Written answers

Thursday, 3 September 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Acceleration Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure the work of the Acceleration Unit supports the outcomes of the Decarbonising Transport Plan.

    • Acceleration Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that the work of the new Acceleration Unit is aligned with the Government’s net-zero commitment.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of (a) the carbon impact of the Government's £27 billion road building programme and (b) the compatibility of that...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Department's survey, Transport decarbonisation plan: call for ideas, for what reasons Northern Ireland is omitted from that survey.

      Public Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Equalities Impact Assessment on the decision to remove free travel for under-18s in London.

      Railways: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the risk of fatality for private contractors' staff on the UK railway network.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the budget is of (a) Phase 2b east and (b) Phase 2b west of High Speed Two.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Greengauge21’s report entitled HS2’s Eastern Arm, published July 2020.

      Railways: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with train operating companies on ensuring their staff fatigue risk management systems meet relevant industry...

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of implied zebra crossings on side roads.

      Driving Licences: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will temporarily extend the 12 month driving license exchange period for people that hold a non-EU driving license during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Rail Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the outcome of the Williams Rail Review.

      Bus Service Operators Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 17 May 2019 to Question 252001 on Bus Service Operators Grant, by what date he plans to bring forward plans to reform...

      Taxis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the financial support available to taxi drivers who have been affected financially by the covid-19 outbreak.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he will take to (a) improve response rates to calls to the DVLA and (b) ensure that key workers are able to book a driving test.

      Motorcycles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will include the safety of motorcyclists in the review of the Highway Code.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the data used to make assessments of the travel quarantine restrictions applicable to travel between foreign countries and the UK;...

      Regional Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the financial situation of regional airports.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on supporting airlines to decrease the time taken to process and issue refunds...

      Cycling and Walking: Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Canal and River Trust’s proposals for 30 towpath improvement schemes across the country.

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to make it compulsory to wear a helmet when...

      High Speed Two: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many HS2 Ltd employees have been furloughed during the covid-19 outbreak.

      High Speed Two: Business Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason details of business expenses, travel costs and hospitality figures have not been published for HS2 personnel since September 2019; and...

      Buses and Large Goods Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency does not accept reports on excessively smoky vehicles other than lorries and buses.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 11 June 2019, 19 October 2019 and 25 June 2020 from the hon. Member for Folkestone and Hythe,...

      Buses and Large Goods Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many complaints the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency received on smoky vehicles relating to (a) lorries, and (b) buses.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Green Homes Grant Scheme: Park Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the new Green Homes Grant scheme will be available to the owners and tenants of (a) park homes and (b) other...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the ability of local authorities to help tackle the climate emergency at a local level.

      Carbon Emissions: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of retrofitting schools to become zero carbon schools on (a) carbon...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with local authority leaders on achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what resources his Department is providing to local authorities to help them respond to the climate emergency.

      Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance and support he has provided to businesses to ensure that (a) they are covid-safe and (b) staff who are...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had on (a) the creation of a Hydrogen Advisory Council and (b) a UK-wide hydrogen...

      Carers: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to monitor compliance with his 11 May 2020 guidance to employers on not acting in ways that may...

      Trade Credit Reinsurance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timeframe is for the Trade Credit Reinsurance Scheme to start accepting applications from Scottish food and...

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Chair of the independent Horizon enquiry will have the power to review the awards of compensation made to date.

      Postal Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that postal services are maintained in rural areas after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many of each Post Office branch type were temporarily closed in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Post Offices were temporarily closed in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) each region of...

      Post Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to maintain the public subsidy allocated to Post Offices in rural locations after March 2021.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff in his Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when a covid-19 risk assessment was undertaken for his Department's office in Victoria Street; who carried out those...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the proposed new build nuclear sites where China General Nuclear Power Company have a potential...

      Innovate UK: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of Innovate UK funding has been allocated to businesses led by women in financial year (a) 2019-20 and...

      Entertainments and Hospitality Industry: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses in the hospitality and entertainment sectors of energy...

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that companies comply with ACAS guidelines on accrued holiday pay when...

      Beer: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support small breweries.

      Night-time Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to provide sector-specific support for the financial recovery of night clubs and...

      Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish a timescale for the resumption of wedding ceremonies with over 30 attendees as covid-19 lockdown...

      Foreign Companies: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what monitoring the Government undertakes to assess whether funding from the (a) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for the inclusion of a national copyright exhaustion regime in free...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Eating Disorders and Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure collaboration between policies on tackling obesity and eating disorders.

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) T1 and (b) T2 covid-19 tests have been carried out, by local authority area per 100,000 population.

      Electroconvulsive Therapy: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review the (a) effect and (b) adequacy of the guidance on the use of electro-convulsive therapy on women.

      Care Homes: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the arrangements are for relatives who wish to visit family members who are residents in care homes in Greater Manchester.

      Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many serious incidents have been reported in each of the last 10 years.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of staff movement between (a) wards in the same hospital, (b) hospitals, (c) outpatient clinics...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of (a) transmission pathways, (b) transmission locations and (c) modes of transmission for hospital acquired...

      Batten Disease: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support has been provided to families of people diagnosed with Batten Disease during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide clearer guidance to dentists on what services they are able to provide during the covid-19 outbreak; and whether...

      Hearing Impairment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether clear face masks are available on the NHS Supply Chain for health and social care settings to purchase.

      Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report by the Teenage Cancer Trust entitled Cancer x...

      Skin Diseases: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of guidance on hand sanitiser for people who cannot use alcohol-based hand rubs as a result...

      Care Homes: Kingston upon Hull North

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 test kits were (a) requested by and (b) delivered to care homes in Kingston Upon Hull North constituency in July 2020.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish the (a) proportion of people tested who test positive for covid-19 and (b) red, amber, green risk rating...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information (a) his Department, (b) NHS England, (c) Public Health England and (d) NHS Test & Trace holds on transmission routes...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department made of the performance of bidders for the covid-19 test and trace contact tracing contract on previous...

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department used to determine whether the bidders for the covid-19 test and trace contract had the necessary...

      NHS: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2020 to Question 62691 on NHS: Racial Discrimination, whether the risk assessments of NHS staff are...

      Health Services and Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has established a second wave health and social care to prepare for a potential second wave of covid-19 infections.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason no procurement contracts been published to date relating to the construction and maintenance of the seven Nightingale...

      Primary Health Care: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his Answer of 24 February 2020 to Question 14993, whether he has had additional discussions since that date with NHS England...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much each of the NHS Nightingale hospitals cost to (a) create and (b) equip.

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to allow charities and local authorities to resume in-person physical and mental health support sessions as covid-19...

      Rare Diseases: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a separate strategy for supporting families and carers of people with rare diseases, including support for their (a)...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what medical advice he has received on the longevity of covid-19 symptoms.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what work his Department has undertaken to better understand the long-term symptoms of covid-19.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time is for a care home that has (a) over and (b) under 50 beds with no suspected covid-19 outbreak to receive...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 20 April 2020 on furlough for agency or bank...

      Abortion: Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of allowing abortion after 24 weeks following the diagnosis of cleft lip, cleft palate, or...

      Health Professions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to support the mental health of (a) doctors and (b) dentists during the covid-19-outbreak.

      Health Services and Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the use of occupational risk assessment tools for health and social workers in relation...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with representatives from the care sector on the role that sector will play in providing the...

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people are not required to to sell their property to meet the cost of social care.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will clarify guidance on the permitted social interactions for those in care home settings with their immediate family members.

      Care Homes: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for the resumption of (a) nursing and (b) care home visits in England; and if he will make an assessment of the...

      Care Homes: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to offer (a) financial and (b) other assistance to care homes as a result of the nationwide fall in occupancy rates; and...

      Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the on-going additional costs to the care sector of the need for personal protective equipment during the...

      Coronavirus: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral statement of 20 July 2020, Official Report, column 1850, on Coronavirus Response, what assessment he has made of the...

      Coronavirus: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral statement of 20 July 2020, Official Report, column 1850, on Coronavirus Response, for what reason enhanced levels of...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to resume publishing data on the number of people tested each day for covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were tested for covid-19 on each day from 28 February 2020 to date, by reason for test.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were tested for covid-19 on each day from 23 May 2020 to 19 June 2020.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were tested for covid-19 in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the North East and (d) Wansbeck constituency on each day since...

  • Department for Education

    • Primary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the cost of reducing average primary school class sizes from 27 to the European average of 20.

    • Schools: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will list the level of funding provided to schools in (a) Norfolk and (b) the North West Norfolk constituency for each year since 2015.

      Financial Services: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the covid-19 lockdown restrictions on the provision of financial education for primary school aged...

      Schools: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to tackle racism and Islamophobia in (a) schools and (b) among young people.

      Schools: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of retrofitting schools to become zero carbon schools on school budgets.

      National Tutoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the financial costs are, aside from pensions and National Insurance contributions for employees, for schools seeking to take part in the National...

      GCE A-level: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will implement an appeals system to enable A-level students whose grades were adversely affected by schools' and colleges' interpretation of...

      Pupils: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of the 200,000 devices and 4G wireless routers distributed from May to July 2020 to disadvantaged school children were...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Reading Prison: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reasons are for the time taken in selling Reading Gaol; and when negotiations on the sale of that site will be concluded.

    • Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of inmates are housed in double cells in each prison as at September 2020.

      Prisoners' Release: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 July to Question 76655, whether the accommodation support scheme for prison leavers was extended beyond 31 July 2020.

      Social Security Benefits and Welfare Tax Credits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of appeals to the tribunals service in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England which related to (i) personal independence...

  • Treasury

    • Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the his Department's news story entitled, Pay rises for doctors, police and more in the public sector, published on 21 July 2020, for...

    • Treasury: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants in his Department worked on the (a) content and (b) distribution of his Department's internal newsletter entitled, No.11 in May 2020.

      Public Houses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government took to support the pub industry during the covid-19 lockdown; and what steps he is taking to support the pub industry as...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government is planning to make further funding available to sectors that have remained closed due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Night-time Economy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support his Department is providing (a) nightclubs and (b) other business operating in the night time economy that have paused trading for a...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the net amount was of unclaimed eligible gift aid in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019.

      Directors: Discretionary Grants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will use returned Discretionary Grant Funds unspent by local authorities to provide financial assistance to close companies directors who operate...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend eligibility criteria for business grants unallocated by local authorities to include business owners who have until now been ineligible...

      Horticulture: Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on carbon emissions of the heavy mineral oil excise duty reclamation scheme H049.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a response to the open letter of 20 July 2020 signed by 50 hon. Members calling for urgent action to protect research funded by UK...

      Travel and Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to provide the travel industry with sector specific support to assist in its recovery from the covid-19 pandemic.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what conditions were included in financial support packages through the Birch scheme to airline operators.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 23 June, 21 July and 3 August 2020 from the hon. Member for East Londonderry, on extending maternity pay.

      Construction: Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the construction industry of prohibiting the use of red diesel.

      Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to prevent fraud in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

      Social Enterprises: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he had made on continuing Social Investment Tax Relief beyond April 2021.

      Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing 12 months business rates relief to airports in England and Wales in response to...

      Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the businesses taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

      Digital Technology: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his OECD counterparts on an international digital services tax.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Events Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support furloughed workers in the events industry who may be unable to return to work after the furlough scheme ends in October 2020.

      Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish data by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority for (i) the number of premises registered for the Eat Out to Help Out...

      Airports: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish a list of rateable values for airports and ancillary uses in England.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring employers who have furloughed employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme repay...

      Motor Vehicles: Hire Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue accrued to the public purse from VAT on vehicle rentals in 2019-20; and what estimate he has made of the projected effect of covid-19 on...

      Roadchef: Employee Benefit Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions his Department has had with HMRC on a resolution to the dispute between HMRC and the Roadchef Employee Benefits Trust; and if he...

      Business: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has for the application and administration of VAT thresholds in relation to non-VAT registered UK businesses exporting to individual...

      Sunscreens: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of (a) the adequacy of the classification of sunscreen as a cosmetic product and (b) the potential merits of reducing the rate...

      Self-employed: Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Question 884 of the evidence given to the Treasury Committee on 15 July 2020, what the median figure is for the income of self-employed...

      Credit Cards: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of credit card processing fees on small businesses and charities since the discouragement of cash payments during...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase the minimum age at which people can access their private pension under the tax rules; and if he will make a statement

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Bahrain: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 9 July 2020...

    • Overseas Aid: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will publish a list of projects funded by her Department that have scored a (a) B and (b) C in their annual...

      Colombia: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports of a massacre in Tibu in Colombia on 18 July 2020.

      Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the current DFID funding model is retained during the merger of her...

      Rubén González

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterpart in Venezuela on the case of imprisoned trade unionist, Ruben...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • HMS Queen Elizabeth: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on UK-China relations of the deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth on freedom of navigation operations...

    • Veterans: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to accelerate the roll-out of the second phase of the Veterans' recognition scheme.

      Belarus: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to cease all military training by the UK to the Belarusian military.

      HMS Queen Elizabeth: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the direct costs of the first deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to extend the expiration date for claims made to the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian employees with a permanent duty station recorded in Scotland were employed by his Department as at 31 December 1989.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of recent pay awards in her Department.

    • Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the covid-19 sick pay policies implemented by G4S under the contracts they hold with her Department...

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit applications her Department has received from claimants citing that a third or subsequent child was conceived as a...

      Universal Credit: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit applications her Department has (a) received from claimants citing that a third or subsequent child was conceived as...

      Statutory Sick Pay: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's oral contribution, Official Report, 11 March 2020 col 280, what the evidential basis was...

      Personal Independence Payment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has been made of the current clearance time frame for a personal independence payment claim compared to the three year average.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether new employers will be able to employ young people using the Kickstart scheme when that scheme is launched.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's oral statement of 8 July 2020, Official Report, column 973, on Economic Update, when...

      Bereavement Benefits: Cohabitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the right for unmarried couples to claim bereavement benefits will extend to people who do not live together but do have a child.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will carry out a review into deaths of benefits claimants.

      Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to permit personal independence payments assessment forms to be completed online during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Personal Independence Payment: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July to Question 69599, what steps she is taking to bring the performance at the Bristol personal independence...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the annual cost to businesses of paying statutory sick pay at its current rate of £95.85 a week.

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department are taking to ensure that no claimant for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit loses out due to delays in...

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to resume assessments for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit claims during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Falcons: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on replacing the paper-based application process for a licence to export live falcons with an...

    • Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the rate of pregnant dogs illegally brought into the UK and seized by the...

      Dogs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of dogs in the last 10 per cent of their pregnancy that have been illegally brought...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon an Billericay of 24 April 2020 and follow...

      Rivers: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to amend the one out all out rule for rivers set out in the Water Framework Directive.

      Water: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, under what circumstances he would use the powers set out in Clause 81 of the Environment Bill to weaken existing targets...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what resources his Department is providing to local authorities to help them (a) manage flood risk and (b) improve their...

      Special Areas of Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he will take to integrate areas that are designated as special areas of conservation into the regulatory...

  • Home Office

    • Hygiene: Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the fire risk of alcohol-based hand sanitisers being stored in large quantities in buildings throughout the...

    • Financial Services: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to tackle (a) financial fraud committed by rogue traders and (b) doorstep crimes committed during the...

      Official Secrets: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Official Secrets Acts 1911 to 1989.

      Visas: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to extend eligibility for the health and care visa to include physiotherapy and rehabilitation staff earning the...

      British National (Overseas): Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is the Government's policy that British Nationals (Overseas) in Hong Kong who are in the UK before January 2021 will be able to...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa extensions were granted to people in the UK in each of the last five years; and how many of those extensions were granted to...

      Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the backlog is for the registration of births.

      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: 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: Primates

      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,...

      Police: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers have retired as a result of injury received on duty in each of the last three years.

  • Scotland Office

    • Scottish Government: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment his Department has made of the level of additional fiscal support made available to the Scottish Government in response to the covid-19...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Social Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the statement entitled, Government response to the 33rd report of the NHS Pay Review Body, HCWS409,...

    • Marriage: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria he will use to decide when to increase the number of people permitted to attend a wedding ceremony; and...

      Religious Hatred: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to tackle (a) Islamophobia and (b) the number of Islamophobic incidents.

      Local Plans: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will issue guidance to the Planning Inspectorate on appeals relating to housing development sites which local...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has for a public consultation on the Government's proposals for changes to the planning system; what...

      Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to support private tenants who find themselves unable to pay their rent debt after evictions are...

  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office

    • Broadcasting: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the (a) European Audiovisual Media Services Directive and (b) Directives relating to Copyright will be...

    • Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the administrative costs for British businesses who...

      Borders: Newhaven

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what new border infrastructure is being planned for Newhaven.

      Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timetable is for the establishment of the proposed Commission on the Constitution, Democracy and...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Mental Health: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to page 53 of the New Decade, New approach document, published in January 2020, how much additional funding from the public...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Whisky: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to seek the removal of US tariffs on Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Whisky liqueurs.

    • Whisky: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if her Department will work with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network to ensure that the 25 per cent tariff imposed by the US on...

      Department for International Trade: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how her department defines personal meetings in the context of classifying meetings to enable decisions of whether to publish them in the...

      Arms Trade: Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many licences for arms exports to Belarus her Department has approved in the last 12 months.

      Trade Agreements: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with UK trade partners on maintaining environmental protection standards in trade agreements.

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to her Written Statement of 7 July 2020 on Trade Update, what the threshold is at which the Government would assess the...

      Human Rights: Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to her Written Statement of 7 July 2020 on Trade Update and the Answer of 13 July 2020 to Question 68798, what criteria were...

      Trade Agreements: Human Rights

      What recent discussions she has had with UK trade partners on including clauses on human rights in future trade agreements.

      Trade Agreements: International Labour Organisation

      What recent discussions she has had with the UK's trade partners on protecting International Labour Organisation standards in future trade agreements.

      Trade Agreements: International Labour Organisation

      What recent discussions she has had with the UK's trade partners on protecting International Labour Organisation standards in future trade agreements.

      Trade Agreements: International Labour Organisation

      What recent discussions she has had with the UK's trade partners on protecting International Labour Organisation standards in future trade agreements.

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the potential for a trade deal with Australia being completed by 31 December 2020.

      Trade Agreements: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the likelihood of a trade deal with New Zealand being completed by 31 December 2020.

      Trade Agreements: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Sri Lankan Government’s announcement of 27 February 2020 that it would withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Loneliness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has assessed the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on levels of loneliness and social isolation.

    • Loneliness: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to tackle loneliness and social isolation resulting from the covid-19 outbreak.

      Holiday Play Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking with local councils to increase support for activities for young people over the 2020 summer holiday.

      Newspaper Press and Radio: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the Advertising Association's proposals for an advertising tax credit...

      Dormant Assets Distribution Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the current value is of un-allocated funds in the Dormant Assets Distribution Fund.

      Dormant Assets Distribution Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the value of the dormant assets that are planned to be transferred to the Dormant Assets...

      Sports Competitors: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) UK Sport and (b) British Gymnastics on recent allegations of physical and mental abuse of...

      Ice Skating: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to reopen ice skating rings as covid-19 restrictions are eased to allow British athletes...

      Exercise: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to enable outdoor fitness classes of more than six people as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Martial Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that martial arts clubs are able to reopen as lockdown restrictions are eased...

      Children's Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether covid-19 social distancing guidelines for the indoor play sector need to be signed off by the (a) Health and Safety...

      Sports: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with sporting bodies on their monitoring of equality and diversity.

      Trade Agreements: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect on data adequacy negotiations with other trade partners of the agreement with the US...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish an updated timetable for the phased return of business events, music concerts, crowds in sporting...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gay Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the timescale is for bringing forward legislative proposals to ban conversion therapy; when her Department plans to commence its study into the...

    • Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what opportunities the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities plans to make available to people in (a) Wolverhampton South West constituency and...

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