Written answers

Friday, 17 July 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Ferries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to help ensure the safety of (a) passengers and (b) crew on ferries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential benefit of extending the Renewal Transport Fuel Obligation to incentivise the production of green hydrogen.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Bioengineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase support for engineering biology; and whether he plans to respond to the Royal...

    • Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a community energy contract for difference.

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which Bounce Back Loan scheme accredited lenders are providing access to that scheme to new customers.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of works of art in his Department's buildings that depict (a) former slave...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many cyber-attacks have been conducted against his Department in each of the last five years; and how many of those...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many settlement agreements were agreed between his Department and staff in each of the last five years; and how...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of his Department's (a) laptops, (b) memory sticks and (c) external hard drives have been lost in each of the...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many data breaches his Department has reported to the Information Commissioner in each of the last five years.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Display Energy Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of his Department's buildings have had their Display Energy Certificate rating improve in each of the last...

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of his Department's redundant buildings have been converted into housing in each of the last five years; and...

      Coronavirus: Personal Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish additional conditions that will need to be met by spas, nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons,...

      New Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support innovative and fast-growing firms during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Personal Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to enable beauticians who work from their own homes to reopen in the event that they make their...

      Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to announce the reopening date for businesses not allowed to reopen on 4 July 2020 as...

      Business: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2020 to Question 66895 on Business: Research, what proportion of the £750 million...

      Business: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2020 to Question 66895 on Business: Research, how he plans to allocate the £20...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what technologies will be covered by the Green Homes Grant scheme.

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that garment companies in Leicester comply with their responsibilities...

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to encourage trade union membership to help tackle exploitation in Leicester’s...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions officials of his Department have had with representatives of (a) trade unions and (b) civil society...

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of making it compulsory for (a) garment industry...

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will undertake a review of garment distributors' (a) purchasing practices and (b) costing models to...

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of suspending the sales and production of...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the incomes of workers are fully supported at or above the...

      Companies Act 2006: Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to update...

      Public Sector: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which technologies will be eligible under the Government's plans to allocate £1 billion for the decarbonisation of...

      Social Rented Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which technologies will be eligible under the Government's plans to allocate £50 million for the decarbonisation...

      Slavery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to publish an update of the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Corporate Governance Code and...

      Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government has taken to work with representatives of industrial sectors to identify the source of raw...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average time is between application and payment of Bounce Back Loans by banks to customers who (a) have an...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of (a) fuel poor, (b) social rented and (c) private rented...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he will take to prevent fraudulent claims being made by contractors and individuals to the Green Homes Grant...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he made of the effectiveness of the Green Deal scheme as part of devising the Green Homes Grant scheme.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether households under an obligation under the Green Deal scheme will be eligible for the Green Homes Grant.

      Housing Improvement: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his oral statement of 8 July 2020, Economic Update, what steps he is taking to support small home...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward the start date of the green homes grant,...

      Construction: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support he is providing to small builders in North Wales.

      Amazon: Deliveroo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that any potential investment by Amazon in Deliveroo is limited to ensure that local...

      Ceramics: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support research and development in the ceramics industry to help reduce carbon...

      Shops: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government monitors compliance with social distancing in shops.

      Shipping: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that vessels contracted to work on offshore wind farm developments in UK waters are...

      Horizon 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has for the UK’s future association with the Horizon Europe programme.

      Hydrogen: Climate Change Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to promote the UK's hydrogen sector at COP26.

      Hydrogen: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to set a target for the production of green hydrogen by (a) 2025, (b) 2030 and (c) 2050.

      Hydrogen: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of green hydrogen production facilities.

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to produce a UK-wide hydrogen strategy.

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the hydrogen strategies being published by (a)...

      Hydrogen: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support private investment in the UK's hydrogen sector.

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to make an announcement on the (a) eligibility for and (b) products that will be available under the...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether energy-efficient windows will be classified as a high priority product in the Green Homes Grant.

      Celsa Steel UK: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the terms of the bailout loan provided to Celsa Steel, including (a) the detail of the conditions...

      Green Homes Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's oral contribution of 8 July 2020, Official Report column 976, what...

      Social Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the summer economic update, if he will provide a breakdown of the allocation of £50 million into...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the hydrogen strategies published by (a) Germany,...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the development of sustainable hydrogen production facilities.

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding his Department has (a) made available and (b) been allocated to model the transmission of the covid-19...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Protective Clothing: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will update the Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Plan, published on 10 April 2020, to state that care providers in...

    • Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate the Government has made of the number of items of personal protective equipment that will be procured for use in the UK by...

      Health Professions: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with (a) medical and nursing unions and (b) professional bodies on what action staff who do not have...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the data his Department holds on the (a) prevalence rate, (b) R rate and (c) total number of infections assessed by...

      Cancer: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will fund the salaries of frontline cancer charity workers who have been redeployed from cancer care to tackling covid-19.

      Protective Clothing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new suppliers of personal protective equipment based (a) in the UK and (b) overseas have been added to the NHS lists in the...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many items of personal protective equipment purchased since the start of the covid-19 outbreak have had to be disposed of because...

      NHS and Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many days supply for the NHS and care workers will be provided by the 70 million FFP2 and FFP3 face masks being procured from...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the cost to the public purse of substandard personal protective equipment from Turkey and China during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Protective Clothing: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government has taken to introduce the sterilisation of respirators with hydrogen peroxide vapour to enable the safe re-use...

      HIV Infection and Hepatitis: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to ensure homeless people diagnosed with HIV and HCV during the covid-19 outbreak are retained in clinical care.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason prior to the publication of the 2 June 2020 Public Health England report entitled Disparities on the risk and outcomes of...

      Family Planning: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the response to the covid-19 outbreak on access to (a) contraception services and (b)...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that essential workers who visit the homes of people who are shielding from covid-19 (a)...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what amount of flu vaccine his Department (a) ordered in 2020 and (b) purchased in each of the last five years.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what contingency steps his Department is taking to ensure an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment in the event of a second...

      Protective Clothing: Birmingham City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports that Birmingham City Council was sent personal protective equipment (PPE) that was...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to (a) improve the accessibility of health services to BAME communities, including to migrants and their...

      NHS and Social Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2020 to Question 48563 on NHS and Social Services: Protective Clothing, what the timeframe is for the...

      Pharmacy: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the assessment of new and pending applications to the NHS England and Wales Drug Tariff will resume.

      Pharmacy: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department will use to prioritise the backlog of outstanding applications created by the suspension of Part IX of the...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many eye tests have been carried out by opticians in each month of 2020.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women who did not have a smear test which was due during the covid-19 lockdown; and if he will...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his Department's policy to publish regional R rates at the Government's daily covid-19 update.

      Blood Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure blood cancer patients can access chemotherapy and systemic anti-cancer therapies (a) safely and (b) in...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the disproportionate effect on BAME communities of covid-19 in (a) Newport West, (b) Wales and the (c) UK.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people the NHS Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock Centre referred to an endocrinologist in each of the last...

      Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the NHS Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock Centre is taking to amend its services as a result of the updated...

      Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to tackle the level of staff turnover in the GIDS Unit of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust since 2018.

      Stem Cells: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of stem cell transplant patients on the Shielded Patients List.

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend bowel cancer screening to people aged 50 and over.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have had systemic cancer therapy at home in each of the last three years.

      Huntington's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with Huntington's disease in the last 12 months.

      Healthy Start Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what he steps he is taking to accelerate online access to the NHS Healthy Start scheme in order to improve access to healthy food for...

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a timetable for the digital rollout of the NHS Healthy Start scheme in order for local health authorities to plan to...

      Healthy Start Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of community and health service closures due to the covid-19 outbreak on people's access to...

      Rare Diseases: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the UK strategy for rare diseases: implementation plan for England published on 29 January 2018, what progress the...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions Public Health England has had with (a) eating disorder professionals and (b) representatives from eating disorder...

      Rare Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of the 2017 Office for Health Economics report entitled Comparing Access to Orphan Medicinal Products in...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of public health funding.

      General Dental Council: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work of the General Dentistry Council during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Hospitals: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on the health of hospital workers of the mandated wearing of face masks for extended periods;...

      Protective Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps with UK manufacturers to ensure that the country is self-sufficient in PPE production and supporting British...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients affected by the backlogs in cancer (a) screening, (b) diagnostic tests...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the Government has made on implementing the actions it set out in (a) Chapter 1 published in August 2016 and (b) Chapter 2...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who are (a) clinically vulnerable, (b) clinically extremely vulnerable and (c) over-70...

      Health: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish a response to the consultation, Health is Everyone’s Business: proposals to reduce ill...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to covid-19 being a notifiable disease, what the limitations are on data sharing with local authorities of the personal...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to recruit additional school nurses.

      Exercise Cygnus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a Pandemic Concept of Operations was produced following Exercise Cygnus.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value was of his Department’s stockpile of personal protective equipment in each year since 2010.

      Tobacco: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that tobacco companies are complying with the prohibition on the sale of menthol...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on the national sexual health and reproductive health strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Pharmacy: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has been made of the effect of the suspension of Part IX of the NHS England and Wales Drug Tariff on patient access to...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps Public Health England is taking to enforce the ban on menthol cigarettes.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2020 to Question 58066 on Contraceptives, what data his Department holds on prescribing rates for...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ask the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to review the evidence behind its initial decision to reject...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much energy his departmental buildings have used in (a) each of the last five years and (b) 2020 to date.

    • Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to allocate funding from the public purse for the provision of summer schools for children in the state sector during the...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether music teachers can undertake one-to-one instruction in (a) school and (b) home environments during the current phase of the easing of the...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he is making on the reopening of schools during the covid-19 outbreak for eligible year groups.

      Pupils: Coroanvirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support pupils’ mental health during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many laptops have been (a) requested and (b) sent to Nottinghamshire schools to enable the completion of work during the covid-19 outbreak; and...

      Overseas Students: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government's decision to remove home student status from Cypriot students will not deter Cypriots from...

      Pupils: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils eligible for pupil premium funding do not have internet connectivity in their home.

      Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of eligible pupils who did not register for free schools meals and (b) the amount of pupil premium funding...

      Overseas Students: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Government's decision to remove home student status from EU students will not adversely affect UK...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that class rooms will be kept at sufficiently warm levels in winter months while simultaneously being effectively...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 2 April, 1 May, 28 May and 25 June 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ranby Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of overtime hours worked by prison officers at HMP Ranby were compensated for with (a) time off in lieu and (b) overtime...

    • Ranby Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many hours of time off in lieu staff at HMP Ranby have (a) accumulated and (b) been repaid in each of the last six months.

      Ranby Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions staff at HMP Ranby have been ordered to extend scheduled shifts in each of the last six months.

      Ranby Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many FTE equivalent Band 3 prison officers there are at HMP Ranby; and what his Department's target is for staffing at that prison.

      Ministry of Justice: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of his Department's documents have been lost since 2017; and how many of those documents were deemed sensitive.

      Administration of Justice: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 24 June 2020 to the Question 60692, what assessment he has made of whether the two-year timescale in scheduling the...

      Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women and girls in the UK have an FGM protection order in place as at July 2020.

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals to allow assisted dying in appropriate circumstances.

      Wills: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of making it a legal necessity to register wills similar to those requirements adopted...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: Rules of Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the differences in the rules of origin agreed between the (a) UK and third countries in continuity Trade Agreements and...

    • Trade Agreements: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which continuity trade agreements contain (a) investor protection clauses; and which of those agreements include the potential for access to...

      Trade Agreements: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her Department's policy is on the use of the Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism.

      Residues: Import Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK will not accept imports (a) with higher Maximum Residue Levels than currently...

      Trade Agreements: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make it her policy not to negotiate, sign or ratify any future trade agreements that include investor state dispute settlement...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding he plans to allocate to the ESOL programme in (a) 2020 and (b) each of the next five years.

    • Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to strengthen the powers of local authorities to intervene in...

      Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made in finding accommodation for rough sleepers in North Wales during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support he is providing to help local authorities in North Wales experiencing a reduction in income during the...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on (a) leasehold property and (b) the right to manage.

      Regulation of Property Agents Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the final report of the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group, published July 2019, when he...

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the consultation with key stakeholders on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; when he plans to...

      Letting Agents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Answer of 9 July 2020 to Question 68414 on Letting Agents: Fees and Charges, what assessment he...

      Parking: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his timescale is for publishing a draft code of practice containing guidance about the operation and management...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Medical Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many assessments for (a) personal independence payments, (b) employment and support allowance and (c) the limited capability for work...

    • Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she plans to take to (a) adequately fund and (b) strengthen the powers of the Health and Safety Executive to support their...

      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 her Department plans to distribute new work coaches to...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Chancellor’s summer economic update of 8 July, what criteria her Department will use when allocating work coaches...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the HM Treasury 8 July 2020 policy paper entitled A Plan for Jobs 2020, what plans she has to support people through the...

      Universal Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2020 to Question 42141 on Universal Credit: Telephone Services, what the average waiting time for has been...

      Universal Credit: Terminal Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of people making special rules for terminal illness claims for universal credit who are...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to investigate the reasons for delays people may experience when obtaining (a) letters from GPs and (b) other...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support her Department provides for extremely clinically vulnerable people advised by their health care teams to continue...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the financial effect of the covid-19 outbreak on food and drink...

    • Infrastructure: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2020 to Question 63295 on Economic Growth: Environment Protection, and with reference to...

  • Home Office

    • Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant Answer dated 12 June to Question 54984 on Immigrants: Finance, whether (a) local welfare assistance and (b) Section 17 Children Act...

    • Metropolitan Police: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional police officers (a) have joined the Metropolitan Police in the London Borough of Sutton in the last 12 months and (b)...

      Detention Centres: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff have been dismissed for abusing detainees in immigration detention centres in each of the last five years.

      Radicalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her response of 15 June 2020 to the Hon. Member for Gillingham and Rainham, Official Report, column 555, what resources...

      Organised Crime: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to dismantle the operations of county lines drugs gangs in North Wales.

      Police: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of police officers in northern Wales.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking with contractors to ensure that asylum seekers receive adequate accommodation.

      Interpol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Red Notices have been issued by Interpol for the location and provisional arrest of a UK citizen pending extradition.

      Police: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the age is of the oldest car in the police force fleet; how many breakdowns have been recorded of police vehicles while on shift since...

      Passports: British National (Overseas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many valid British National (Overseas) passports were in issue on the last calendar day of each month since January 2019.

      Police: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure police forces have the necessary powers to enforce local lockdowns.

      UK Trade with EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to mitigate the risk of goods being smuggled into the UK from the EU from 1 January 2021 as a result of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Borders: Wales

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made on border planning for the Welsh coast for the end of the transition period.

    • Ministers: Taxis

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many taxis and private hire cars were taken by Ministers; at what cost to the public purse; and what the average length of journey taken was since 2018.

  • Treasury

    • Economic Growth: North Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what steps he is taking to support regional economic growth in North Wales as the part of his economic recovery plans.

    • Small Business Grants Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2020 to Question 66016 on Small Businesses: Coronavirus, whether he is collecting data to monitor and record the number of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to reply to the urgent letter from the hon. Member for Swansea East and other hon. Members, dated 19 June 2020 on the effect of the covid-19...

      Urban Areas: North Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to increase investment in infrastructure to improve access to town centres in North Wales.

      Environment Protection: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2020 to Question 57169 on Economic Situation: Coronavirus, what (a) process and (b) criteria the Government is using to...

      Environment Protection: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2020 to Question 57169 on Economic Situation: Coronavirus, whether the Government's assessments of the impacts of...

      Companies: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what timescale the Government plans to allow companies to seek Government funding for bailouts under Project Birch.

      Companies: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to take shares in any companies bailed out through Project Birch at the outset; and whether loans are the only option...

      Companies: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to prepare a new mandate for UK Government Investments to manage new shareholdings in bailed out companies.

      Companies: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how the Government plans to monitor companies’ compliance with any conditions that are attached to bailout loans and to hold those companies...

      Environment Protection: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the capital funding to support the Green Investment Scheme is new money.

      Environment Protection: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Barnett consequentials are from the £3 billion green investment package.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings he has held with representatives of (a) the pub trade, (b) gym owners and (c) leisure centres in each of the...

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timeframe is for (a) brass bands and (b) choirs to restart (i) practising and (ii) performing as the covid-19...

      Entertainments: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has plans to provide a package of financial support for the live events and entertainment industry until that...

      Visas: Musicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to introduce a (a) two year multi-entry touring visa for musicians, (b) temporary exemption from...

      Dance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives from dance industry organisations to enable (a) competitive dancing...

      Internet: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Education and (b) representatives from telecommunication...

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Cybercrime and Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department has allocated to (a) digital skills and (b) cyber skills; and to whom that funding has been...

  • Department for International Development

    • Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that ageing continues to be identified as a ministerial responsibility within an inclusive societies portfolio when the...

    • Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that an inclusive approach, which includes older people, to humanitarian responses will continue to be one of the...

  • Department for Education

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bahrain: Prisons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of (1) a scabies outbreak, and (2) overcrowding, at Jau Prison in Bahrain; the compliance of such conditions with the UN...

    • Hamad al-Mahfood

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain to secure specialised treatment for political prisoner Hamad Al Mahfood at Jau Prison, who...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement made by Ambassador Monique van Daalen at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council on 15 June on behalf of...

      Jerusalem: Evictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of plans to evict the Sumreen family from their home in Silwan, East Jerusalem.

      Gaza: Natural Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the government of Israel, and (2) the Palestinian Authority, about the possibility of the authorities in Gaza being able to...

      Jerusalem: Police Brutality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that Israeli police are systematically violent towards Palestinian children in the...

      Jerusalem: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that an Israeli diplomat was pulled to the ground and assaulted in Jerusalem by four security guards; and what...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Legal Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total cost to the public purse of defending the cases brought against them by the government of Mauritius before (1) the International Court of...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Legal Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total cost to the public purse of defending all legal actions brought against them (1) by, or (2) on behalf of, Chagossians in (a) courts, or (b)...

      Chechnya: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of the Global Human Rights sanctions regime, what actions they are taking to pursue those responsible for the abuse, torture and...

      Hong Kong: National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the introduction of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, what...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Military Aircraft: Decommissioning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the reasons for decommissioning the Vigilant T1 aircraft.

    • Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration, if any, was given to (1) replacing, or (2) refurbishing, the Vigilant airframes; and if any such consideration was given, why were both...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Lord Deighton

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they have given to Lord Deighton in the provision of personal protective equipment for the NHS; to whom is he responsible; whether he is being...

    • Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of COVID-19 becoming endemic in the UK in the long term.

      Liverpool Football Club: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to answer the Topical Question for Written Answer tabled on 28 April (HL 3582), namely, what scientific advice was sought from Public Health...

      Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect that all vaccinations which were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be completed.

      Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the main challenges in restarting routine vaccination programmes (1) during, and (2) after, the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been given GnHR or any other gender re-assignment treatment by the NHS; over what period of time such treatments have been available on the...

      Dexamethasone: Prescriptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to GPs to routinely prescribe dexamethasone to patients who have underlying lung and heart conditions; and when they intend...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to either local or national sponsored initiatives for the UK-manufacture of masks to protect against COVID-19.

      Pharmacy: Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) expand the use of electronic repeat dispensing in the community pharmacy sector, and (2) optimise the use of technology to make...

      Health Professions: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether pharmacy teams and other primary care health professions will have equal access to the personal protective equipment portal.

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of easing COVID-19 shielding restrictions on ill and disabled people in England.

      Coronavirus: Exercise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to encourage exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Nutrition: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the increased intake of artificial sweeteners by infants and children, and (2) levels of intake of fruit and vegetables by...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Advertising

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of increases of 20 per cent in alcohol consumption by drinkers and increases in related harms during the restrictions in place to address the...

      Antimicrobials: Drug Resistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the UK's performance in collecting data on antimicrobial resistance, and (2) how the UK's outcome indicators compare with...

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of takeaway businesses and restaurants with low food hygiene ratings which do not display those ratings.

      Meat: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of the outbreak of COVID-19 at meat processing plants; and what measures they plan to take (1) to address such...

      Mental Health Services: Health Professions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of mental health specialists who can treat post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health impacts suffered by...

      Pregnancy: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care,...

      Coronavirus: Clinical Trials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learned from the rapid operation of COVID-19 clinical trials; and what plans they have to use that learning after the COVID-19 pandemic to...

      Epilepsy: Cannabis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there have been no new full extract cannabis oil prescriptions by the NHS since the medicinal use of the drug was legalised 18 months ago; and whether they...

      European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK's future relationship with the European Centre for Disease Control after the transition period of the UK's departure from...

      Medicines and Medical Devices Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of the medicine and medical device supply sector about planning for the implementation of any regulatory...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to encourage greater BAME representation in COVID-19 research projects and clinical trials.

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether notices issued under the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 in March cover the release of patient identifiable information to...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Data Protection Impact Assessment for the NHS COVID-19 Data Store published on 5 June covers the release of patient identifiable information to local...

      Infrastructure and Projects Authority: Contact Tracing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (1) has been, or (2) will be, involved in the NHS Test and Trace programme.

      Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to governments of other countries on the subject of drug hoarding by countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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