Written answers

Monday, 10 August 2020

  • Home Office

    • Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the ONS statistical release of 13 February 2020, Homicide in England and Wales: year ending March 2019, what steps her...

    • Detention Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the legal implications of immigration detention during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Marriage: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether virtual meetings can take place with the registrar for weddings.

      Asylum: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide an update on the progress being made in resolving the issues contained in the letter from her Department, reference...

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for variance of the no recourse to public funds condition her Department received since the start of March 2020.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing compulsory ID cards for British nationals; and when her...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Abortion: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that abortion pills taken at home are being taken under the 10-week gestation limit.

    • Social Services: Badges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department regularly monitors the number of CARE badges that are distributed.

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Scooters: Safety Measures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether people riding electric and unpowered scooters on the highway are required to display front and rear lights on the same basis as cyclists; and if not, what...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • New Businesses: Remote Working

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to assist and support new small independent businesses to start up to cater for the needs of the increasing numbers of home...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their long-term plan for social care in England will focus on (1) whole system reform, or (2) protecting people from having to sell their homes to pay for care.

    • Social Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed White Paper on social care will address the case for social care to be closely integrated with the NHS, as has been achieved in some areas...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 15 June (HL4726), whether the COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements authorised NHS Trusts to make...

      Exercise Cygnus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what cross-Government discussions they have had about implementing the recommendations of Exercise Cygnus.

      Preventive Medicine: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend preventative health care testing.

      Coronavirus: Genetics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that a nomenclature system for the genetic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 is in place.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic more than 4,000 people were discharged from hospital into care homes...

      Pestfix: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Question for Written Answer HL5806, tabled on 16 June and due for answer on 30 June, how many contracts they have entered into with Pestfix Ltd; on...

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 17 July (HL6182), what is their expected timeframe for introducing the necessary legislation to extend the...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the study by researchers from the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester on the impact of social determinants of health on...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement (1) the proposals contained in Childhood obesity: a plan for action - Chapter 2, published in June 2018, and (2) the...

      Obesity: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the evidence that informed their decision to include people with a BMI over 40 on the list of those most at risk of worse outcomes...

      Public Health: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for increasing public health funding in the light of the COVID-19 crisis; and whether future statements to Parliament on...

      Smoking: Health Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase funding for public education campaigns about smoking in order (1) to encourage people who have quit smoking during the...

      Smoking: Pregnancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the data included in Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England Quarter 4, 2019–20, published on 7 July, what...

      Continuing Care: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring and evaluation they have undertaken to ascertain the compliance of NHS continuing healthcare (1) virtual assessments, and (2) associated services,...

      Obesity: Digital Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their obesity strategy which recommends the use of digital technologies for the monitoring of weight loss and lifestyle improvements, what steps they...

  • Department for International Trade

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Public Lavatories: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last updated the guidance to local authorities and other providers of public toilets on additional hygiene precautions required during...

    • Local Government Finance: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow local authorities to use the remaining funds allocated to support businesses at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown to support...

      Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to mark Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on 2 August.

      UK Shared Prosperity Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish details (1) of all consultations relating to, and (2) in regard to the operation of, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

      Local Government: Lancashire

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with councillors and officers (1) of Lancashire County Council, (2) of Blackpool Borough Council, (3) of Blackburn with Darwen...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have given to local authorities in counties which have both a county council and county districts on (1) the desirability, (2) the criteria, and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the written answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 20 July (HL6513), whether (1) the funding allocated for shovel-ready schemes will include the...

    • Wines: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to list the laboratories accredited to provide analysis for consignments of EU wine over 100 litres brought into the UK from 1 January 2021.

      Wines: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) labelling requirements, (2) tariffs, (3) reimbursements, and (4) processes, will be required for importing EU wine into Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021.

      Royal Botanic Gardens Kew: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they plan to give to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew to help it to address any deficit arising as a result of the...

      London Power Tunnels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Align, Hydrogeological and Surface Water Risk Assessment for Load Test Piling Location 2, approved in January...

  • Home Office

    • British National (Overseas): Hong Kong

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prepare to accommodate British National (Overseas) passport holders from Hong Kong; and where such passport holders will be accommodated.

    • Domestic Abuse: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women have been killed in the UK as a result of suspected domestic violence in the period in which restrictions have been in place to address...

      Espionage: Russia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to introduce legislation to strengthen their ability to deal with (1) espionage, and (2) illegal behaviour, in the UK by (a) the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Common Travel Area

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the legal status of the common travel area between the UK, the Crown Dependencies and Ireland.

    • Government Departments: Facebook

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total spent by Government departments on Facebook advertising in the past year; and whether they have plans to join a boycott of major advertisers...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that anyone appointed to advise them about their policies can be scrutinised by Parliament.

  • Treasury

    • Wines: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made, if any, on developing a new IT system for pre-lodgement for the wine trade to assist movement through roll-on roll-off...

    • Taxation: Electronic Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Making Tax Digital programme on the productivity of the self-employed.

      Working Hours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage and support firms in reducing working hours in an equitable manner while avoiding redundancies, on a model similar to the German...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the size of the tax return backlog; and when they estimate to complete processing those returns.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had, and with whom, about the effect of the withdrawal of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on those with protected...

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 12 June of an additional £50 million being made available for customs agent recruitment, training and IT, what that money is...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Gendered Intelligence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role Gendered Intelligence plays in filtering communications sent via (1) social media, or (2) web forms, in response to...

    • Music: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allowing amateur musical groups the same outdoor and indoor rehearsal opportunities as professional musical groups.

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