Written answers

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that railcard holders who have been unable to use their card during the covid-19 outbreak receive...

    • Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to support and develop the UK's shipping sector.

      Electric Scooters: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of e-scooters on blind people.

      Public Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proposals he has made to TfL on fares for under 18s to travel in London.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that Train Operating Companies provide training to their staff on responding effectively to the...

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will provide additional bespoke support to the leisure coach industry in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      British Airways: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with British Airways about job retention.

      Roads: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Road Safety statement of July 2019, what progress his Department has made on setting up a Rural Road Users Advisory Panel.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many businesses in the North West of England have secured HS2 contracts.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to help ensure that businesses in the North West secure HS2 contracts.

      Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures to protect lifeline ferry services in the UK from the economic effects of the covid-19...

      Trains: Diesel Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the UK rail fleet that is composed of rolling diesel stock; and what the expected...

      Trains: Diesel Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward the 2040 target for the phasing out of diesel rail stock.

      Bus Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make financial support available to coach operators during the covid-19 outbreak.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the minutes of the audit and risk assurance committee for High Speed Two have not been published since December 2019.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish guidance for businesses affected by a local lockdown due to the covid-19 outbreak on whether...

    • Foreign Companies: Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 22 June 2020, Official Report, HCWS305, Business Update, what discussions he...

      Meat: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what discussions the Government has had with representatives of the meat...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason the proposed energy White Paper has not yet been published; and when he plans to publish that White Paper.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the maximum fine for employers breaching national...

      Infrastructure: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that infrastructure projects support the Government’s commitment to...

      OneWeb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which Departments participated in the purchase of Oneweb; and what the expected return is on the Government's investment.

      OneWeb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he had with the UK Space Agency prior to the purchase of Oneweb.

      Postgraduate Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial support there is to cover the costed extensions to stipends of charity-funded PhD students.

      Intellectual Property: UK Relations With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2020 to Question 54103 on Intellectual Property: UK Relations with the EU, what...

      Intellectual Property: UK Relations With EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2020 to Question 54103 on Intellectual Property: UK Relations with the EU, what...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU steps to establish a clean hydrogen alliance; and what...

      Post Office: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when will the Fujitsu's contract to provide Post Office Ltd's IT Horizon system will be up for renewal; and whether...

      Complementary Medicine: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timeframe is for the reopening of complementary therapy businesses that provide (a) reflexology, (b)...

      Royal Mail and Post Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the length of the new commercial agreement between Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd is planned to be; and whether he...

      Post Office: Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Post Office Report and Accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2020 are planned to be laid before...

      Physiotherapy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that soft tissue therapists can return to work.

      Physiotherapy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason soft tissue therapists were not included in the 4 July 2020 reopening plans for people dealing with...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to her Answer of 9 June 2020 to Question 57083, if he will place in the Library the selection criteria for the...

      Post Office Horizon IT System Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timescale is for the appointment of the Chair of the Independent Review into the Post Office Horizon system.

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the average time taken for banks to process applications to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

      Parental Leave and Pay: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals on neonatal leave and pay entitlement as announced in the...

      Research: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support research on the long-term health consequences of covid-19.

      Equality: Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has conducted Equalities Impact Assessments on its covid-19 policies.

      Airbus: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 1,400 job losses at the Airbus site in Flintshire, North Wales, on the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Brazil: Rainforests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations has he made to his Brazilian counterpart on the (a) continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and...

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the historical accuracy of Government references to the 1949 Armistice Line between (a)...

      Ilois: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to establish processes to enable Chagossians to apply for funding from the Government's...

      Nigeria: Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support the Government of Nigeria in tackling the advance of (a) Boko Haram and (b)...

      Nigeria: Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the effect on the human rights of the Uyghur people of...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese Government on the alleged practice of forced sterilisations among ethnic...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of imposing sanctions on people responsible for human rights violations...

      China: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response he has provided to the Chinese Government for the personal protection equipment received from China during the...

      Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Turkish government on British volunteers fighting with the Peoples Protection...

      Kenya: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the British High Commission in Kenya has had with the Kenyan Government since February 2020 on the non-payment...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to issue guidance to people in high-risk health categories on travelling abroad during the...

      Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which Minister is leading on the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy; and which senior...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Department of Health and Social Care: CARE Badge Community Interest Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many CARE badges have been (a) produced and (b) distributed by his Department since the transfer of the CARE badge brand rights to...

    • Mental Health

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

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the dates of meetings he has had with representatives from (a) Apple and (b) Google in (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020 in...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list the dates of meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have had with representatives of Apple and Google to discuss their...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason track and trace staff do not always have cases to follow up when they are logged on to the system.

      Coronavirus: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what lessons the Government has learnt from the ability to rapidly approve covid-19 clinical trials; and how the Government plans to...

      Hospitals: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many in-patient suicides were recorded at mental health hospitals in each year from 2015 to 2019 inclusive.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of women and girls who are new entrants to a custodial facility in England...

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the White Paper on reforming the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Pregnancy: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to improve maternal mortality rates for Black women.

  • Department for International Development

    • Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking with the United Nations to co-ordinate the provision of humanitarian aid to civilians in Yemen.

    • Overseas Aid: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether UK overseas aid spending will be in line with the OECD Development Assistance Committee's internationally agreed standards for...

      CDC: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the CDC Group's climate strategy, published on 2 July 2020, what assessment her Department has made of the...

      CDC: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the CDC Group's climate strategy, published on 2 July 2020, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that all...

      Bangladesh: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps she has taken to ensure the resumption and continuation of critical (a) routine-vaccination, (b) sexual and...

      Bangladesh: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the population of (a) Cox's Bazar and (b) Dhaka.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the disaggregation of data by age is (a) improved and (b) prioritised in the work...

      Bangladesh: Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will increase funding to essential medical and humanitarian programmes in (a) Cox's Bazar, and (b) Dhaka for both (i) regular...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, by what date will staff employed by her Department and staff employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have harmonised contracts...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will ensure that there will be no forced relocations of staff through the merging of her Department and the Foreign and...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory public inquiries being undertaken by his Department.

    • Department for Education: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many private hire cars his Department has used since 2015; how long each journey was; and what the cost of those journeys were to the public purse.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he will take to ensure that there is adequate home-school provision and support for children who are unable to return to school in...

      Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to provide additional (a) pre and (b) after school services to support working parents when schools reopen in the...

      Holiday Play Schemes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether additional holiday club places will be made available to working parents in summer 2020.

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has provided to schools on whether it is permissible for schools to allow pupils to return on a part-time basis in the...

      Digital Technology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to help ensure digital skills are available to everybody who needs them; and what discussions he has had with organisations involved...

      Social Services: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has for the allocation of the £2.5 million announced in the March 2020 Budget for research into the integration of...

      Construction Industry Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of ending the Construction Industry Training Board levy.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure gender balance on school governing bodies.

      Apprentices: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the number of apprentice places in the construction industry.

      Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure Apprenticeship Levy funds can be used to support (a) current and (b) future construction apprentices after the...

      Apprentices: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure greater diversity and improve gender and BAME equality amongst construction apprentices.

      Pre-school Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to (a) tackle the impact of lost teaching time for children in early years education and (b) ensure that the most...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to ring-fenced financial support for the early years education sector in the next six months.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what (a) funding and (b) other support the Government has allocated to (i) the early years sector, (ii) primary schools, (iii) secondary schools; and...

      Students: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to ensure that students in (a) Lincolnshire and (b) other rural areas have an adequate transport service to reach their place of...

      Foster Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has been made of the level of support available to foster carers to meet the needs of children in care during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to reply to the letter of 1 May 2020 from the right hon. Member for Warley on funding to apprenticeship training providers.

      Children in Care: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what is the average weekly cost to the public purse is for a child in (a) residential care, (b) foster care and (c) other residential care settings.

      Universities: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he made an assessment of the implications for Scottish universities of his policy on student number controls announced on 4 May 2020.

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the hardware specifications for laptops purchased by his Department to support vulnerable children and children from low income...

      Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many disadvantaged pupils in Battersea constituency have been provided with technological support by the Government during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Internet: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make it his policy to include in the national curriculum, the teaching of moderate language and good manners for use on (a) social media...

      Children and Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many electronic devices have been (a) issued to (i) children and (ii) schools and (b) requested by schools to support children during the covid-19...

      Dance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing covid-19 lockdown restrictions for dance schools to resume teaching where there is...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of Government guidance that cover teachers will be expected to teach multiple year groups on the ability of...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the cost of building a new school on the former Greenwich university site at Avery Hill; and if he will make a statement.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Offences against Children: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials of his Department have met with representatives of the Sentencing Council to...

    • Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) financial and (b) social support the Government is providing to prisoners who are being released from prison during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has held discussions with his counterparts in the devolved Administrations on tackling domestic abuse throughout the UK.

      Offences Against Children: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals similar to the provisions of the Child Cruelty...

      Prisoners: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was the mean prisoner communications monitoring requirement across all (a) adult male, (b) adult female and (c) youth custodial facilities in...

      Prisons: Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidences of drug seizures there were in each prison in England and Wales in each month of 2020; and what the classification was of the drugs...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate she has made of the average waiting time for immigration appeals to be heard at tribunal from the time the appeal is lodged, for...

      *No heading*

      What plans his Department has to launch a (a) whistleblowing hotline and (b) know-your-rights campaign for prison staff.

      *No heading*

      What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on support for victims of domestic abuse in preparing for trials.

      *No heading*

      What steps his Department is taking to improve the probation system.

      *No heading*

      What steps he is taking to prevent homelessness among prison leavers.

      *No heading*

      Whether his Department has conducted an equalities impact assessment of the proposal to replace jury trials with trials by a judge and two magistrates to tackle the backlog in criminal cases as a...

      *No heading*

      What recent estimate he has made of the number of people released from prison without adequate accommodation.

      *No heading*

      What assessment his Department has made of the effect on children in custody of the covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to improve trading links between the UK and other Commonwealth countries.

    • Trade and Agriculture Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for how long she plans for the Trade and Agriculture Commission to be operational.

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of a trade agreement with the US on the environmental sustainability of UK agriculture.

      Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her Departments policy is for consulting with UK businesses on the effect of the UK Global Tariff on those businesses.

      Trade and Agriculture Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will bring forward her legislative proposals for a Trade and Agriculture Commission.

      Import Duties: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect on the economy of a dual tariff regime for protecting UK (a) beef, (b) poultry, (c) pig, (d)...

      Trade and Agriculture Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Trade and Agriculture Commission will be able to make its first set of recommendations to the Government before all stages of...

      Trade and Agriculture Commission: Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what consultation with the Devolved Administrations was undertaken in advance of the establishment of the Trade and Agriculture Commission;...

      Imports: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Trade and Agriculture Commission will be invited to consider whether legislation will be required to ensure that agricultural...

      Trade and Agriculture Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government will be required to respond formally to the recommendations made by the Trade and Agriculture Commission.

      UK Trade with EU: Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the risk of legal challenge against the UK at the WTO as a result of the UK’s plans to phase in border...

      Import Duties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the (a) political, (b) legal and (c) reputational risks of a difference in tariff controls between Great...

      Ports: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the risk of smuggling from the EU if UK ports are not ready to carry out checks on imports after the...

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on the Government’s (a) operational plans, (b) timeframes...

      Import Duties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect on the Union of the UK applying EU tariffs by default on all goods entering Northern Ireland from...

      UK Trade with EU: Import Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect of potential difficulties in collecting tariffs on EU imports from 1 January 2021 on the (a)...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she will lay the instrument of accession to the Government Procurement Agreement; and if she will make a statement.

      Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she has to publish a negotiating mandate for an international trade agreement with (a) Turkey, (b) Mexico and (c) Canada.

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to mitigate the risk of a legal challenge at the WTO as a result of the (a) UK’s new border regime and (b)...

      Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the potential cost to her Department of a defensive trade dispute brought against the UK at the WTO as a...

      Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on the Government’s (a) operation delivery plans, (b)...

      UK Trade with EU: Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the Government’s preparations to carry out full checks on controlled goods entering...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what fiscal plans he has to help mitigate reductions in local authorities business rates revenue as a result of the...

    • Future High Streets Fund and Towns Fund: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support will be made available to councils shortlisted for the Future High Street Fund and Towns Fund who need to...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to extend the suspension due to the covid-19 outbreak of private rented sector evictions scheduled...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the sectors of the economy from which newly homeless or rough-sleeping people originate.

      Islam: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to issue guidance to people celebrate Eid Al-Adha during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to publish the draft Leasehold Reform Bill.

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the letter of 9 June 2020, reference 7195472, to the hon. Member for Birmingham Ladywood from the...

      High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the installation of the External Wall System, EWS1 on the ability...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support he is making available to leaseholders who have incurred significant costs to improve fire safety as an...

      Stronger Towns Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2020 to Question 14834 on the Towns Fund, when he plans to publish the (a)...

      Vulnerable Adults: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will issue guidance on ensuring that clinically and extremely vulnerable are supported in areas that have local...

      Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 January 2020 to Question 900118 on Urban Areas, if he will publish information on (a) how...

      Vulnerable Adults: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that (a) at-risk and (b) vulnerable individuals (i) with irregular...

      Regional Planning and Development: North of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which Minister has been given responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse.

      Private Rented Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many buildings in the private rented sector have unsafe ACM cladding.

      Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many entries have been added to the rogue landlords database in 2020.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that Ministry of Defence land is included in Government programmes to (a) plant trees and (b) create new forests.

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many new homes have been built for service (a) men and (b) women in the last two years.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to ensure that new homes built for service (a) men and (b) women are constructed to high levels of energy efficiency.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve the (a) insulation and (b) energy efficiency of buildings owned by (i) his Department and (ii) the armed services.

      Type 26 Frigates: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2020 to Question 65949 on Type 26 Frigates: Procurement, for what reason the decision on the second tranche of funding...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: Clwyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces veterans in Clwyd South constituency are in receipt of funds from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

      Armed Forces: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Service Complaints his Department received from armed forces personnel 15 to 18; and what the outcome was of those complaints.

      Armed Forces: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will publish the Government’s response to the consultation on Legal protections for armed forces personnel and Veterans serving in...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the socio-economic diversity among people training to become officers in all parts of the armed forces; and what steps he...

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that families of service personnel stationed overseas are supported in the event that their partners serving abroad...

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to safeguard the wellbeing of armed forces personnel stationed overseas in locations potentially prone to a covid-19 outbreak.

      Iraq: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the level of covid-19 cases in Iraq on the operational success of Operation Shader.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2020 to Question 69468 on Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft, what the estimated period of cover is for the (a) Deployed...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to reinstate a Child Maintenance Service telephone service for people to report their ex-partner who has stopped paying child...

    • Child Maintenance Service: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of whether the Child Maintenance Service is facing additional delays in the handling of cases as a...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the number of BAME children living in poverty; and what success criteria her Department sets to...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on the administering of child maintenance of the redeployment of staff from the Child Maintenance...

      Child Maintenance Service: Coronavirus

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

      State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of her policy on pensions uprating on people eligible for a state pension who reside in a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2020 to Question 57092 on Children: Maintenance, whether the redeployment of staff led to the decision by...

      Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the general public is aware that statutory sick...

      Jobcentres: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the performance figures are for the Bristol assessment centre against the consultation centre target that 90 per cent of all claimants...

      Victim Support Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to allocate additional funding to support domestic abuse victims to maintain (a) employment and (b) economic independence.

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve the service personal independence payment claimants receive.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect on the finances of claimants of making advance payments of universal Credit...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the rate of statutory sick pay.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of increasing the local housing allowance to the 50th percentile.

      Pension Credit: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of pensioners in Hemsworth constituency are in receipt of pension credit.

      Unemployment: Hemsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 oubreak on the level of unemployment in Hemsworth consistency.

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria her Department has used to determine the type of medical assessment available to claimants, since her Department’s...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants have been unable to participate in a medical assessment for (a) personal independence payment, (b) employment support...

      Soical Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to provide additional financial support to (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to (a) undertake and (b) publish Equalities Impact Assessments on its covid-19 policies.

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the disability employment gap.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress she has made on the development of a national strategy for disabled people​.

      Universal Credit: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the new NHS bursary for student nurses will be included as income when calculating a claimant's entitlement for universal credit.

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Chancellor’s summer economic update of 8 July, whether the doubling of the number of work coaches will be made up...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Chancellor’s summer economic update of 8 July, how many of the 30,000 work coaches will be allocated to each (a)...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proposals she put to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in advance of his statement entitled, Summer Economic Update.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Wildlife: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he is taking steps to implement the conclusions of the paper entitled, Wildlife Licencing in England: Chaos, Crisis...

    • Highly Protected Marine Areas: Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Benyon Review into Highly Protected Marine Areas, published on 8 June 2020, what steps his Department...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on best practice for food labelling schemes for the...

      Imports: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which body will be responsible for the (a) monitoring and (b) approval of imports into the UK to ensure compliance with UK...

      Imports: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with counterparts in the Department for International Trade on the...

      Housing: Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to incentivise home-owners to remedy subsidence damage from trees by underpinning their...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Angus dated 11 June 2020 on the future of the...

      Pets: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 63201, if he will provide further details on the assessments his...

  • Home Office

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding the Government has allocated to tackling female genital mutilation in each financial year since 2015; and how that funding...

    • Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Disclosure and Barring Service certificates are sent by recorded or tracked delivery to ensure that it reaches the recipient.

      Vetting: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether additional resources will be made available to support quick Disclosure and Barring Service checks for people volunteering to...

      Vetting: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of waiving fees for Disclosure and Barring Service checks for people volunteering to...

      Vetting: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of DBS checks being fast-tracked and the processing fees waived to ensure that...

      Visas: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people in non-EU countries who would be eligible for Tier 2 (General) visas under the proposals...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report entitled, Animals in Science Regulation Unit Annual Report (2018) what steps she is taking to ensure compliance...

      Immigration: Health Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what circumstances her Department will use its discretion to waive the requirement for applicants with settled status applying for...

      Ilois: Right of Abode

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's announcement entitled, UK to extend residence rights for British Nationals (Overseas) citizens in Hong...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of renegotiating the UK-US Extradition Treaty to require the US Administration to...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2020 to Question 4307, on Extradition: USA, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the difference...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to prevent human trafficking.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) police and (b) local authorities have adequate enforcement powers to disperse illegal encampments.

      Police: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to require police forces to put in place appropriate independent oversight and governance of extracted data...

      Police: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that police forces consult data protection officers on new projects involving the use of new...

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to develop a national strategy for tackling violence against retail workers.

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effect of the No Recourse to Public Funds condition on BAME women.

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she made of the level of compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty of (a) the decision on 27 March 2020 to pause...

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2020 to Question 61728 on Asylum: Coronavirus, when the advice in relation to the pause of asylum support...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date she decided to reverse her plans to pilot a remote areas visa scheme.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for the establishment of a panel of experts to support the work of the Independent review of scientific methodology in...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 1 November 2019 to Question 4350; what assessment she has made of the potential merits of bringing forward...

      Visas: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of implementing an additional visa extension beyond 31 July 2020 for people from...

      Ports: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential risk of smuggling through Welsh ports after the end of the transition period; and what...

      UK Visas and Immigration: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources her Department is providing to Visa Application Centres throughout the World to help them tackle backlogs that...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to reimburse police forces with funds commensurate with additional costs incurred as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Scotland Office

    • Universities: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Scottish universities on the Government's 4 May 2020 announcement on student number controls.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths due to covid-19 there were per head of the population in each NHS Trust area as of 28 April 2020.

    • Business: Closures

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many businesses have ceased trading in Hemsworth constituency since March 2020.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that equal constituency sizes are in place before the next general election.

      Elections: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will make it her policy to increase the funding limits on digital advertising for the May 2021 local elections, in light of the effect of the...

      Unemployment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of (a) disabled and (b) non-disabled people have lost their job as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Treasury

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies (a) applied for and (b) received cash grants in excess of £1,000,000 through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as at 29 April 2020.

    • Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the number of people whose statutory sick pay was affected by the HMRC Statutory Sick Pay Calculator incorrectly...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons people classed as self-employed for the 2019-20 tax year only are ineligible for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

      Energy: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of treating mechanical ventilation with heat recovery as an energy saving measure in order for such...

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing tax credits for (a) print and (b) online subscriptions to (i) newspapers and (ii)...

      Protective Clothing: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the personal protective equipment VAT zero rating beyond 31 October 2020.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many national minimum wage compliance officers HMRC has employed in each year since 2010.

      Construction: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what further assessment his Department has made of the effect of plans to introduce a reverse VAT charge for building and construction services on the (a)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the letter of 3 April 2020 from the right hon. Member for Warley regarding Ms Foley.

      Small Businesses: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had on the potential merits of tax relief for small business owners that pay their staff above minimum wage.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that organisations using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme do not use funding from that scheme as part of an...

      Non-domestic Rates: Leisure and Service Industries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the business rate discount scheme to companies in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector until the end of financial year 2020-21.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in each region of the UK are benefiting from the Coronavirus Retention Scheme.

      Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will allocate funding for financial support for people who are moving homes whose household income has been adversely affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Government Assistance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department the number of (a) people and (b) businesses not eligible for any of the Government's financial support packages during the...

      Import Duties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans HMRC has to categorise all goods entering Northern Ireland as at risk from 1 January 2021.

      Import Duties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 27 of CP226 The UK's Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol, whether HMRC has taken steps to develop a system to reimburse...

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of the Goods Vehicle Movement Service; and what category of risk has been assigned for that service being delivered...

      Roads: Freight

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Infrastructure Projects Authority has awarded an RAG delivery confidence rating for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to prevent abuse of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme since 1 July 2020.

      Stamp Duties: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of applying the Stamp Duty exemption retrospectively for house sales within the agreed thresholds...

      Labour Market: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations in the report entitled, The Full Monty Facing up to the challenge...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his oral contribution of 8 July 2020, Official Report column 976, how he plans to allocate that additional £1.2 billion to the Department...

      Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund: Bus Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund available to coach operators.

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

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether exhibition businesses are (a) covered by and (b) qualify for support from the (i) Small Business Grant Fund and (ii) the Retail, Hospitality and...

      Arts and Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to introduce full VAT exemption on ticket sales in the (a) creative...

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support he is offering the night time economy.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones: Broadland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on rolling out the shared rural mobile phone network in Broadland constituency.

    • Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the news story, Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities,...

      Entertainments: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what additional support he plans to provide to organisations that provide services to the live entertainment industry and...

      Broadband: Devon and Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the Connecting Devon and Somerset scheme to ensure that all parliamentary constituencies in...

      Public Statues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to allocate funding to local authorities that undertake a review of public statues situated in their local...

      Creative Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to replace Creative Europe media funding.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of financial support available to workers in the music industry,...

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what Government support is available for (a) Congleton Town FC and (b) other lower league football clubs to help sustain those...

      Culture: Coroanvirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date organisations will be able to apply for support from the £1.57 billion cultural industries support package.

      Culture: Coroanvirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the submission that Arts Council England made to his Department requesting support for the cultural industries.

      Performing Arts and Theatres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing theatres and live performance venues with a date before which...

      Gyms and Swimming Pools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to enable (a) indoor gyms and (b) swimming pools be reopen.

      Arts and Cultural Heritage: Coronavirus

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

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will provide a conditional timeline for the re-opening of (a) clubs, (b) concert arenas and (c) other live music venues...

      Arts and Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to provide immediate (a) business and employment support packages...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Telecoms Supply Chain review, published in July 2019, what progress he has made on the diversification...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Estate: Coronavirus

      To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent assessment the Commission has made of the level of risk of covid-19 spreading...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Noise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that HS2 Ltd’s Noise Model is verified for accuracy against other domestic and international High-Speed Rail services.

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed HS2 Phase One viaducts at Wendover on (1) traffic flow, and (2) the future development of the A413.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HS2 Ltd used the same methodology to estimate costs on the (1) Area South, (2) Area Central, and (3) Area North, sections of the HS2 Phase One line of route.

      Railway Network: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology they use to estimate the costs of high-speed rail projects in the UK.

      Airports: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what discussions, if any, they are currently involved to explore ways of reducing airport job losses in the UK.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the conclusions of the British Tunnelling Society in their 2019 article for Tunnels & Tunnelling International...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will begin to promote public transport and a reduction in private vehicle use as part of the post-COVID-19 recovery; and what steps they will take to...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to retrofitting existing buildings to make them more energy efficient.

    • Businesses: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take following reports that many black-owned businesses struggle to find investors.

      Climate Change: Carbon Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce UK consumption emissions in line with the report by the Committee on Climate Change Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the conclusion of the report by the Committee on Climate Change Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report to Parliament, published on 25 June, that...

      Post Office: ICT

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 23 June (HL5752), in what ways, if at all, the Horizon judgments considered the extent to which individuals...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about (1) the arrest of Saifuddin Najajreh, Khalaf Shakarneh, and Amin Al-Sulaibi, and (2) the...

    • Hammouda al-Sheikh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the 10-year prison sentence given to Hammouda al-Sheikh.

      Eritrea: National Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 February (HL1258), why they described those National Service workers employed by Segen engineering...

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Environment Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International...

      Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to make the Written Ministerial Statement that provides notification that work on the Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.

    • Translink: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Ministers and officials in the Northern Ireland Executive about providing emergency support funding for Translink.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of collecting a sample for COVID-19 testing through self-swabbing home test kits in comparison to tests...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 3 June (HL4782), what assessment they have made of the research referenced in the original question; and...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies' advice that there is a lack of information on the modes of COVID-19 transmission in the UK, what steps...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the studies, published by Trinity College Dublin on 15 and 26 June, which found that the COVID-19 contract tracing...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to publish the reasons for developing a bespoke COVID-19 contact tracing application; whether they sought to collaborate with the developers of such applications...

  • Department for Education

    • Environment Protection: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local training is available to enable communities to benefit from the low-carbon jobs the Local Government Association...

    • Erasmus+ Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial losses and impact on the Higher Education sector should the UK fail to agree continued participation in the...

      Music: Young People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing for (1) secondary schools, (2) music hubs, and (3) national youth music organisations, to give young people opportunities to play...

      Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of trends in the number of pupils learning lesser-played instruments such as the (1) bassoon, (2) French horn, and (3) double bass,...

      Foster Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to deal with the shortfall of people coming forward to be foster parents.

      Countryside: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require all schools to ensure that children know the Countryside Code and the need to adhere to it.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Criminal Proceedings: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in rectifying the absence of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers from official monitoring systems across the criminal justice system since...

    • Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to bring forward measures to safeguard against predatory marriages, particularly those involving older people.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Travellers: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the development of a cross-Government strategy to tackle inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

    • Housing: Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 29 June (HL5657), whether the Future Homes Standard consultation meets the requirements of...

      Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for testing rough sleepers for COVID-19 when they come in off the streets; and what funds they will provide for such work.

      Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities have not responded to their request for information about rough sleepers and those in need of emergency accommodation to inform their...

      Buildings: Insulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have set a date by which prohibited aluminium composite material cladding is to be removed from buildings; and if so, what is that date.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • War Widows: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to set a date to reinstate the pensions of war widows that were withdrawn on remarriage or cohabitation before April 2015.

    • War Widows: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Secretary of State for Defence to the Chair of the War Widows' Association on 29 June, what plans they have to revisit their policy...

      Satellites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice the Ministry of Defence has provided to other Government departments on the military capability of the OneWeb satellite system.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture and Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in agreeing common frameworks with the devolved administrations, in particular in regard to (1) trade, (2) agriculture, and (3)...

  • Home Office

    • Refugees: Greek Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the next Strategic Migration Dialogue between the UK and Greece will take place; whether they will publish the agenda of that meeting in advance; and...

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that asylum seekers who have no recourse to public funds can obtain soap and other essentials; and what plans they have, if...

      Isa Muazu

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the handling of the case of Isa Muazu who was deported to Nigeria in December 2013.

      Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deportations (1) were halted in 2018, (2) were halted in 2019, and (3) have been halted to date in 2020; and what was the reason in each case.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for settled or pre-settled status in the UK are yet to be concluded.

      Disease Control: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the cross-departmental governance board, referenced in their paper UK Biological Security Strategy, published on 30 July 2018, was set up.

      Disease Control: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the cross-departmental governance board, referenced in their paper UK Biological Security Strategy, published on 30 July 2018, had its first meeting.

      Disease Control: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Biological Security Strategy Governance Board had with the Minister for Security in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.

      Disease Control: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials from the Ministry of Defence were members of the Biological Security Strategy Governance Board in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.

      Disease Control: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Biological Security Strategy Governance Board had with the Secretary of State for Defence in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scots Gaelic Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the preservation of the Scottish Gaelic language is a wholly devolved matter; and if not, what is their involvement in this endeavour.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reconsider their decision not to extend the Brexit transition period.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade and Agriculture Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the (1) remit, and (2) composition, of the proposed Trade and Agriculture Commission; and whether the Commission's recommendations to the Government...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Concert Halls and Theatres: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the proportion of (1) theatres, (2) live music venues, (3) concert halls, and (4) arenas, for which it would be more...

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what feedback stakeholders have given on the economic viability for live music venues to operate under social distancing guidelines.

      Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of international examples of sector-specific support for live music during the COVID-19 pandemic; and, if so, whether they...

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