Written answers

Friday, 24 July 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to (a) restructure and (b) reassess the viability of the High Speed Two project as a result of the...

    • Cycling and Walking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of his Department's staff work primarily on policy in relation to cycling and walking.

      Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the adequacy of the 500 miles of Dutch-inspired kerb-protected cycleways designed and paid for by the...

      Motor Vehicles: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the suitability of US (a) SUVs and (b) other larger vehicles for driving on UK roads in relation to a future free trade...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Golborne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on reviewing the merits of the inclusion of the Golborne Spur section in phase 2b of High Speed Two project.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits for (a) reducing the risk of covid-19 transmission and (b) consumer welfare of mandating that...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the losses incurred by rail-card holders who have not had access to (a) rail services and (b) compensation available for...

      Large Goods Vehicles: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has made for the UK's continued participation in the European Conference of Ministers of Transport's haulage permit scheme...

      Public Transport: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to covid-19 lockdown restrictions, what recent assessment he has made of the level of compliance of people wearing face coverings on...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to reply to the correspondence of 21 May 2020 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire on the Burscough Curves.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Fuel Cells: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support investment in research and development in fuel cell manufacturing technology in the UK.

    • Agency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to expand the powers of the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate to include workers employed by...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2020 to Question 71047 on Research: Finance, how much of that funding will be funded...

      Postgraduate Education: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2020 to Question 64183, what steps the (a) Government and (b) UKRI are taking to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reach the public sector apprenticeship target.

    • China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the (a) detention, (b) harassment and (c) torture of...

      Gao Zhisheng

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the whereabouts of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

      China: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on regional stability of reports that Iran has signed a...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Iran’s current level of compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

      British Overseas Territories: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department has given the UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean to ensure that future built developments...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many testing kits have been sent to the Queen Elizabeth hospital Gateshead testing labs in each of the last eight weeks; and what...

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of covid-19 tests are void, unclear, spoiled or lost (a) by region and (b) in total.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people without photographic ID are able to receive a test for the covid-19 at...

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the minutes of meetings held between officials in his Department with representatives from (a) Apple and (b) Google on...

      Coronavirus: Aviation and Theatre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce immunity passports as a means of allowing the public to safely (a) take flights and (b) attend the theatre.

      Contact Tracing: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contacts were traced by the NHS covid-19 contact tracing app during the trial of that app on the Isle of Wight.

      LGBT People: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to make an assessment of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the mental health of (a) LGBT people...

      Patients: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on a resolution to the remote monitoring of patients developed in Israel.

      Babies: Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many babies aged 0-3 months died from group B Strep infection in 2019; and how many of those babies were BAME.

      Happity: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of working with the Happity parent platform to support the mental health of parents...

      Baby Care Units: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2020 to Question 64109 on Baby Care Units: Coronavirus, what plans he has to introduce rapid covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether an internal audit has been undertaken into reported problems with data collection for testing during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications to access the National Testing Programme dashboard were received from each local authority on each day since 8 June...

      Mental Health: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that schools can respond effectively to children and young people’s mental health...

      Mental Health Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the document entitled, Stepping forward to 2020/21: The mental health workforce plan for England, published by the NHS...

      Mental Health Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to expand the size of the mental health workforce to meet the demand for mental health services after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Mental Health Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) neuropsychologists and (b) neuropsychiatrists that will be required to meet the demand for...

      Suicide: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to paragraph 59 of the Government's report of January 2017 entitled, Preventing suicide in England: Third progress report...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide further clarification on the criterion used to define close proximity for the purposes of Test and Trace.

      Death Certificates: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy that ethnic information should be included on death certificates.

      Doctors: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to protect doctors from clinical negligence investigations arising from the need to work in different specialities to...

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to reform the Mental Health Act 1983; and whether he plans to make provisions on...

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to reform the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Mental Health Act 1983

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals on reform the Mental Health Act 1983; and whether the needs of children will...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to tackle the mental health needs of children upon the easement of local authority Children and Adolescent Mental...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to update guidance on allowing patients to be accompanied at (a) pregnancy scans and (b) other...

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's expenditure was on mental health services in 2019; and what estimate he has made of his Department's projected...

  • Department for International Development

    • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office plans to maintain the expertise of staff relating to (a) development projects,...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what monitoring will be putin place after the merger of her Department with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to ensure that the...

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the administration of Official Development Assistance will continue to prioritise (a) economic development and (b) welfare in...

  • Department for Education

    • Department for Education: Apprentices

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

    • Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional funding his Department plans to allocate to services for (a) deaf and (b) disabled children as part of the £1 billion catch-up...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how the £650 million additional catch-up funding for schools to support children who have missed education due to the covid-19 outbreak will be...

      Nurseries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding allocated to nurseries to support the 30 hours free childcare entitlement for eligible children.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education,if schools will be able to use the £1 billion Covid Catch-Up Premium for intensive revision lessons for Key Stage 4 pupils wishing to resit their...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the educational attainment gap in (a) Wansbeck and (b) other local education authorities when compared...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support he plans to make available to children who live with elderly or vulnerable people in the Autumn in the event that there is a second wave...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will commit to further funding increases to schools for (a) building improvements and (b) teacher recruitment.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support he plans to provide to schools to ensure that they can adequately plan catch-up programmes for children returning after the...

      Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support he plans to provide to schools to ensure that the needs of children with an Education, Health and Care plan are able to safely...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether private music teachers are able to resume working from (a) their home and (b) a student's homes with effect from 4 July 2020 if they comply...

      European Institute of Human Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential risk to (a) national security and (b) radicalisation of the UK of the European...

      European Institute of Human Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether degrees or diplomas issued by the European Institute for Human Sciences are accredited by (a) UKAS, (b) Ofqual or (c) the British...

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has established a second wave nurseries, schools and universities plan to prepare for a potential second wave of covid-19 (a)...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on (a) primary school and (b) secondary school budgets.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Apprentices

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

    • Employment Tribunals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken to ensure employment tribunals can take place in a timely manner during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Employment Tribunals Service: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employment tribunals, relating to variations of contract during the covid-19 outbreak, have taken place in Scotland.

      Remand in Custody: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of people in custody aged (a) 18, (b) 19, and (c) 20 were held in custodial facilities where areas were shared with older prisoners in 2019.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative assessment he has made of levels of (a) assaults, (b) assaults on staff and (c) staffing in public and private prisons.

      Rape: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on the review into the reduction in rape prosecutions; and what her timetable is for (a) completing that review and (b)...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people are living in overcrowded accommodation in (a ) Havering, (b) Wiltshire, (c) Wandsworth, (d)...

    • High Rise Flats: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will issue guidance on the use of EWS1 forms so that mortgage lenders cannot insist on them for buildings under 18m.

      Social Rented Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many vacant social housing properties there are through the UK.

      Social Rented Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of vacant social housing properties throughout the UK.

      Social Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will issue guidance to local authorities on the deep cleaning of social housing properties between...

      Social Rented Housing: Locks and Keys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if his Department will issue guidance to local authorities to encourage use of bluetooth key safes in the social...

      Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to reach the public sector apprenticeship target.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government plans to publish its preliminary findings of the three regional Housing First pilots in (a)...

      Property Development: Recreation Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure new builds in city centres are well connected with green spaces.

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to incentivise the removal of dangerous materials from high-rise buildings.

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support housebuilding on brownfield land.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of dwellings have a valid Energy Performance Certificate.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many dwellings have a valid Energy Performance Certificate at each rating level in each local authority area as...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the average cost of upgrading a dwelling from Energy Performance Certificate (a) Band F...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he is putting in place to ensure that there is no increase in homelessness as a result of the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will prioritise the building of additional homes and additional homes that people on low incomes can afford to rent.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will introduce longer minimum rental contracts to provide renters with more financial stability.

      Private Rented Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department takes to ensure that landlords are obligated to carry out essential maintenance on private...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the number of qualified chartered fire engineers who can carry out an EWS1 survey.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to increase the number of qualified chartered fire engineers.

      Fire and Rescue Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues at the Department for Business, Energy, Industry and Skills on...

      High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to review the requirement for buildings to be above 18 metres in order to receive funding under the...

      Construction: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on economic supply chains of the (a) construction...

      Business Premises: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to support commercial tenants with rent arrears, who are otherwise running a viable...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of suspending the five-year housing land supply for 12 months...

      Private Rented Housing: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent landlords from refusing to accept tenants in receipt of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond the letter of 29 May 2020 from the hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on the Right to Buy and...

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, over what time period Homes England's target of at least 130,000 affordable housing starts applies.

      Affordable Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish further details of the next affordable homes programme.

      Neighbourhood Development Plans: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the legal status of a neighbourhood plan that has reached referendum stage but the vote...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2020 to Question 70307 on Ministry of Defence: Iraq Detainees, how many of the 1000 civil claims have reached an...

    • Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2020 to Question 70307 on Ministry of Defence: Iraq Detainees, given that the Alseran judgement was handed down on 14...

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2020 to Question 70307 on Ministry of Defence: Iraq Detainees, how many of the judicial claims resolved in the...

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2020 to Question 70307 on Ministry of Defence: Iraq Detainees, of the remaining cases of the 1500 judicial review...

      Veterans: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of recording veteran suicide on the ability to track the wellbeing of troops who have served in...

      RAF Valley: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's News story of 17 July 2020 entitled £200-million announced for vital improvements to troops' accommodation, if...

      Armed Forces: Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Education on the potential merits of including all bereaved armed services children in the...

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many female armed forces service personnel were (a) absent without leave (b) charged with desertion or (c) registered with military and civilian...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were living in poverty in (a) Hemsworth constituency, (b) Wakefield Council area and (c) West Yorkshire Combined Authority...

    • Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unemployment young people there are in (a) Hemsworth constituency, (b) Wakefield Council area and (c) West Yorkshire Combined...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the National Audit Office report entitled Universal Credit: getting to first payment, published 10 July 2020, what steps her...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to the public purse of ending the five-week wait for a first universal credit payment.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether each instance of Jobcentre Plus staff signposting claimants to local food banks is recorded on a claimant's case record.

      Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the signposting of claimants to local food banks is in the form of (a) pieces of paper, (b) other written communication, or (c) verbal...

      Jobcentres: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the number of new Job Centres required to be opened to accommodate the work coaches announced in the Summer...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Worksop

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve flood defences in and around Worksop to prevent a repeat of the November 2019 floods.

    • Agriculture: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) the Northern Ireland agrifood sector and (b) food prices of not...

      Cats and Dogs: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on trends in the level of (a) puppy farming, (b) puppy...

      Cats: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the compulsory microchipping of cats.

      Animal Welfare: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will undertake, with representatives from the devolved Administrations, a thorough and wide-ranging assessment of the...

      Marine Environment: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce pollution in the marine environment.

      Waste Disposal: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle waste crime.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent progress he has made on implementing the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan.

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with supermarkets in the UK on providing clear labelling for the consumer on the origin...

      Beverage Containers: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice Public Health England has given on the introduction of a deposit returns scheme following the covid-19 outbreak...

      Tree Planting: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to encourage tree planting in schools.

      Air Pollution: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2020 to Question 64952 on Air Pollution: Coronavirus, what further studies he has (a)...

      Air Pollution: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to improve air quality in towns and city centres.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her Department's policy that time spent outside the UK as a result of quarantine measures imposed in response to the covid-19...

    • Visas: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of sponsor licence applications that will be required ahead of the implementation of the proposed...

      Visas: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to encourage employers to apply for sponsor licences before the end of free movement and the implementation of the...

      Immigration: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the ability of people who are self-employed to come and work in the UK after 1 January 2021 under the...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the economic effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the ability of SMEs to (a) fund skilled worker...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the passport office will reinstate the passport renewal service that was suspended during the covid-19 outbreak; and id will she make a...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 5 November 2019 to Questions 7211 and 7212, where National Community Engagement team meetings were held; and...

      Evidence: DNA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 28 June 2019 to Question 266269 on evidence: DNA, how many people have been contacted; and how much in...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2020 to Question 1930, how many people have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme to date.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2020 to Question 1931, what estimate her Department has made of the number of EU citizens who are...

      British Nationality: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 3311, what steps she is taking in response to the High Court judgement in Project for...

      Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2018 to Questions 137673 and 137674, (a) what steps her Department has taken to collate the total...

      Home Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much revenue her Department has received in fees from responses to e-mail enquiries about (a) border, (b) immigration and (c)...

      Immigrants: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2020 to Question 1925, if her Department will reassess charging the full immigration health surcharge...

      Undocumented Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 13 September 2018 to Question 171417, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of...

      Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2020 to Question 1927, for what reasons there was a sixfold increase in the number of migrants crossing...

      Hate Crime: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking is taking to prevent hate crimes against places of worship.

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national NHS and social care workers have (a) paid and (b) been refunded the NHS surcharge since 21 May 2020.

      Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date she plans to publish the call for evidence on violence and abuse toward shop staff; and what plans she has to ensure that shop...

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Public statement: relationship no longer subsisting forms were received by the her Department in in each month since 2016.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests, and (b) deportations have been made as a result of Public statement: relationship no longer subsisting forms received...

      Immigration: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reviews her Department is undertaking into immigration policy; and what the topic is of each of those reviews.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2018 to Question 171416 on Immigration, what progress her Department made on reviewing the...

      Visa: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has for establishing standards for determining visa applications as complex by caseworkers.

      Firearms: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress she has made on a public consultation on firearms safety.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2020 to Question 12349, when she plans to respond to the consultation entitled, Statutory guidance to...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2020 to Question 12350, when she plans to respond to the consultation entitled, Policing and Crime...

      Twitter: Hacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Home Department, what recourse there is for UK citizens who have lost money through the hack of high profile Twitter accounts on 15 July 2020.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Brain: Injuries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on acquired brain injury.

    • Government Departments: Reviews

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the results of the zero based review taking place in different business units in his Department; and whether the Government plans to...

  • Treasury

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to update his Department's Green Book to include a social value case.

    • Employment: Disability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing a jobs strategy for disabled people as part of the Government’s covid-19 recovery...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of removing the minimum hours requirements for working tax credits.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications: Huawei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with local authorities on ways to speed up the replacement of Huawei equipment in mobile towers...

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the oral statement of 14 July 2020, Official Report, column 1376, whether telecoms operators will be able to...

      Bowling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to publish guidance to allow bowling alleys to safely reopen.

      Inland Waterways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on a support package for (a) employers and (b) crew in the inland...

      Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the effect of recent Government policy statements on China on the ability of businesses in...

      Internet: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the final Government response to the consultation of Online Harms White Paper that closed in July 2019.

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to support and ratify the Beijing Treaty on Audio-Visual Performances to extend the economic and...

      Electronic Commerce: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to replace the EU eCommerce Directive 2000/31/EC with UK law after the transition period.

      Business: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Which report entitled, Firms able to boost Trustpilot ratings using dubious tactics, published 10 July...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2020 to Question 71762, if he will publish further details on the steps taken on the...

  • Department for Transport

    • Parking: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what checks are made by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on the fitness of the operators of private car parks to issue valid fines.

    • Parking and Road Traffic: Kent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made (1) in preparing for any increased traffic, and (2) in providing additional lorry parking capacity, in Kent in preparation for the...

      Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Working Hours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what agreement they have reached, if any, with the EU to resolve regulatory differences with regard to driving hours for truck drivers travelling from mainland...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Retail Trade

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which an inability to pay rents has contributed to the number of failing retail businesses in 2020.

    • Unified Patent Court

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated costs, to date, (1) of preparing for the UK's participation in the Unified Patent Court, and (2) of any future wind down costs consequent on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Colombia: USA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of reports that US military exports to Colombia were used for illegal surveillance activities.

    • Brazil: Rainforests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last discussed with the President of Brazil (1) the consequences for the global environment, and (2) the level, of deforestation in the Amazon.

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Trade With EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the negotiations in relation to a UK–EU trade deal.

    • Civil Servants: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect those civil servants who have been working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to resume working physically in departments. [T]

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Parking: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the number of fines levied by private car park operators in the past ten years.

    • Parking: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of motorists who have received invalid fines caused by malfunctioning equipment in private car parks in each of the last...

      Parking: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why a fine levied in a private car park can be more than one levied in a car park operated by a local authority.

      Heating

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Review of the methodology for FGHRS in SAP Final Report, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 9 June, what...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, whether, in the High Court of Northern Ireland, they instructed a Queen's Counsel to argue that an application by a victim of the Troubles in...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Pornography: Internet

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proposals set out in their initial response to the consultation on the Online Harms White Paper, published on 12 February, what are the...

    • Mobile Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 13 July (HL6593), whether they will publish their assessment that £200 million will be sufficient to fund...

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