income...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the amount of child maintenance arrears is in Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency.

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will extend the Bereavement Support Payment scheme to cover the deaths of parents who were living together or had children together in...

      Debts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an assessment of the implications for her policies of the report entitled, Coronavirus and personal debt: a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many single parents have seen their child maintenance payments reduced as a result of the paying parent making a new claim for universal...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many single parents have not received at least one child maintenance payment from the paying parent since the service paused chasing...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of delays by the Child Maintenance Service in pursuing payments for resident parents during the...

      Wind Power: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) content and (b) availability of covid-19 workplace safety guidance for (i) employers and (ii)...

      Bereavement Support Payment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many bereavement support payment decisions were (a) appealed and (b) overturned at appeal in each year since its introduction.

      Bereavement Support Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many bereavement support payment claims were made more than three months after the related death, in each year since its introduction.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Overseas Aid

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

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to extend easements on work search requirements for claimants of universal credit after 30 June 2020.

      State Retirement Pensions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of increasing the level of the state pension as a result of the financial difficulties...

      Food Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to end food poverty for adults.

      Unemployment: Slough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to reduce the level of unemployment in the Slough constituency as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Local Housing Allowance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of raising the local housing allowance to the fiftieth percentile to support renters...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many additional work coaches she plans to recruit by September 2020.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of guaranteeing a minimum child maintenance payment during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps is the Child Maintenance Service taking to assess the finances of parents claiming they cannot pay due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Child Maintenance Service: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place in the Library any guidance or training materials that were issued by her Department to the Child Maintenance Service on how...

      Child Maintenance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is provided to staff at the Child Maintenance Service on domestic abuse.

      Health and Safety Executive: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether additional funding has been allocated to the Health & Safety Executive to increase the Executive's level of staffing during the...

      Future Jobs Fund: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of a future jobs fund to assist with job creation in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of married women (a) entitled to and (b) in receipt of a state pension through the National Insurance...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether (a) members of civil partnerships and (b) members of same sex marriages are able to claim a Category BL pension based on the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing further ongoing long-term support for agriculture on a...

    • Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking with representatives from supermarkets to ensure that people on the covid-19 shielded patient list...

      Air Pollution: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to ensure that air quality levels in (a) Wolverhampton South West and (b) the rest of England remain lower...

      Air Pollution: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a policy of aiming for (a) World Health Organization guideline...

      Highly Protected Marine Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to designate areas of UK coastal fishing waters as Highly Protected Marine Areas.

      British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times his Department has met with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums since March.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EEA Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EEA (a) nationals and (b) family members have permanent residence in the UK.

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to increase the proportion of EU27 citizens in Wales who apply for settled status.

      Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to Questions 7123 and 7124 on Immigration: EU Nationals, tabled on 23 January 2020 by the hon. Member for Arfon.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the funding allocated to charitable organisations to support vulnerable EU citizens to apply for EU Settled Status will be continued...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps will be taken by UK Border Force to ascertain whether EU citizens entering the UK have settled status after the transition period.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of imposing restrictions on the online activity of convicted sex offenders.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the ability of different police forces to implement regional covid-19 lockdowns consistently.

      Opiates: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the level of illegal use of (a) fentanyl and (b) other opioids in the UK.

      Crime: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests for acquisitive crimes there have been where the arrested person cited debts from gambling as the reason for that crime in...

      Visas: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending all visa categories to compensate for the time lost during the covid-19...

      Marriage: Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to reopen registry offices as part of the lifting of covid-19 lockdown restrictions to enable couples to...

      Migrant Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to reverse her Department's plans to not issue visas to low-skilled migrants in response to the covid-19 pandemic.

      Children: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle child to parent abuse.

      Arrests: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests there have been as a result of domestic violence in (a) each of the last five years and (b) 2020.

      Police: Dismissal and Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have been (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined for using excessive force in (i) each of the last five years and (ii)...

      Marriage: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government has to reopen registry offices to enable registration of an intention to marry.

      EU Nationals: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of the changes to the Immigration Rules for Northern Ireland announced on 14...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what security safeguards have been put in place since UK passport production was moved from De La Rue in the UK to Gemalto in France in 2016.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Carers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in each Government Department have used the Civil Service's Carers Passport in each of the last five years.

    • Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June to Question 59509 on Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibility, if he will publish the time taken for the updated...

  • Treasury

    • Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to discount the state pension as income for the purpose of claiming the Self-Employment Support Scheme.

    • Silver: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue is raised annually for the public purse from VAT on sales of silver bullion (a) coins and (b) bars.

      Tolls: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department requested TfL to bring forward plans to increase the scope and level of the Congestion Charge as a condition of the funding deal...

      Debts: Mental Illness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of debt on people's mental health during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Consumer Credit Act 1974

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of amending the Consumer Credit Act (1974) as part of the Government's covid-19...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to publish weekly statistics on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for each (a) local authority and (b) parliamentary...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department made of the effect of the additional earnings disregards for Housing Benefits on tax credits before introducing the increase...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of amending the terms of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to enable employees to take part in...

      Businesses: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support his Department provides to owners of shared office spaces which remain liable for business rates and are ineligible for other forms of...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of amending the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme to remove the eligibility criteria of no more...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who will return to work from furlough as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.

      Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses have accessed the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund since its inception, by region and local authority area; and what the...

      Business: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing tax relief for businesses which have enhanced safety measures due to the covid-19...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Hospitality Industry and Tourism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme beyond October 2020 for the tourism and hospitality...

      Non-domestic Rates: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of including business improvement district levies in the business rates relief support during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Tax Avoidance: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to reduce levels of tax avoidance by multi-national corporations.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the businesses that closed or partially closed because of lockdown he expects to be fully open and trading from 1st July; whether he is aware...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will implement an exception for people who submitted their RTI to HMRC for their PAYE salary annually on a date after the 19 March 2020 so that they...

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Department for Education's announcement of 19 June 2020, what estimate he has made of the Barnett consequentials for Wales arising...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on (a) UK output and (b) tax revenues of changing the social distancing guidance from two metres to one metre.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Channel Four: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has plans to privatise Channel 4.

    • Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what further steps he is taking to provide additional financial support for the Voluntary and Community Sector in addition to...

      Actors and Theatres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support he is providing to (a) self-employed actors and (b) theatres who lost income as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) solar panels and (b) wind turbines his Department's buildings (a) have in 2020 and (b) had in each of the last...

      Newspaper Press: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to work with IMPRESS or other independent regulators.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date the Minister for Tourism, held discussions with his counterpart in the Scottish Government on specialized support...

      Caravans: Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government's timeline is for the opening of sites for static caravans owned as a second home.

      Caravan Sites: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to allow (a) mobile caravan sites to reopen and (b) allow users of mobile caravans to stay in them...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Customs: Northern Ireland

      When he plans to issue guidance to businesses on the steps they will need to take under the Northern Ireland Protocol.

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      What recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on support for implementing the payment scheme for victims of the Troubles.

  • Department for Transport

    • Rolling Stock: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the required service and quality standards for rolling stock for local commuter and medium-distance services; what is the...

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what restrictions are being placed on international air passengers transiting through UK airports.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Public Health: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether some sectors will be harmed more than others by the COVID-19 pandemic; and what associated measures they have taken to...

    • Catering: Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support the British curry industry.

      Catering: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the Bangladesh Caterers Association on how best to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on the Bangladesh...

      Hospitality Industry and Restaurants: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to support the restaurant and hospitality sector as the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.

      Hospitality Industry and Retail Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that protective measures are in place for (1) staff, and (2) customers, in the retail and hospitality sectors; and how...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • USA: Riot Control Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures, if any, they are taking following the excessive use of force by authorities in the United States; and what plans they have to suspend exports of...

    • Eritrea: Coronavirus and Malnutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports (1) of widespread starvation in Eritrea, in particular in Southern and Northern Red Sea regions, and (2) that COVID-19...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks of the President of the Association of Directors of Social Services, that the recently published minutes of the...

    • Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long it will take, under the test and trace service, to trace people's contacts following a COVID-19 test; and what assessment they have made of whether this...

      Coronavirus: International Cooperation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to sponsor virtual meetings of international foreign and health ministers to coordinate responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that BAME people are adequately represented in COVID-19 clinical trials.

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet the needs of (1) vulnerable, and (2) disadvantaged, children during the summer holidays.

    • Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund catch-up educational provision, especially for disadvantaged pupils, following the COVID-19 pandemic; and which team within the...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allocate extra funding for (1) mentors, (2) graduate tutors offering one-to-one tuition, and (3) other educational resources, following the...

      Outdoor Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have for outdoor schooling during the summer.

  • Treasury

    • Pensions: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they estimate they have spent on paying auto-enrolment pension contributions for furloughed workers during the COVID-19 pandemic; how many workers...

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many disabled people have been furloughed as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, as (1) a number and, and (2) a proportion, of all employees...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Welfare Assistance Schemes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Children's Society Leave No Family Behind: Strengthening local welfare assistance during COVID-19,...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to restart checks on work-related conditionality requirements for Universal Credit claimants; and what factors will be considered...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of new claims for Universal Credit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have been unsuccessfull; and of those, what proportion were...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy and detailed programme on badger culling and other means of controlling tuberculosis in badgers over the next five years.

  • Home Office

    • Deportation: Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer from Baroness Williams of Trafford on 26 May (HL4429), on what basis they are unable to comment on individual cases.

    • Metropolitan Police: Parliament Square

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the Metropolitan Police Service about actions they are taking to protect the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that a temporary reduction in earnings due to the COVID-19 pandemic does not affect entitlement to a family visa for a...

      Hate Crime: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what account Sir Mark Rowley’s review of the adequacy of hate crime legislation will take of the incidents recorded by GateHerts against members of the...

      Home Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice and training they have given to Home Office caseworkers about (1) the right of abode in the UK, and (2) the level of discretion that caseworkers can...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with UK trading partners about inserting human rights clauses into the text of future trade agreements.

    • Arms Trade: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all arms and equipment licensed for export from the UK meet the consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria.

      Renewable Energy: Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the renewable energy sector in exporting products and services.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that the UK music sector remains internationally competitive during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they give to policies for reducing the use of fossil fuels by 2050 when developing trading links with least developed countries.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what metrics they are using to assess whether (1) the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, (2) the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme,...

    • Theatre: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the future of English regional theatre following the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Covid-19 Recreation and Leisure Taskforce

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there is no representation from local government on the COVID-19 taskforce on Recreation and Leisure.

      Public Sector: Artificial Intelligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to put the guidance contained within A guide to using artificial intelligence in the public sector, published on 27 January, on a...

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