Written answers

Thursday, 30 July 2020

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Poland: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he will take with his European counterparts to help protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people in Poland following the...

    • Russia: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the Russia holding military exercises in the Caucasus region during recent...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the Government plans to publish the Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence, security and international development.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the correlation between loneliness and suicide, what steps his Department is taking to support mental health for people...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Drinks and Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to apprenticeships in the food and drink manufacturing sector.

    • Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new apprenticeships that will be taken up by (a) SMEs and (b) large employers benefiting from...

      Apprentices: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding of the Social Mobility Commission’s Report on Apprenticeships...

  • Home Office

    • Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the level of threat of violent attacks on shop workers; and if she will make a statement.

    • Special Constables: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on campaigns to recruit more special constables.

      Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance during the covid-19 outbreak has been issued to statutory agencies including the (a) police and (b) NHS on support for (i)...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraph 1.119 of the Budget 2020 Red Book, how she plans to allocate the £10 million funding for domestic abuse;...

      Police: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will launch an inquiry into racism within the police force.

      Domestic Abuse: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the effect provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 relating to pre-charge bail on victims...

      Demonstrations: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers the police have to limit the drinking of alcohol at protests and demonstrations.

      Domestic Abuse: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle (a) domestic abuse and (b) parental abuse experienced by LGBTQ+ youth during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Offences against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve the identification of children who are sexually abused and are (a) aged under 10, (b) LGBTQ+,...

      Undocumented Migrants: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2020 to Questions 27050 and 27051, how many Gendarmes reservists have been deployed; and how many small...

      Mukhtar Ablyazov

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what investigations are being made of the financial activities of Mukhtar Ablyazov in the UK.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Bowling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations his Department received from representatives from the Ten-pin Bowling Proprietor's Association in advance...

    • Bowling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when ten-pin bowling alleys will be allowed to reopen as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Rugby: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have with the GMB trade union on financial pressures and salary caps in Rugby...

      Football: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department is providing for the provision of girls football at a grassroots level in (a) England and (b)...

      Digital Technology: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the increase in digital take-up among (a) households and (b) businesses as a result...

      Ice Skating: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will provide compensation for the additional costs incurred by ice rinks following the revision of...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Social Mobility

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how her Department measures social mobility.

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Licensing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the maximum age at which the Civil Aviation Authority can grant a licence to a commercial pilot so that it is equivalent to the state...

    • Aviation: Crew

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, they have had with the Civil Aviation Authority about the effect of the difference between the maximum age for commercial pilots and the...

      A55: Road Traffic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many extra (1) trucks, and (2) other vehicles, they estimate will be using the A55 from Holyhead after 31 December.

      Public Transport: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reimburse local authorities in London for any additional costs incurred as a result of the loss of free public transport...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Written Questions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of questions for written answer tabled by members of the House of Lords that have not been answered within the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Property: Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in rolling out Property Assessed Clean Energy programmes in the UK.

    • UK Audit Standards Independent Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of Sir Donald Brydon’s Independent Review into the Quality and Effectiveness of Audit, published in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of cyber attacks by foreign governments against (1) the UK, and (2) its allies.

    • Cybercrime: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impacts of any cyber attacks by the government of China which they consider hostile to trade economy, national security, and...

      Republic of Ireland: Shipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they have undertaken with the government of the Republic of Ireland to assess the impact of any increase of direct shipping routes between the...

      Kashmir: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Ladakh.

      Armenia: Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Turkey is recruiting Syrian troops to fight for the Azerbaijani military against the...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what data they are collecting on the numbers of COVID-19 deaths broken down by (1) age, (2) occupation, (3) gender, (4) ethnicity, and (5) religion.

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their estimate of the basic COVID-19 reproduction rate in each week from 1 February to 2 April.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the populations for (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland; what has been the number of deaths from COVID-19 per country; what is...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to shield the BAME community from COVID-19.

      Coronavirus: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that “data suggests a disproportionate burden...

      Coronavirus: Minority Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) reports that 58 per cent of Roma, and 43 per cent of Travellers, who have been tested for COVID-19 in Ireland have had a...

      Coronavirus: Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the capacity of beds that are fully staffed, funded and available for use by patients in each of the Nightingale hospitals in England; what have been...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the per capita COVID-19 death rate in England relative to other countries; and what assessment they have made of analysis which...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the data obtained so far from the Test and Trace programme and, in particular, what it shows about how people...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 15 June (HL3889), (1) how many, and (2) what percentage, of postal COVID-19 tests up to 8 May were returned...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on average what percentage of COVID-19 postal tests are retuned within (1) seven days, (2) five days, and (3) 48 hours.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a table setting out, since rollout of COVID-19 tests, (1) how many COVID-19 postal tests have been dispatched each day, (2)...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of time it takes (1) for COVID-19 test samples to be processed, (2) for the results to be sent to the person sampled, and (3) for...

      Asthma: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the variation in asthma-related deaths across Clinical Commissioning Groups in England; and what plans they have to address any...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what their current target is for testing people in the UK for COVID-19; and how long they intend to maintain this capacity to address possible resurgences of the...

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on NHS services which must be available on a 24 hour basis and which are dependent on a small number of specialist...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether statistics on testing for COVID-19 undertaken by private companies at the home of people being tested are entered into published statistics.

      NHS: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult key stakeholders and external experts on future Data Protection Impact Assessments for the management, storage and handling of...

      NHS: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to carry out a Data Protection Impact Assessment on the rights and freedoms of the people whose health data is collected by the NHS; and...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a comprehensive strategy to clear the backlog of hospitalisations that are unrelated to COVID-19; and what plans they have for...

      Health Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long they estimate it will take to clear the NHS waiting lists caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take (1) to maintain standards of independent scrutiny of the UK aid budget, and (2) to ensure accountability for that expenditure.

    • Children: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports by the World Health Organisation that there has been a significant decline in the global vaccination of children against diphtheria,...

  • Department for Education

    • Ports: Wales

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to arrange, in conjunction with the Welsh Government, training for local people to undertake any additional jobs needed at the Welsh...

    • Arts: GCSE

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many GCSE entrants there were in (1) art, (2) music, (3) dance, and (4) drama, in (a) the 2010, and (b) the 2020, academic years.

      Oak National Academy: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding has been allocated to the Oak National Academy in the 2020–21 financial year; and whether there will be an independent assessment of the...

      Education: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all unregistered education settings are required to register with Ofsted.

  • Treasury

    • Revenue and Customs: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement on COVID-19 by the Prime Minister on 17 July, what plans they have for the return of staff of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to...

    • Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have in place for anyone (1) without access to computers, and (2) who is not online, when the Making Tax Digital programme comes into operation

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to maintain the size of the regular Armed Forces as set out in the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security...

    • Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of targeted killing as a counter-terrorism strategy.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the targeting of people directly participating in hostilities towards the UK who are located in non-belligerent states.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 18 June (HL5486), whether it is their policy not to answer questions about the deployment of RAF Reaper...

      Military Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with reservist employers about mobilising (1) the Army Reserve, and (2) the Regular Reserves, in the event of any second wave...

      Military Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for mobilising (1) the Army Reserve, and (2) the Regular Reserves, in the event of any second wave of COVID-19.

      Military Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to mobilise (1) the Army Reserve, and (2) the Regular Reserves, to deal with any (a) second wave of COVID-19, and (b) any unrest following...

      Defence: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 related deployments on the fulfilment of their standing defence commitments.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they expect the Health and Safety Executive to play in (1) breaking transmission chains, and (2) establishing what allowed the transmission of the virus,...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environmental Land Management Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that Tier 2 and Tier 3 Environmental Land Management Schemes are complementary to, and coordinated with, Nature Recovery Networks at a local...

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the National Oversight Group on Domestic Violence met in the period between January and March 2020; and what specific recommendations...

    • Migrant Workers: Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to respond to the concerns raised by the Cavendish Coalition, on behalf of UK health and social care groups, that their current immigration...

      Motor Vehicle Type Approval

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 July (HL5647), which items of equipment related to the prevention or reduction of road...

      Police: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with police forces in England and Wales about ensuring that all police officers undertake unconscious bias training.

      Police: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that financial pressures on local authorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic do not lead to cuts to local police force...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Trade Agreements: NHS

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans for Parliament to ratify future trade deals involving the NHS; and if they have no such plans, why.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Television: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to support BAME–led television organisations during the COVID-19 economic recovery.

    • National Railway Museum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to intervene in the National Railway Museum’s decision to move Locomotion No. 1 from Darlington to Shildon.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Business: Gender

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have provided to businesses to facilitate an improved gender balance in the workplace since February.

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