Written answers

Friday, 3 July 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Driving Instruction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish guidance on the resumption of driving lessons as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

    • Jet Zero Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2020 to Question 59367 on the Jet Zero Council, whether the Council membership will include trades union...

      Motorcycles: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish data on the use of motorcycles during the covid-19 outbreak in line with the data published by his Department entitled Transport...

      Driving Tests: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with driving examiners to help young people pass their driving tests who have been held back due to covid-19.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reconcile the different requirements of Sections 143(i) and 185 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 with Articles 1...

      Electric Scooters: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to (a) monitor and (b) mitigate potential safety matters during the trial of e-scooters on roads.

      Package Holidays: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of relaxing the 14-day timeline for refunds within the Package Travel Regulations.

      Motorcycles: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether an assessment has been made into the potential merits of providing access to extra traffic lanes and additional parking facilities for...

      Motorcycles: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to recognise and promote in Government transport communications the role of motorcycles and scooters as a...

      Motorcycles: Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to mandate local authorities to allow motorcycle and scooter access in combined bus and cycle routes.

      Bridges and Tunnels: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the Government has made in the investigation of the feasibility of a road bridge or tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to increase regulated rail fares by RPI from January 2021 based on July's RPI figure.

      Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the level of penalties issued to people that modify (a) motorcycle and (b) vehicle...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set out a timetable for when and how the conditions on the use of public transport for non-essential journeys are going to be eased in line...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the adequacy of the level of funding for urban transport authorities.

      Road Traffic: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of peak-spreading commuter traffic.

      Cycling and Walking: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on (a) repurposing traffic lanes and parking spaces for cycling and wider footways and (b)...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the number and proportion of people using public transport as their primary mode of transport in (a) the UK and...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that public transport workers (a) feel safe going to work and (b) are given priority access to covid-19 testing.

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of increasing public transport service frequency to enable the same number of passengers to...

      Buses: Electric Vehicles and Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to accelerate the conversion of bus fleets to (a) electro and (b) hydrogen models.

      Boats and Ferries: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the roll-out of electric infrastructure to service (a) boat and (b) ferry transport in rural areas.

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department have to grant additional powers to urban transport authorities to respond effectively to the (a) covid-19 outbreak and (b)...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives from (a) the Urban Transport Group and (b) urban transport authorities on the...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on the funding challenges faced by urban transport authorities.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to introduce a car scrappage schemes for (a) old and (b) polluting vehicles.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance his Department has spent in India in each of the last five years.

    • International Decade for People of African Descent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 4 July 2019 to Question 270326 on International Decade for People of African Descent, whether...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • City Deals: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of the progress on the delivery of Northern Ireland City Deals.

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on border infrastructure in Northern Ireland in the event of the UK leaving the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Almshouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of (a) recent trends in the level of covid-19 tests being undertaken in almshouse settings and (b) the...

    • NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safe disposal of personal protective equipment.

      Pharmacy: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to allow pharmacy workers to be exempt from having to isolate as a result of the track and trace app.

      Tumours: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on referrals for brain tumours; and if he will make a...

      Social Distancing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help protect, shield and test adults with (a) severe learning disabilities and (b) serious medical...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much of the personal protective equipment stockpiled as part of the preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal have been...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking with the Chief Scientific Officer to support the production of a CE-marked clear panel face mask.

      Pneumonia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide an update on the (a) availability of treatments for community-acquired pneumonia associated with covid-19 and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions officials in his Department have had with (a) sponsors of the University of Oxford's Recovery trial and (b) suppliers of...

      Coronavirus: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of alcohol use during the covid-19 lockdown.

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has made for communications through the covid-19 track and trace system with people who are not English speakers.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice and support is available for people who are clinically vulnerable to covid-19 but who have not been told that they are...

      Health and Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that health and social care workers are being asked to reuse...

      Contact Tracing: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the track and trace scheme.

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking ensure that children and young people who do not meet the CAMHS threshold have access to (a) mental health and...

      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.

      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.

      Prisoners' Transfers: Mentally Disordered Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the (a) median and (b) 90th percentile time taken for a transfer of a prisoner to a secure hospital for treatment under the...

      Mental Illness: Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people have been given compulsory Community Treatment Orders following first episode psychosis in each of...

      Mental Illness: Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which mental health conditions can be subject to a Community Treatment Order.

      Mental Illness: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what research his Department is undertaking on first episode psychosis and the long-term effect of anti-psychotic drugs.

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the ambulance response times for each ambulance trust for each of the last 12 months.

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff in his Department are working on a covid-19 tracing app.

      Mental Health Services: West Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure adequate local provision of mother and baby mental health units for people in West Lancashire constituency.

      Protective Clothing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the UK-wide Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Plan, what recent assessment he has made of the equitable...

      Protective Clothing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the UK-wide Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Plan, how many items have been sold to suppliers by Public...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that young people are still able to access child and adolescent mental health services...

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, by (a) how much and (b) what percentage expenditure on NHS mental health services in England increased by in each year since 2010.

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the Government’s response to the 2018 Green Paper on the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Protective Clothing: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many bids to supply personal protective equipment were received during the procurement process that resulted in the award of...

      Mental Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what mental health support has been provided to clinically extremely vulnerable people shielding during the covid-19 outbreak; and what...

      NHS: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to continue the hospital parking charge exemption for NHS workers beyond the covid-19 outbreak.

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Coronavirus and Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions has he had with acute NHS Hospital Trusts on the safe management of patients presenting at A&E in winter 2020...

      Protective Clothing: Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much Deloitte was awarded for the Government contract to increase British production of protective equipment and source stocks from...

  • Department for Education

    • Postgraduate Education: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) financial and (b) educational support is provided to postgraduate students whose education has moved online.

    • Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when will funding be made available for free school meals for children during summer 2020; when vouchers will be available to all children on free...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department made of the social intake of higher education institutions and the communities they serve when setting the specific...

      Students: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that secondary school students with learning difficulties receive adequate support while working from home.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of enabling public sector employers to utilise unspent apprenticeship levy funding to help...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the £6 million in funding allocated to implementation support for compulsory Relationship, Sex and Health Education in...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which organisations his Department has met with to discuss the Government’s forthcoming apprenticeship guarantee.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to review the apprenticeships levy; and what progress he has made on that review.

      Children: Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) walking and (b) cycling to school on children's health.

      Schools: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to increase access to school bus services.

      Schools: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the recommendations made by the School Streets Initiative in relation to (a) healthier learning...

      Eleven Plus: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of disruption to education as a result of the covid-19 outbreak on the timetabling of 11 plus examinations...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide additional funding for PE and school sport in his next budget to account for the extended period of inactivity during the covid-19...

      Children and Young People: Physical Education and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the role of PE and school sport in promoting mental wellbeing among children and young people.

      Exercise and Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to issue guidance on the provision of sport and exercise in the covid-19 catch-up plan.

      Teachers: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many days teachers have taken off work for mental health reasons in each year since 2015.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government has plans to undertake a review of the statutory child to carer ratio for children in early years nursery education.

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the level of preparedness of schools for the provision of mandatory relationships, sex and health education from...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children with No Recourse to Public Funds have been in receipt of free school meals since his Department extended provision to that group.

      Pupil Premium: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to monitor spending of the pupil premium during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating additional funding to (a) nurseries and (b) early years childcare providers that are...

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Department for International Trade

    • Protective Clothing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department took with the Department for Health and Social Care in January 2020 to source personal protective equipment to...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on the availability of fire...

    • Local Government: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department is holding discussions with local authorities in Nottinghamshire on the potential benefits of...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications have been referred to him due to non-determination by a local authority in each year...

      Homelessness: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid- 19 outbreak on homeless (a) trans LGBTQ+ and (b)...

      Homelessness: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of homelessness among LGBTQ+ young people.

      Homelessness: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equalities on the effects of the covid 19 outbreak on...

      Homelessness: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) nature and (b) scale of LGBTQ+ homelessness using Homelessness Case...

      Domestic Abuse: Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that the domestic abuse strategies of local authorities include details of how...

      Social Services: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the social care sector of local authority insolvency;...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence and Aerospace industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the defence and military aerospace industry of reaching the end of the transition period...

    • Ministry of Defence: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which countries his Department has used its share of Official Development Assistance in each year 2015 to 2020.

      Ministry of Defence: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to assess whether reductions to Official Development Assistance (ODA) by his Department would threaten the security of (a)...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of the unit procurement cost for the F-35B following the reduction in the number of those...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many on-site inspections of businesses have been carried out by the Health and Safety Executive relating to covid-19 since 1 January 2020...

    • Unemployment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support local authorities to introduce employment strategies in response to covid-19 related unemployment.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of support for (a) families of BAME children and (b) single mothers of BAME children...

      Child Maintenance Service: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training has been given to staff who have been redeployed from the Child Maintenance Service to help process the increase in claims for...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of recent trends in the average levels of household debt for people in receipt of universal credit.

      Universal Credit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance her Department has issued to Jobcentres on the reintroduction of benefit sanctions on universal credit claimants as the covid-19...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to (a) work with and (b) train police forces on ensuring dogs are not wrongfully taken...

    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report of the all-party group on air pollution...

      Water: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the recent increase in water consumption by households across Wolverhampton compared to normal...

      Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the wholesale sector and safeguard food supplies to schools, care homes, hospitals and...

      Biodiversity: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Biodiversity Net Gain, what steps he is taking to ensure that the mitigation hierarchy is fully...

      Biodiversity: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Biodiversity Net Gain system will not undermine protections in relation to (a)...

      Biodiversity: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of (a) the cost to the public purse and (b) resources required to introduce the (a)...

      Biodiversity: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what safeguards he plans to put in place to ensure that the exemption of development orders, brownfield sites and the power...

      Biodiversity: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government’s biodiversity net gain plan is fully implemented.

      Biodiversity: Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the outcomes of biodiversity net gain are (a) monitored and (b) enforced.

      Fisheries: Norway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Norweigan counterpart on fishing arrangements in any EU-Norway trade agreement, and how...

      Air Pollution: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the Air Quality Expert Group review of air pollution during the covid-19 lockdown period.

      Air Pollution: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his Department's policies of research that links dirty air and...

      Fly-tipping and Waste Management: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the fines given to those who (a) are caught fly-tipping...

      River Wye: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of levels of pollution in the River Wye resulting from the farming of chickens; and if he will...

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department did not include the right to rent in the UK in the list of options for a person with (a) settled and (b)...

    • Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 14690 tabled on 10 February 2020 by the hon. Member for Sheffield Central.

      Asylum: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support (a) vulnerable and (b) other (i) asylum seekers and (ii) refugees during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Detainees: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) staff members and (b) residents living in Home Office supported (i) asylum accommodation and (ii) detention facilities have (A)...

      Detention Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that (a) staff working and (b) people detained in immigration removal centres are tested for...

      Police: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending stop and search powers to schools-based police officers.

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that local communities are consulted and notified before the opening of new immigration...

      Rape: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has given to police forces on continuing rape investigations when victims refuse to hand over their mobile phones to the...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of increasing the rate of asylum support during the covid-19 outbreak commensurate with...

      Asylum: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the recommendations of the report entitled Beyond Belief, published by...

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the level of identify theft in each of the last three years.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 8 June 2020 to Question 49637, if she will make it her policy to allow people who are making in-country...

      Home Office: Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

      Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many licences have been (a) granted and (b) amended to allow for research and tests on animals into the SARS-CoV-2 virus and covid-19.

      Proscribed Organisations: Social Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the extent of the use of the messaging platform Telegram by far-right and extreme-right wing organisations...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to Written Statement HCWS287 on 11 June 2020 on Machinery of Government Change, if she will publish the evidential basis for the...

      Quarantine: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will add performing musicians who rely on international contracts to the list of jobs exempted from the quarantine rule.

      UK Visas and Immigration: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance UK Visas and Immigration has issued to companies which operate overseas visa application centres on the phased reopening of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Internet: Linlithgow and East Falkirk

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that people in Linlithgow and East Falkirk who are unable to access the internet are not (a)...

    • Visas

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answer of 5 May 2020 to Question HL3246, what progress he has made in negotiations with the EU on future mobility arrangements.

      Cabinet Office: Coronavirus

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

      Rape

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of women and girls who have been victims of rape between the ages of (i) 12-70, (ii)...

  • Treasury

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, given how the overseas aid budget is determined, what adjustment will be made to the value of that budget in 2020-21 to reflect the fall in GDP.

    • Travel: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that competitively priced travel insurance is available to elderly people with chronic diseases.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a zero rate of vehicle excise duty for (a) electric and (b) hydrogen vehicles.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an comparative assessment of the cost to the public purse of the production of pm2.5 filtration masks for people in the most polluted areas...

      Consumer Goods: Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the effect of Government guidance on contactless payments on the level of access to (a) goods and (b) services for people...

      Remittances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require transparency in the (a) fees and (b) charges applied to international (i) payments and (ii)...

      Free Zones: East Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire on the potential for an...

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2020 to Question 56024 on Manufacturing Industries: Coronavirus, what discussions his Department had with Rolls-Royce and...

      Rolls-Royce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2020 to Question 56024 on Manufacturing Industries: Coronavirus, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of...

      Bank Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to monitor and regulate card payment fees charged by banks for transactions involving small retailers.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support businesses unable to access Government schemes such as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan due to...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football League: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of underwriting zero interest rate loans for fixed periods for members of...

    • Swimming Pools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the social value of swimming pools for local communities; and what steps he is...

      Swimming Pools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 23 June 2020, Official report, column 1169, when the...

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the level of risk of spreading covid-19 in socially distant compliant (a) gyms, (b) pubs and...

      Charities: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help increase diversity in the charity sector.

      Youth Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help enable youth clubs to re-open to support vulnerable young people as covid-19...

      Ice Skating: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government's plans are for the safe reopening of ice rinks as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Gyms and Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons indoor (a) sports halls and (b) gyms are not allowed to re-open as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Swimming Pools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the Government's plans are for the reopening of swimming pools as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the recommendation that premises should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people unduly raising their...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Diabetes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to her Department’s new story, Next steps for work on covid-19 disparities announced, published on 4 June 2020, whether the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about freedom of religion or belief in view of reports that that government's State Minister for...

    • Wang Quanzhang

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the claims of the Chinese human rights lawyer, Wang Quanzhang, that he was tortured during a four-year prison sentence, kept...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 16 June about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

    • Overseas Aid: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 16 June about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

      Department for International Development: Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 16 June about the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

      Department for International Development: Reorganisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation, if any, took place with humanitarian and development experts before the decision was made to merge the Department for International Development...

      Department for International Development: Reorganisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the decision to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was taken before the conclusion of the Integrated...

      Eritrea: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that Government-funded international development and aid programmes do not involve forced labour in Eritrea, with particular...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many claims there have been for (1) contributory Job Seeker's Allowance, and (2) contributory Employment and Support Allowance, in each quarter since January 2014.

    • Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 1 June (HL4513), what assessment they have made of whether the COVID-19 pandemic would constitute an...

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Relations With EU: Galileo System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the EU on access to Galileo as part of negotiations on the future UK–EU relationship.

    • Civil Service: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how women are affected by the loss of their Civil Service 'survivor' pension, following cohabitation with a new partner.

      Emergencies: Risk Assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord True on 4 June (HL Deb, col 1436) and subsequent correspondence, whether a committee of ministers has assumed responsibility...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to measure whether COVID-19 related Government support, and in particular the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the...

    • Gambling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 2 July 2019 (HL Deb, cols 1344–6), and in the light of the pledge made by the Betting and Gambling...

      Film and Television: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage greater diversity in UK film and TV.

      Digital Technology: Proof of Identity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have held, or plan to hold, following the close of their Call for Evidence on Digital Identity.

      Cricket: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) which measures should be brought forward to restore grassroots cricket to at least its pre-COVID-19 levels of activity; (2)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender: Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the suspension of gender pay gap reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic on gender pay gap inequality.

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