Written answers

Friday, 10 July 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2020 to Question 60669, what the difference is in frequency of the additional financial scrutiny of train operators...

    • Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2020 to Question 60670 on railways: franchises, by what date his review of the approach to the contractual...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2020 to Question 60677 on railways: coronavirus, what restrictions have been placed on the payment of dividends to...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that rail fares support (a) new working patterns, (b) the UK tourism industry and (c) a green recovery from...

      Railways: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with stakeholders in the North West on the Integrated Rail Plan.

      Aviation and Package Holidays: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to guarantee refunds for flights and holidays cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      River Thames: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when Maritime and Coastguard Agency passenger boat surveyors plan to restart survey assessments and approvals on passenger boats on the Thames.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to (a) increase flexible season ticketing options and (b) increase the cost effectiveness of travel for rail users who are required...

      Cycling: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in relation to strategic...

      M67: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for work to commence on the reconstruction of the bridge at St Anne’s Road, Denton, at Junction 2 of the M67; and if he...

      Roads: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to include the trunk road network in the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it Government policy to distribute face masks to passengers using buses and trains during the covid-19 outbreak; and if the Government...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of opportunity the construction of HS2 presents for creating skilled jobs throughout the North.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the energy regulatory framework supports (a) Greater Manchester’s 2038...

    • Construction: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans for the Construction Leadership Council to produce advice on JCT and NEC contracts and include them as...

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2020 to Question 53392 on Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus, what discussions he has...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason the Government has decided not to implement a carbon fee dividends scheme.

      Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timescale is for responding to the Statutory audit services: initial consultation on the Competition and...

      Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to implement the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) proposed reforms to the statutory...

      Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to reform of the statutory audit market in the current session...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to (a) continue and (b) extend the scope of the Warm Home Discount scheme, after the current scheme...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will take steps to provide additional support for disabled people during the covid-19 outbreak by...

      Trade Credit Reinsurance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government’s trade credit reinsurance scheme will be ratified by the EU; and what steps the Government...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much energy his departmental buildings used in (a) 2020 and (b) each of the last five years.

    • Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Israeli and (b) US counterpart on Israel's potential annexation of the West Bank.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the allocation and spending of Official Development Assistance is (a) allocated and...

      Egypt: Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Egyptian counterpart on the alleged use of torture to obtain confessions from...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to ensure that official development assistance is spent effectively on tackling poverty and gender...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) the Secretary of State for International Development had with (i) NGOs, (ii) aid recipients,...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to retain staff expertise and experience of working directly with local communities held within the...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Chinese Government on upholding religious freedoms in the Xinjiang Uyghur...

      Democracy and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department next plans to publish the annual report on human rights and democracy abroad.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the viability of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of Iran’s refusal to...

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the imposition of the death penalty against Amir-Hossein Moradi,...

  • Attorney General

    • Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Attorney General, how many sentences have been extended under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme in each of the last six months.

    • Administration of Estates

      To ask the Attorney General, how many estates of people who died without known entitled relatives and left a will were referred to the Bona Vacant Division of the Government Legal Department in...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons it is the Government's policy that people travelling to the UK from (a) France and (b) Ireland do not need to quarantine...

    • Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the low vision service effectively supports people with low vision.

      Nurses: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, prior to student nurses taking paid placements in the NHS as part of the recruitment measures to address the covid-19 outbreak what...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 7 January 2014 to Question 181906 on monthly payments through the Skipton Fund Stage 2 to people who...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff are working four hour shifts at any time under the Serco track and trace contract.

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to help prevent universities from becoming insolvent as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

    • Children: ICT and Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department has had about providing internet access and adequate devices for disadvantaged children who are out of school.

      Teachers: Holiday Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that teachers and school leaders are able to take leave over the 2020 summer holidays.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) education providers undertake appropriate risk assessments in relation to teaching music in education...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his announcement in June 2020 that parents will not be fined for the non-attendance of children in school during the covid-19...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a transition period for pupils returning to school during the covid-19...

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on children in social care in (a) Birmingham, Hall Green constituency...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on support for 18 year olds, who are facing unemployment in July 2020 after formally...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential long-term effects of the covid-19 lockdown of the social development of children...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have been placed in fostering for adoption placement under section 22C(9B)(c) of the Children Act 1989 without the approval of a...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of abolishing student-funded tuition fees for (a) nursing, (b) midwifery and (c) allied healthcare...

      Covid-19 Education Catch-up Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether academies attended by 16 to 19 year-olds will have access to the £1 billion support package to tackle the impact of lost teaching time.

      Schools: Period Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to eradicate period poverty in schools.

      Education: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his oral statement of 12 May 2020 on the extension of the coronavirus job retention scheme, whether term-time workers in education...

      Universities: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has published for universities on furloughing employees on zero hours contracts during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that disabled people have access to education in a safe environment during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Vocational Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the number of vocational training places available to young people who wish to acquire practical and trade...

      Holiday Play Schemes: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will fully fund summer holiday club places for children on free school meals.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding he plans to allocate to support children who have suffered trauma during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what level of personal protective equipment will be made available to people working at schools from September 2020.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what volume of hand sanitiser will be made available to each school from September 2020.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many home testing covid-19 kits schools will hold on site from September 2020.

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the basis was for calculating the allocation of £350 million to the National Tutoring Programme; and how much that sum amounts to per pupil.

      Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to expand the number of retailers included in the Covid Summer Food Fund voucher scheme.

  • Department for International Trade

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment the Government has made of the timeliness of distribution of covid-19 relief funds by (a)...

    • Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate his Department has made of the potential savings generated from local authorities adopting...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • European Fighter Aircraft: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on fitting the AESA radar to the UK Typhoon fleet.

    • Submarines: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will bring back charge pay for Submarine Watch Leaders to help improve retention of those personnel.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Coronavirus: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to support people facing financial disruption in (a) Stoke-on-Trent and (b) Staffordshire as a result of the...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Barbecues: National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that disposable barbecues are not used in national parks.

    • Seafood: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the covid-19 Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS), how many people sat on the panel that determined who...

      Fish: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Border Inspection Post (BIP) status of Calais and Boulogne Sur Mer on UK...

      Fishing Vessels: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many non-UK flagged commercial fishing vessels were inspected at sea by UK authorities in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017,...

      Fishing Vessels: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many UK flagged fishing vessels were inspected at sea by UK authorities in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018 and...

      Fishing Catches: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to all the Catch-APP trip data submitted by fishermen, how many trips have been (a) submitted by fishermen...

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward the date for the Deposit Return Scheme to be introduced.

      Peat Bogs: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the burning of peatland in protected areas.

      Peat Bogs: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to (a) ban burning of peatland and (b) tackle accidental peat fires.

      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 air quality policies of the British Lung...

      Cats: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to increase public awareness of the importance of keeping unneutered cats aged four...

      Poultry Meat: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the ban on chemical washes for chicken is maintained after the end of the transition...

      Shopping: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to provide additional support for disabled people during the covid-19 outbreak to ensure that disabled...

      Animal Products: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timeframe is for his Department to respond to the public consultation entitled, Consultation on controls on the...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to reduce residential demand for water in the next 10 years.

      Recycling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve the consistency of household recycling collections among boroughs in London.

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 61707 on Agriculture: Seasonal Workers, what form the evaluation of Pick...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 61707 on Agriculture: Seasonal Workers, if his Department will publish...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 61710 on Agriculture: Seasonal Workers, if his Department will publish...

      Beekeeping: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on removing VAT from bee keeping equipment to help enable...

  • Home Office

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to strengthen enforcement powers in respect of unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller sites.

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the Asylum Support Rates in the context of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Barbecues: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to enable law enforcement to respond to the damage done to rural areas by disposable barbecues.

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for cumulative impact zones of the temporary licensing provisions in the Business and...

      Prostitution: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits to the health, safety, and welfare of sex workers of expunging criminal records...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants have claimed asylum after entering the UK illegally in the last 10 years; how long on average after entry each such...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of people who have entered the UK after crossing the English Channel in small boats in...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who entered the UK after crossing the English Channel in small boats in 2019 are now housed under the seven regional Asylum...

      Dublin Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Dublin III agreement will be repealed with respect to UK law on 31 December 2020.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons her Department has not published an estimate of the total number of people without leave to remain in the UK since 2005.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of people with no right to remain in the UK who had their status regularised in each of...

      Immigration: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons there was a reduction in the net budget for immigration enforcement between 2015-16 and 2019-20; and what assessment her...

      Foreign Nationals: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number non-detained Foreign National Offenders who have gone on to re-offend in each of the...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many migrants who arrived in the UK after crossing the English Channel in small boats in 2019 were returned to EU states under (a)...

      Marriage of Convenience

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people found to have participated in sham marriages were removed from the UK in each of the last five years.

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of detected attempts of people trying to enter the UK by clandestine in 2019 (a) in the...

      Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of visitors who were allowed to visit the UK without a visa for up to six months and...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people who originally entered the UK on a study visa were part of the post 2008 migration refusal pool in the third quarter of 2019.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration offenders excluding failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders have been removed from the UK in each of the...

      Offences against Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the level of threat related to online child sexual abuse during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2020 to Question 57185 on Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation, how the criteria for applying...

      Offenders: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many immigration offenders, excluding failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders, have been removed in each of the last five...

      Deportation: Undocumented Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with which countries the UK has deportation agreements for the return of nationals found illegally in the UK.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the size of the reporting population under her Department's Reporting and Offender Management process was in the latest quarter for...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants who entered the UK by boat across the English Channel have been returned to France.

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken by the National Crime Agency with its French counterparts to (a) increase surveillance, (b) step up patrols and...

      Domestic Abuse: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle the use of pets by perpetrators as tools to coerce and control victims of domestic abuse.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Coronavirus

      To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what the timescale is for allowing churches to resume choir singing; and what guidance will be published for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Supreme Court ruling in R v Adams (Appellant) (Northern Ireland) UKSC 2018/0104 on the Carltona...

    • Coronavirus: Marriage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether weddings with one hundred or more guests are likely to be allowed before the end of the year as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Females: Employment

      To ask the the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many women born between 6 April 1950 and 5 April 1960 there are in the UK; and how many of those women are in employment.

  • Treasury

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what reductions in the UK aid budget he has asked the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) Ministry of Justice, (c) Departments for (i) International...

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department's response to the consultation on the review of Small Brewers' Relief, which closed on 17 March 2019, will be published.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of extending (a) child benefit and (b) tax credits.

      Infrastructure: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, by what criteria he plans to measure the carbon output of the recommendations in the Government's forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy.

      Economic Situation: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government's strategy for a green economic recovery is incorporated into plans for the economic recovery of (a)...

      Economic Situation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what steps the Government is taking to prioritise improvements in air quality as part of his economic recovery plans.

      Government Assistance: Wolverhampton South West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to provide additional financial support to disadvantaged areas in Wolverhampton South West constituency; and what steps he is...

      Inland Waterways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to protect inland waterway based businesses that are affected by the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of providing businesses located in the vicinity outside a local covid-19 lockdown area with...

      Aerospace Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a sector specific job protection package for the aerospace industry in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish in full the findings of his Department's Coronavirus Impact Business Survey.

    • Cultural Renewal Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of participants of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce's working groups are from a (a) BAME, (b) disability and (c)...

      Cultural Renewal Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what tasks the Cultural Renewal Taskforce is currently undertaking.

      Music and Sports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward proposals to grant (a) music venues, (b) community sporting venues and (c) semi-professional sports...

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what fiscal steps he is taking to support the charity sector in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Scouts and Guides: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to children's mental health of allowing UK scouting to recommence as...

      Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether local authorities in Wales are eligible to become strategic partners with the Government for the purposes of...

      Temporary Accommodation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has allocated funding to (a) hotel and (b) bed and breakfast owners to cover (i) costs incurred and...

      4G: Huawei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an estimate of the cost of removing Huawei components from the UK's 4G infrastructure network.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Hate Crime: LGBT People

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what support her Department has provided to BAME LGBTQ+ youth who have been victims of (a) hate crime, (b) serious violence and (c) malicious...

  • Department for Transport

    • Cycling and Walking: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to local authorities about carrying out consultations with local communities ahead of the implementation of travel schemes funded...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HS2 Ltd has made changes to the design and scope of the HS2 Phase One programme since Royal Assent in 2017.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HS2 Ltd used (1) HS2: A Guide to Tunnelling Costs, published by HS2 Ltd on 11 June 2015, and (2) the Infrastructure Cost Review by HM Treasury and...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology was used by HS2 Ltd to estimate the costs of the HS2 Phase One line of route between London and the West Midlands.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology was used by KPMG during the independent external consultant review of the Wendover Short Mined tunnel proposal on the HS2 proposal on the HS2...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis was carried out to determine the potential long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HS2 passenger demand before the Notice to Proceed for HS2...

      Rail Review: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why a decision was made to delay the Williams Review of rail services to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the rail sector, when the Notice to Proceed for HS2 Phase...

      East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 16 March (HL2045), how many of the 2,300 responses to the East Midlands Rail Franchise...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • China: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the letter sent to the government of China’s State Councillor and Minister for Foreign Affairs by the UN Special Rapporteurs...

    • Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the “serious concern” expressed by several UN Special Rapporteurs that the proposed changes to the Hong Kong special...

      British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Murder of British Nationals overseas.

      Mali: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking through the UN Security Council negotiations on the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali to refresh the international community’s...

      Syria: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 June (HL5354) which outlined potential delays to “the provision of goods to Syria's...

      Syria: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the same exceptions to sanctions applicable to international humanitarian organisations also apply to healthcare agencies that are part of the government...

      Eritrea: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 24 June (HL5743), how they have verified reports that the government of Eritrea is targeting the Red Sea Afar...

      British Overseas Territories: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) other, assistance they have offered each of the UK Overseas Territories as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • NATO: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what use they have made of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre's civil emergency response mechanism as a means of sourcing personal protective...

    • Veterans: Mental Illness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of mental health problems among former armed forces personnel; and how much funding they have allocated to...

  • Department for International Development

    • EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: Roads

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health and safety standards on roadbuilding projects funded by the EU Trust Fund for Africa.

    • Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which UK Government funded projects in Sudan, if any, have been cancelled as a result of prioritising COVID-19 related programmes.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report by the United Nations Population Fund, State of the World Population 2020: Against my will, published on 30 June, what assessment they have...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to apply the findings and recommendations of the report by the Social Mobility Commission Apprenticeships and social mobility: fulfilling...

    • Children in Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the need for children to be taken into care or classified as "in need" of child support.

  • Home Office

    • Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 February (HLWS118), when they will give their response to the Independent Inquiry into...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Contracts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures have been put in place for enhanced monitoring of contracts awarded using the exemptions in Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations...

    • Civil Service: Political Impartiality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to amend the law on impartiality in the Civil Service.

      Local Government: Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK to stand and vote in local elections before the local government elections in...

      Cabinet Office: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on paid for sponsored advertising in (1) the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, (2) the Times, (3) the Telegraph, (4) the Express,...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what data exploitative technologies they are aware are in use in the UK; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such technologies cannot be exploited by...

    • Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to announce sector specific support for the commercial arts sector.

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