Written answers

Friday, 31 July 2020

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Business: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the distribution of Government funding to support innovation in research-intensive businesses during...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pancreatic Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of on patients of the pause in pancreatic cancer surgery during the covid-19 outbreak; and what...

    • Pancreatic Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has for the (a) timely diagnosis of and (b) deliver prompt treatment and care for people with pancreatic cancer...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to resume the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been reallocated from the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme since March 2020; and where that funding was reallocated to.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date cancer treatment in the NHS will resume at levels seen before the covid-19 outbreak.

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to reinstate the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the effect on children's well-being of the temporary suspension of the School Fruit and...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the status is of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.

      Breast Cancer: Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the waiting times for mastectomy reconstruction were in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019, by NHS Trust.

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to reintroduce the school Fruit and Vegetable scheme when schools return in September 2020.

      Meat: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the joint review by the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland on UK-wide meat, what steps he is taking to...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the of unspent levy funds.

  • Home Office

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on businesses of Government proposals for a mandatory quarantine period after air travel from...

    • Human Trafficking: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of people with a past or present National Referral Mechanism referral who are in custody...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public First

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the titles (a) GOV COMMS EU EXIT PROG and (b) EU EXIT COMMS were used as cost codes for two contracts awarded to Public First Limited...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Biometrics: Private Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has in place for the oversight of private companies' use of live facial recognition technology.

    • 5G: Huawei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the level of the increase in Huawei equipment used in UK 5G mobile networks to date; and what...

      5G: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the implications of his policies of the report entitled Allaying health concerns regarding 5G...

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many commercial flights have (1) taken off, and (2) landed, in the UK each day from 23 March to 16 July.

    • Northern Trains: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow off-peak tickets on Northern Rail services into Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford or Manchester to be used between 4.00pm and 6.30pm.

      Shipping: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 20 July (HL6506), what is the median length of time that foreign national crew have spent...

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many accidents in England involving (1) pedestrians, (2) motor vehicles, and (3) other cyclists, have been caused by cyclists using mobile phones while cycling...

      Northern Transport Acceleration Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the membership of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council; what powers and role that Council will possess; what is its operational budget; how often it...

      Northern Transport Acceleration Council: Transport for the North

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation took place with Transport for the North about the establishment of the Northern Transport Acceleration Council; what the relationship between...

      Bus Services and Trams: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 22 July (HL6684), what additional funding they intend to provide to support bus and tram services...

      Bus Services and Trams: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide long-term financial support to bus, coach and tram services outside of London whilst there is reduced capacity and demand for...

      A27: East Sussex

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 21 July (HL6569), how Highways England was able to determine three possible new routes for the A27...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further (1) to the statement by the Airport Operators Association that airports may have lost at least £4 billion in revenue by the end of 2020, and (2)...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wendover

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a full and independent engineering review has been carried out to assess the (1) construction, and (2) whole life costs, of the (a) Wendover Short Mined...

      Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any consultation took place with (1) the Health and Safety Executive, and (2) the Office for Rail and Road, before the decision was made to increase the...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus: Clinical Trials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for early human challenge trials to assist with the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review internal advice on personal protective equipment given to NHS doctors; and what steps they are taking to ensure that medical staff...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent they assess the effective reproduction number of COVID-19 for populations other than that of the UK as a whole; and, what was...

      Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken and are taking, if any, to produce personal protection equipment for all non-NHS workers who cannot work from home in the UK.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that sufficient personal protective equipment is available for purchase by the general public.

      Dental Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which regulatory body or Department is responsible for approving personal protective equipment specifically for the practice of dentistry.

      Protective Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in processing offers from UK manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment.

      Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce dedicated periods of time where those who are shielding from COVID-19 can safely use the extra freedoms being introduced...

      Dental Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the additional costs imposed on dental surgeries that will need to purchase personal protective equipment in order to reopen.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the supply chain is sufficiently robust enough for non-medical face coverings in the UK.

      Dental Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment the Chief Dental Officer for England made of the adequacy of personal protective equipment supplies for dental practitioners before dental...

  • Department for International Development

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the First Secretary of State to the Chair of the House of Commons International Development Committee on 22 July, whether the decision...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement that they have identified a £2.9 billion package of reductions in their planned Official Development Assistance spend, what...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement that they have identified a £2.9 billion package of reductions in their planned Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend,...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement that they have identified a £2.9 billion package of reductions in their planned Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend, by...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what savings will make up the £2.9 billion package of reductions to the Government’s planned Official Development Assistance spend for 2020 announced by...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what process they reached decisions on the £2.9 billion package of reductions to the Government’s planned Official Development Assistance spend for...

      Overseas Aid: Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that cuts made as part of the £2.9 billion package of reductions to the Government’s planned Official Development...

      Australian Aid and Canadian International Development Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of international standing and influence of (1) the Canadian International Development Agency, following its merger with the Canadian...

  • Department for Education

    • Apprentices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase the provision of apprenticeships.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on 2 August.

    • Change of Use

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on affordable housing provision of permitted development rules on the conversion of buildings into homes; and what...

      Property Development: Isle of Dogs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government sought advice from officials as to whether the Westferry Printworks scheme would...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of their First Homes policy for the locally led planning system in respect of addressing local housing needs.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provisions of clause 5 of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill are planned to enable Ministers to make...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the environmental impact of the disposal of single-use face masks once the wearing of face coverings in shops is made compulsory...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Religious Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with churches and faith communities about the difficulties of obtaining broadband access for places of worship which do not have a...

    • Telecommunications: EU Law

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the European Electronic Communications Code beyond the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December; and, if they intend to...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gay Conversion Therapy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed ban on same sex attraction therapy will include a prohibition on talking therapy.

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