Written answers

Thursday, 23 July 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to use public transport capacity monitoring technology to help restore public confidence in the public transport...

    • Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to make the use of face coverings in taxis compulsory.

      Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's document entitled, Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy: Safety Review, when his Department plans to commence...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment his Department has made of road safety standards in the (a) UK and (b) US.

      Buses: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the proposed timeline is of the roll-out of the electric bus town scheme.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his news story, Idling drivers could face higher fines under new government crackdown, published 29 June 2019, what progress he has...

      Buses: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the additional Bus MOT testers required by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to test all vehicles due an MOT since...

      Buses: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the number of registered buses due an MOT before 30 November 2020.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what evidence base the Government used to determine that beard trimming was safer than facial beauty treatments for the...

    • Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what evidence the Government used to assess the safety of facial beauty treatments carried out by a beautician from...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance the Government issued prior to the reopening of hairdressers and barbers on 4 July 2020 on the...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason makeup artists have been allowed to resume work for films but not for weddings.

      Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the hospitality sector of ending the Coronavirus Job Retention...

      Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with representatives from different industries and sectors on the effect of the...

      Economic Situation: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to promote green jobs and investment as part of the economic recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he made of the relative speed of beard trimming for men compared to eyebrow waxing for women as part...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what risk assessment was carried out to assess the potential transmission of covid-19 during the process of (a) beard...

      Fuel Poverty: Canterbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in Canterbury district council area that live in social housing are affected by fuel poverty.

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the medical guidance underpinning the decision not to allow health and beauty salons to carry out...

      Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with representatives of the health and beauty industry on devising safe working practices...

      Tourist Attractions: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what level of support Windermere Lake Cruises has received through business support schemes as a result of the covid-19...

      Inland Waterways: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding from the public purse has been disbursed to each region through (a) the Coronavirus Job Retention...

      OneWeb

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2020 to Question 69544 on OneWeb, whether his scientific advisers recommend the...

      Private Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many landlords have registered an exemption from having to meet the minimum energy efficiency standards.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the proposed Energy White Paper will include an assessment of the role of flexibility in meeting net zero...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2020 to Question 64958 on Females: Coronavirus, what steps the Government is taking to...

      Trade Marks: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has in place to ensure that EEA trademark attorneys do not have the right to appear before the UK...

      Newton Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to tackle concerns about the Newton Fund as expressed in the July 2019...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to increase funding allocated to medical research in the North East.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to help ensure that investment in economic recovery supports meeting the target of net...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Biodiversity and Climate Change: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Government has to [demonstrate global leadership] at the (a) UN General Assembly Leader’s Biodiversity...

    • Eritrea: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Government of Eritrea on reforming its policies that breach the human rights of (a)...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the UN Security Council on the Eritrean Government's denial of access to the Red Sea for the...

      Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to make representations to his Bahraini counterpart on the decision by Bahrain’s Court of Cassation to...

      Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Iranian Government on the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to publish statistics at regular intervals on the number of people that have been treated in hospital and...

    • Cleft Palate: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what treatment is available to people born with a cleft lip.

      Disability: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that people born with a cleft lip, cleft palate, or clubfoot are valued equally in society.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report published by Public Health England on 2 June 2020 entitled Disparities in the risk and outcomes of covid-19,...

      Dementia: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the covid-19 social care taskforce plans to make an assessment of the effect of covid-19 on people affected by dementia.

      Home Care Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) domiciliary carers and (b) the personal assistants of disabled people are equipped with...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the potential merits of allocating additional investment to adult social care to support his proposals to...

      NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of claims to the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020 have been successful.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much Government funding was allocated to biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis in the financial years (a) 2017-18, (b)...

      NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications have (a) been made and (b) accepted under the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance scheme since its...

      Tinnitus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to increase funding from the public purse for research on tinnitus cures.

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding he is making available to research projects on the long term health effects of covid-19.

      Hospitals: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total cost to NHS hospitals was of using (a) agency staff and (b) bank staff in each year since 2010-11.

      Care Act 2014

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to immediately restore the full duties of the Care Act 2014.

      Streptococcus: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on the Group B Streptococcus testing GBS3 trial; and when that trail is expecting to resume as covid-19...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is Public Health England or private contractors who have the authority to confirm a covid-19 outbreak within a care home or...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to increase the level of the (a) personal expense allowance and (b) minimum income guarantee in line with the 2020...

      Department for Health and Social Care: Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse has been of private photographers for his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Capita: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of Capita's performance as the contractor administering the NHS pension scheme...

      Continuing Care: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that virtual NHS continuing healthcare (a) assessments and (b) services undertaken during the covid-19...

      Health Services: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the increase in the cost of implementing the reconfiguration of Health Care Services in Shropshire since the decision...

      Hospitals: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average daily per patient cost is of hospital treatment.

      Social Workers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Social Workers Union's (SWU) Social Work’s Six-Point Urgent Action Plan published on 9 July 2020, what...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to allow family visits to residential care homes in England as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Coronavirus: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much additional funding has been allocated to the NHS in Gloucestershire for 2020-21 in response to the covid-19 outbreak, by NHS Trust.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reach the public sector apprenticeship target.

      Social Workers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase pay for social care workers.

      Social Workers: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of social care workers using food banks.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people affected by secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is providing to local NHS services to improve the care of people with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid: Minority Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to develop practical programmes of assistance which take into account the specific contexts and...

    • Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of increasing national debt on the financial stability of developing nations affected by...

      Unrwa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency; and if she will publish that...

      Standard Chartered Bank: Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of Standard Chartered Plc endorsement of the Government of China’s proposed security...

      CDC: Tax Havens

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of CDC's investments in which it owns more that 20 percent are based in tax havens.

  • Department for Education

    • Sixth Form Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will allocate additional funding to 16-19 education providers as part of the covid-19 catch-up plan for students.

    • Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will reimburse the tuition fees paid by (a) nursing, (b) midwifery and (c) healthcare students to recognise their contribution during the...

      Childminding: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that Ofsted expedites applications to set up childminding businesses during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) school leaders on ensuring that hot food can be served in schools from September 2020.

      Schools: Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that schools continue wrap around care with breakfast clubs.

      Nurseries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will enable maintained nursery schools to access the School funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) programme.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Liquefied Natural Gas: Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to UK Export Finance support for the Mozambique LNG Project, what her Department’s most recent estimate is of the...

    • Trade Agreements: Dispute Resolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2020 to Question 73000, whether the Government will enact the right it retains to regulate in the public...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will announce when businesses that are currently closed under covid-19 restrictions in (a) Blackpool and (b) the...

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to publish the consultation on the Shared Prosperity Fund.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Nuclear Submarines: Shipping Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the incident involving the Belfast to Cairnryan passenger ferry and a nuclear-powered submarine in November 2018, what (a) lessons...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Personal Income: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to tackle the household income inequality between different ethnic groups in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

    • Chemicals: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government has taken to implement recommendation 15 of the Environmental Audit Committee's Twentieth report of Session 2017-19...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to assess whether there has been an increase in the number of children living in poverty due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Unemployed People: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that mental health support is available for people who (a) have recently become unemployed...

      Occupational Health: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many workplace visits the Health and Safety Executive has completed in each month since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to remove barriers to disabled people returning to work after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Government plans to publish its National Strategy for Disabled People.

  • Home Office

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce the number of animals used for scientific procedures in higher education and training and (b)...

    • Animal Experiments: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report entitled, Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2018, published in July 2019,...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the report entitled, Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Great Britain 2018, published in July 2019,...

      Slavery and Trafficking Reparation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Slavery and Trafficking Reparation Orders under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 have been made in each year since the passing of that...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2020 to Question 6769, what steps she is taking to appoint a new Independent Reviewer of Prevent.

      Action Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will undertake a review on the effectiveness of Action Fraud.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died by suicide in each month since January 2019.

    • Coronavirus: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what comparative assessment he has made of trends in the level of per capita deaths as a result of covid-19 in Scotland and England.

      Veterans: Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with the Chief Coroner on the recording of veteran suicide.

  • Treasury

    • Import Duties: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HMRC has made of the potential total cost to UK businesses of EU tariffs being applied on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain...

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing additional financial support to businesses still not allowed to trade as a result of...

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions the exemption in relation to the multiple dwellings relief for property transactions of six or more separate dwellings FA03/S116(7)...

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commit to providing an additional £310 million in funding to medical research charities during the 2020-21 financial year.

      Audiobooks: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of adding audiobooks to the list of zero-rated electronic publications.

      Ice Cream: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason ice cream parlours were not included in the list of businesses that are able to reduce the VAT levied on their products to 5 per cent.

      Job Retention Bonus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether firms who (a) have and (b) are in the process of carrying out compulsory redundancies will receive payments under the job retention bonus.

      Inland Waterways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will provide a detailed reply to the letter of 7 May 2020 from the General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers on...

      Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a reduction in beer duty for the independent brewery sector for the rest of the 2020-21 financial...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish guidance on the support available under his economic recovery plan for (a) mothers, (b) lone parents, (c) survivors of domestic abuse...

      Plastics: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made in reviewing the benefits of the use of renewable plant-based plastics; and whether he plans to complete that review in time to...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of tax raised by Stamp Duty by (a) new builds and (b) established properties in each of the last five years.

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to protect the (a) relationship and (b) data sharing between the UK and European partners on tackling illicit trade.

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will launch the consultation on expanding the R&D tax credit to include data and cloud computing costs.

      Digital Technology: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenue raised from the Digital Services Tax; and whether that estimate has been revised since that tax was announced in...

      National Infrastructure Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government will respond to the National Infrastructure Commission Report.

      Food: Wholesale Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to extend business rates relief to food and drink wholesalers who supply to (a) schools, (b) hospitals, (c) care homes and the...

      Whisky: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on revenue accruing to the public purse as a result of the reduction in sales of scotch whisky to the...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Events Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the (a) phase-out start date from August to October 2020 and (b) scheme end date from October to December 2020 of the Coronavirus Job...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Radio Frequencies: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions has he had with Ofcom on the effect of its proposal to require all licensees under the Wireless...

    • Broadband: Hassall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that OpenReach connect properties and businesses in the Hassall Parish...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his oral statement of 14 July 2020 on UK Telecommunications, if he will publish the evidential basis for the...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Prime Minister's press conference of 3 July 2020, what the timeline is for the reopening of the events...

      Events Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to reopen the conference, events and exhibitions industry as the covid-19 lockdown...

      Walking: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on enabling organised walking groups to resume their activities as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral statement by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 28 January 2020 on UK...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing a mobile communications catapult centre to promote UK...

      Broadband: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the (a) progress of the roll-out of full fibre digital infrastructure in the Peterborough...

      Disclosure of Information: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what legal mechanisms allow the transfer of UK citizens' data to the US.

      Television Licences: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will protect free tv licenses for over 75's in (a) Newport West, (b) Wales, and (c) the UK.

      Football: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support will be made available to the (a) English football leagues, (b) governing bodies of English football...

      Broadband: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to Answer of 16 July 2020 to Question 72900, whether any underspend on SME broadband voucher allocation will still be...

      Remote Working: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimates his Department has made of the number of homeworkers unable to use videoconferencing due to insufficient...

      Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish further (a) details and (b) scope of the forthcoming Digital Strategy, as announced on 23 June 2020.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what cross-departmental steps the Government is taking to reduce the increased risk posed by covid-19 to black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities.

    • Pornography: Internet

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government Equalities Office research on online pornography will be published.

  • Department for Transport

    • Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide companies operating international rail services that are affected by travel restrictions with comparable financial support to that...

    • East Midlands Rail Franchise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 10 July 2020 (HL6210), for what reasons they rejected the view of the majority of respondents...

      Tilbury Port: Lower Thames Crossing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the updated design of the Lower Thames Crossing allows for the Tilbury link road; and whether they have established a timeline for the design, business and...

      Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 14 July (HL6304), whether the advice in their Safer Transport guidance “that people should...

      Parking: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long the consultation period on a national ban on pavement parking, announced on 12 March, is planned to be; and when there will be a detailed plan with a time...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech on a New Deal for Britain by the Prime Minister on 30 June, what are the 29 road network projects that they have committed to funding this...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Personal Care Services: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of service providers such as hairdressers, dentists, and others, requiring customers to pay additional fees to cover the cost of...

    • Boilers: Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 7 July (HL6124), whether they can answer the question put with regard to stored passive flue gas heat...

      Boilers: Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Stored-Flue Gas Heat Recovery technology will be included within their grant scheme for energy saving projects for homeowners.

      Climate Change: Arctic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports by the Copernicus Climate Change Service that there was a heatwave in March, April and May in the Arctic Circle, what recent discussions they...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: National Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to request that the UN Secretary General appoint a Special Envoy to monitor and report on the government of China’s imposition of...

    • Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the threat to human rights in Hong Kong at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council.

      Darfur: Protest

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the mass protests in Nertiti in Central Darfur, Sudan, and (2) the calls of protestors to the government of Sudan to put in...

      Omar al-Bashir

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the International Criminal Court in bringing to trial Omar al-Bashir on charges of genocide; and what...

      Dawit Isaak

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Eritrea about Dawit Isaak, jailed in Eritrea without trial since 2001; and what information they have...

      Mozambique: Islamic State

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of Islamic State (IS) insurgency in northern Mozambique and reports (1) of the displacement of...

      Mozambique: Christianity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, published in...

  • Department for Education

    • Skilled Workers: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase skills investment to help retain those affected by job loss into local jobs.

    • Pupils: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practicality of social distancing for secondary school pupils travelling to and from school, in particular in rural...

      Basic Skills: Primary Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely effect of the decision to end the Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium on pupils who do not achieve the...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect they expect the COVID catch-up fund to have on the ability of schools to attract additional funding under the National Funding Formula for pupils in...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Ofsted visits to schools due to take place after the summer holidays will differ from formal inspections other than they will not result in the school...

      Education and Training: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the duties on local government to support students with education or training after the age of 16 in...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Parliamentary Papers

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are to make printed papers, including (1) select committee reports, (2) government publications, and (3) Hansard, available to members; and...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth: South China Sea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to send the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier to the South China Sea; and if so, (1) when the decision was made, and (2) what will be the...

    • Submarines: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch Report on the investigation of the near miss between the ro-ro...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for a more localised system for delivering support to (1) young people, and (2) the long-term unemployed.

    • Pension Credit: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women are (1) in receipt of, and (2) entitled to, Pension Credit; and when they last ran a campaign to raise awareness of Pension Credit to women of an...

      Pension Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of eligible pensioners are claiming Pension Credit; and what steps they are taking to improve its take-up following the BBC’s...

      Poverty: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Social Metrics Commission Measuring Poverty 2020, published on 1 July, which suggests that BAME households...

      Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether those who are extremely clinically vulnerable will have access to sick pay on receipt of a shielding letter if COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pets have (1) entered, or (2) re-entered, the UK under the PETS Travel Scheme since it was launched; and how many cases of rabies have been diagnosed in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the size of the civil service workforce on their ability to implement policies; and what plans are in place to...

    • Press Conferences: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether people under the age of 18 have been allowed to submit questions to the daily Downing Street Covid-19 briefings; and if not, why not.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to have an objective in negotiating a free trade agreement with the government of the United States that (1) that government will accept...

    • Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, (1) of the likelihood of other candidates for President of the United State not agreeing to a free-trade agreement with the...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Ministerial Statement by the Secretary of State for International Trade on 7 July (HCWS339), whether details of the revised methodology...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Museums and Galleries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make regulations under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 to protect museum collections from sale when holding bodies go into...

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