Written answers

Thursday, 9 July 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department will use to assess the electric scooter pilot projects; and if the pilot is successful whether privately owned electric...

    • Cycling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is providing to local authorities to increase the amount of road space provided for cycling.

      Restoring Your Railway Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what projects received funding from the Restoring Your Railway Fund.

      M5: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the frequency of serious accidents that close at least one lane in both directions from Junction 6 to...

      Buses: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the roll-out of electric buses in (a) Colne Valley (b) Kirklees and (c) West Yorkshire.

      Buses: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many electric buses are operating in (a) Colne Valley constituency, (b) Kirklees and (c) West Yorkshire.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) financial viability and (b) risk assessments his Department has undertaken on major HS2 Ltd contractors on Phase 1 of High Speed Two...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what quantity of water will be required for the Phase 1 High Speed Two tunnelling in Buckinghamshire; from what location that water will come; how...

      Buses: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2020 to Question 64815 on Department for Transport: Coronavirus, how the £5 billion package for zero emission...

      Railways: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains and what proportion of operators continue to release human waste and effluent on tracks in England and Wales.

      Railways: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated annual volume is of human waste and effluent released on rail tracks in England and Wales.

      Northern Trains: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the class 142s and class 144s being reintroduced on the Southport-Manchester/Alderley Edge routes will release human waste and effluent on...

      Railways: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeline is for ending the practice of dumping human waste and effluent on tracks, by (a) route and (b) franchise.

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which body is responsible for enforcing the wearing of face masks on buses; and what powers of enforcement that body has.

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to issue badges or passes to people who have received a letter from the NHS exempting them from wearing a face mask on public transport.

      Pedestrians: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what process his Department uses to monitor the effect of changes to streets to support social distancing on disabled pedestrians who are dependent on...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the level of compliance by airlines with article 8 of EC Regulation 261/2004, that requires those companies to...

      Electric Scooters: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has carried out an impact assessment on the effects of the easing of restrictions on the use of e-scooters on blind people.

      Rail Review: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse is of the Williams Rail Review.

      Rail Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons findings and recommendations of the Williams Rail Review have not yet been published.

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his oral contribution of 2 July 2020, Official Report, column 513, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of a...

      Bus Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential reduction in demand on London buses that may result from removing free travel from under 18s...

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the criteria is for eligibility for free school travel for children in London.

      Fines: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fines have been issued to passengers on public transport for travelling without a face covering; and whether his Department has collated data...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Government to protect UK research jobs with major support...

    • Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to publish its National Space Strategy.

      OneWeb: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the (a) business case and (b) risk assessment for the decision to invest in OneWeb.

      Global Navigation Satellite Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what advantages the Government envisages the OneWeb low earth orbiting satellite system will have for navigation over...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when tattoo parlours will be permitted to reopen as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when nail parlous will be permitted to reopen as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to review the date for the re-opening of (a) beauty salons and (b) beauticians’...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the evidential basis is for permitting the reopening of hairdressers but not beauty salons and nail bars as...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions officials of his Department have had with representatives from employer organisations on recent...

      Meat: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what impact assessment on workers in the meat industry the Government undertook of the effects of reducing the two...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plan he has to hold discussions with (a) employers and (b) employees on their (i) concerns and (ii) ideas on (A)...

      Companies: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the response to the consultation on Corporate Transparency and Register Reform that closed in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Australia and Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what conversations he has had with his (a) Australian and (b) Canadian counterparts on the merger the of the Department for...

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he will take to ensure the Disability Inclusion Strategy and Strategic Vision for Gender Equality frameworks are...

      Uighurs: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to use the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund to trace missing family members of the Uighur community on a...

      Chechnya: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of risk for LGBT people in Chechnya.

      Baltic States: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of establishing a travel corridor between the UK and (a) Latvia...

      India: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consular contact his Department has provided to UK nationals in India detained under Coronavirus laws in that country.

      India: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safe return of UK citizens in India who have been detained under coronavirus...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to consult (a) the new Government of the Republic of Ireland, (b) victims groups and (c) individuals on the proposals set out...

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he had the Government of the Republic of Ireland prior to the publication of his Written Statement of 18 March 2020 WS168 on...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which (a) victims groups and (b) individuals he has consulted since the publication of his Written Statement of 18 March 2020 WS168 on...

      Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the statement of 26 June 2020 from the Minister of Health in Northern Ireland that decisions remain to be taken on the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Protective Clothing: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the organisations and companies which received contracts from the Government to deliver personal protective equipment...

    • Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to protect people from BAME backgrounds who have been identified as being in an at-risk group during the covid-19...

      Public Health: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the correlation between reductions in local authority ring-fenced public health budgets in each year since...

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether public health spending on (a) sexual health services, (b) women’s health services and (c) contraception will be protected...

      Pneumonia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of NICE’s COVID-19 rapid guideline for managing suspected or confirmed...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he last met with the Secretary of State for International Development to discuss Official Development Assistance spending.

      Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that medications for Parkinson's disease are (a) available during the covid-19 outbreak and (b) at the...

      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.

      Dexamethasone: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what amount of dexamethasone (a) has been ordered in 2020 and (b) purchased in each of the last five years.

      Hepatitis: Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of including hepatitis C in the Public Health England Public Health Outcomes...

      Hepatitis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people commenced treatment for hepatitis C in the financial year 2019-20, by operational delivery network area.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many oncology combination therapies have been assessed by NICE via the Single Technology Appraisal process; how many of those...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NICE will make an assessment of the potential merits of changing the cost-effectiveness thresholds for new combination therapies...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for his Department to undertake a review of tobacco legislation after the transition period; and what the terms of...

      NHS: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of conducting the NHS Health Check on Black, Asian and minority ethnic...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department allocates Official Development Assistance to any programmes that are targeted at supporting women and girls.

      Cholesterol: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on the NHS Long Term Plan to ensure that nurses and pharmacists play an active role in the management of...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the influenza vaccine for winter 2020-21 is administered in a covid-19 safe...

      Health Professions: Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) practice nurses and (b) healthcare assistants working in general practice who have been...

      Dental Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that dentists are supplied with appropriate personal protective equipment.

  • Department for International Development

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that expert staff from her Department are retained when that Department is merged with Foreign and...

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will be taking on the Department for International Development legal...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the International Rescue Committee's research highlighting that 52 million additional people will go hungry in...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that the situation of religious minorities is considered as part of decisions on...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the level of demand for aid from countries that receive UK aid where people are persecuted due to...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether UK funding to the UN’s Access Coordination Unit is used to ensure access for humanitarian personnel and goods into Gaza...

      Gaza and West Bank: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure UK Official Development Assistance allocated to projects in the West Bank and Gaza is...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Disability Inclusion Strategy (2018 to 2023), and its successor policies, will remain a...

      Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will include girls' education as a priority for the UK's forthcoming Presidency of the G7.

      Global Partnership for Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to host the forthcoming replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the current level of UK aid spending on gender equality within humanitarian and development programming will be protected when...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK aid will support the world’s least developed countries after her Department merges with the Foreign and...

      Overseas Aid: Religious Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she taking to ensure that aid is targeted at the most vulnerable regardless of their faith; and what criteria her...

      Overseas Aid: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking ensure that religious minorities are not discriminated against during the establishment of aid projects.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it remains the Government's policy to maintain the UK's funding for the replenishment of the Global Agriculture and Food...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, what steps she is taking to help prevent a (a) health and (b)...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has been responsible for expenditure from the £40 million Chagossian support package announced in November...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much expenditure from the £40 million Chagossian support package announced in November 2016 has been counted as Official...

  • Department for Education

    • Sixth Form Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has plans to extend the funding of free school meals over the 2020 summer holiday to students studying in (a) sixth form colleges and (b)...

    • Department for Education: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June to Question 64998, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of wider core schools funding for England...

      Further Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding is available to support residential colleges during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Dedicated Schools Grant: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans the Government has to increase the High Needs block of the Dedicated Schools Grant.

      Universities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on the finances of universities of a reduction in the income derived from international students; and what...

      Department for Education: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to Question 60723, tabled by the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North on 17 June 2020.

      Universities: Russell Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils in each UK region and nation progressed to a Russell Group university in each of the last 10 years.

      GCE A-level: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils achieved the equivalent of AAA or better at A-level in each English region in each of the last 10 years.

      GCSE: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) White British, (b) Indian, (c) Bangladeshi, (d) Pakistani, (e) Black African , (f) Black Caribbean, (g) mixed ethnicity and (h)...

      Ormskirk School: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the building of the current Ormskirk school using funding from his Department was conditional on the terms of the Ormskirk Foundation Trust...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on the backlog of criminal cases in the courts of limits on access for legal representatives to clients in...

    • Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there were in Magistrates' and Crown courts for all the offences mentioned in section 24 of the Immigration Act 1971 in each of the...

      Juries: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training juries receive on dealing with historical sexual abuse cases; and how regularly that training is provided.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for the 1999 presumption in law that computer systems are working properly of the (a) changes...

      Coronavirus Act 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions there have been under the Coronavirus Act 2020; and how many and what proportion of those prosecutions were subsequently (a)...

      Employment Tribunals Service: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2020 to Question 66875, if his Department will publish all correspondence between his Department and the Law Commission...

      Tribunals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the Government's timescale is for allowing tribunals to sit as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

  • Treasury

    • Brexit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on the economy of reaching the end of the transition period without a trade deal with the EU in...

    • Exercise Cygnus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's role was in Exercise Cygnus in October 2016.

      Financial Services: UK Relations with EU

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the 28 questionnaires sent from the European Commission on areas where equivalence assessments are possible the Government has answered; and...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason a bank is not required to give an explanation before closing a customer's account.

      Social Enterprises: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to allocate financial support for cooperatives; and what support his Department is making available to simplify the...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support people classed as self-employed for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 tax years and not the 2019-20 tax year who are...

      Roadchef: Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to include the Roadchef Employee Benefits scheme in the schedule of tax-exempt share ownership schemes as...

      Money: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the UK’s cash infrastructure.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the letter dated 6 May 2020 from the hon. Member for Glasgow Central on the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on food and drink...

      Social Clubs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal support his Department is providing for social clubs reliant on live music performances affected by covid-19 outbreak lockdown restrictions.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letters of 8 April 2020, 12 May 2020 and 18 June 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on Mr Alan Bates.

      Coronavirus: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to apply for funding proposed by the EU Commission for covid-19-related projects before the end of 2020.

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to (a) identify and (b close down disguised remuneration schemes.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an individualised financial support package for different sectors of the economy based...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend the Coronavurus Job Retention Scheme for businesses in sectors unable to reopen for safety reasons as the covod-19 lockdown...

      *No heading*

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review Valuation Office Agency rules which prevent neighbouring business properties with the same owner from being considered as separate...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • County Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the Government's policy is on further devolution of powers to county councils; and if he will make a statement.

    • Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what safeguarding measures are in place for potential home-buyers of new build properties to ensure that Building...

      Mobile Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to fast-track reforms to permitted development rights as part of Project Speed to assist...

      Letting Agents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to (a) restrict the...

      Pedestrian Areas: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that changes proposed in the Business and Planning Bill for more on-street (a)...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 63565 on Travel: Coronavirus, whether the Government plans to...

      Social Clubs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance has been provided to social clubs that hold bingo sessions on the restarting of those sessions from 4 July.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will amend the planning system to strengthen the requirements on the amount of outdoor space to be provided with...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many applications his Department has received for the Building Safety Fund for the remediation of unsafe non-ACM...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence Sixth Form College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of (a) Welbeck College and (b) other relevant stakeholders on the future of that...

    • Defence Sixth Form College: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of allowing continued public access to Welbeck College’s sporting facilities after...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the (a) dates on which the 90 Saudi military personnel received Typhoon training at RAF Coningsby in 2019, (b) course curriculum and...

      Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the (a) dates on which the 180 Saudi military personnel attended training at the Defence College of Technical Training at RAF...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Written Statement of 26 February 2020, Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, HCWS126, whether it...

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the RAF’s Texan T1 trainer aircraft has been cleared to operate over water.

      AWACS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2020 to Question 67565 on AWACS: Procurement, whether support and maintenance work will be undertaken in the UK unless...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of an F-35 deployment spares package.

      Fleet Solid Support Ships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the number of support ships needed for the UK's Carrier Strike Group to achieve Carrier Enabled Power Projection.

      Veterans: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance the Government has provided to veterans on their disability supplement; and what the Government's policy is on the number of hours...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department consulted expert groups, stakeholders and social security recipients on the reintroduction of conditionality and...

    • Shared Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to Section 2.20 of Budget 2020, Extending Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR) exemptions, what his Department's definition is of...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to provide financial support to claimants of universal credit who are unable to make home rental payments as a result of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much child maintenance was (a) paid and (b) owed in the second quarter of 2020 in (i) Motherwell and Wishaw constituency, (ii) North...

      Child Maintenance Service: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) parents with care and (b) children are registered with the child maintenance service in (i) Motherwell and Wishaw constituency,...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an estimate of the average (a) phone and (b) broadband costs incurred by universal credit claimants fulfilling their...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of increasing carers' allowance.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to restart face-to-face assessments for claimants for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal...

      Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department’s policy is from 1 July 2020 on applying benefit sanctions for claimants who have been assessed as failing to comply...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her latest estimate is of the (a) job vacancy rate and (b) unemployment rate in each region and nation of the UK.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to her Department's planned expenditure on staff costs for 2020-21 as listed on page 170 of her Department's Annual Report and...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department is providing for universal credit claimants to undertake courses to reskill.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2020 to Question 65109 on State Retirement Pensions: Females, what time limits apply to claiming previously...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of a minimum maintenance payment for parents with care under the Child Maintenance...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases child maintenance was not collectable as a result of a Child Maintenance Service administrative error when a deduction from...

      Carers' Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a backdated carers allowance payment for individuals in full...

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of Defined Contribution pension savers that have not received regulated financial advice had a telephone...

      Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether people that are self-isolating (a) before and (b) after elective surgery in line with NHS England guidance will be eligible to claim...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to promote the Access to Work scheme to clinically extremely vulnerable people who are shielding with (a)...

      Universal Credit: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claims for the disability component of universal credit are special rules for terminal illness claims.

      Universal Credit: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people making special rules for terminal illness claims for universal credit are (a) unsuccessful and (b) told to apply for...

      Universal Credit: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claiming the universal credit disability component under standard rules have died within six months of making their claim in...

      Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress she has made on changing the six months to live rule that her Department uses to determine accessibility to additional support...

      Universal Credit: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of universal credit there were in Hemsworth consistency in each month since January 2020.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Camping Sites: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultation (a) Forestry England and (b) Camping in the Forest undertook with New Forest District Council before the...

    • Inshore Fishing: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to approve the Sussex Near Shore Trawling Byelaw proposal approved by the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and...

      Office for Environmental Protection: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level staffing resource required for the Office for Environmental Protection to undertake...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the titles of the reports commissioned by her Department that remain outstanding.

    • Home Office: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the titles of the reviews that her Department is undertaking.

      Domestic Abuse: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether statutory agencies have received funding to provide training to increase staff understanding of the experience of domestic abuse for...

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of misidentification there have been in relation to facial recognition technology used by (a) the Metropolitan Police and (b)...

      Hate Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) schools and (b) young people have received Stand Up! workshops since her Department's document titled, Action Against Hate: The...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where the revenue generated from fixed speed cameras is held.

      Human Trafficking: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason people in the National Referral Mechanism who are in outreach support have been treated differently from people in that...

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places of worship in the (a) UK and (b) City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council area have applied for funding under the...

      Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding each faith has applied for under the Places of Worship Protective Security Scheme since its introduction.

      Religious Buildings: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken ensure stakeholder engagement with her Department's consultation entitled, Protecting places of worship...

      Home Office: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Procurement Policy Note 04/20: Recovery and Transition from COVID-19, published on 9 June 2020, what assessment he has...

      British National (Overseas): Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish additional information on the bespoke immigration route being developed for British Nationals (Overseas) passport...

      Coronavirus: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing emergency payments to (a) sex workers and (b) women in crisis during the...

      Slavery: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what emergency support has been made available to survivors of modern slavery since the freezing of payment cards by the Financial Conduct...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing visa applications for spouses to be processed without biometrics where visa...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa extensions for people in the UK were issued in each of the last five years; and how many of those extensions were subject to...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 63563 on travel: coronavirus, what support is available for incoming travellers who...

      Coronavirus: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for people required to quarantine for 14 days after entering the UK, how many physical checks have been carried out in person on those...

      Proceeds of Crime: Brexit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to maintain access to the EU network of Asset Recovery Offices to facilitate the tracing of the proceeds of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cabinet Office: Opinion Polls

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in (i) March, (ii) April, (iii) May and (iv) June 2020.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the draft (a) list of priority areas and (b) timetable for common frameworks his Department plans to agree with the Department of...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade and Agriculture Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the membership of the Trade and Agriculture Commission will contain representatives from the (a) Welsh Government, (b) Scottish...

    • Trade Agreements: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect of the continued destruction of the Amazon on Brazil-UK trading relations.

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether it is her policy to include Gibraltar within the scope of the proposed rollover of the EU's economic partnership agreement with...

      Trade Agreements: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that Gibraltar is automatically included in a nfuture trade agreement with Japan.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will issue a response to the Open Letter to the UK Government published by the Music Venue Trust on 23 June 2020.

    • Entertainments: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to announce a timeframe for the reopening of live entertainment venues without the need for social distancing.

      Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to allow snooker clubs and other indoor sport venues to reopen as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Museums and Galleries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support is (a) his Department, (b) Arts Council England and (c) other public bodies making available for...

      Performing Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the timescales for permitting the return of live arts performances (a) with and (b) without...

      Dance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the dance sector on (a) the effect of the covid-19 outbreak and (b)...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of where to report (a) illegal and (b) harmful content online; and what...

      UK Safer Internet Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to allocate funding to the UK Safer Internet Centre to provide UK Safer Internet Day in 2021 and...

      Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing sector-specific support for cultural and leisure facilities...

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to allocate financial support to the music industry to help recovery from the effects of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Circuses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to allow the reopening of circuses and travelling shows as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are...

      Arts and Culture: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department has provided to the culture and arts sector in (a) Tameside, (b) Stockport and (c) Greater...

      Theatres: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to increase the rate of Theatre Tax Relief.

      Theatres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the announcement entitled, £1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s world-class cultural,...

      Broadband: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the report entitled, UK’s internet use surges to record levels, published by Ofcom on 24 June 2020,...

      Radio Frequencies: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons Ofcom is responsible for the inclusion of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection...

      Entertainments and Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what engagement he is having with the entertainment and music industry and their relevant trade bodies with respect to...

      Broadband

      What steps his Department is taking to expand the availability of gigabit-capable broadband throughout the UK.

      Gyms and Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      What steps his Department is taking to help gyms, health spas and similar businesses to reopen safely as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      *No heading*

      What assessment he made of the potential merits of enabling theatres to reopen with social distancing measures on the same date as cinemas.

  • Prime Minister

    • SG First Minister

      To ask the Prime Minister, on what date he has held discussions with the First Minister of Scotland; and if he will publish the minutes of discussions between his Office and First Minister's...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality Act 2010

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to Answer of 3 June 2020 to Question 46100, what the timescale is for her Department to quantify the additional costs that may be incurred...

    • Discrimination: Age

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to tackle age discrimination.

      Equal Pay: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to her oral contribution of 17 June 2020, Official Report, column 794, when she plans to write to the hon. Member for Battersea on the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to finance new nuclear generation through (1) the use of long-term borrowing, and (2) partnering with the private sector, in order to...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Life Expectancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the average life expectancy in England (1) is currently, and (2) was in 2010.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Professor Tim Spector on 18 May that up to 70,000 people in the UK with COVID-19 are not being told to...

    • Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the Nightingale hospitals in England are being used for (1) inpatient, or (2) outpatient, treatment of patients with (a) cancer, or (b) cardiac...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks by Professor Neil Ferguson, Imperial College, London, that (1) he was “shocked about how badly European –...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what formal statistical confidence limit is represented by the very likely upper and lower bounds on the estimated COVID-19 reproduction rate, R, as published on...

      NHS: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the personal protective equipment they have procured during the COVID-19 pandemic has been manufactured by UK businesses.

      Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recovery plans they have put in place to help routine immunisation programmes to return to normal coverage (1) during, and (2) after, the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Asthma: Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Health and Social Care is taking to address the rate of asthma-related deaths at NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical...

      NHS: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of mental health and other occupational health support for staff employed by the NHS in England.

      Contraceptives

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what regions have (1) the highest, and (2) the lowest, use of self-injectable contraceptives in the UK.

      Carers: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have put in place for carers who are (1) having to rely on food banks, and (2) not paid for the care they are providing to vulnerable family...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the 14-day quarantine period required to be undertaken upon arrival by all new care home residents on the mental...

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to modify the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in order for relatives of residents in care homes to be able to move to...

      Care Homes: Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks by Lord Bethell on 15 June (HL Deb, col 2028), when these reviews took place; what opportunities there were for external input into these...

      Abortion: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what investigation they have made, if any, of reports of misadministration of the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol from a telemedicine appointment...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sets of pills for early medical abortions at home have been distributed; and what assessment they have made of the number of early medical abortions that...

      Abortion: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact on the mental health of women performing an early medical abortion on their own at home during...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make children and their rights a priority of the UK’s recovery plan from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Home Education: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have put in place to facilitate permanently home-schooled children being awarded the grades required to allow the take up of...

      Vocational Education: Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they (1) have, and (2) plan to, put in place to ensure that students studying vocational and other equivalent qualifications are able to complete...

      Sevenoaks School

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Sevenoaks School following reports that teaching staff are routinely asked to increase predicted grades on UCAS...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Women's Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Women’s Centres for women who have offended, or who are at risk of offending, are currently functioning; where those centres are located; who provides...

    • Administration of Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 29 June (HL Deb, col 464), when they expect to publish their White Paper on community justice and sentencing.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to provide to local councils to deal with any future COVID-19 outbreaks.

    • Local Government: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Local Government Association reports Resident satisfaction with councils' response to COVID-19, published in May, and...

      Planning Permission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many local authority planning applications have been called in by the Planning Inspectorate; (2) how many of these were overturned by the Planning...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Defence: Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the defence industry.

    • Armed Forces: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the work of the British Army's BAME network.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Nature Conservation: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proposals by community groups for the creation of a national nature service, what plans they have to fund the creation of such a service.

  • Home Office

    • Road Traffic Control: Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of specialist roads policing officers employed in each of the last ten years.

    • Forced Labour: Uighurs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure that companies found to have lied on their public declarations, made under the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015,...

      Personation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of identity theft; and what plans they have to introduce a specific offence in this respect, separate from fraud...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the backlog of student visa applications for Northern Ireland universities from applicants from China and India.

      Firearms: Amnesties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when was the last firearms amnesty in the UK.

      Knives: Amnesties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when was the last knife amnesty in the UK.

      Hazardous Substances: Amnesties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to hold an amnesty of acids and other dangerous substances in the UK.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the acceptance of applications for settled status after the deadline of 30 June 2021, what are the proposed criteria for accepting those...

      Asylum: Interviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for which languages there are interpreters available for asylum seekers’ interviews.

      Asylum: Travel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what travel expenses, if any, are paid to asylum seekers required to report to Home Office centres.

      Asylum: Appeals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes for the reported increase in asylum decisions being overturned in the higher courts, from 17 per cent in 2005 to 52...

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether postgraduate research students who (1) are EU citizens, and (2) were due to start courses at UK universities in the autumn and have deferred by a year...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • City Deals: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the continued viability of City Deals in Northern Ireland as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to (1) reports that the Northern Ireland Executive has failed to implement the Victims’ Payment Scheme for victims of terrorism successfully, and...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of trade negotiations with the government of the United States.

    • Trade Policy: Devolution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Minsterial Forum set up to include the devolved administrations in trade policy and trade agreements last met; how often it has met since it was...

      Import Controls: National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take through the implementation of Project Defend to reduce the UK’s reliance on imports from authoritarian states and to...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Coronavirus: Horse Riding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why covered arenas in riding schools have been included in the same category as indoor gyms and sports halls when prohibiting their reopening following their...

    • Casinos: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow casinos to reopen.

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